Sibset of the Week: The Brandreths

Gyles Brandreth, picture from


You feel that a man named Gyles Daubeney Brandreth was unlikely to give his children names such as John or Mary, and your instincts are right. Gyles Brandreth is a former politician and now presenter in the UK, and alongside wife  Michèle Brown, he has three well-named children:

Benet Xan

Saethryd Charity

Aphra Kendal Alice (mother of Kiyo)

Brandreth has commented on his middle child’s name, saying:  Everyone is non-plussed by the name. I now rattle off the explanation  –  ‘Saint Saethryd was the daughter of King Anna, the King of the East Angles in the late 600s. My friend Noel Davis said: “Let’s hope the poor child doesn’t have a lisp.”‘

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7 thoughts on “Sibset of the Week: The Brandreths

  1. Maxxi

    Gyles Brandweth is a legend! Did you see his face on The One Show today? Priceless.

    As for the names of his children, it doesn’t surprise me that he went for eclectic choices, you only need to watch him for a short while to see he’s of the ‘batty brit’ class of people, but you’ve got to love him for it. Which reminds me, what are Boris’ children called? He’s certainly another mad hatter of a politician!


  2. Ena

    His comment was right about Saethyrd!


  3. Taidi

    King ANNA?


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