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Questions tagged [kinship-terms]

Questions about kinship terms (words for family members).

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My father's first wife

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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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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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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Where's 'in-law' in mother-in-law from?

I've read that it's somehow connected with the Canon Law, but I'm not sure. I'm really interested in finding the answer.
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A parent who has more than one child with one or more partners: “Poly-what?”

A polyglot is someone who can speak many languages; something that is polychromatic has many colours, and polysemy is a word or phrase with multiple meanings If polygamy is having more than one ...
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Capitalization of “sister” and “brother”

I have seen the question on when to capitalize mom and dad, but I am confused why the rule would not apply equally to Brother vs. brother and Sister vs. sister. I.e., if the rule is to use capitals ...
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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's the term for siblings born 1+ years apart on the same day?

What is the term for two siblings born on the same calendar day, one or more years apart? I know there's a term, and I'd know it if I saw it, but I can't for the life of me remember it.
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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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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 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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Word for relationships between triplets

Andy and Bob are twins. Andy says: "This is my twin, Bob." Andy is Bob's twin brother. Alice, Beth and Claire are triplets. Alice says: "This is my _____, Beth, and my other _____, Claire." ...
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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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Is there a term for your parent's ex-spouse who is not your biological parent?

How would one refer to one's parent's 2nd spouse, whom they have divorced? For example, I have a biological father, and a step-father, but what about the man my mother was married to before my step-...
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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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Name for the relationship of wife’s sister’s husband

Is there a name for the relationship of my wife’s sister’s husband in English? Or in case of a lady, what is the relationship of her husband’s brother’s wife called? There are words for these ...
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Is there a word for my relation to ex-wife's child?

If I marry a woman and she has a child, I am a step parent. But what if the sequence is reversed? For example, suppose I am married to a woman, get divorced and she subsequently has a child by ...
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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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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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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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Is there a feminine equivalent to the adjective “avuncular”?

My brief researches only bring up the word "auntlike" to render the feminine equivalent of avuncular. Surely, though, and given the etymology of "aunt" [ < Latin amita -father's sister, old ...
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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 gender-neutral word for “aunts and uncles”/“parents' siblings”?

Brothers and sisters are siblings. Husbands and wives are spouses. Mothers and fathers are parents. Sons and daughters are children. Grandparents, grandchildren ... but what about uncles and aunts,...
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Is there a single term for “nieces and nephews”?

I find it handy when talking about my sons and daughters I can just say my children. It's nice to say nieces instead of sibling's daughters. I wonder if there is a similar term for nieces and nephews ...
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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 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 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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What do people usually mean when they ask “Do you have a family?”

When American people ask you, "Do you have a family?" does that mean "Do you have any children?" or just "Are you married?"
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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 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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What is correct phrase for the relationship with my son's father/mother in law

What is the correct phrase for the relationship between me and my son's father/mother in law?
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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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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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Is there an accepted rule for naming all of our various distant relatives (kinship terms)?

I’m going to the christening of my cousin’s first son soon. What is the proper name for his relation to me? Second nephew? Nephew once removed? Nothing? Looking at the overall picture, what's the ...
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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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What is the correct word for Step siblings?

I'm creating a list of family members: Biological, Justin, 5/20/1981 Biological, John, 1/20/1987 Adopted, Jane, 8/12/1989 Step, Doug, 12/1/1979 When listing out the type of sibling, ...
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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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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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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. ...