Gujarati/Family relations

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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: Papa 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): Ben (e.g. Mayuri Ben)
  • Older Sister: Didi . Ben (e.g. Mayuri Didi)
  • Sister's Husband: Banevi or Jijaji or Kumaar (e.g. Kunal Jijaji)
  • Father's Younger Brother: Kaka (e.g. Rajesh Nana or Rajesh Kaka)
  • Father's Younger Brother's Wife: Kaki (e.g. Komal Nani or Komal Kaki)
  • Father's Oldest Brother: or Bapa or Mhota papa
  • Father's Oldest Brother's Wife: Mhoti or Mhoti Mummy 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: Mama (e.g. Ketul Mama)
  • Mother's Brother's Wife: Mami (e.g. Kanta Mami)
  • Mother's Sister: Masi (e.g. Sneha Masi)
  • Mother's Sister's Husband: Masa (e.g. Gopal Masa)

  • Paternal Grandfather: Dada or Bapuji
  • Paternal Grandmother: Dadi or Ba
  • Maternal Grandfather: Nanabapa (some parts of Gujarat also use Nana).
  • Maternal Grandmother: Nanima or Ba
  • Wife's Younger Sister: Saali
  • Wife's Younger Brother: Saalo
  • Wife’s Elder Sister: Patla Sasu
  • Wife's Sister’s husband: Saadhoo bhai
  • Wife's Brothers wife: Saadhotri/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, Bhatrija
  • Brother’s Daughter: Bhatriji
  • Sister’s Son: Bhanej, Bhanjo
  • Sister’s Daughter: Bhanej, Bhanji
  • Cousins are considered to be "brother" or "sister".
  • Son: Babo, chokro, Dikro
  • Daughter: Baby, chokri, Dikri

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