Bengali/Family relations

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In Bengali Muslim culture:

These are the "titles" for family members. With the exception of Father, Mother, and Grandparents (who are called by the title only), all of these titles are added after the name of the person.

  • Father: Baba, Abba, Abbu
  • Mother: Maa, Amma, Ammu
  • Son/Daughter: Address by name
  • Brother (also male cousins): Bhai, Or Bhaiya
  • Brother's Wife: Bhabhi
  • Sister (also female cousins) : Apu, or Apa
  • Older Sister: Apu, or Apa
  • Sister's Husband: Dulabhai
  • Father's Younger Brother: Choto Chachu, Or Sasu Or Chacha
  • Father's Younger Brother's Wife: Choto Chachi
  • Father's Oldest Brother: Boro Chachu or Chacha or Sasu
  • Father's Oldest Brother's Wife: Boro Chachi
  • Father's Sister: Fuppi
  • Father's Sister's Husband: Fupa
  • Mother's Brother: Mama
  • Mother's Brother's Wife: Mami
  • Mother's Sister: Khalamoni
  • Mother's Sister's Husband: Khalu
  • Paternal Grandfather: Dada
  • Paternal Grandmother: Dadu
  • Maternal Grandfather: Nana
  • Maternal Grandmother: Nanu
  • Husband’s or Wife's Father: Shoshur
  • Husband’s or Wife's Mother: Shashuri
  • Wife's Younger Sister: Shali
  • Wife's Younger Brother: Shala
  • Wife's Elder Sister: Jetthaish
  • Wife's Elder Brother: Shomondi
  • Husband’s Elder Brother: Bhashur
  • Husband’s Elder Brother’s Wife: Bhabi/jaa
  • Husband’s Younger Brother: Debor, can call by name
  • Husband’s Younger Brother’s wife: calls by name/jaa
  • Husband’s Younger Sister: Nonod/can call by name
  • Husband's Older Sister: Nonash
  • Husband’s Sister’s Husband: Dulabhai
  • Brother’s Son: Bhaista
  • Brother’s Daughter: Bhasti
  • Sister’s Son: Bhaigna
  • Sister’s Daughter: Bhagni

  • Cousins are considered to be "brother" or "sister".
  • If someone has 6 brothers or sisters then their relation names will be the following respectively: boro, mejo, choto.
  • If your Mom or Dad is the oldest of the siblings they will call the younger siblings by their name and their wives or husbands unless if the siblings husband is older than your parents Bhai or Bhaiya.