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Famous Families

The Mitfords

The Mitford sisters were the six daughters of David Freeman-Mitford, 2nd Baron Redesdale, and Sydney Bowles. They became celebrated, and at times scandalous, figures – caricatured, according to The Times journalist Ben Macintyre (quoted in Wikipedia) as "Diana the Fascist, Jessica the Communist, Unity the Hitler-lover; Nancy the Novelist; Deborah the Duchess and Pamela the unobtrusive poultry connoisseur".

They also had one brother.

Born Died
19041973 Wrote the autobiographical novels The Pursuit of Love (1945) and Love in a Cold Climate (1949); popularised (but didn't invent) the terms "U" and "non-U" to satirise acceptable usage for the upper classes Click to show or hide the answer
19071994 "The quiet one" – described by John Betjeman, who was said to have been in love with her, as "the Rural Mitford".  Married millionaire scientist Derek Jackson, but after divorce became the companion of Italian horsewoman Giuditta Tommasi Click to show or hide the answer
19091945 The sisters' only brother – died on military service in Burma, after refusing to fight in Europe (said by Jessica to support Fascism) Click to show or hide the answer
19102003 Second marriage was to Oswald Moseley; the marriage took place at the home of Joseph Goebbels, with Adolf Hitler as guest of honour.  Never renounced her Fascist sympathies; caused controversy in 1989 by refusing to speak against the holocaust on Desert Island Discs Click to show or hide the answer
19141948 Famous for her friendship with Hitler; shot herself in the head (in Munich) the day after Britain declared war on Germany.  She survived, but was left with permanent and debilitating injuries and eventually died of meningitis Click to show or hide the answer
19171996 The anti-Fascist – eloped 1937 with Esmond Romilly, who had fought with the International Brigades in the Spanish Civil War.  They emigrated to the USA in 1939; he was reported missing in action in 1941.  She married a US civil rights lawyer and became an American citizen in 1944.  Her daughter Constancia Romilly married the American civil rights activist James Forman.  Wrote the autobiographical Hons and Rebels (1960) and The American Way of Death (1963), a highly critical account of the US funeral industry Click to show or hide the answer
19202014 Married the younger son of the 10th Duke of Devonshire, and became Duchess of Devonshire in 1950 (the 10th Duke's eldest son was killed in action in 1944).  She and her husband turned Chatsworth into one of Britain's most successful stately homes; he died in 2004 Click to show or hide the answer

The Kardashians

The Kardashian sisters Born 1979 Click to show or hide the answer
Born 1980 Click to show or hide the answer
Born 1984 Click to show or hide the answer
Their younger brother (born 1987) Click to show or hide the answer

Kimye

Kim Kardashian married the hip hop megastar Kanye West at Fort Belvedere in Florence, Italy, on 24 May 2014.

Daughter (born 15 June 2013) Click to show or hide the answer
Son (born 5 December 2015) Click to show or hide the answer

Other

This section (which is the raison d'être of this whole page, really) was originally about the ludicrous names that celebrities give to their offspring. But it's evolved into a list of celebrity families, of which there is so much media coverage these days. And what d'you know? – they don't all have totally ludicrous names!

Mother of Angelo (b. 2012) Click to show or hide the answer
Brooklyn Joseph (b. 1999), Romeo (James (2002), Cruz David (2005), Harper Seven (2011) Click to show or hide the answer
Blue Ivy (Carter) (b. 2012) Click to show or hide the answer
Euan (b. 1984), Nicholas (1985), Kathryn (1988), Leo (2000) Click to show or hide the answer
Mother of Phoenix Chi, born 19 February 1999 – 13 days before Brooklyn Beckham, and therefore the first Spice Girl to give birth Click to show or hide the answer
Ruby Megan (b. 2007) and Dexter Lloyd (2009) Click to show or hide the answer
Suri, born April 2006 (7 months before their marriage) Click to show or hide the answer
Born Frankfurt, 1929; full first name Anneliese; middle name Marie; father Otto; mother Edith; elder sister Margot Click to show or hide the answer
Fifi Trixibelle (b. 1983), Peaches Honeyblossom (b. 1989, d. 2014), Little Pixie (b. 1990) Click to show or hide the answer
Heavenly Hiraani Tiger Lily (b. 1996) Click to show or hide the answer
Elizabeth Scarlett (b. 1984), James Leroy (1985), Georgia Mat Ayeesha (1992), Gabriel Luke (1997) Click to show or hide the answer
Zachary Jackson Levon (born by a surrogate mother on Christmas Day 2010 in California), Elijah Joseph Daniel (born by the same surrogate mother on 11 January 2013) Click to show or hide the answer
Father of Lara Lettice, Milo Arthur, Cassia Peaches, Theodore Apollo Click to show or hide the answer
Adopted Maddox (2002, aged 7 months), Zahara (2005, aged 6 months) and Pax (2007, aged 3); all three were subsequently adopted by her partner (Brad Pitt); they married in 2014 Click to show or hide the answer
Shiloh Nouvel (b. 2006 in Swakopmund, Namibia); twins Knox Léon and Vivienne Marcheline (b. 2008) Click to show or hide the answer
Mother of Harvey, Junior Savva Andreas, Princess Tiaamii Crystal Esther, Jett Riviera and Bunny Click to show or hide the answer
Mother of Kurt Cobain's daughter Frances Click to show or hide the answer
Apple Blythe Alison (b. 2004), Moses Bruce Anthony (2006) Click to show or hide the answer
Wife Kitty, children Lucas and Oscar Click to show or hide the answer
Malia Ann (b. 1998) and Natasha ('sacha', b. 2001) Click to show or hide the answer
Married former model Juliette 'Jools' Norton, 2000; father of Poppy Honey Rosie (b. 2002), Daisy Boo Pamela (2003), Petal Blossom Rainbow (2009), Buddy Bear Maurice (2010) Click to show or hide the answer
Aimee (b. 1983), Kelly (1984) and Jack (1985) Click to show or hide the answer
Mother of Track (b. 1989), Bristol Sheeran Marie (1990), Willow (1994), Piper (2001), Trig Paxson Van (2008) Click to show or hide the answer
Lily-Rose Melody (b. 1999), John Christopher (Jack) III (2002) Click to show or hide the answer
Married his long–term girlfriend Colleen McLoughlin in 2008; Kai Wayne b. 2009, Klay Anthony b. 2013 Click to show or hide the answer
Dermatological nurse who married Michael Jackson 1996, in order to have his children; mother of Michael Joseph Jr. (a.k.a. Prince) and Paris–Michael Katherine; divorced 1999 (the mother of Prince Michael Jackson II, born 2002, a.k.a. Blanket – the one he held over a hotel balcony – has never been identified) Click to show or hide the answer
Mother's maiden name Mary Arden; married Anne Hathaway; first child Susannah born six months after the marriage; twins Hamnet and Judith born 2 years later; Hamnet died aged 11 Click to show or hide the answer
Jaden Christopher Syre (b. 1998), Willow Camille Reign (2000) Click to show or hide the answer
Mother of Jayden James and Sean Preston Click to show or hide the answer
Father of Moon Unit, Dweezil, Ahmet Emuukha Rodan, Diva Click to show or hide the answer

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