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Name for a child born to older parents long after its siblings
« on: Thursday 01 February 18 13:21 GMT (UK) »
Is there a general term used in English for a sole last child in a family, born to older parents, long after its siblings were born? It seems to be a common phenomenon in large Victorian families, and you'd think there would be a name for it.

Google has thrown up terms in other languages - Afrikaans laat lammetjie ('late lamb'), Norwegian attpåklatt ('afterthought') - and, I'm guessing recent, American English slang caboose baby, but has anyone come across any other term?
ARM: Grady
BDF: Squires
CAM: Cresswell; Flavell; Foster; Greeves; Holmes; Moles; Ricket; Utteridge; Woodward
DBY: Bown; Poyser
DUR: Bullerwell; Harland
ESS: Munson
HUN: Allen; Corr
LAN: Burrows
LEI: Pope
LIN: Busley; Cass; Challans; Eato; Mabbott; Meadows; Pask; Robinson; Watson; Wright
LND: Batten
NBL: Curry; Gallon; Gray; Hall; Heslop; Longridge; Richardson; Sadler; Wears
NRY: Kay; Stainthorp
OXF: Bowden
SAL: Bassett
STS: Hunt; Spooner
WOR: Farley
WRY: Black; Cowley; Howson; Vauxhall

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Re: Name for a child born to older parents long after its siblings
« Reply #1 on: Thursday 01 February 18 13:28 GMT (UK) »
.an afterthought?

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Re: Name for a child born to older parents long after its siblings
« Reply #2 on: Thursday 01 February 18 13:30 GMT (UK) »
 ;D    ;D

or often a grandchild taken on as supposedly there own - Adopted
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Re: Name for a child born to older parents long after its siblings
« Reply #3 on: Thursday 01 February 18 13:33 GMT (UK) »
I’ve heard “late lamb” in English too.
Ayr: Barnes, Wylie
Caithness: MacGregor
Essex: Eldred (Pebmarsh)
Gloucs: Timbrell (Winchcomb)
Hants: Stares (Wickham)
Lincs: Maw, Jackson (Epworth, Belton)
London: Pierce
Suffolk: Markham (Framlingham)
Surrey: Gosling (Richmond)
Wilts: Matthews, Tarrant (Calne, Preshute)
Worcs: Milward (Redditch)
Yorks: Beaumont, Crook, Moore, Styring (Huddersfield); Middleton (Church Fenton); Exley, Gelder (High Hoyland); Barnes, Birchinall (Sheffield); Kenyon, Wood (Cumberworth/Denby Dale)

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Re: Name for a child born to older parents long after its siblings
« Reply #4 on: Thursday 01 February 18 13:37 GMT (UK) »
;D    ;D

or often a grandchild taken on as supposedly there own - Adopted

Yes that did occur to me!
ARM: Grady
BDF: Squires
CAM: Cresswell; Flavell; Foster; Greeves; Holmes; Moles; Ricket; Utteridge; Woodward
DBY: Bown; Poyser
DUR: Bullerwell; Harland
ESS: Munson
HUN: Allen; Corr
LAN: Burrows
LEI: Pope
LIN: Busley; Cass; Challans; Eato; Mabbott; Meadows; Pask; Robinson; Watson; Wright
LND: Batten
NBL: Curry; Gallon; Gray; Hall; Heslop; Longridge; Richardson; Sadler; Wears
NRY: Kay; Stainthorp
OXF: Bowden
SAL: Bassett
STS: Hunt; Spooner
WOR: Farley
WRY: Black; Cowley; Howson; Vauxhall

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Re: Name for a child born to older parents long after its siblings
« Reply #5 on: Thursday 01 February 18 13:41 GMT (UK) »
Accident/afterthought/change of life baby - they don’t sound quite as tender as late lamb.
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Re: Name for a child born to older parents long after its siblings
« Reply #6 on: Thursday 01 February 18 14:02 GMT (UK) »
Sometimes the presence of an unmarried daughter of child-bearing age in the household will raise the suspicion that the infant 'sons' and 'daughters' of elderly parents might be illegitimate grandchildren.

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Re: Name for a child born to older parents long after its siblings
« Reply #7 on: Thursday 01 February 18 14:09 GMT (UK) »
Miracle baby ....said by parents who've spent years trying to conceive
I like late lamb expression
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Re: Name for a child born to older parents long after its siblings
« Reply #8 on: Thursday 01 February 18 15:45 GMT (UK) »
That’s lovely brigidmac.
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