Couple names every one of their 11 kids with variations of the same four letters

A family has a unique tradition when it comes to naming their huge brood of seven girls and four boys – they only use the same four letters every time.

Parents Gwenny Blanckaert and Marino Vaneeno, from Belgium, have only used A, E, L and X when choosing what to call their children .

And now they've revealed they are planning to do the same for baby number 12 – a boy – in April 2022.

Eldest child Alex is 13, followed by Axel, 12, Xela, 11, Lexa, 10, Xael, nine, Xeal, eight, Exla , five, Leax , four, Xale, two, Elax, one, and six-month-old Alxe.

Two years ago, Gwenny, 32, told HLN they named their oldest son after Marino's stepfather because they thought "it was a beautiful name".

She said: "The name of our second son became Axel and after that, we started puzzling.

"We realised that they were the same letters, so we decided to continue like this."

Earlier this month, the proud mum then told Dutch publication De Stentor the couple are "over the moon" as they await the birth of their next child.

"It will be a boy. That will bring the final score to 7-5. Seven girls and five boys," she explained.

The four letters reportedly allow for 24 different first names but Gwenny and Marino, 39, said they don't plan on having any more after that.

"Right from the start we had set the bar at twelve. And we will stick to that," the mum said.

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"The day that we sit around the table with twelve children, our family is complete."

Gwenny shared a scan of her unborn son on Facebook on October 7.

The couple's brood, while impressive, doesn't quite compete with Britain's biggest family, the Radfords, who boast 22 kids.

Last year, Millie Radford revealed she wants more children – but not for a “long time”.

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