Aunt

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A chart showing the names for relationships in an extended family.

An aunt is a name used in an extended family. An aunt is either a sister of someone's parent. That person is the aunt's nephew (male) or niece (female). An aunt's child is that person's cousin. A grandaunt (or great-aunt) is the sister of a grandparent. A great-grandaunt (or great-great-aunt) is the sister of a great-grandparent. A aunt-in-law is the parent's brother's wife or parent-in-law's sister. A co-aunt-in-law is parent-in-law's brother's wife. A grandaunt-in-law (or great-aunt-in-law) is the grandparent's brother's wife or grandparent-in-law's sister. A co-grandaunt-in-law (or co-great-aunt-in-law) is the grandparent-in-law's brother's wife. A great-grandaunt-in-law (or great-great-aunt-in-law) is the great-grandparent's brother's wife or great-grandparent-in-law's sister. A co-great-grandaunt-in-law (or co-great-great-aunt-in-law) is the great-grandparent-in-law's brother's wife.

In many cultures no single word (such as aunt) describes both their parents' sisters. Instead there are two different words to describe a person's relation to their mother's sister and a person's relation to their father's sister. In Latin, for example, a mother's sister is matertera while a father's sister is amita.[1]

Variation of terms[change | change source]

  • Maternal aunt: mother's full sister.
  • Paternal aunt: father's full sister.
  • Maternal aunt-in-law: mother's full brother's wife.
  • Paternal aunt-in-law: father's full brother's wife.
  • Maternal half-aunt - number one / Half-aunt - number one: mother's maternal half-sister.
  • Maternal half-aunt - number two / Half-aunt - number two: mother's paternal half-sister.
  • Paternal half-aunt - number one / Half-aunt - number three: father's maternal half-sister.
  • Paternal half-aunt - number two / Half-aunt - number four: father's paternal half-sister.
  • Maternal great-aunt - number one / Great-aunt - number one: maternal grandmother's full sister.
  • Maternal great-aunt - number two / Great-aunt - number two: maternal grandfather's full sister.
  • Paternal great-aunt - number one / Great-aunt - number three: paternal grandmother's full sister.
  • Paternal great-aunt - number two / Great-aunt - number four: paternal grandfather's full sister.
  • Maternal great-aunt-in-law - number one / Great-aunt-in-law - number one: maternal grandmother's full brother's wife.
  • Maternal great-aunt-in-law - number two / Great-aunt-in-law - number two: maternal grandfather's full brother's wife.
  • Paternal great-aunt-in-law - number one / Great-aunt-in-law - number three: paternal grandmother's full brother's wife.
  • Paternal great-aunt-in-law - number two / Great-aunt-in-law - number four: paternal grandfather's full brother's wife.
  • Maternal great-great-aunt - number one / Great-great-aunt - number one: maternal grandmother's mother's full sister.
  • Maternal great-great-aunt - number two / Great-great-aunt - number two: maternal grandmother's father's full sister.
  • Maternal great-great-aunt - number three / Great-great-aunt - number three: maternal grandfather's mother's full sister.
  • Maternal great-great-aunt - number four / Great-great-aunt - number four: maternal grandfather's father's full sister.
  • Paternal great-great-aunt - number one / Great-great-aunt - number five: paternal grandmother's mother's full sister.
  • Paternal great-great-aunt - number two / Great-great-aunt - number six: paternal grandmother's father's full sister.
  • Paternal great-great-aunt - number three / Great-great-aunt - number seven: paternal grandfather's mother's full sister.
  • Paternal great-great-aunt - number four / Great-great-aunt - number eight: paternal grandfather's father's full sister.

References[change | change source]

  1. Constance Brittain Bouchard, Those of My Blood: Creating Noble Families in Medieval Francia (Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania Press, 2001), p. 5.