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Sorry for asking homework, but this question is really confusing; I think the answer is some type of cousin, but I don't know if it's first, second, third, etc. and once removed, twice removed, etc.

I have simplified and rephrased the question below:

Your brother has died and left his wife widowed. Your maternal aunt has also died and left her husband widowed. If the widow and the widower marry and have children then what is the relationship of those children to you?

(The state of homework these days...)

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  • This is not a biology question, it is an English Language and Usage question. There may or may not be particular words for such a relationship, given variations in language & culture. – jamesqf Jan 22 '17 at 19:28
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    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it is about the English language, not biology. Use English Language & Usage instead. – MattDMo Jan 22 '17 at 21:18
  • @MattDMo Do I really have to make that many accounts on SE? – suomynonA Jan 23 '17 at 2:47
  • Even in English, the words for relationships, and the way they're viewed, have changed over time. Thus in Shakespeare's "As You Like It", Rosalind calls Duke Fredrick "Uncle", but he calls her "Cousin", not niece. – jamesqf Jan 23 '17 at 3:17
  • @suomynonA you don't need to make a new account - just go to the site, click "sign in" on the header bar, enter your password (maybe, I forget) and you're all set. One login is good across all of Stack Exchange, you just need to choose to join new sites. – MattDMo Jan 23 '17 at 3:54
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Brothers widow = Sister-in-law

Maternal aunt's widow = Uncle

Uncle + Sister in Law.

Normally your uncle's children would be your 1st cousins, and your sister-in-law's kids would be your nieces or nephews.

My initial thought would be that those kids would technically be your first cousin and niece/nephew.

If your sister-in-law re-marries, she would no longer be your sister-in-law and instead would become an aunt I think.

However, the uncle is also an uncle by marriage so that too would be nullified by remarriage. So actually, I don't think the kids would be considered any relation to you at all. Certainly not by blood.

I admit that's something of a guess though, so happy to be proved wrong!

Also, here's a handy chart... enter image description here

  • +1, but I don't understand the logic behind the line "If your sister-in-law re-marries, she would no longer be your sister-in-law and instead would become an aunt I think." – AndyT Jan 23 '17 at 12:40
  • Yeah I think that part is wrong, I was just 'showing my work'. I think the crux of the question is that neither of the widows are blood relations, so upon remarriage their existing formal relation to the family ceases. I'm not sure whether this is the case legally speaking or not though. – Joe Healey Jan 23 '17 at 13:04
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    I would normally call someone by the closest relationship, however, I don't believe fit because they aren't blood relatives. If my sister-in-law had kids without my brother involved they wouldn't be related to me. The one exception might be adoption...certainly if my brother adopted a girl I would call her my niece out of respect for the adoption. – Tom22 Jan 23 '17 at 18:01
  • Also, what you call someone and what they 'are' are two separate things. In many cultures the age differential is most important so distant relations say 20 years older than you or so, would all be Aunts and Uncles. Close family friends are often refered to as Aunts and Uncles in these cultures. That doesn't actually make them your Aunt or Uncle.. just an honorary title. – Tom22 Jan 23 '17 at 18:06
  • @Tom22 My first cousins once removed call me Uncle. – tchrist Jan 24 '17 at 4:06

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