There are plenty of statistical data available on twins.
You may read this following to know some of those.
Mrs. Fyodor Vassilyev (sometimes seen as Feodor Vassiliev,
or Fydor Vassilet)
of Shuya, Russia (1702 or 07- June 16 1782) gave birth to 16 sets of twins
(in addition to 7 sets of triplets, and 4 sets of quads.). She had a total
of 69 children, 67 of whom survived infancy who were born between 1725
Mrs. Mary Jonas
who died in 1899 had 15 sets, and all were boy/girl.
The most premature twins are Jimmy
and Missy Fisher
who were born 117 days early, on March 27 1999, which is just over 23
weeks. The previous record goes to Joanna
and Alexander Bagwell,
born 114 days premature on June 2 1993 in England. Robbin
Anderson gave birth to twins Aleck
and Keifer, Aleck at 23 weeks and
Keifer at 23 weeks 3 days, weighing 15ozs
and 1lb 3ozs.
Mrs. Peggy Lynn gave birth to Hanna on November 11 1995 and twin Eric on Feb 2 1996, 84 days later, the
longest interval between twins. The previous record was held by Mrs. Danny Berg of Italy, who had Diana
on December 23 1987 and her twin Monica
on January 30 1988, 38 days later. I have heard the Keys family of Louisiana had their twins
95 days apart, in 1994 and 1995.
Oldest Female Twins
*The twins in the world were Japan's Kin Narita
and Gin Kanie
who were born August 1 1892. Kin passed away on January 23 2000 from
heart failure at the age of 107, and Gin passed away February 28 2001
*The oldest females in the USA were most likely Alice Grubb Hill and Maggie Grubb Lambeth of North Carolina
were born January 13 1884, and both died at 106.
*Mildred Widman Phillipi and Mary
Widman Franzini of Missouri missed celebrating
their 105th birthday when. Mildred died May 4 1985, 44 days before the
landmark event. Mary died at age 107.
*Vassilka Dermendjhieva and Vassila Yapourdjieva from Bulgaria were born in 1862 and supposedly lived to at least
*Maria and Dora Leuven were born in the Netherlands on November 15 1897. They celebrated
their 103rd birthdays together, and one passed away on November 17 2000.
*Alice Maria and Emily Edith Wheeler were born April 20 1888 in England, and were alive as of 1990,
making them 102 at that time, and probably the oldest ever UK twins. I
am not sure when they passed away.
*Sarah and Mattie Duckworth
turned 102 on February 11 1968, but I am unsure of when they passed away.
and Pearl Due of
Arkansas, were born July 27 1899. Gertrude passed away in 2000.
*Maria and Dora Leuven
of the Netherlands were born November 15 1897. One passed away at age
*Rhea Spohner and
Ruth Emblow turned
100 in February 1998, but I have no further info on if they are still
*Twins Mary and Marjorie Chavasse of England lived to 100 years 332 days and 103 years 213 days.
*Twins Treva Pence
and Mabel Harpine
of Maryland were born July 19 1900 and lived to 100. Mabel passed away
on March 2 2001 and Treva on May 22.
*Lola Vaughan Bell and Lula Vaughan Tolleson
both lived to 100 (Lola to 100 and Lula to 103).
Oldest Male Twins
*Dale and Glen
Moyer of Ohio, are either the oldest males
in history, and were born June 20 1895. Glen died at age 105 in 2001.
*The oldest male twins may have been Eli and John Phipps born February 14 1812 in Virginia. Eli
lived to be 99 years old (died Feb 23 1911), and John 104 (died Dec 10
*Lee and Sam DeSpain who were born January 13 1902. Lee passed away on September 25
*Gulbrand and Bernt Morterud of Norway were born December 20 1858 and Bernt died at age 101,
while Gulbrand died at 105.
*Matthew and Joseph Rossiter of Canada were born March 31 1909 reached the age of 91. Matthew
passed away in July 2000.
Oldest Female Twins
*Currently the oldest living twins in the world are Jacoba and Cornelia van der Meulen, born March 31 1898 in the Netherlands and just celebrated their
*The oldest living female twins in the US are Estella
Oksol and Luvella
Olsen were born April 20 1900 and are now 101
years old. They were born in North Dakota and currently live together
*The Clarke twins, Alice and Nellie, of England were born
in June 15 1900, and are the UK's Oldest Living Twins.
*Isabelle Ferguson Lettinger and Charlotte
Ford born July 30 1904 in Pennsylvania.
and Bridie Kennedy
were born on October 1 1905 in Northern Ireland.
*Ella Vacek and Sylvia Pospisil
of Nebraska were born in 1905.
*Identical twins Mattie Vines-Jones and Libba
Nixon of North Carolina were born on January 7 1910.
*Fraternal twins Ethel May and Eva Fay Hope of Florida were born February 17 1910.
*Fraternal twins Clara Ratermann and Bertha
Ellers of Illinois, were born June 10 1910.
*Identical twins Arvie G. Andrews and Elvie
G. Daniels were born March 2 1910 in Texas.
*Millie and Connie Loveland
of England were born on March 6 1911.
*Identical twins Erlene Harrell Long and Corene
Harrell Stabler were born on October 27 1911.
I have heard of Mary
and Marian Lamb of the US born in 1895, who
were at one time listed as the US's oldest set, but I have heard no further
info on them. Zoe Beaver and Gladys Freeman were born October 12 1902 in Texas, and last article I read they
were turning 95. I am not sure if they both survive.
Oldest Male Twins
*Identical twins Sherman and Sheridan Everett of Oregon were born on September 6 1902.
*Lawrence and Louis Schweihofer were born December
*Twins Emil and Sam from New York were born in 1905, and are 96 years old.
*Curtis and Curran Carter of Indiana were born August 29 1908.
*Twins David and Barnett Satz of New York were born July
4 1910 and are 91.
*George and Fred Wilson
were born in December 1911 in BC, Canada, and are 90 years old.
Mary Fisher and Bill Binnie
born December 3 1901, were born in Scotland, and now live in British Columbia,
Canada, turned 100 in 2001.
E. John Renwick and Irene Bell of Manitoba,
Canada were born July 15, 1903 and both turned 98 in 2001.
Josie and Joseph Jantz
of Washington were born March 14 1909 and are both 92.
The tallest living male twins are Michael and James Lanier of Michigan
who are 7ft 4in, born November 27 1969. The tallest females are Heather and Heidi Burge who are 6ft 4 3/4in. Heidi plays for the WNBA's Los Angeles Sparks.
The previous record was held by Pat and Pam
Terry of Ohio, who are both 6ft tall.
The tallest in the
UK of all time were the Knipe
brothers, born in 1761, who both reached 7ft 2in. The height record holders
in the UK as of 1990 were Andrew and Timothy
Hull who were born October 24 1968 and are
6ft 9.3in and 6ft 10.3in. I am unsure if they are still the current record
The shortest living male twins are John and Greg Rice of the Florida
who are 34" tall. The shortest females are Dorene
Williams and Darlene
McGregor of USA who are 4ft 1". The shortest
of all time were Matjus and Bela Matina of Hungary (later of USA)
who were both 30" tall.
Lightest Birth weight
The world's lightest twin birth weight is for Anne Faith Sarah (14.8ozs) and John
Alexander (15.5ozs) Morrison of Canada, born Jan 14 1994, who tied with Roshan Maralyn (17.28ozs) and Melanie
Louise Gray of Australia, born November 1993.
Both sets had a total birth weight of 30.3ozs (1lb 14.3ozs). The previous
record was held by Mary (16ozs)
and Margaret (19ozs)
Stimson of England, who totaled 35ozs
(2lbs 3ozs) at birth on August 16 1931.
Heaviest Birth Weight
The heaviest birth weight I could find was for twins born to Mrs.
J.P. Haskin of Arkansas, on February 20
1924, totaling 27 lbs 12ozs. A set born in England, the Warren's
weighed a total of 25lbs 8 ozs at their birth on December 6 1884.
The heaviest twins were Billy Leon and Benny Loyd McCrary (December 7 1946)
of North Carolina, who weighed 743lbs and 723lbs. Billy died on January 13 1979 from heart
failure after a fall from a mini bike. Benny died March 26 2001 from heart failure.
First Test Tube
The world's first test tube twins are Stephen and Amanda Mays born
June 5 1981.
Iris Johns and
Aro Campbell were
separated from each other Jan 13 1914 and reunited 75 years later. Phillip and Barbara McAurley were born
in England May 27 1916 and separated June 1917 until Jun 29 1987, 70 years
The most identical twins are John and
William Reiff of
Pennsylvania, who have won a record 22 titles in a most identical contest.
They have had a 13 year winning streak (57-96).
The youngest mother of twins I could find is Donna Dowman of England, conceived twins
at 13 and had Rachel and Rebecca at age 14 in 1997. Nicola Doherty of England had her twins Courteney and Caitlyn April 20 1997 when she was
The youngest father of twins I could find is James Sutton of England,
who was 13 when his girlfriend Sarah Drinkwater (age 17) had identical
twins Leah and Louise
in late 1999.
Oldest Mother and
Father of Twins
The oldest mothers of twins I have found is Lin Fu-mei of Taiwan, who apparently
had twins at age 59, as well as an unnamed woman from England who had
twins on December 25 1993. Judy Cates of the USA had twins Maggi and Carli
at age 57 on December 9 1998. Lynne Bezant of England had twins David
and Susan on May 24 2001 at age 56. Marilyn
Nolen had twins Travis and Ryan on March 22 2000 at age 55.
The Most Twins
Cirque Du Soleil, a French Canadian circus with shows running
in Las Vegas and Disneyworld, has 4 sets of twins working for them. Sarah
and Karine Steben work in Las Vegas at O at the Bellagio hotel
doing trapeze work. Elsie and Serenity Smith are touring Asia and the
Pacific with the show Saltimbanco doing a trapeze act that the
Steben twins originated. The Gutszmit
twins, Daniel and
Jacek, are identical
males who do a hand balancing act in the Saltimbanco show. There
is also a set of identical twin brothers, Bruce and Stacey Bilodeau working
on the show at Disneyworld, called La Nouba. They perform on the
German wheel, and appeared in Cirque's 1991 tour of Nouvelle Experience.
New York City's Twinsworld
Restaurant employs 37 sets of twins, but seeing as that's a requirement
to be hired, this category will focus on companies that employ twins that
aren't in the "twin industry".