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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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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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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Who says “mummy” and “daddy”?

Is the use of the terms mummy and daddy to (informally) refer to one's parents particular to a specific socio-economic class or culture? How does this contrast with the terms mum/ mom, and dad?
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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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What is the correct phrase for ex-in-laws when divorced?

If you get divorced, are your ex-spouse's siblings' children still your nieces or nephews?
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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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Is there a term for your parent's ex-spouse who is not your biological parent?

How would one refer to one's parent's 2nd spouse, whom they have divorced? For example, I have a biological father, and a step-father, but what about the man my mother was married to before my ...
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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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Is “purse-lipped mother-in-law” an established word representing for a woman who is censoriousness and nagging about everything?

I found an interesting phrase, “purse-lipped mother-in-law” in the following lines of the article titled “The newspaper that rules Britain,” which appeared in New Yorker magazine, April 2nd, 2012 ...
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Where do the words for daughter, son, aunt, uncle, mother, father, cousin, nephew, niece come from?

Please see Title. I'm not specifically referring to which language they came from... but if they come from something else. In other words, do they come from words with other meanings. For example, do ...
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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 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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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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Is there a word for my relation to ex-wife's child?

If I marry a woman and she has a child, I am a step parent. But what if the sequence is reversed? For example, suppose I am married to a woman, get divorced and she subsequently has a child by ...
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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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Where's 'in-law' in mother-in-law from?

I've read that it's somehow connected with the Canon Law, but I'm not sure. I'm really interested in finding the answer.
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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 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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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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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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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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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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“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 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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Filling out forms that ask for “relationship with”

When I fill any form for my son this question “relationship with child” confuses me. Should the answer be “son” or “father”? To me, the ideal answer is always “a father–son relationship”. A little ...
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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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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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“I'm my own grandpa” – is there a word for this?

I was listening to a Chad Morgan record today, on which his cover of the song I'm my own grandpa features as the first track. The lyrics of the song describe a bizzare, but plausible scenario, in ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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How do married gay couples address each other?

I know that non-married lovers address each other by saying “This is my girlfriend/boyfriend.” I know that married couples address each other by calling “my wife/husband”. I also know that gay lovers ...
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Word for partner you are living with but not married to

What is a word for a person you live with but are not married to? I do not mean a room mate, but rather someone you are romantically involved with. From what I understand, spouse is someone you are ...
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Use of “brother” in non-family and non-religious contexts

I think the word brother (sometimes spelled brotha or bro) has been used for a long time among African Americans when talking to one another with the meaning of "pal" and not in a family context. ...
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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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Gender-independent replacement for “fiancée” and “fiancé”

I can use child to replace son or daughter, sibling for sister or brother, and parent for mother or father. What is the unisex replacement for fiancée and fiancé? I don’t need it for speech, but for ...
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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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What is the term for “cousin of a cousin”?

My mother’s sister’s son is my cousin; let’s call him “John”. John’s father’s brother’s son — let’s call him Mark — is John’s cousin. Now, Mark isn’t my direct cousin as we don't share any immediate ...
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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 ...