Family words in Māori

Words for family members and other relatives in Māori (Te Reo Māori), a Polynesian language spoken in New Zealand.

  Māori (Te Reo Māori)
family whāmere (family, household)
whānau (extended family)
ngare (family, kin, blood relatives, relations)
parents mātua (sg. matua)
father matua, matua tāne, pāpara
mother kōkara, kowhaea, kōkā, māmā, whaea, whaene
child(ren) taitamaiti, tamaiti
son tama
daughter tamāhine, tamawahine
husband hoa tāne, tāne, tahu, tau
wife hoa wahine
sibling hāmua (older)
brother kauaemua (older/eldest brother/sister)
tuākana (older brother of a male)
teina, taina (younger brother of a male)
tungāne (brother of a female)
sister kauaemua (older/eldest brother/sister)
tuākana (older sister of a female)
teina, taina (younger sister of a female)
kaikuahine (sister of a male)
uncle matua, matua tāne, matakēkē
aunt whaea, whaene, kōkā, matakēkē
cousin kaihana, parata
tuahine (female cousin of a male)
tungāne (male cousin of a female)
epeepe, matamatahuānga (distant cousin/relative)
nephew tama, irāmutu, tamaiti whakaangi
niece irāmutu, tamaiti whakaangi
grandparents tīpuna, tūpuna
grandfather tupuna tāne, tipuna tāne
grandmother tipuna wahine, tupuna wahine, tāua
grandchild mokopuna, moko
hūngoi, hungawai, hungarei
hinaonga, hunōnga
foster father matua whangai
foster mother whaea whāngai


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