In 1957, Mrs. William Beston of Morristown, New Jersey, had gave birth to her twelfth daughter.
What are the odds of having 12 daughters and no sons? If the probability of having a girl is 1/2, then the probably of having a dozen girls in a row is 1/4096, or about .0244% — less than three-hundredths of a percent. Pretty slim, in other words.
What were the names of the Beston girls?
- (died in infancy)
- Patricia, 12
- Eileen, 11
- Regina, 9
- Carol, 8
- Joann, 7
- Gertrude, 6
- Delores, 5
- Betty Lou, 4
- Catherine, 3
- Levinia, 13 months
- Madonna Grace, newborn
Of the 11 names above, which is your favorite?
If you had a dozen daughters, what would their names be?
- “It’s a Big Day for Bestons–Twelfth Daughter Joins Family.” Spokane Daily Chronicle 16 Sep. 1957: 20.
- “Woman Gives Birth To 12th Daughter; Has No Sons.” Port Angeles Evening News 12 Sept. 1957: 4.