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
  • Younger Brother: Bhai or by name
  • Sister (also female cousins) : Apu, or Apa, Affa, Api
  • Older Sister: Didi, Apu, or Apa
  • Younger Sister: boin or by name
  • Sister's Husband: Dulabhai
  • Father's Younger Brother: Kaku, Kaka, Choto Chachu, Or Sasu Or Chacha
  • Father's Younger Brother's Wife: sasima, Kaki, or Choto Chachi
  • Father's Oldest Brother:Boro Chachu or Chacha
  • Father's Oldest Brother's Wife: Boro Chachi, zedi
  • Father's Sister: Fuppi or hufu, fufu
  • Father's Sister's Husband: Fupa, fufa or mama(uncle)
  • Mother's Brother: Mama
  • Mother's Brother's Wife: Mami, mamani
  • Mother's Sister: Khalamoni or Mashi, auntiemoni, mamani ,boro auntie
  • Mother's Sister's Husband: Khalu or Mesho, mama(uncle)
  • Paternal Grandfather: Dada
  • Paternal Grandmother: Dadu
  • Maternal Grandfather: Nana or Dadu
  • Maternal Grandmother: Nanu or Dadi
  • Husband’s or Wife's Father: can be called by the father titles
  • Husband’s or Wife's Mother: can be called by the mother titles
  • Wife's Younger Sister: by name
  • Wife's Younger Brother: by name
  • Wife's Elder Sister: sister titles
  • Wife's Elder Brother: brother titles
  • Husband’s Elder Brother: brother titles
  • Husband’s Elder Brother’s Wife: Bhabi
  • Husband’s Younger Brother: can call by name
  • Husband’s Younger Brother’s wife: calls by name
  • Husband’s Younger Sister:can call by name
  • Husband's Older Sister: any of sister titles with elder prefixes
  • Husband’s Sister’s Husband: Dulabhai, can call by name if younger
  • Brother’s Son: by name
  • Brother’s Daughter: By name
  • Sister’s Son: by name
  • Sister’s Daughter: by name

  • 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 Mum or Dad is the oldest of the siblings they will call the younger siblings by their name and their wives or husbands will. Unless the siblings’ husband is older than your parents Bhai or Bhaiya.

Suto/huro- prefix for people younger Meso- prefix for middle but elder Boro- prefix for eldest Bora- prefix for elderly

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