The same as my father before me, and his father before him, and ...
January 8, 2014 10:28 AM Subscribe
Can you think of someone who has the same given name as their great x 20 grandparent (and whose intervening ancestors did, too)? Great x 30 grandparent? Who's the record holder?
posted by andromache to Society & Culture (25 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
I just listened to last weekend's Car Talk podcast. The end credits list producers etc., and also a bunch of made-up silly homonym names ("Our Russian chauffeur is Pikopf Andropov"). There was a new one this week: "Our staff attorney is Justin Volk the 5th". Har har, of course, but it got me wondering: who has the biggest number after their name? In other words, is there anyone named So-And-So the Twentieth?
Typing this, I'm reminded of the French Louises. Can anyone think of a longer dynasty? I'm thinking it's got to be royalty or some kind of aristocratic ruling class that would have enough money and stability to last for that many generations, and also to have a record of the family tree going back that far. Thoughts?