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Relations with Relatives

A family meeting
There are times when it will seem as if everyone you meet is related somehow to one another. This is due to close marriage with relatives, but is a tradition that is changing and today prevalent particularly among rural and lower income families. Below is a list of names used to describe each relative, based on his/her position, in reference to your own. Foreigners often find it shocking to learn how many names there are for Aunt and Uncle!!

The core family: anne (mother), baba (father), kız Çocuk (daughter), erkek Çocuk (son), ağabey (older brother), abla (older sister).

The relatives on the mother's side are anneanne (grandmoth er), dede (grandfather), teyze (aunt - mother's sister), eniŞte (teyze's husband), dayı (uncle - mother's brother), yenge (dayı's wife), yeğen (sister's and brother's child) and kuzen (teyze's and dayı's children).

The relatives on the father's side are babaanne (grandmother), büyükbaba (grandfather), hala (aunt - father's sister), eniŞte (hala's husband), amca (uncle à father's brother), yenge (amca's wife), yeğen (sister's and brother's child), kuzen (hala's and amca's children).

Elti (two brothers' wives to each other), baldız (the wife's sister), bacanak (two sisters' husbands to each other), kayınÇo (kayınbirader) (the wife's brother), görümce (the husband's sister) kayınvalide or kaynana (mother-in-law), kayınpeder or kaynata (father in law) are the relatives you have by marriage.

Some of the close friends of the family called teyze and amca by the children; like Jane teyze, Richard amca. Moreover it is common to hear some sellers addressing you as amca, teyze, abla, abi.





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Latest comments about this article

 By clothespeg  3.7.2007

And let´s not forget ”dünür”, a word for which there is no exact equivalent in English, and means the relationship between the parents of husband & wife. They have granchildren in common.

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