These days it’s not uncommon to find young parents out there. What is uncommon is finding young grandparents who are either just over 40-years-old or a bit younger. The youngest recorded grandmother was a mere 17-years-old! Most 17-year-olds are trying to find a date to the prom, or they are taking their SAT’s. Usually, at that age, they are not even parents yet. So, it is completely hard to fathom the fact that a 17-year-old would be meeting their grandchildren the same day they are graduating from high school. That is just completely mind-blowing to think about. It doesn’t happen often, but the fact that it happened at all seems so unrealistic.
Most grandparents are happy to welcome their first grandchild into the world, at least when they feel their own children are ready to start having children. Becoming a grandparent can be a wonderful thing because they get to spoil their grandchildren and send them home loaded up on sugar. Grandparents are the ones that kids run to when they think their own parents are not being fair to them, but what happens when your grandparent is a kid just like you? In this article, we will discuss 15 people who were the youngest grandparents ever recorded in history.
15Rifca Stanescu: 23-Years-Old
Rifca is a Romanian Gypsy woman who gave birth to her own daughter, Maria when she was just 12-years-old. Her daughter gave birth to a son when she was just 11-years-old, making her a grandmother at a striking 23-years-old! Rifca is from the village Invest, Romania. Rifca’s husband, Ionel became a grandfather at the young age 25. Rifca was born in 1985, and she went against her family’s wishes and ran away with Ionel when she was just 11-years-old. Ionel was a jewelry seller. Rifca’s family had taken her away from Ionel, but she ended up running away again to be with the love of her life. A year after she got married to Ionel is when she became pregnant Rifca has begged her daughter to stay in school and finish her education, but Maria decided to follow her mom’s footsteps and chose love instead of an education.
Mum-Zi became a first-time mom in December 1884 at the very young age of eight years and four months old when she gave birth to a baby girl. Mum-Zi was a member of Chief Akkiri’s harem in Calabar, and he also happened to be the father of Mum-Zi’s baby girl. She was from Nigeria, on an island that used to be called Akwa Akpa, which is now called the city of Calabar. Mum-Zi’s own daughter followed in her mom's footsteps and became a mother when she was only a little older than her own mom, at just 9-years-old. In Mum-Zi’s day, ancient traditions such as marrying off children were way more common than they are today. It's crazy to think of becoming a mom at such a young age.
13Shem Davies: 29-Years-Old
Shem Davies went to a maternity ward in a British hospital; the staff automatically thought that he was there to see his own newborn baby. When, in fact, he was there to see his grandchild. Shem Davies was only 29-years-old when his daughter gave birth to her first child. The mother of his daughter, Kelly John, who also happens to be his former girlfriend, also happened to become a grandparent at the young age of 30.
Shem and Kelly both had their daughter when they were both just 15-years-old, and they named their daughter Tia. Tia welcomes in a baby girl at 14-years-old and named her Gracie. It was published in an article on Mirror that Tia had actually had a difficult pregnancy and needed an emergency caesarian section when she gave birth to her daughter due to a drop in baby Gracie’s heart rate.
12Marcolo & Fralto: 17 & 18-Years-Old
The youngest grandmother in history is said to be a teenager from Walhk, Burma and she became a grandmother at the very young age of seventeen years old, after her own daughter, who was only ten years old, gave birth to a set of twins. This grandmother's name was Marcolo Nersta and the twins' grandfather was eighteen year old Fralto Nersta. Marcolo had walked across the stage to receive her high school diploma just minutes after being introduced to her grand babies.
Fralto graduated high school the same exact day as his young bride. Fralto was already set up to work for his father’s plumbing business after graduation. With such a young daughter and two grand babies to feed, this family is definitely going to be needing his income! Marcolo and Fralto were married off to each other at the young ages of seven and eight years old.
11Whoopi Goldberg: 34-Years-Old
Whoopi Goldberg is well-known in the entertainment industry. What a lot of people don’t know about the queen of comedy, is that she became a first-time grandmother at the age of 34-years-old. Whoopi had her daughter when she was just 18-years-old with her first husband, Alvin Martin, to whom she was married to for six years. Whoopi and Alvin daughter, Alexandrea Martin, was born in 1973. Alexandra’s first child, Amarah Skye, was born when she was just 16-years-old to an unnamed father.
As of today, Whoopi is already a great-grandmother. She has received some of the awards in show business, and she has won an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar, and a Tony. She’s been in the entertainment industry for over three decades. The first movie that she starred was the 1985 hit, The Color Purple.
10Nikola Kostic: 26-Years-Old
Nikola Kostic became a father for the first time at the age of 13-years-old to a baby boy. His own son followed in suit and became a father, himself, at the young and tender age old of 13 as well. Nikola is from Germany, and his son is fathering a baby made him the youngest grandfather at the age of 26-years-old.
Nikola’s own father was talking to a cameraman on a YouTube Video showing headlines of German newspaper about how his son had become a grandparent at the age of 26-years-old. Nikola’s father even shared a picture of five generations of the Kostic family men together. Nikola’s father and mother, Todora, became some of the world’s youngest great grandparents in Germany at the age of 40-years-old. As they say; the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree!
9Joann Charles: 37-Years-Old
Joann Charles was a woman from Pennsylvania who was born on April 17, 1949. Joann got pregnant at the very young age of 16-years-old by her high school sweetheart and first husband, and she gave birth to her first of five children on December 18, 1966, at the age of 17-years-old. Her oldest daughter, baby girl Charles, would like to remain anonymous. Baby girl Charles gave birth to her first child, a daughter, named Samantha in 1986 when she was 19-years-old. That made Joann a first-time grandmother at the age of 37-years-old.
Sadly, Joann passed away in November 2012, from a heart attack when her diabetes got out of control. She left behind five children and 17 grandchildren and a few great-grandchildren. Joann loved her kids and grandkids equally.
8Tam Gallacher: 27-Years-Old
Not being a blood relative doesn’t necessarily bar someone from playing the role of grandfather. In this case, a young Tam Gallacher got married to a 33-year-old woman named Yvonne when he was just 19-years-old and worked in a factory. Yvonne happened to have an 11-year-old daughter at the time. Tam was closer to his stepdaughter’s age than his own wife. This didn’t deter Tam from thinking of this 11-year-old as one of his own kind.
When Yvonne’s daughter turned 19-years-old when she got pregnant and had a child of her own. Making Tam a proud grandfather at the age of 27. Tam had said, “We are an extremely close family, and being a grandparent was one of the best things to ever happen to me. Tam’s stepdaughter had a daughter of her own and named her Brogan. Tam has also said that he loves looking after his granddaughter, and said he felt lucky to be young enough to play with her and take her places that she wanted to go.
7Cee Lo Green: 35-Years-Old
In 2010 Cee Lo Green announced to Chelsea Handler that he was a grandfather at the age of 34-years-old. Cee Lo’s 20-year-old stepdaughter, Sierra, gave birth to a happy and healthy baby boy. Cee Lo seemed both ecstatic and excited to be playing the grandfather role. Cee Lo saw Sierra as his own daughter even though he was only with her mom and his ex-wife, Christine Johnson, for four short years.
Cee Lo decided to stay in Sierra’s life, and his grand baby’s life, even though he and Christine split up. Sierra had her fifteen minutes of fame when she was on MTV’s My Super Sweet 16 when she was just 15-years-old. Apparently, MTV really liked her and the exception to let her be on the show before turning 16.
6Dale Wright: 29-Years-Old
Dale Wright was a digger driver from the United Kingdom, who became a father at the young age of 14-years-old. Dale had a baby boy who he named Stephen. Like most of the children who were born to teen parents, Stephen took after his father and became a father himself at the exact same age his own father was; 14-years-old.
Stephen had made his dad a grandfather at the young age of just 29-years-old, making Dale, for a certain period of time, the youngest grandfather in Britain until in 1997. Dale had said that he couldn’t yell at his son too bad for getting a girl pregnant at 14-years-old since he had done the exact same thing just 14 years prior. Dale said, “Like father, like son” and he could not have been any more accurate with that saying.
5Kiefer Sutherland: 38-Years-Old
Kiefer Sutherland was also another male that became a young grandfather by marriage. When Kiefer was twenty-one years old in 1981, he married his sweetheart Camelia Kath, and she had a daughter named Michelle. Kiefer raised Michelle from the time she was just 8-years-old as if she were his own flesh and blood. After Kiefer and Camelia divorced in 1990, he still managed to maintain a relationship with his stepdaughter Michelle.
In 2005, Michelle gave birth to a beaming baby boy at the age of twenty-seven years old, making Kiefer a thirty-eight year old proud grandfather. Although he was young, Kiefer was beyond excited to be a grandfather. Kiefer just so happens to be a star on the TV show, “24” and is now the grandfather to a wonderful eleven year old boy and he could not be happier.
4Steve Smith: 29-Years-Old
Steve Smith welcomed in fatherhood when he had his son, who he named Dale, at the age of fourteen years old. However, like with most kids he was born to teenage parents, Dale followed the same path as his own father, and he got a girl pregnant when he was just a mere fourteen years old himself. As the saying goes; the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, I suppose. The media got a hold of this family’s situation of teenage parents from generation to generation, and the media made a circus out of the whole ordeal since father and son both became parents at just fourteen years old.
Steve’s grandchild was born in 1997, which would make him twenty years old by now; which would also make Steve forty-nine years old right now. This family exited the spotlight, so there is no telling if Steve’s grandchild followed in his father and grandfather’s footsteps, or if the cycle had finally been broken.
3Barbara Snyder: 39-Years-Old
Barbara Snyder is a loving mother and grandmother from Pennsylvania; she gave birth to her first-born daughter at the age of 19-years-old. She names her baby girl Kelly. Kelly followed in her mother’s footsteps and had her first child at the same exact age as her mother; 19-years-old as well. Kelly had a beautiful baby boy who she named Boyd, and making Barbara a grandmother for the first time at 39-years-old.
Barbara became a grandmother again, for the second time, when her daughter Kelly had another baby. She had a precious baby girl who she names Alysa and Barbara was 43-years-old. She now has six grandbabies. Barb’s husband, Art, who sadly passed away, raised both of Barb’s daughters, Kelly and Katherine as if they were his own. He passed away in September 2012.
2Joe Jackson: 42-Years-Old
The very man that got the Jackson family started in rising stardom, and who had dreams of being a professional boxer had to ditches his wild dreams to earn more money for his expanding family of a total of 10 children. Joe Jackson managed his boys singing group, The Jackson 5, and made his boys practice for ridiculously long and grueling hours every day to make sure that they were the best of the best.
Joe was known to be a little rough around the edges. The Jackson 5 became the first African-American group to receive international recognition as recording artists. Joe became a first-time father at the age of 22-years-old to his daughter Rebbie Jackson, who had her first child at the age of 21-years-old in 1971 who she named Stacee. Joe was two months shy of his 43rd birthday when she was born. Let’s hope he made a better grandpa then he did a dad!
1Kid Rock: 43-Years-Old
Kid Rock had his first child with him, now, ex-wife Kelly Russell when he was twenty-one years old. The couple named their gleaming bundle of joy Bobby Ritchie, Jr. When this singer and songwriter divorced his ex-wife, he took her to court to try to obtain full custody of their son when little Bobby was just seven years old. Kid Rock won, and had his ex-wife mandated to pay $25 a week in child support. We all know that a mere $25 a week won’t really help pay for much of anything for a kid these days.
After everything, Bobby followed his father’s footsteps and became a father himself at the perfect age of twenty-one years old. That made Kid Rock a grandfather at the age of forty-three years old.
Sources: foxnews.com, therichest.com, thetalko.com, sampost.com
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