Family words in English

Words for family members and other relatives in English, a West Germanic language spoken in many countries.

family family, folks
parents parents, mum and dad, mother and father, mater and pater, the parental units
father father, pater (frm), dad, daddy, da, pa, papa, pop(s)
mother mother, mater (frm), mum, mummy, mam, mammy, mom, mommy, ma, mama
children children, offspring, kids, sprogs, rug-rats, ankle biters, little ones
son son
daughter daughter
husband husband, hubby, old man, other half, better half
wife wife, other half, better half, old lady, her indoors, missus, trouble (and strife)
brother brother, bro
sister sister, sis
uncle uncle
aunt aunt, auntie
cousin cousin
nephew nephew
niece niece
grandparents grandparents
grandfather grandfather, grandpa, granddad, granddaddy, grandpapppy, gramps
grandmother grandmother, grandma, granny, gran, nan, nana, gramms
grandchildren grandchildren, grandkids
grandson grandson
granddaughter granddaugther
father-in-law father-in-law
mother-in-law mother-in-law
brother-in-law brother-in-law
sister-in-law sister-in-law


There are many words for some family members, particularly parents and grandparents. Some may only be used in one family, some are borrowed from other languages. There may be different words from a father's parents and a mother's parents in some families.

Trouble (and strife) is Cockney rhyming slang for wife.

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