This is for my English class, and it has to be due by tomorrow, so I need this quickly. What did people call their mothers in the 1800's?

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    They probably called her Mother. Or Mum. Or Mummy. Or Ma. It would have depended on their social class and the area they lived in. – AndyT Jan 11 at 16:26
  • The Little Women call their mother Marmee; I seem to recall seeing Marmar, too. I believe these would have been the "intrusive-R" versions of Mommy and Mama, respectively, so more appropriate for British and New England-er children. It's something of a trope for young bucks of the Regency to call their mother Mater (Latin for "mother"—the father equivalent is Pater). – 1006a Jan 11 at 17:32
  • Hi, Lizzie. Consult this Ngram graph ... – Sven Yargs Jan 11 at 19:34
  • ...which traces occurrences of "asked Ma" (blue line vs. "asked Mother" (red line) vs. "asked Mama" (green line) vs. "asked Mamma" (orange line) for the period 1800–1900. Each line represent the frequency of occurrence of each phrase in books in the Google Books database that were published in each of the years in question (averaged over three-year periods). Overall, as you can see, "asked Mother" is the most common form of the four tracked in the graph, with "asked Mamma" a strong second, and "asked Ma" and "asked Mama" a rather weak third and fourth. Note that local preferences may differ. – Sven Yargs Jan 11 at 19:35

This is the first thing I found

Her father lifted up his eyes. Jane was distressed. Elizabeth looked expressively at Lydia; but she, who never heard nor saw any thing of which she chose to be insensible, gaily continued, ``Oh! mamma, do the people here abouts know I am married to-day? I was afraid they might not; and we overtook William Goulding in his curricle, so I was determined he should know it, and so I let down the side-glass next to him, and took off my glove, and let my hand just rest upon the window frame, so that he might see the ring, and then I bowed and smiled like any thing.''

Pride and Prejudice was written in the very end of the 18th century, and published early in the 19th.

But of course, this is a woman, speaking in private. Men might have addressed their mothers differently.

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