Does The Man's Family History Predict Children's Gender?

posted 2 years ago in Babies
  • poll: Did you have kids in the same order as family?
    Yes! We had kids in the same order as HIS parents. : (4 votes)
    6 %
    Yes! We had kids in the same order as MY parents. : (1 votes)
    1 %
    Nope! : (62 votes)
    93 %
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    My husbands family is the same way….everyone had a boy first and then a girl.  However, we’re having the girl first :) Even though I know I have nothing to do with the sex, i’m still blaming my genetis on it bc we’re all girls in our family:) 

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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2014 - Lodge

    Nope twins don’t run in either of our family and we had them. 

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    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2010

    Nope.  Both our dad’s families have 6 kids, and we both come from 2′s, but even if you only count the first two it’s the same for neither of us.  I have one sister, my mom has 3 brothers and 3 sisters starting with a boy.  His mom has one sister, and since he was born first, that’s not the same either.

     

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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    Gender is determined by the male’s chromosome (you only provide x, he provides x or y) so if males run in his family, it’s likely you will have boys. 

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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    It’s random…there’s really no scientific reason to believe havings a boy or girl first is genetic, his sperm has both X and Y chromosomes and there’s no way of genetically knowing which chromosome the sperm that reaches your egg first will have (yeah, I know there’s ways to try to sway it, but nothing definite). It’s not like the odds are crazy low for a boy to be born first for three generations, there’s always a 50/50 chance you’ll have a boy.

    We find out the gender of our baby in less than three weeks, and the amount of people trying to guess based on factors like this have been driving me insane! Some of DH’s family will go as far as to try to suck me into an argument about it…I’m just like, come on people, you’re going to know soon, the gender is already decided and your arguments and debates aren’t going to change it! And if you’re right about the gender, it doesn’t prove your theory right, it means there was a 50% chance you were going to be right!

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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    Nope. I have a twin brother but was born first by 11 mminutes. I have another brother and a sister who are also twins (brother born first by 8 mins). So 2 sets of boy/girl fraternal twins. DH’s parents had a boy (my BIL), a girl (my SIL) and DH is the baby.

    And we are currently expecting our first…a girl.

    Although I knew it was the male contribution that determined gender, I did not know that family history played any part like PP said. I thought it was simply a 50/50 chance. But for some reason, it seems like I hear about more girls being born.

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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    I’m not sure about the biology, I just remember learning about it in High School because there was a kid in my class who was one of 4 boys.  His father was 1 of 5 boys, his grandfather was 1 of 7 boys, etc.

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    Bumble bee

    @BeachBride2014:  yep i thought this was the case, too!

    Fi was the eldest of Boy/Girl/Boy but his dad was the youngest of Girl/Girl/Boy/Boy.

    I don’t think order has anything to do with it, but I do think that if the male is from a line of males, it’s likely to carry on the pattern!

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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    I’m curious about this too.

    FH has one brother, and FIL has two sisters. So FH is one of two boys, his father is one of three, 1 boy and two girls, FH’s mother is 5 boys and 4 girls. FH’s brother (my BIL) just had a little boy. I’m an only child, my dad has another brother and one sister, and my mom has one brother. 

    Confusing I know, I got lost myself. 

    FIL keeps saying “{family name} have men! We make men! Nothing else. No girls!” PISSES ME OFF! Ugh. I don’t know how it would come out in our case but, I now want a girl even more than before! So far though, FIL is right. Grr. 

     

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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2010

    My brother is the oldest of the 4 of us kids – him followed by 3 girls.  He now has 2 boys.  So, for him, his family history definitely didn’t dictate gender order!

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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    I wonder about this too. DH’s parents had three girls and then a boy (DH). His paternal grandparents had two girls and then a boy (FIL). I don’t know about the generations before those though.

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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: December 2004

    My husband is from a family where boys are a super rare occurance.  There have literally been 3 boys in three generations compared to 60 some girls.  We have…two girls.

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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: December 2011

    @Mimoza:  My FIL is the SAME way and calls our baby “DH’s name junior”, “he” and “him” all the time. Infuriates me. We find out in January and I hope we’re having a girl just to spite him :)

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