New Research: Men in the U.S. Start Families Earlier than European Counterparts

Data from also shows men around the world putting off fatherhood until later in life

New York, USA, London, UK and Tel Aviv, Israel – June 16, 2011 – Are men in the U.S. more ready for diaper duty than men in Europe? According to new research by, the world’s leading online family network, European men wait longer to become dads than their U.S. counterparts.

The findings, based on worldwide family tree data of over 2.73 million families over the last decade, show an overall aging generation of first-time dads and a marked shift in trends between the U.S. and Western Europe. In addition, there appears to be a steep rise in the percentage of first-time dads older than age 40. Perhaps 40 is the new 30 after all...

Data shows that the global average age of a first-time dad consistently went up from age 29 in the year 2000 to 31 in 2011. The average age of a first-time dad in the U.S. was 29.65 in 2010, considerably younger than the Western European equivalent1  of 32.51.

Men over 40 around the world appear to be much more in the baby-making mood today than in previous years, while the percentage of teenage dads was shown to be in decline. Data also indicated an interesting trend reversal in the U.S. over the last decade, with a higher percentage of men over 40 now entering fatherhood than teenage boys. For charts and information on the findings2, including first-time dads in the U.S., Germany and UK over age 40 and under age 20, please click here.

“There’s always a lot of media hype about teenage parents and falling fertility rates in men over 40, so the global trends about dads emerging from our family tree data seem to be rather reassuring,” said Daniel Horowitz, Chief Genealogist at “Given our career-oriented lifestyles, it’s no surprise that men are waiting longer to become dads. However, the difference between the U.S. and Western Europe is an eye-opener and we’d love to find out the reasons behind this. In short, if women want to start a family sooner than later – their best bet is to settle down with an American man.”

The findings were based on analyzing worldwide family tree data from more than 2.73 million families, looking at the age of a man when he has a child for the first time from 2000 to 2010. For more information, visit the blog. is the leading online destination to explore family history and keep in touch with loved ones. Home to over 56 million registered users and 18 million family trees with information on more than 760 million people – is building the world’s Family Graph.

1 The average is calculated based on a selection of Western European countries (UK, Germany, France, Italy, Spain and the Netherlands).

2Disclaimer - The findings are based on simple family tree data from around the world, and do not guarantee to be characteristic of the full population.

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