It is very difficult to imagine that a 17-year-old could meet his grandchildren on the same day he graduated from high school. It’s just amazing to think about it. This does not happen often, but the fact that it happened seems unrealistic.
Most grandparents are happy to welcome their first grandchild into the world, at least when they feel that their own children are ready to start having them. Becoming grandparents can be a wonderful thing because they can spoil their grandchildren and send them home loaded with sugar. Grandparents are the ones to whom children run when they think their own parents are not fair to them, but what happens when your grandparents are still children, a little like you? In this article, we will talk about 16 people who are among the youngest grandparents ever seen in history.
1. Shem Davies, 29 years old
Shem Davies became a grandfather at the shocking age of 29, when his 14-year-old daughter gave birth to a baby girl in 2011. Davies was also young when he had his daughter at only 14 years old with his girlfriend who was 15 and became the youngest grandfather in Britain at the time. He told The Daily Mail: “It is an absolute joy to see Gracie thrive. I’m incredibly proud of Tia. She’ll be a brilliant mother. At first, I wasn’t very happy that she was pregnant, but I quickly got over it. Now it’s about being positive.” Let’s hope his granddaughter doesn’t do the same, which might make Shem the youngest great-grandfather in Britain!
2. Kiefer Sutherland, 39 years old
Actor Kiefer Sutherland became a young grandfather by marriage. In 1987, when he was only 21 years old, he married Camelia Kath, who already had a daughter named Michelle Kath, whom the actor began to raise at the age of eight. Although he and Camelia separated in 1990, his relationship with his daughter remained strong. Kiefer was even seen wearing a kilt for his daughter-in-law’s wedding in 2004. Michelle married the Scottish actor Adam Sinclair. She then welcomed in a child in 2005 at the age of 27 and a second one a little later. That’s how Kiefer became a grandfather at the age of 39.
3. Nikola Kostic, 26 years old
Nikola Kostic, of German origin, made the headlines in his country and around the world when he had a son at the age of 13, then his son followed in his father’s footsteps and had his own child at 13, making Nikola the youngest grandfather in the world at only 26. Nikola and his wife also became one of the youngest great-grandparent couples in Germany at the age of 40. In a video on YouTube, Nikola’s father shows the cameraman how his son made the headlines in their country when he became a grandfather at such a young age.
4. Rifca Stanescu, 23 years old
Having a child in your teenage years is never a fun experience. Sometimes you have to put school and friends aside to raise your child and life is anything but normal. But if you live in certain parts of Romania, it is quite normal to have a child when your body reaches maturity. Rifca Stanescu is a Romanian gypsy who married her husband, Ionel, when she was only 11 years old and he was 13. She gave birth to her daughter when she was 12 years old. Rifca hoped her daughter would not follow in her footsteps, but it was too late. Maria gave birth to a son named Ion when she was 11 years old. Rifca was a grandmother at 23 and her husband a grandfather at 25. They broke records.
5. Mum-Zi, 17 years old
In a city called Calabar in Nigeria, it is normal for children to get married and have their own children. At the end of the 19th century, a young girl named Mum-Zi made headlines around the world when she became a mother at the age of eight, giving birth to a baby girl. As it was a tradition to marry and have children so young, Mum-Zi’s daughter followed her example and had her own baby at the age of nine, making Mum-Zi a grandmother at the very, very young age of 17! When we were 17, we thought about which concert to go to or which prom dress to wear, but we didn’t think about becoming grandparents.
6. Cee Lo Green, 35 years old
Cee Lo Green is another famous celebrity who won a girl when he got married. The singer had only been married to Christina Johnson for four years when her daughter-in-law, Sierra, gave birth at the age of twenty. While talking on Chelsea Handler’s show, he announced that his daughter-in-law had given birth to a little boy, making him a grandfather at only 35 years old! You may recognize the singer’s daughter-in-law in My Super Sweet 16 on MTV. However, she was only 15 years old at the time and Cee Lo Green admitted that the network allowed her to have her own episode because “MTV liked her and they allowed her to make an exception for this show.”
7. Whoopi Goldberg, 34 years old
Whoopi Goldberg became a mother at a young age. She and her first husband, Alvin Martin, took in a little girl when she was only 17, Alexandrea Martin, who also eventually became a producer and actress. However, her daughter followed in her footsteps and had her own child at the age of 16. Whoopi became a grandmother at the age of 34! To make things even stranger, Goldberg’s granddaughter has just welcomed her own baby, now making the host of The View a great-grandmother. In fact, Whoopi is now a grandmother of three children and a great-grandmother of one child.
8. Marcolo and Fralto, 17 and 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 17, after her own daughter, who was only 10 years old, gave birth to twins. This grandmother’s name was Marcolo Nersta and the twins’ grandfather was 18 years old, Fralto Nersta. The couple married when they were 7 and 8 years old respectively. Marcolo had crossed the stage to receive his high school diploma just minutes after being introduced to his grandchildren.
9. Joann Charles, 37 years old
Joann Charles, unfortunately now deceased, was a Pennsylvania woman born on April 17, 1949. Joann became pregnant at the very young age of 16 years old of her first husband and high school sweetheart, and she gave birth to her first of five children on December 18, 1966, at the age of 17. Her eldest daughter would like to remain anonymous, but she gave birth to her first child, a daughter, Samantha, in 1986, when she was 19 years old. That’s how Joann became a grandmother at the age of 37.
10. Tam Gallacher, 27 years old
Not being a blood relative does not necessarily prevent someone from playing the role of the grandfather. In this case, the young Tam Gallacher married a 33-year-old woman, Yvonne, when he was only 19 years old and working in a factory. Yvonne had an 11-year-old daughter at the time. Tam was closer to his daughter-in-law’s age than his own wife’s. This did not prevent Tam from considering that this 11-year-old girl was one of his own. When Yvonne’s daughter turned 19, when she became pregnant and had her own child, making Tam a proud 27-year-old grandfather.
11. Dale Wright, 39 years old
Dale Wright was a backhoe driver from the United Kingdom, who became a father at the age of 14. Dale had a little boy named Stephen. Like most children born to teenage parents, Stephen succeeded his father and became a father himself at the age of 14. Stephen had made his father a grandfather at the age of 29, making Dale, for a time, the youngest grandfather in Britain until 1997.
12. Steve Smith, 29 years old
Steve Smith took his first steps into fatherhood when he had his son, whom he named Dale, at the age of 14. However, like most children born to teenage parents, Dale followed the same path as his own father and got a girl pregnant when he was only 14 years old himself. As the saying goes, the apple never falls far from the tree! Steve’s grandchild was born in 1997, so he is now 20 years old.
13. Barbara Snyder, 39 years old
Barbara Snyder is a loving mother and grandmother from Pennsylvania who gave birth to her first daughter at the age of 19. She called her granddaughter Kelly. Kelly followed in her mother’s footsteps and had her first child at the same age as her mother, 19 years old. Kelly had a beautiful little boy whom she named Boyd and who made Barbara a grandmother for the first time at 39 years old. Barbara became a grandmother for the second time when her daughter Kelly had another baby, a little girl named Alysa, when Barbara was 43 years old.
14. Joe Jackson, 42 years old
The man who brought the Jackson family into being and dreamed of becoming a professional boxer had to give up his crazy dreams to earn more money for his growing family of 10 children in total. The manager of the popular group The Jackson 5 first became a father at the age of 22 of his daughter Rebbie Jackson, who had her first child, whom she named Stacee, at the age of 21 in 1971. Joe was two months away from her 43rd birthday when she was born. Let’s hope he made a better grandfather than a father!
15. Kid Rock, 43 years old
Kid Rock had his first child with his ex-wife Kelly Russell at the age of 21. The couple named him Bobby Ritchie Jr. When this singer-songwriter divorced his ex-wife, he took her to court to try to get full custody of their son when little Bobby was only 7 years old, and he won. In the end, Bobby followed in his father’s footsteps and became a father himself at the perfect age of 21. This made Kid Rock a grandfather at the age of 43.
16. Tommy, 23 years old
Tommy lived a well-ordered life, studied at university, worked as a real estate agent and was an avid athlete. One day, he received news from a cousin he hadn’t seen in years, Kiarna. Having lived in poverty since childhood, penniless and without property, Tommy felt sorry for her and decided to take her under his wing. At only 23 years old, Tommy became Kiarna’s legal guardian. However, shortly afterwards, he learned that Kiarna had hidden from him, out of fear, that she was pregnant. Having become his legal guardian, the young man also became a very young grandfather!