Questions about kinship terms (words for family members).

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Relation name of my mother's sister's son's wife?

My mother has a sister. That sister is then my aunt. My auntie's children are my first cousins. Is that correct? How then do I refer to my cousin's wife and their children. What is the relationship. ...
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Is there a word for a younger aunt or uncle?

A maternal uncle is your mother's brother. What's the term for an uncle that is younger than you, or a niece/nephew that's older?
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What to call mother-in-law after divorce? [closed]

After my divorce, do I still call my mother-in-law "mother"? We are not on that good terms at the moment. To her I am the enemy, even though I did not file for divorce. She would still be the grandma ...
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Word for relationships between triplets

Andy and Bob are twins. Andy says: "This is my twin, Bob." Andy is Bob's twin brother. Alice, Beth and Claire are triplets. Alice says: "This is my _____, Beth, and my other _____, ...
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Title for a person one has had children with

I'm looking for a word meaning "Someone X has had children with". Joseph really gets around. He's had 15 girlfriends, and 2 [] so far Or Martha has 3 children, but has had them with two []
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Are there specific words for the siblings of my brother-in-law (or s.i.l.)?

Having a conversation this weekend, and this came up. Naively, I'd be inclined to simply label the brother of my brother-in-law a brother-in-law as well, since we've joined the families in a sense. ...
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What do I call the mother of my son-in-law? [duplicate]

Do I call the mother of my son-in-law my sister-in-law?
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What is the relation of my brother's wife's nieces to me?

My brother married his high school sweetheart who has five siblings who all have kids that have grown up calling me aunt. What relation would my sister in law's nieces and nephews be to me?
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“th” in mother, father, brother— but not sister

I was wondering why there is a "th" in mother, father, and brother, but not in sister? Is the etymology of the word different?
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half-siblings - adults' relationship

I was married and we had a daughter. We divorced. My ex-husband remarried and has a son. Our daughter and his son are half-siblings - share a dad. What am I to his son? What is his new wife to my ...
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difference between kind and type

I somewhat know the difference between kind and type, but I want to know it in detail so I can be able to use these words in my daily conversation. Which one of these is correct? What kind of job ...
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What do the parents of married children call each other? As in, the mother of the bride to the mother of the groom?

I am looking for an expression or term that would describe the relationship between the two mothers of their married children.
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What is the relationship of my brother's son to my wife's brother's daughter? [closed]

I need to introduce my nephew (my brother's son) to my nieces (my wife's brother's daughters). They're related, but only through marriage. How do I introduce them?
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Commas when listing family members?

Help, I can't find the answer anywhere! Tom has three brothers and one sister. When listing them, how do you punctuate? My instinct is to do it this way: Tom has three brothers, John, Edward, and ...
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Should I use “brothers” to refer to a mixed gender collection of siblings? [closed]

I know I can use siblings, but this seems strange in some contexts. Let's say I am opening a lemonade booth with my sister and I want to call the company "Lemon Bros."; would that be correct?
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Term for all relatives not in direct ancestry?

Is there a word or phrase to describe all familial relatives who are a part of the same family tree, but not either direct ancestors or direct descendants? Included in that list would be: siblings ...
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My sister's husband's parents in relation to me [closed]

I have a sister. What are her husband's parents to me (i.e. her parents in-law)?
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“eldest” vs. “firstborn”

A family genealogist discovered that his grandparent who was believed to have had six siblings actually had two more who had died very young; one died a few days after birth. The firstborn died at ...
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What word can I use to describe a relationship between one person and their half-sibling's half-sibling? [duplicate]

Amy is the daughter of Bob and Carol. Bob and Carol, at some point in their lives, married Chelsey and Dan, respectively. Egbert is the son of Chelsey and Bob, while Fabio is the son of Carol and Dan. ...
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Is there an equivalent to “agnate” for the maternal line?

An "agnate" (Used both as a noun and adjective) is a person descended from the same male ancestor as another, through the male line. A "paternal kinsman" is also a way of defining "agnate." ...
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Is there a word for the relationship between my cousin's family and mine?

My mother's brother is my "uncle". His son is my "cousin". His wife is my "aunt". Each of these words names a specific person based on their familial relationship to me. Together the three of them ...
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Is there a word to describe mother in law's brother in law

What is mother in law's brother in law called?
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Usage of Filial [duplicate]

Assuming that a couple have 6 kids and you pick one of them randomly and want to know if he is born 1st or 2nd or 3rd .....6th to his parents . Is it right to ask him/her What is your filial rank in ...
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The family unit led by an aunt or uncle

I need this word rather frequently in conversation and it bothers me that I don't know it. This word is the name of the family unit belonging to an uncle or aunt, or both. Similarly, the word for the ...
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What is the relation between great-grandfather and great-grandson and his wife and her parents?

What is the relation between a great-grandfather and his great-grandson's wife and her parents?
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Relation between parent of son with his father or mother in-law? [duplicate]

Is there a word for the relation between the parents and parents-in-law of a child?
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Ask someone about their birth order [duplicate]

If I need to ask someone about their birth order, what question is usually used? Let's say I do not ask how many children his family has first. What is your birth order? or Which child are you in ...
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Non-related cousin?

I was wondering what the official term for the relationship described below is. So My Grandparents D & F had two sons: T & E. T is my father. E married L and had three kids: P, E, & A ...
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My uncle's widow remarried, Is she still my aunt? [closed]

I had an uncle (my father's brother) who I never met because he died before I was born. He has 2 kids though, my first cousins. His widow has since re-married and had 2 more children. Is she still my ...
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A word for someone who you share a half-sibling with

This is probably best explained with an example. Alice and Bob have a child, Erin. Bob and Carol have a child, Frank. Carol and Dan have a child, Grace. Clearly, Erin and Frank are half-siblings, ...
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Why doesn't the English language have distinct words to use when talking to elders? [closed]

In many of the languages that I've studied there are separate distinctions in the words to use when talking to elders and when talking to someone of your age or younger. For e.g. in Hindi, if I ...
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“dead brother's grandson” VS “passed-away brother's grandson”

One is dead brother's grandson (and) dead sister's grandson. The other is passed-away brother's grandson (and) passed-away sister's grandson. They come from part of a novel which I'm ...
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A parent who has more than one child with one or more partners: “Poly-what?”

A polyglot is someone who can speak many languages; something that is polychromatic has many colours, and polysemy is a word or phrase with multiple meanings If polygamy is having more than one ...
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male/female cousin or nephew/niece [closed]

I was reading true some of the gender questions on this site. They said that there where no gender specific way of saying cousin except adding male or female in front of it. But i was always told you ...
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Is the “female” in “female cousin” redundant here?

"My female cousin working for a finance company was dismissed. Disappeared along with her job were her confidence and smiling face." There is a very complicated system in Chinese for naming ...
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What is correct phrase for the relationship with my son's father/mother in law

What is the correct phrase for the relationship between me and my son's father/mother in law?
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Phrase for the elder of my younger sisters?

If i have two sisters younger than me, how can i refer to the elder one of them? "Younger sister" is ambiguous, but "older sister" is inaccurate. "Elder one of my younger sisters" is long and clumsy. ...
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What do you call your nephew's wife? [closed]

What do you call your nephew's wife? My niece? My niece-in-law? My nephew's wife?
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Why are there no male or female terms for cousins in English? [duplicate]

In general English doesn't seem to cater well for identifying relationships between people, and the classic example seems to be the term 'cousin' because you can't really work out whether it is ...
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Individual and Collective Terms for Family Members [duplicate]

How come some family relationships have individual gender specific terms and collective terms, while some have only one? The adults who are responsible for conceiving, birthing, and raising you are ...
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How far out does “in-law” go? [closed]

The sister to a husband becomes the wife's sister-in-law. If the sister in-law was to marry a woman, would she also become the wife's sister-in-law? If so can you keep calling the family of your ...
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What should we call our elder cousin's wife? [closed]

We don’t call our cousins cousin Somebody the way we do with uncles and aunts; we just refer to them by their given name directly. But sometimes we cannot use their name to address them, such as if ...
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Word for “person living with in-laws” or “feeling awkward and inadequate”

Is there a word for a Person living with in-law parents, by which I mean, a man or a woman who got married and moved to his or her parents in laws' house, in English ? There is a word for it in my ...
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What do you call your grand-father's brother? (grand- v great-) [duplicate]

Your father's father is called your grand-father, yet your father's uncle is typically called your great-uncle (or so it seems with anybody I converse with). Why the inconsistency?
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Possessive apostrophe for owner of owner of owner of

I've read Preferred way to apostrophise in case of dual or multiple ownership by distinct entities and "Nikki's and Alice's X" vs. "Nikki and Alice's X", but my ...
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Title or word to describe the first, original member of a family tree

I'm looking for a word to signify the ancestor from which a family tree is derived. They would be the first, from whom all other family members are descended. Does such a word exist? I imagine, given ...
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A common word that describes the first level relation

A common word that describes the first level relation. First level relation: Parent for an unmarried. Spouse for a married
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Word for a parent whose children have all died [duplicate]

I know there have been other questions asked that are similar, but I want to know about the specific case where a person has had a child or children, but all have passed on. Is there an accepted word ...
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Is a *by-law* the same thing as an *in-law*?

When I was a student (over fifty years ago) I had a landlady who used to talk about her 'aunt-by-law'. I wish I had been bold enough to ask her the nature of the relationship, but I have always ...
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What is one’s mother-in-law’s mother-in-law called?

What is one’s mother-in-law’s mother-in-law called?