‘I have 150 siblings so parents use alphabet naming hack to remember who is who’
A teen from a huge polygamous family with one dad and 27 mums says his 150 siblings are like a “litter of children.”
Murray Blackmore, from Canada, is from the largest polygamous family in the world – but he says his scores of siblings is all he’s ever known.
Explaining that he is his father’s 65th child, Murray took to TikTok to reveal how his parents keep track of all the kids in the family.
“What my parents did in my family, was name all the kids born in the same year – start with the same letter.
“So everyone in my age group’s name all starts with an ‘M’.”
Murray explained his family used to be part of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints – which is tied to the Mormon faith.
In previous videos, the siblings revealed that the teenagers of the family don’t live with their mums, but in a “motel house.” The swarm of siblings also attend their own school.
The Blackmore family, based in British Columbia, Canada, are all related to super-dad Winston Blackmore, 64.
Earlier this year, Murray’s sibling Merlin, 19, revealed what it was like to live in the world’s largest polygamous family.
The teen said he spent years trying to hide his alternative upbringing but now he’s moved to the US, he feels comfortable speaking out about it.
He said he felt he had to get out of the community before he felt comfortable speaking about it.
Merlin, who has seven full siblings, also explained the huge age gaps between the kids – with his oldest brother aged 44 and his youngest aged just one.
He said birthday parties are “pretty normal” within the community, but usually it’s only the full siblings who buy presents for each other.
“Sometimes if there were a whole bunch of birthdays close together we would celebrate them as one big birthday party, but that didn’t happen very often,” he said.
Merlin’s full sibling Warren has also used TikTok to explain the family ties – claiming that among the 27 wives were six different groups of sisters.
“There was two groups of three different sisters and there was four groups of four different sisters from another family,” he said.
Murray has also revealed how he spent his final year of schooling in a public school – where he learned about his own polygamous family as part of the law curriculum.
He said: “During my last year of high school, I went to a public school nearby in my nearest town and I signed up for a law class.
“And I’m there, minding my own business, doing my law s**t, and we come across this chapter about polygamy.
“There is an entire section in the law book about my family.”
Murray’s TikTok videos have attracted questions from inquisitive people all around the world who want to understand the logistics of running such an enormous family.
One viewer asked: “How much does it cost to support a family like this? And what do your parents do to afford it?”
Murray replied: “Gardening and a community effort.”
When asked if he supports polygamy himself, Murray said: “I personally wouldn’t choose that lifestyle, but many of my siblings have and I support their decisions to be happy.”