The End of the Family Line

The Swedes have a great way of naming relatives. Your grandfather on your mothers side is called ‘morfar’ – lit. mothers father, and your grandmother on your fathers side is called ‘farmor’ lit. ‘fathers mother’

Your Aunty on your mothers side is your ‘Moster’ lit. ‘mother sister. Your grandchildren are called ‘barnbarn’ literally kidskids…

Here is a full list..interesting stuff but it means more bloody words to learn!

Swedish

English
Far
Father
Mor
Mother
Farfar
Grandfather (father’s father)
Morfar
Grandfather (mother’s father)
Farmor
Grandmother (father’s mother)
Mormor
Grandmother (mother’s mother)
Bror
Brother
Syskon
Brother(s) and sister(s)
Syster
Sister
Farbror
Uncle (father’s brother)
Faster
Aunt (father’s sister)
Morbror
Uncle (mother’s brother)
Moster
Aunt (mother’s sister)
Son
Son
Dotter
Daughter
Brorsdotter
Nephew (Brother’s daughter)
Brorson
Nephew (Brother’s son)
Systerdotter
Nephew (Sister’s daughter)
Systerson
Nephew (Sister’s son)
Sonson
Grandson (son’s son)
Sondotter
Granddaughter (son’s daughter)
Dotterson
Grandson (daughter’s son)
Dotterdotter
Granddaughter (daughter’s daughter)
Barn
Child
Barnbarn
Grandchild
Barnbarnsbarn
Great grandchild
Kusin
Cousin

2 Responses

  1. I think that it is simple in structure and makes perfect logical sense although it is difficult if you dont know whether someones auntie etc is on their mothers or fathers side without prior knowledge.

  2. i’ve been stubbornly avoiding to learn the family tree words…now its looking at me i have no choice😐

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