Kinship terms in Tuvaluan

Words for family members and other relatives in Tuvaluan.

Tuvaluan (Te 'gana Tūvalu)
familykāiga
parent, mothermātua
father tamana, mātua tagata (Nanumea dialect)
mother mātua, mātua fafine (Nanumea dialect)
childtamaliki, tama
sontamaliki tagata
daughtertamaliki fafine
spouseāvaga
sibling taina (same gender as oneself)
tuagāne (opposite gender as oneself)
uncle fakatamana (father's brother)
tuātina (mother’s brother, same as a man’s sister’s child)
aunt fakamātua (father’s sister, same as mother’s sister) fakamātua (mother’s sister)
cousin fakataina (same gender as oneself)
fakatuagāne (opposite gender as oneself)
nephew, niece fakatama (a woman’s sister’s child)
tuātina (a man’s sister’s child, same as mother’s brother)
grandparenttupuna
grandfathertupuna tagata
grandmothertupuna fafine
grandchildmokopuna
grandsonmokopuna tagata
granddaughtermokopuna fafine
great grandparenttupuga
great grandfathertupuga tagata
great grandmothertupuga fafine
great grandchildmokopū
great grandsonmokopū tagata
great granddaughtermokopū fafine
great great grandchildmokomoko
great great grandsonmokomoko tagata
great great granddaughtermokomoko fafine
great great great grandchildmoko
great great great grandsonmoko tagata
great great great granddaughtermoko fafine
great unclefakatupuna tagata
great auntfakatupuna fafine
father-in-lawtamana o te āvaga, fugaono, fugaona
mother-in-lawmātua o te āvaga, fugaono, fugaona
brother-in-law(a man’s sister’s husband or wife’s brother)
taina (husband’s brother)
sister-in-law(a woman’s brother’s wife or husband’s sister)
taina (wife’s sister)
son-in-lawāvaga o te tamaliki fafine, tama, fugaono, fugaona
daughter-in-lawāvaga o te tamaliki tagata, tama, fugaono, fugaona
ancestorstuā, fakasologa
progenyfānau, tama

List compiled by Emanuel Fuchs

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