Nephew and niece
A nephew is the son of someone's brother or sister. A niece is the daughter of the person's brother or sister. To the nephew or niece, the person is their uncle or aunt. The relationship of aunt/uncle to niece/nephew is an example of second-degree relatives, meaning that their coefficient of relationship is 25%. In some cultures and families, it is common to call the child of one's cousin a "niece" or "nephew". In old English, the son of one's sister was called a sister-son.
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A sororal or fraternal relative is one who is related through their sister or brother. For example a sororal niece is the subject's sister's child.[source?] An in-law is a relationship that is not by blood, but instead by marriage. The in-law shares the in-law relationships of the spouses relatives. For niece or nephew in-law could be the child of a spouse.
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Women[change | change source]
- niece: sibling's daughter.
- half-niece: half-sibling's daughter
- sororal niece: sister's daughter.
- fraternal niece: brother's daughter.
- double-half-niece: a person who is a daughter of both of the subjects half-siblings.
- grandniece (or great-niece): sibling's granddaughter.
- great-grandniece (or great-great-niece): sibling's great-granddaughter.
- niece-in-law (or niece-by-marriage): spouse's niece.
- niece-in-law: nephew/niece's wife.
- co-niece-in-law (or niece-by-marriage-in-law): spouse's nephew/niece's wife.
Men[change | change source]
- nephew: sibling's son.
- half-nephew: half-sibling's son.
- sororal nephew: sister's son.
- fraternal nephew: brother's son.
- double-half-nephew: a person who is a son of both of the subjects half-siblings.
- grandnephew (or great-nephew): sibling's grandson.
- great-grandnephew (or great-great-nephew): sibling's great-grandson.
- nephew-in-law (or nephew-by-marriage): spouse's nephew.
- nephew-in-law: nephew/niece's husband.
- co-nephew-in-law (or nephew-by-marriage-in-law): spouse's nephew/niece's husband.
References[change | change source]
- Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). Encyclopædia Britannica. Vol. 19 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. .