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The colour of your kids eyes?

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fizzyapple1 Mon 10-Oct-16 21:36:19

If your mum has very pale grey/blue eyes and your father has pale hazel eyes is it possible to have a dark brown eyed child?

Wibblywobblyfoo Mon 10-Oct-16 21:38:41

The child can, I think, get a dominant eye colour gene from further back in the family. What colour are the grandparents eyes?

Floggingmolly Mon 10-Oct-16 21:40:08

Yes, it's totally possible. The myth that two blue eyed parents can't have a brown eyed child has been totally debunked.

Mamaka Mon 10-Oct-16 21:40:20

My nephew has blue eyes and both his parents have brown eyes. Both his grandmothers have blue eyes.

nobodyputsbabyinthecornor Mon 10-Oct-16 21:40:29

Both my husband and I have really dark brown eyes and our soon has the brightest blue eyes youl ever see!!

nobodyputsbabyinthecornor Mon 10-Oct-16 21:41:33

*son

crazyhead Mon 10-Oct-16 21:43:23

Yes, because eye colour is influenced by a number of genes. So maybe it is unusual but perfectly possible.

Me and DH are the other way round - both very dark brown eyes and one of our boys is blue eyed.

PrincessHairyMclary Mon 10-Oct-16 21:44:31

Yep same way DDs dad and I and grandparents have dark brown hair but DD has fire red hair. DDs dad and I have Irish/Scottish heritage and we must have both passed on the recessive red gene from further back in the gene pool.

babyblabber Mon 10-Oct-16 21:46:02

I have blue eyes, DH has green/pale hazel.

We have a blue eyed boy and two brown eyed girls. Not dark brown more like very dark hazel but they look brown at a glance.

SleepFreeZone Mon 10-Oct-16 21:47:43

My friend has a daughter with startlingly beautiful blue eyes. My friend, her husband and her son all have brown eyes.

EsmesBees Mon 10-Oct-16 21:48:35

Yep. My eyes are grey, DH's are blue, dd's are dark brown like her grandad and aunt.

IWillOnlyEatBeans Mon 10-Oct-16 21:49:24

Yes, perfectly possible smile

fizzyapple1 Mon 10-Oct-16 21:49:36

I was taught that brown eyed parents can have blue eyed kids but not the other way round.

fizzyapple1 Mon 10-Oct-16 21:50:29

Thinking about it, all four grandparents had blue eyes...confused

Bountybarsyuk Mon 10-Oct-16 21:51:18

Yes, neither my husband or me have brown eyes (one blue, one green/hazel) and one of my dd has dark brown eyes! I think it is the pale hazel that does it!

whimsical1975 Mon 10-Oct-16 21:54:51

Two brown eyed parents can have a blue eyed child, but two blue eyed parents CAN NOT have a brown eyed child!!! That is not a myth, it is genetics!!!!!

paddypants13 Mon 10-Oct-16 22:01:13

My (limited) understanding is that the brown eyed gene is dominant so it would be possible for them to have a child with dark brown eyes.

Dh and I have dark eyes and have dd with strange bluey brown eyes and ds with bright blue eyes. Both our fathers have blue eyes so we assume we both passed on the recessive gene.

fizzyapple1 Mon 10-Oct-16 22:04:38

Surely paddy if the dark brown gene is dominant then the parents would have dark brown themselves? I have suspicions my sibling is only my half sibling.

Bountybarsyuk Mon 10-Oct-16 22:05:10

genetics.thetech.org/how-blue-eyed-parents-can-have-brown-eyed-children

It says here it is uncommon but it can happen, if the gene for pigmentation is wrong, as there is more than one gene involved in eye colour.

itshappenedagain Mon 10-Oct-16 22:09:51

Eye colour is coded for on 6 different genes. So yes they could. I have a brown eyed child and a blue eyed child and j have green eyes and their fathers have blue.

PointlessUsername Mon 10-Oct-16 22:12:10

My dm has grey/blue eyes and my df has green, one sister has blue eyes the other green and I have brown eyes.

Glitterkitten24 Mon 10-Oct-16 22:17:01

This is quite interesting

weegiemum Mon 10-Oct-16 22:23:00

Dh a d I both have blue though dh has brown flecks. Both our dads ha e deep brown eyes.

Dd1 has deep brown eyes
D's has hazel/grey eyes
Dd2 has light brown eyes

There's no doubt about parentage. Genetics isn't that simple!

maggiecate Mon 10-Oct-16 22:23:24

Bounty's link above explains it really well. The old theory of 'two blue eyed parents can't have a brown eyed child is now known to be false', so if this is the only reason for your suspicions then you can relax.

Bountybarsyuk Mon 10-Oct-16 22:24:35

Glitter I think that's a bit of a simplistic chart though as there's no hazel, which definitely does exist! I'd hate anyone to be determining paternity off these rather simple charts.

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