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Five generations

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Chrissie2394 Report 22 Dec 2012 23:12

Can someone please answer this.

My daughter recently found out that the baby she is expecting in May will be a girl and my brother said that will mean there will be five generations in the family. I was already of the opinion that we already had five as I am already a grandma. My brother tells me it only counts if the family members are of the same sex. Is he right?



Lynski Report 22 Dec 2012 23:40

I would have thought that a generation is a generation regardless of whether they are male or female.

Great Grandparents
Great Great Grandparents

I guess you could then go on to say there are now 5 generations of females or males.

Just found this - what a nifty way to do a photo -


Robert Report 22 Dec 2012 23:43

5 generations is 5 generation regardless of what sex they are


Chrissie2394 Report 22 Dec 2012 23:44

Thanks for your reply Lynski. My thoughts are the same as yours. I did try googling, just saw one photo of 5 generations (all female) and another with 4 generations, again all female.



mgnv Report 22 Dec 2012 23:48

So does your brother think he's a different generation from you? Weird, eh.


Chrissie2394 Report 22 Dec 2012 23:53

Thank you Robert, that's my thoughts exactly.

Hi mgnv,

He was under the impression that unless the family members were of the same sex it did not count. On my maternal side it's four females and one male and on my paternal side it's three males and two females.



Tampa Report 23 Dec 2012 02:54

All the 'generation' pictures I've ever seen have been one GENDER or the other.


Lynski Report 23 Dec 2012 03:20

generation gen·er·a·tion (jen'?-ra'sh?n)

A form or stage in the life cycle of an organism.

********** All of the offspring that are at the same stage of descent from a common ancestor.**********

The average interval of time between the birth of parents and the birth of their offspring.

A group of individuals born and living about the same time.

A group of generally contemporaneous individuals regarded as having common cultural or social characteristics and attitudes.

The act or process of generating; origination, production, or procreation.


BrianW Report 23 Dec 2012 13:00

A generation is as Lynski states. Gender is not relevent.


Reggie Report 23 Dec 2012 13:03

The pictures you have seen, Tampa, are just newspaper 'hype'

The word generation is not gender-specific.........look in ANY dictionary

If you have siblings, they are of the same generation of your family as you are, regardless of gender. Think about it!


Kucinta Report 23 Dec 2012 16:32

Here's a five generation mixed gender photo chain.

Though as Reggie says, it's just journalistic hype.

And another :


Chrissie2394 Report 23 Dec 2012 17:51

Thanks all for your replies, I'll let my brother know what you've said.



KempinaPartyhat Report 24 Dec 2012 21:08

We have a family whom had 5 generations in it ....they lived next door when the paper did a peice on them it was % generations of which one in the middle was male all others where female ......


Kiwibird Report 26 Dec 2012 00:10

It is only in Matriarchal societies that generations are considered to be all women.
In particular the Jewish line of descent is always through the Mother, because of Genetics.
So unless you are Jewish then I see no problem whether the generations are of both genders.


Suzanne Report 27 Dec 2012 23:17

we have five generations going through the female line and finishing with a boy.and we also have five generations of all female. :-D

NAN age 98
my son
my grandson.

and also

my daughter
my granddaughter. :-D