Gujarati/Family relations

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Gujarati
Gujarati

In Gujarati 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: Pappa, Papa, Bawa or Bapuji
  • Mother: Ba, Mummy or Maamajee
  • Brother (also male cousins): Bhai (e.g. Haresh Bhai)
  • Brother's Wife: Bhabhi (e.g. Komal Bhabhi)
  • Sister (also female cousins): Bahen/Ben (e.g. Mayuri Ben)
  • Older Sister: Didi/Ben (e.g. Mayuri Didi)
  • Sister's Husband: Banevi or Jijaji or Kumaar (from in-laws) (e.g. Kunal Jijaji)
  • Father's Younger Brother or Father's Younger Cousins (1st, 2nd, 3rd, etc): Kaka or Chacha (e.g. Rajesh Kaka)
  • Father's Younger Brother's Wife: Kaki or Chachi (e.g. Komal Kaki)
  • Father's Oldest Brother: Bapa or Mhota Pappa or Mhota Papa or Mhota Bawa
  • Father's Oldest Brother's Wife: Mhoti or Mhoti Mummy or Mhoti Ma or Mhoti Ba
  • Father's Sister: Foi, Fui, Fia, Faiba, Foiba (also spelled Foy) (e.g. Komal Foi)
  • Father's Sister's Husband: Fua, Fuji (e.g. Akshay Fua)
  • Mother's Brother and Mother's Male Cousins (1st, 2nd, etc): Mama (e.g. Ketul Mama)
  • Mother's Brother's Wife: Mami (e.g. Kanta Mami)
  • Mother's Sister: Masi (e.g. Sneha Masi) or Mahee
  • Mother's Sister's Husband: Masa (e.g. Gopal Masa) or Mahaji


  • Paternal Grandfather: Dada or Dada Bawa or Bapuji
  • Paternal Grandmother: Dadi or Dadi Ma or or Ba
  • Maternal Grandfather: Nanabapa or Nana Bawa or Nana
  • Maternal Grandmother: Nanima or Ba or Nani
  • Maternal Grandfather's Brother: Nana or Nana Bawa
  • Maternal Grandmother's Sister: Nani
  • Wife's Younger Sister: Saali
  • Wife's Younger Brother: Saalo
  • Wife’s Elder Sister: Sasu or Hahu
  • Wife's Sister’s husband: Bhai
  • Wife's Brothers wife: Saadhotri or Sadaveli (e.g. Bhumika Saadhotri)
  • Husband’s Elder Brother: Jeth
  • Husband’s Elder Brother’s Wife: Jethani
  • Husband’s Younger Brother: De-ar
  • Husband’s Younger Brother’s wife: Derani
  • Husband’s Sister: Nanand
  • Husband’s Sister’s Husband: Nandoi
  • Brother’s Son: Bhatrijo, Bhatrijao (plural)
  • Brother’s Daughter: Bhatriji, Bhatrijio (plural)
  • Sister’s Son: Bhanej, Bhanjo, Bhaniyo, Bhaniyao (plural)
  • Sister’s Daughter: Bhanej, Bhanji, Bhani, Bhanio (plural)
  • Cousins are considered to be "brother" or "sister". Elder cousins' name followed by Bhai or Ben
  • Son: Babo, Chokro, Dikro, Lalo
  • Daughter: Baby, Chokri, Dikri, Lali

If an uncle or aunt is a generation above usual (a "great uncle" or "great aunt"), a "mhota/mota" (big) is usually added to the title, and the name is dropped. So Maternal Grandmother's Brother is "Mhota Mama" (Elder Uncle).

Names are usually followed by titles, as they have listed above. This is different from the English, where we would say "Uncle John".

It is not unusual for this to vary from family to family, but these are the generally accepted titles.