The Van Houten family are one of the many families who are native to Springfield. They are related to the Simpson family, because Milford married Eliza. They are of Dutch-Italian descent.

The Van Houten family portrait in the season 25 episode The War of Art.


The Van Houten Family

The immediate Van Houten Family consists of Kirk, Luann, and Milhouse. All three look alike: cobalt blue hair, red coke-bottle glasses, and giant, softball-sized noses, similar to earlier characters Akbar and Jeff from Matt Groening's Life in Hell comic strip. They are some of the few regular characters with eyebrows (although the ones Luann have are revealed to be phony in A Milhouse Divided). Kirk and Luann got a divorce in the same episode, but remarried in Little Orphan Millie.

Allegations of Incest

After long standing rumors that Kirk and Luann were closely related (due to their similar character design), it was revealed by Milhouse that they were indeed first cousins.[1]

Extended Family

The grandparents introduced in the show have the same physical characteristics as Milhouse and his parents, making it more unclear just whose parents (Kirk's or Luann's) they are. They consist of:

Family Member Gallery

Family Tree

Hiram Simpson
Milford Van Houten
Eliza Simpson
Abraham Simpson I
Many Generations (At Least Three Generations)
Grandpa Van Houten's Second Wife
Grandpa Van Houten
Grandma Van Houten
Norbert "Zack" Van Houten (possibly adopted)
Kirk Van Houten
Luann Mussolini
Milhouse Van Houten


  1. Episode 572 "Let's Go Fly a Coot"
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