Battle of the Siblings

Are you the oldest child in the family? Maybe you’re the baby in the family. Or maybe you got stuck in the middle, but have you ever wondered if being the oldest, youngest, or most middle sibling correlated to your success and character? Well, believe it or not, it does. To a certain extent.

I am the oldest sibling in my family and I have always wondered if being the oldest is better than being the most middle or youngest. With that said, I did some research and here is what I found.

First Borns: Tend to be more ambitious, aggressive, and determined than younger siblings. Older siblings are more present at prestigious colleges such as Harvard, Yale, and Georgia Tech. I also found that most firstborns look to earn degrees in medicine, engineering or law compared to others.

“Every astronaut to go into space has been either the oldest child in his or her family or the eldest boy. And throughout history — even when large families were the norm — more than half of all Nobel Prize winners and U.S. presidents have been first born. Famous eldest children include Hillary Clinton, Bill Clinton, Richard Branson, J.K. Rowling and Winston Churchill” (Kate Lorenz, Editor).

A lot of actors/actresses are firstborns too.

Guess you can say the oldest tend to be the most achieving. 😉

Middles: Middle children are usually go-with-the-flow and casual. This is probably because they are sometimes lost in the mix of things in own families. They tend to have better communication skills and have been found to be better friends due to their people skills. “Middle children often take on the role of mediator and peacemaker. Famous middle children include Bill Gates, J.F.K., Madonna and Princess Diana” (Kate Lorenz).

Youngest: The youngest siblings have more charming and artistic. They also tend to be very manipulative. They use their charm to persuade others into getting what they want.

If you have a younger brother/sister, then you understand how they can talk their way in and out of things. “Successful in journalism, advertising, sales and the arts, famous youngest children include Cameron Diaz, Jim Carrey, Drew Carey, Rosie O’Donnell, Eddie Murphy and Billy Crystal” (Kate Lorenz).

Moving On

Now that we have talked about first, middle, and last-borns, let’s dive into kids who are the only child or maybe even have a twin.

Only Children: Only children are similar to firstborns in the way that they are more determined and possess leadership roles. Unfortunately, only children tend to be more stubborn and spoiled because they are used to having everything to themselves without living with other kids. “Well-known only children include Rudy Guiliani, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Alan Greenspan, Tiger Woods, tennis’ teen queen Maria Sharapova and Leonardo Da Vinci” (Kate Lorenz).

Twins: They are usually seen as equals and are treated so similarly that they tend to turn out similarly in most cases. Twins are also a little bit more competitive because they constantly have someone competing with them. Twins make for a great duo together, but sometimes never find themselves as individuals because being with their twin is the identity they have familiarized themselves.

On the other hand, some twins are complete polar opposites. Once could be athletic and social, while the other may find peace in art and isolation. It all depends on the situation and lifestyle they are born into.


These findings are not guaranteed, but I have found them to be accurate in most scenarios. I hope this post correlates to which ever kind of sibling you are and don’t forget to subscribe to the mailing list!

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