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Poll: How many first cousins do you have?

less than 5 32 (33%)
6-10 32 (33%)
11-20 23 (24%)
21-50 7 (7%)
more than 50 2 (2%)
   Discussion: How many first cousins do you have?
100% dainty! · 16 years, 3 months ago
somewhere in the 30's. :)
George E. Nowik · 16 years, 3 months ago
i have none. my mother's brother and sister were both married at one point but had no children. my father is an only child. kinda weird, considering both of my parents both had a gajillion first cousins...
ChrisChin is Getting Old · 16 years, 3 months ago
I believe there are 19 in total (14 on my mom's side and 5 on my dad's side), unless there are some that popped out in the last few years that I did not know existed. They come from a total of 9 sets of aunts and uncles. I think my youngest cousin is 9 and my oldest is 43.
Gordondon son of Ethelred · 16 years, 3 months ago
12 I'm guessing that I have more uncles and aunts than most people here, 7, but not more cousins. The family hasn't been that fecund since my grandparents' generation.
dirty life & times Back · 16 years, 3 months ago
i have 7 uncles & aunts. 8 if you count the uncle who is dead.
Andrea Krause Back · 16 years, 3 months ago

Hahah...that's exactly my answer. My mom had 7 brothers, my dad had one sister. One of my mom's brothers has died. So I have 7 aunts and uncles, 8 if you count the uncle who is dead. Heh.

I said somewhere between 11 and 20. I know I have at least 11 but I don't know how many total because I've been out of contact with most of my mom's family for years. But I doubt it's over 20.

danced with Lazlo · 16 years, 3 months ago
My dad has 3 brothers, and they each have 3 kids. My mom has 2 brothers. One has 2 kids, and the other has 3.
Prinut · 16 years, 3 months ago
I have 2 on my mother's side because my dad was an only child.
Kris 'engaged' Bedient Back · 16 years, 3 months ago
ummm, how exactly does your dad being an only child make your mother's side only be able to have 2 cousins? 8P
Andrea Krause Back · 16 years, 3 months ago
I think the meaning is....I have 2...and they're on my mother's side because my dad was an only child.
nate... · 16 years, 3 months ago
two of them are twins.

Bender · 16 years, 3 months ago
Father's Side

Aunt Stacey:
4

Aunt Candi:
4


Mother's Side

Uncle Ed:
1

Uncle Ike:
2/3 (one isn't his biological daughter, but she's my age and has been living with him since she was a baby, so she's my cousin, dammit :))
iPauley Back · 16 years, 3 months ago
I count to either 11 or 12... :-/

-- Pauley
Bender Back · 16 years, 3 months ago
I have a problem with math.

Fucking learning disability. Makes me feel like an idiot.
sheryls Back · 16 years, 3 months ago
hey! i have an uncle ed! :)
Andrea Krause Back · 16 years, 3 months ago

I have an Uncle Steve and an Uncle Don and an Uncle Mike and an Uncle Tom and an Uncle Bruce and an Uncle Bill and an Uncle Dave (dead), and an Aunt Kathy.

And don't even ask me to remember their spouses, because I don't, and don't even know who's married and/or divorced anymore. :)

nate... Back · 16 years, 3 months ago
I have an Aunt Kathy!!!!

sheryls Back · 16 years, 3 months ago

i have uncle don AND uncle mike!! :)

and my english teacher used to insist i call him "uncle dan." but you didnt mention dan :P

iPauley · 16 years, 3 months ago
Mom and Dad each had a brother, 3 kids each. Voted 6 for the total, but only 5 are still alive. My cousin Josh died of heart failure when he was 6. :(

-- Pauley
Phoenix · 16 years, 3 months ago
less than 5, 6-10,....

hmm. What do the poor people with 5 cousins do?
hkath Back · 16 years, 3 months ago
Ha, yes, I knew immediately it was a Gordon poll because of the non-inclusion of the five. I have six, by the way.
hkath Back · 16 years, 3 months ago
Wait, doh. I actually have fewer because 2 of the 6 are actually second cousins, I just forgot since their mom was younger than my mom (trust me).

And 2 others are actually only half-cousins since (dirty family secret or somesuch) their dad and my dad are half-brothers.

So, really only 2 real first cousins, one on each side of the family. One of whom, my thirty-something cousin Eric, I haven't seen in years and years, and have probably only met a handful of times in my life. The other, my 16-year-old cousin Roxanne, is the only one I'm actually close to.
rufus t firefly Back · 16 years, 3 months ago
I have 5 cousins, and was flummoxed.
*joolee* · 16 years, 3 months ago
B/t the two sides, I have 5 uncles, 5 aunts - but there is some overlap b/c of our almost incest relations - my mom's mom married my dad's brother.

I got tons of cousins though. Too many to desire to count.
Pacho Back · 16 years, 3 months ago
my grandma's mom married my grandpa's dad (i.e. grandma and grandpa both on my mom's side), making pretty much everyone an inlaw of themselves.
sheryls · 16 years, 3 months ago
depends on if i can count my step cousins.

my paternal grandfather has remarried since Nana died and i got a slew of first-step-cousins. also, my mom's dad remarried and his wife had several children and grandchildren.

but i went on blood-first-cousins here and i think i have 11:

mom's sister kelly & husband ed:
2
mom's brother mike & wife thresa:
5
dad's sister fran & husband arthur:
2
dad's brother don & wife kitty:
2

if i had to add kathy's grandchildren and lee's grandchildren, then hell if i know :P
Andrea Krause Back · 16 years, 3 months ago

if i had to add kathy's grandchildren and lee's grandchildren, then hell if i know :P

What about Gifford's grandchildren? :)

sheryls Back · 16 years, 3 months ago

ahaha, it never occured to me that my two step-grandmas were kathy and lee.

for a second i thought you were referring to some tv show i wasnt aware of :P i'm like, "whos' gifford?"

Matthew Scott Slawinski · 16 years, 3 months ago

20 exactly I believe .... except my one uncle, I don't really know who's kids are whos...cause he has been remarried.  I think one of them is his.  That would be 21.

 smatts

A girl named Becca · 16 years, 3 months ago
My mom has 4 siblings, but two of them are childless. So I only have 8 cousins, 3 of whom are on my dad's side. I like all of them quite a lot, though, so I don't feel too deprived.
lawrence · 16 years, 3 months ago
only three here. my dad was an only child, and my mom has one sister, who has three kids.
Starfox · 16 years, 3 months ago
3 on my mother's side, 3 on my father's side.
Erato · 16 years, 3 months ago
All on my mom's side. My mom's sister has three kids and her brother has three kids-two of whom are twin girls.
ShrinkMan · 16 years, 3 months ago
How many first cousins have you ever had a crush on... I know it's an incestuous question, but hey, we're all family here!


Oh, and by the way, 2 first cousins and a fouth cousin for me... what can I say, one side of my family were all smart lookers!!!
renita Back · 16 years, 3 months ago
ewwww.

my grandmother tried to set me up with the cousin of my cousin once. no relation between us, i was related to the uncle, he to the aunt. but WEIRD.

and i had a cousin from my mom's side once point out that we're not really related, so it'd be okay. but ew. wouldn't it be weird?
Phoenix Back · 16 years, 3 months ago
This is actually a non-issue on this side of the Atlantic ocean... But I have to say that anyway since my parents are/were cousins :D
renita Back · 16 years, 3 months ago
my grandparents on my dad's side are 2nd cousins.
ChrisChin is Getting Old Back · 16 years, 3 months ago
eww...though I have to say there is one. :) But still, it's weirds me out thinking about it.
Andrea Krause Back · 16 years, 3 months ago

I think there's a Straight Dope article about cousin intermingling and how it's not nearly as dangerous as portrayed and most countries allow it and we're just all reactionary about it as a culture. :)

I mean...beyond the supposed genetic consequences (which aren't significant, according to what I was reading), what's the obstacle? The "ewww" factor? Is it growing up with them as "family"? What if it's a cousin you barely knew all your life and encounter them again as an adult? It's just interesting to look into what obstacles are based in facts or science and what is the squick factor of cultural taboos?

Blah blah blah. Heee. I did have a crush on a cousin when I was, like, 12. He's grown up to be kinda skeezy though. :)

Mamalissa! Back · 16 years, 3 months ago
what is the squick factor of cultural taboos

I was travelling with a first cousin once removed (my mom's first cousin) who's about 5 years older than me. We were in Jordan, and our guide suggested that we'd be a perfect match for marriage. We were kind-of grossed out, even though 1) he's my great uncle's step-son, so we're not actually biologically related and 2) we really didn't meet until I was in my late teens.

so, yes on cultural taboos. (and a resounding no on squicking.)
ChrisChin is Getting Old Back · 16 years, 3 months ago
well, in the case of this crush, there wouldn't be genetic consequences, as neither of us have a uterus. :) So it's totally cultural taboos in my feeling and he's still pretty darn cute today.
renita Back · 16 years, 3 months ago
my mom has a half-sister she's never met.

i've always had a slightly squicky fear that I might meet this great guy, fall in love, blah balh blah, and then find out that we're related.

o.O

that's why it's good that I know chris' heritage ;-> everyone immigrated from poland. there's no way we're related. \o/
Mamalissa! Back · 16 years, 3 months ago
I've had a crush on 2nd cousins, but not so much on 1st cousins. Might be because one is a pool of 50+, and one is a pool of 4.

(insert gene pool joke here. i'm too lazy to think of one.)



dirty life & times Back · 16 years, 3 months ago
i have had crushes on first cousins only insofar as i have had crushes on everybody.

but, i have a second cousin who is absolutely perfect. he's so amazing. i have wanted to marry him forever & i bet i still do. i have no problem with that (though others in my family might if we got together).
ShrinkMan Back · 16 years, 3 months ago
Let me explain a little... my maternal grandfather died 3 years before I was born...and by the time I was old enough to remember things, my maternal grandmother had already remarried my maternal grandfather's younger brother... making my own mother and I second cousins! And no, I have never had a crush on my mother, you sick bastards.

And "Eww!" on all of you that immediatedly leapt to physical and sexual interaction at my use of "crush". I am talking about plain old recognition of beauty and a sense of compatibility! Go washout with soap whatever appendage or orifice you deem appropriate.

8^)
ChrisChin is Getting Old Back · 16 years, 3 months ago
but my mind is constantly in the gutter and there's no hope of it getting out of there. :)
renita Back · 16 years, 3 months ago
but d00d.

you WERE the one who called it an "incestuous question"

incest is ONLY the physical sexual interaction between family members.

it has nothing to do with thoughts of "gee, we're great pals"
goovie is married! · 16 years, 3 months ago
eight.

whoo.
renita · 16 years, 3 months ago
it depends.

my grandmother remarried when my mom was (8?) and the man she married had a bunch of kids.

so, they aren't blood related, but my mom grew up with them. we rarely think about the fact that we aren't related.

so. Dad's side
5 aunts and uncles.
13 cousins.

mom's side.
1 uncle
2 cousins

6 aunts-uncles that she grew up with.
cousins, i'm not sure. there's at least 6, which puts me over the 21 limit. but uncle shamy had a bunch of kids, with several different women, and it's possible that uncle clare did too.

you may or may not count the aunts and uncles from my grandmother's second marriage. but considering my mom grew up with them, and i grew up calling them all aunts and uncles and cousins. i do.
Mamalissa! · 16 years, 3 months ago
I've got FEWER than 5 first cousins, thank you.
Kris 'engaged' Bedient · 16 years, 3 months ago
I have 5 first cousins! *sigh* *shakes head*
Chaya Papaya Back · 16 years, 3 months ago
me too...and there is a fewer than 5 option and a more than 5 option...they just don't love us.
Kris 'engaged' Bedient Back · 16 years, 3 months ago
It'll be ok, we have each other *hugs*
Doktor Pepski, kommie · 16 years, 3 months ago
I haven't really been close to my mother's side of the family, so I can't give a hard number on how many I have. *shrugs*
Mamalissa! · 16 years, 3 months ago
It's interesting to see the world "real" used in place of "biological." As a member of a family where some of us are adopted, I guess I've become sensitized to that usage. Other families that have half-siblings and step relatives are also probably aware of when the word "real" is used.

renita Back · 16 years, 3 months ago
hrm...

i think hkath and i are the only ones who have used "real" in that context.

and both of us were talking about our families with half-siblings and step relatives.

i guess, i'm aware of it, but i usually don't think about it.

when i think about "family" it isn't a question.
but if i'm thinking about bloodlines, then i qualify statements. I guess what's also interesting, is i mentioned my sdtep-aunts and uncles, and i separated out my mother's half-sister, but my mother's brother is a half-brother, but i always forget that. my mom's side of the family is very interesting.
meh · 16 years, 3 months ago
I'm not actually sure.
It's 6-10.

There's 1 on my Mumma's side.
Then on my Dad's, there's Alan and Bobby (Aunt Betty's), and Mary and Stacey (Aunt Brenda's). And, uhm, Aunt Judy's kids. I think it's 2 or 3 boys. Much older than I am. And no one on Dad's side is that close to Judy. So, er, yeah.

Now if you want to count second or third cousins, I have a lot more. But I totally lose track on my Dad's side, because they're not nearly as close knit as Mom's is.
stealthlori · 16 years, 3 months ago
My mother is an only child, and each child in my father's family had 2 children. (my brother and I are the only mixed-gender brood; the others are 2 girls in my aunt's family and 2 boys in my uncle's family.

When you get to second cousins, the number is somewhere in the bazillions, though. =) I don't know them all, and I can't keep track of the ones I do know.
Gordondon son of Ethelred Back · 16 years, 3 months ago
Interesting genetic factoid. If your parents didn't have any children the odds are you won't either.
Kris 'engaged' Bedient Back · 16 years, 3 months ago
ahhh, but if your parents didn't have any children, they wouldn't be your parents
Mamalissa! Back · 16 years, 3 months ago
Hence the statistic.  Not existing would make it extremely unlikely that one would reproduce.
sheryls Back · 16 years, 3 months ago

that's weird, my father has 2 girls, his brother has 2 boys, and his sister has 1 boy and 1 girl :P

now my sister has 1 kid and probably isnt having more. it's a boy. my other sister is pregnant and they think it's a girl.

so if i only have one, wtf does that mean? :P

Andrea Krause Back · 16 years, 3 months ago
 .oO S-E-X-X-Y Oo.
Will work for anime · 16 years, 3 months ago
Uncle Thon - 2
Aunt Thuy - 3
Aunt Suong - 2
Aunt Von - 2
Aunt On - 5
Uncle Une - 1
Aunt Huong - 1
Aunt in Veitnam (i fogot her name) - 3

that's just on my mom's side...i have no first cousins on my dad's side.

as for my husband..he has 7 in canada and at least that many if not more in england......family reunions for us are so much fun.......................
Kris 'engaged' Bedient Back · 16 years, 3 months ago
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