Some Famous Large Families

I thought it’d be fun to map out the hometowns of some of the U.S.’s famous large families, as well as my own (the Cordoniers).

Here I’ve plotted the homes of the Kardashians, the Gosselins, the Duggars, the Bates, and the Brady Bunch. These five famous families are drastically different in pretty much every way, except for the fact that they are large familes. Let me break them down:

The Kardashians: This blended family of eight is parented by Bruce Jenner and Kris (Kardashian) Jenner. Kris had four children (Kourtney, Kim, Khloe, and Rob) with lawyer Robert Kardashian (famous for the O.J. Simpson trial). She then remarried Olympic athlete Bruce Jenner and had two more daughters (Kendall and Kylie). The Kardashians are famous for being famous.

The Gosselins: Jon and Kate started out as an ordinary couple, just longing to raise a family. However, after having a set of twins and a set of sextuplets, they gained fame through the TV show “Jon & Kate Plus 8”. Their twins (Cara and Mady) were born on October 8th, 2000 and their sextuplets (Alexis, Hannah, Aaden, Collin, Leah, and Joel) were born on May 10th, 2004. Their show ran on Discovery Health and TCL from 2007-2011. Unfortunately, Jon and Kate’s marriage ended in a messy divorce in 2009.

The Duggars: Jim Bob and Michelle are the proud parents of 19 kids (Joshua, Jana, John-David, Jill, Jessa, Jinger, Joseph, Josiah, Joy-Anna, Jedidiah, Jeremiah, Jason, James, Justin, Jackson, Johannah, Jennifer, Jordyn-Grace, and Josie). They’ve received a lot of criticism for their decision to forego birth control completely. This Arkansas family preaches of a home-grown church and is innovative when it comes to grocery shopping and doing laundry. Unfortuantely, they lost their 20th child, Jubilee, via a miscarriage during Michelle’s second trimester. Through their four-season long (and continuing) TV show “19 Kids and Counting”, they are known for being America’s most famous large family.

The Bates: Long-time friends of the Duggars, Gil and Kelly Bates also boast a large brood. This Eastern Tennessee family also has 19 children (Zach, Michaella, Erin, Lawson, Nathan, Alyssa, Tori, Trace, Carlin, Josie, Katie, Jackson, Warden, Isaiah, Addallee, Ellie Bridget, Callie-Anna, Judson Wyatt, and Jeb).  Their 19th child, Jeb, was just born on February 1st, 2012. They’ve finally caught up to the Duggars!

The Brady Bunch: Yes, the Brady Bunch is a fictional family. However, they are one of the most iconic TV familes. This blended family came together when widower Mike Brady married widow Carol. Mike had three sons (Greg, Peter, and Bobby) and Carol had three daughters (Marcia, Jan, and Cindy) from previous marriages.


About Sarah Cordonier

I am a junior Television Journalism and International Studies Major at West Virginia University. I am currently taking Beginning Television Reporting and I plan on taking Advanced Television Reporting in the Spring, as a member of WVU News. Someday I would like to work abroad, as an overseas reporter.
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