"My Five Wives" - the Williams family of 30
I haven't seen the show, but I just read an article on this family and it's an interesting case study in naming!
Surname: Williams (I'm assuming all the women took his surname and all the kids have it too, but perhaps that's not a good assumption because they all self-identify as feminists, and they teach that girls can do anything that boys can do, including having multiple husbands.)
Wife #1: Paulie
Children: Calistia Karlie, 20; Brady Joshua, 19; Madeline Tamar, 17; September Marcine, 14; Maura Elizabeth, 12; and Camry Hope, 9.
Wife #2: Robyn
Children: Hannah Louise, 19; Lauren Rose, 17; Brady Dane, 14; Thomas Garrett, 12; and Trey Mason, 9.
Wife #3: Rosemary
Children: Kimberly Beth, 17; Taylor Elaine, 15; Brady James, 13; and Brandon Elijah, 11.
Wife #4: Nonie
Children: Brady Paul, 14; Rachel Noelle, 12; Marissa Darleen, 10; Aeyden Frank, 7; and Tailee Mae, 4.
Wife #5: Rhonda (also Robyn's cousin)
Children: Eden Christina, 13; Brady Lake, 11; Arwen Estelle, 7; and Nikolas Frank, 2.
What I find really remarkable is that each of the full-sibsets has the eldest boy being named Brady, for a total of six Bradys in the family, and three of them within a year of age and thus likely to be in the same grade in school, for example. (The Brady kid ages are 19, 14, 14, 13, 11). I'd be curious to see how the practicalities of that are handled (I would guess middle names feature in there somewhere, else resorting to matronymic modifiers). Brady Dane and Brady James don't really pass the holler test for me, but perhaps it helps that there will be different mothers doing the hollering.
Other than that, though, apart from that I am favorably impressed by the diversity of names (Aeyden, Eden and Arwen are the most similar in sound, and they have very different "feels"), and the fact that it would not be an obvious proposition to separate out the full-sibsets, either!
Thu, 03/13/2014 - 3:49am