Facts & Stats

Compiled by the West Chester Mothers of Twins (and More!) Club…

The Numbers (2002, US data)
Number of multiples born during the year: 132,535
Number of twins: 125,134
Number of triplets: 6898
Number of quadruplets: 434
Number of quintuplets and higher order multiples: 69
Total number of U.S. Births: 4, 021, 726
Percentage of all births that are twins: 3.1%
Birth rate for twins: 1 per 32

Famous Parents of Twins (far from exclusive)
Madeleine Albright (former U.S. Secretary of State)
Ed Asner (actor)
Ingrid Bergman and Roberto Rossellini (actress and director)
Corbin Bernsen and Amanda Pays (actors)
David Birney and Meredith Baxter (actors)
George W. Bush (U.S. President)
Beverly Cleary (children’s author)
Bing Crosby (singer/actor)
Robert Deniro (actor)
Mia Farrow and Andre Previn (actress and musician)
Michael J. Fox and Tracy Pollan (actors)
Mel Gibson (actor)
Bruce Hornsby (musician)
Ron Howard (actor/director)
King Hussein (former King of Jordan)
Julia Roberts (actor)
Patrick Dempsey (actor)
Marcia Cross (actor)
Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony (musicians)
Al Pacino (actor)
Cleopatra and Mark Antony (ruler of Egypt 48BC)
Lee Majors (actor)
Luciano Pavarotti (musician)
Chuck Norris (actor)
Dave Mathews (musician)
Debby Boone (musician)
James Taylor (musician)
Jane Seymour (actor)
Christine Lahti (actor)
Ivan Lendl (athlete)
Loretta Lynn (musician)
Jane Pauley and Garry Trudeau (journalist and cartoonist)
Henry Mancini (composer)
Ricky Nelson (musician)
Pele (athlete)
Holly Robinson Peete (actor)
Ruth Pointer (musician)
Patricia Richardson (actor)
Nelson Rockefeller (former U.S. Vice President)
Cybil Sheperd (actor)
William Shakespeare (playwright/poet)
James Stewart (actor)
Donald Sutherland (actor)
Nikki Taylor (model)
Margaret Thatcher (former Prime Minister of England)
Denzel Washington (actor)
Mary Alice Williams (journalist)

Famous Twins
Mario and Aldo Andretti (auto racing)
Ronde and Tiki Barber (football)
Jose and Ozzie Canseco (baseball)
John Elway (football)
Horace and Harvey Grant (basketball)
Tim and Tom Guliksen (tennis)
Bob and Mike Bryan (tennis)
Johann Christoph and Johann Ambrosius Bach (composers)
Maurice and Robin Gibb (musicians)
Jim and Jon Hager (actors)
Liberace (musician)
Alanis Morresette (musician)
Gunnar and Matthew Nelson (musicians)
Elvis Presley (musician)
Karen Black (actor)
Dierdre Hall (actor)
Linda Hamilton (actor)
Tia and tamera Mowry (actors)
Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen (actors)
Ed Sullivan (actor)
Ann Landers and Abigail Van Buren (columnists)
Mark and Scott Kelly (astronauts)

Other Facts…
– The term “twins” derives from the ancient German word twine, meaning “two together”.
– There is little to no evience to suppor the popular notion that twins “skip” a generation.
– The moder world record for giving birth to multiples is held by Leontina Albina from Chile, whose 55 children included three sets of triplets. The all-time historical record is claimed by a Russian who is purported to have given birth to 6 pairs of twins, 6 sets of triplets and 4 sets of quads.
– The scientific study of twins is knwon as “gemmellology”.
– 20-22% of twins are left-handed, compared with less than 10% of singletons.


  1. Cassi. :) says:

    This is incredibly cool … I love things like this. 🙂