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Parents With 12 Kids Use The Same Four Letters For Each Child's Name

I'm always curious how parents choose their kids' names. Is it to honor certain family members like a father or a grandmother? Or do they just like the sound of it? It could also be the meaning of the name that seems fitting for the child.

Well, this one family is doing things a little differently. I bet you'll get a kick out of this story here. So let's find out the details of this baby naming idea. Shall we?

It seems to be common to name kids after a certain letter of the alphabet.

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I've heard of many people doing that. But this particular family has named their 11 kids (yes, you heard that right, 11 kids, ha, ha) with the same four letters of the alphabet. Wow!

How did this happen?

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Gwenny Blanckaert and Marino Vaneeno have 11 children. And it all started off with their oldest son, Alex, named after Marino's stepfather. And then, almost by accident, the couple picked the name Axel for their next child.

That's when their wheels started spinning.

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The couple decided to continue the tradition of using the same four letters to name the rest of their children. As of right now, the family includes 13-year-old Alex, 12-year-old Axel, 11-year-old Xela, 10-year-old Lexa, 9-year-old Xael, 8-year-old Xeal, 5-year-old Exla, 4-year-old Leax, 2-year-old Xale, 1-year-old Elax and 6-month-old Alxe.

Oh my goodness, ha, ha.

And get this — they're expecting their 12th child!

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Whoa! Is that a whole soccer team now? LOL! Anyway, this busy couple swears that after this child is born, they're done. The baby-making shop is going to be closed. But before then, they have another name to pick from the same four letters of the alphabet.

What would the name be?

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I have no idea, ha, ha. But this story is definitely blowing up on TikTok. The account @babynamesdotcom posted about this on the platform, and boy, did people have a lot to say about it. So I'm going to share a few interesting comments with you all.

Check this out.

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Some people were confused about the baby names. For example, this person asked, “Literally, what’s the difference between Xale, Xeal and Xael?” Um, I don't know either. I wasn't even sure how to pronounce these names so can you imagine these kids in school? Yikes!

Another person joked that they sound like Tesla models, ha, ha.

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I totally agree with that. Then someone else chimed in and said that Alex, Axel, and Lexa got off lucky, lol. You can say that again. Am I right? At least we know how to pronounce those right off the bat.

Here's another interesting point of view.

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Somebody questioned that of all the letters in the alphabet, why would you pick only four and one of them being an 'X'? That has got to make things harder, no?

The truth is this. There are 24 possible options and they've exhausted 12 of them. Here's a list of some of the possibilities: Aexl, Aexl, Eaxl, Ealx, Elxa, Exal, Laex, Laxe, Lxae, Lxea, Xlea, Xlae.

So what do you think of this story?

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Is this something you would do for your kids' names? I like the idea of keeping up with a tradition of some sort, but for me, this would be too much. Well, starting with having 12 kids, that is, ha, ha. If they can manage that, I suppose the names are just the icing on the cake. I'm exhausted just reading about this.