Friday, January 3, 2014

Darned Twins Born a Year Apart

Twins Rory and Ronan Rosputni were born in separate years
Twins Rory and Ronan Rosputni were
born in different years.
Photo Credit: Charles Lewis/Buffalo News.

We depend upon records to reveal the “truth” about our pasts.

Yet sometimes records have anomalies.
Some are amusing or humorous.
Some are interesting or weird.
Some are peculiar or suspicious.
Some are infuriating, even downright laughable.

Yes, “Records Say the Darnedest Things.”

Records Say the Darnedest Things: Twins Born a Year Apart

The next time you see a record of twins born a year apart, don’t be too dismissive. Ronan Rosputni was born in 2011. His twin brother, Rory, was born in 2012. To be more specific, Ronan was born at 11:37 PM on 31 December 2011 and Rory was born at 12:10 AM on 1 January 2012. Okay, okay. I admit to exaggerating a little bit. Being born in separate years doesn’t mean they were born a year apart. Still, we come across weird stuff in genealogy, and this is one of them.

That New Year’s Eve saw three sets of twins born in separate years. In addition to the Rosputnis in Buffalo, New York, there was Beckett and Freya Humenny in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and Blake and Jocelyn Bear in Tampa, Florida. I haven’t heard yet if there were any this year.

Yes, records say the darnedest things.

          “3 Sets of Twins Born in Different Years,” ( : dated 3 January 2012, accessed 15 December 2013).
          Jay Tokasz, “Welcoming twins born a year apart Ronan closes out 2011, Rory kicks off 2012,” The Buffalo (New York) News, 2 January 2012; online edition ( : accessed 15 December 2013).


  1. I had a pair of 3rd cousins, once removed who were twins. One of them consistently reported his birth date to be in 1913, the other in 1912 throughout their lives on records. Finally proved it to be 1912 via the Church records.

  2. My grandmother and her twin were born Dec. 1909 and Jan. 1910. They both lived to be 96, dying within months of each other one in 2005 and the other in 2006. .

  3. There were the twins who were born in two countries, Dylan Joseph Fox was born at a relatives house in Wooler, Northumberland, England, sister Hannah Rose was born over the border at Borders General Hospital, Melrose, Scotland.a hour and forty minutes later on 1st July 2012.

  4. This set of twins was recorded on the same birth certificate (and two different birth dates):

  5. There have been two sets born this year, one in Toronto, Cananda, these were two girls; and another set in Washington D.C., the Girl born 11:58 pm Dec 31, 2013, and the brother born 12:02 am Jan 1, 2014.


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