Just doing some family research, and I came across a relative we'll call "Bob". I'm looking for a term to be able to easily refer to my relation to Bob, like "Bob is my Grand-Uncle" or something similar.

He is the Cousin of my Grandfather, and I'm wondering if there's a specific kinship term for him.


Your grandfather's first cousin is your first cousin twice removed. (He is not your grand-uncle because he is not your grandfather's brother or brother-in-law.)

First cousins twice removed

"A person shares a first cousins twice removed relationship with their grandparents' cousins and their cousins' grandchildren. At least one set of one person's grandparents are the great-great-grandparents of the other person."

[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cousin ]

You must check out this link; it's so comprehensive and provides a relationship chart and a family tree with examples of many types of cousins.


Keep in mind that some people (many, I think) do not understand this "removed" business and would simply refer to your grandfather's cousin as your "third cousin" even though you are not on the same level of your family tree (as first, second, and third cousins are); you're two generations apart (thus "twice removed"). They are misinterpreting a loose definition of third cousin such as this:
"A person whose closest common ancestor with another person is a great-great-grandparent" [https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/third_cousin ] versus going by a more precise definition such as "a child of one's parent's second cousin" [Google Dictionary].

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    As you clearly posted this before I amended my incorrect answer I have voted for it. However I did provide my own answer without reference to yours. – WS2 May 27 '18 at 21:43

Amended answer. Please ignore what I wrote earlier. I confusedly gave the relationship with Bob's father.

Were Bob your father's cousin, he would be your "cousin-once-removed".

As he is your grandfather's cousin, he is your "cousin-twice-removed".

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  • @KannE I do apologise. I was thinking of the relationship with Bob's father. I will amend my answer. – WS2 May 27 '18 at 20:28

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