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Your native country is your "motherland"/ "fatherland", the land of your ancestors is your "fatherland" and your first language is your "mother tongue".

What do you call the home in which you grew up and spent most of your childhood (any other mother/father-containing word or phrase such as father home, mother home, maternal home, paternal home, or ___)?

I want to use it in sentences like these:

  • "When I was single and still living in my ___, I didn't eat meat food at all, but after getting married I stared to change my habit."

  • After their parents' death, they sold their house and went to another city and took all of the memories of that ___ with them."


In my country we call it "fatherhome".

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    Simply home. Perhaps when describing it to others 'our house' or 'our home'. – Icy Apr 23 '16 at 18:29
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    Well, in some circumstances it would be "My parents' house." – Hot Licks Apr 23 '16 at 18:32
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    "My old home" is idiomatic and often used to mean 'the home I grew up (or spent a significant amount of time) in'; in context, it doesn't literally mean the home is old (that is relative). "The house I grew up in" is also fine. – anongoodnurse Apr 23 '16 at 18:48
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    "my childhood home" or "the house of my childhood". – Graffito Apr 23 '16 at 18:54
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    @Graffito, thanks, why don't you change your comment to a reply? :) – Soudabeh Apr 23 '16 at 19:15

I think family home fits what you're looking for. According to Google NGrams, it's more common than "childhood home".

Example: Hugh Jackman tweet "My family home growing up"


Simply my childhood home (or "the house of my childhood").

Example: Lincoln was moved to write poetry after he returned to his childhood home in Hardin County, Kentucky, in 1846, when he was a thirty-seven-years-old Illinois lawyer.


I don't think there is a suitable word for that other than my old place or house. However, The noun birthplace is broadly used to indicate the place where people were born and raised in early childhood, especially for those who are historically famous.

Abraham Lincoln's birthplace

George Washington's birthplace

[Source: National Park Service]

I think "the place where I was born (and raised when I was a child)" would be more idiomatic.

A side note: "Place of birth" is quite different from "birthplace" and you can visit the Wikipedia link and see the difference.

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