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Questions about kinship terms (words for family members).

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Is the right term to call the children of your sister wives in a polygynous marriage “stepchildren”?

I came across this issue what describing in writing the relatives of a woman commonly known in the West as Princess Haya. Princess Haya is the youngest of four current wives of the current ruler of ...
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Dead husband's ex-wife [closed]

If a man is married, then gets divorced and remarries, then dies, are both women considered his widows? Are they then called his first widow and second widow? Or would the last wife be his widow, and ...
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My father's first wife [closed]

What do I call to my father's first wife as I am from my father's second wife's child. Step mom is for my father's 2nd wife by children by first wife or it applies to both?
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Word for sibling's sibling-in-law? [duplicate]

Imagine this scenario: Amy and Brent are sister and brother. Clive and Derek are brothers. Amy marries Clive. Derek is therefore Amy's brother-in-law. Brent is also Clive's brother-in-law. Derek and ...
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What is my 1st cousin twice removed 4 great grandfather to me? [closed]

My first cousin twice removed married my great-great aunt, so what is my first cousin twice removed’s four-times-great-grandfather to me? Do we share common ancestors?
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What are the parents of your uncle's wife called?

Your parent has a sibling who is married. Is there a specific term for the sibling's spouse's parents? Or are they still your grandparents?
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What word is there for a man and a woman who have children together but are not in a romantic relationship and were never married? [closed]

I am trying to find a word in any language that would indicate the relationship of two people specifically because they have mated/bred/procreated together. The closest I can find is co-parent but ...
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'my eldest son'

If there are three children in the family: A. a boy, eldest B. a girl C. a boy, youngest Is it correct for their father to refer to A as 'my eldest son' and to B as 'my younger daughter'? If not, ...
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The relation of your cousin’s cousin [duplicate]

My aunt Diana is married to a man named Evens, he’s legally my uncle. They have two daughters named Daili and Diane whom are my cousins. Daili and Diane have a cousin named Daniela who is Evers niece. ...
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The daughters of a grand uncle

I just had dinner with some family. There, was the mother of my father (grandmother), the brother of my grandmother (grand uncle?), his daughters (???), and their children (???) How do you call ...
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Referring to uncle's wife as “aunt” vs. nephew's wife as “niece”

I may be going out on a pragmatic/cultural limb here, but is there an asymmetry in the commonly accepted practice of referring to your uncle's wife as "aunt" but not referring to your nephew's wife as ...
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How do I refer to the unmarried mother of my grandson?

My son had a child with his girlfriend. Since they’re not married, how do I refer to her. Is daughter-in-law proper?
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Gender-neutral version of widow & widower?

Would it make more sense to use a third, different word, e.g. "spouse" instead of wife & husband, or use one of them, e.g. "actor" for actor & actress. "Widow" seems like the obvious choice, ...
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Am I half Hispanic or part Hispanic? [closed]

I was born and raised in Florida. My mom is from Colombia and my dad is from Ecuador. So would I say I am half American, half Colombian, half ecuadorian? Or should I say I am part colombian and ...
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Are my half siblings related to my half brother? [closed]

My parents Bianca and Ivan are currently married and have always been since before I was born. Both of my parents have had previous relationships in the past. Bianca had a previous relationship with ...
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What’s the name for Gary and Harry’s blood relationship?

Imagine that Gary and Harry are these two guys in a hypothetical family, described in English below and in this diagram represented by the green cells at the bottom: As you see, Gary and Harry are ...
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Heteronormative for nuclear family structure?

Heteronormative is used to refer to a world view that promotes heterosexuality as normal or preferred. It is usually in reference to sexual orientation. Is there a separate word for describing a ...
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What type of cousins are we? [closed]

I recently met my cousins, but the question was brought up between us about the specific name. We aren’t related by blood. My father had a sister. His sister married a man who is now uncle. My uncle ...
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How do you call husband's brother-in-law? [closed]

I did some search online but couldn't find an answer, How do you call husband's brother-in-law?
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Is there a term for my Grandparent's Cousin? As in, “My grandparent's cousin is my _____”

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 ...
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Is there a word for my father's ex-wife's brother?

My father was married to Alice. They divorced and then my father married my mother. A few years later they later had me. I've read this: What are the limits of the prefix 'step' to describe ...
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What is the Term for a Widow's In-Laws?

What does the term for the in-law relationship become when someone is widowed? For example when someone is divorced, I have heard the relationship dubbed ex-in-laws. Is there a similar term or phrase ...
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Is there a non-technical gender-neutral term for child above the age where a person is no longer considered a child? [duplicate]

A person is their parent's child always, but past an arbitrary age, it's no longer appropriate to call them a "child". I'm familiar with the term "Offspring", but that sounds technical, is there a ...
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Can I use the word uncle to mean my parent's uncle?

Can I use the word uncle to mean my parent's uncle? I mean without having to say grand-uncle or great-uncle, in the same way can I use the word cousin to mean my parent's cousin.
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What is the word for the order of succession in which son assumes the throne after father? [closed]

It can be any son-younger son after elder son after father. Also, what can be the term for only a single family in power? Please answer.
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Relations by marriage after the married person dies [closed]

Let's say Alice is married to Bob. Alice died. Is Alice's mother still referred to as Bob's mother-in-law? Let's say Alice also had a brother Charlie. Is Bob still referred to as the uncle of Charlie'...
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What is the name for a step sister's half brother?

So basically, my mom recently remarried to a man with one daughter from a previous marriage. Obviously, she's my step-sister. Now, here's where I get confused; my step sister's mother had been ...
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The relation of a person you share a half-sibling with

My parents, Bianca and Ivan, are currently married and have always been since I was born. Bianca had a previous relationship with Henry with whom she had a son named John, thus John and I are half-...
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Kinship question regarding 1st cousin family

I just recently connected with a 1st cousin and his mother who the family lost track of due to circumstances. My uncle divorced and met a woman who he fathered a child with. The day before said child ...
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what to call same level descendants? [duplicate]

sisters and brothers are siblings. sisters and brothers from different sibling parents are cousins. what do you call after cousin? or in general, same level descendants, is there word for that?
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Stepfamily, Cousins and Other Ancestries

What is the relationship between me and... my cousin my stepson I found this image: but I'm still confused what the relationship is. Is "first cousin" and "cousin" the same? Are there other (...
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Is there a proper term for an ex-husband of your mother when you are born from her second marriage? [closed]

My mother was married before I was born, then got divorced, married my father, and had me. Is there a term for my familial relationship to my mothers ex-husband?
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Negation at the end of a sentence [closed]

This question arose due to a translation from Spanish: Susana esta aqui pero no nos ve. Here are two possible translations: Susana is here, but, does not see us. Susana is here but, sees us not. ...
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What do you call “Your blood-related brother's wife”? [duplicate]

Your blood-related brother's wife? If she is older or younger than you? I came up with a discussion some time ago. But, nobody or my friends seem to know. How should I address her? Your blood-...
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What to call women whose husbands are biological brothers?

I would like to know what someone could call the women whose husbands are biological brothers? It isn't sisters-in-law of course, nor wives-in-law! Can someone help? I am in total confusion.
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Your parent's cousin is your first cousin once removed, but is it common to call them aunt/uncle instead?

My cousin's child would be my first cousin once removed, and I would be the same to them, but according to the same link: The appropriate name for addressing your cousin’s child is niece or ...
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What is the group term for aunt/uncle? [duplicate]

Mothers and Fathers are called parents, grandmothers and grandfathers are called grandparents, so what do you call aunts and uncles?
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Is it proper to use 'stepmother' in this case?

If a man has a child with another woman while still married to his first wife, how would the child refer to the wife? Stepmother or is that only for births occurring prior to a parent marrying a non-...
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Is there a word for the last descendant (with no other descendants)?

Based on the results from Google, 'Primogenitor' refers to the first ancestor. Is there a word that means the last descendant?
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Is there a way to say my father's mother's mother concisely?

In the English language there's the option to say my paternal grandmother, but does such a convention work further back? For instance my paternal maternal great-grandmother?
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What do you call your father's other wife? [closed]

This is a question for a fanfic of mine, where the main character's father has two wives, the main character's mother and another female. What would the main character call the other wife? Note: They ...
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Is there a term that indicates the relationship between myself and the mother of my grandchild who is no longer in a relationship with my son?

My son & the mother of my grandchild were never married. They are no longer a couple but enjoy a very comfortable co-parenting relationship. When they broke up she and I did not! Although she was ...
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One noun to describe my brothers, sisters and myself [closed]

I am looking for one word to describe my parent's children, in relation to myself. Siblings does not cut it in my opinion as I am not part of my siblings. In French there is the word fratrie that ...
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What do I call this family member?

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. ...
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Is the father/brother/sister of a stepmother a grandfather/uncle/aunt?

My daughter married a man with a twelve-year-old son. They had been dating for over five years. Now that they are married: Am I technically the boy’s grandfather? Are my daughter’s siblings his aunts ...
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Why is it that modern English readily accepts forming the adjectival form of some family member's names (e.g. motherly) but not others (e.g. sonly?)

We have motherly and fatherly. There is the city of brotherly love, and the girlfriend whose love for you is sisterly, or worse yet daughterly. According to the Collins Dictionary's trend line, sonly ...
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Relationship with daughter's husband's cousin?

What is the name for my relationship with my child's spouse's cousin (child-in-law's cousin) (daughter's husband's cousin) (son-in-law's cousin)?
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What is a word for my uncle's ex-wife's daughter (who was his stepdaughter)?

So, my aunt and uncle divorced a while back. My cousin, let's name her "Ariel", was my aunt's kid, and my uncle was her stepdad. I'm related to my uncle; my "Aunt" was his wife. And as I said, my aunt ...
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Animals containing the word “monster”? [closed]

My children have become most concerned with monsters, especially since discovering Scooby Doo. Other than Gila monsters, are there other animals containing the word monster? Note: I have done typical ...
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Is there a word for a nurse-family position?

Unfortunately, many people find that a member of their family at some point becomes so ill that you have to become a nurse to them. Is there a word for this sort of nurse-family rôle in which family ...