Family in Arabic – A List of Close and Extended Members
As many of you know, family is one of the most important aspects of Arab culture, and in many Arabic-speaking countries, families maintain their loyalty to their tribal and clan connections. Perhaps this is best exemplified by the ages-old Arab adage: “I and my brothers against my cousins; I and my cousins against the stranger”. Arabs know and speak proudly of both their genealogy and heritage.
With Eid al-Adha just a couple of weeks away, you can be sure that extended families will be gathering to celebrate the holidays together, and we thought this would be a great time for you to learn the words for the family in Arabic and a few of its members. So, without further ado, let’s get started, shall we?
Below are both the most common relatives and some of the more uncommon ones as well:
|Cousin (male) – (paternal)||ibnu al-‘am||إبن العم|
|Cousin (male) – (maternal)||ibnu al-khāl||إبن الخال|
|Cousin (female) – (paternal)||bintu al-‘am||بنت العم|
|Cousin (female) – (maternal)||bintu al-khāl||بنت الخال|
|Nephew (brother’s son)||ibnu al-akh||إبن الأخ|
|Nephew (sister’s son)||ibnu al-ukht||إبن الأخت|
|Niece (brother’s daughter)||ibnatu al-akh||إبنة الأخ|
|Niece (sister’s daughter)||ibnatu al-ukht||إبنة الأخت|
Here are some family relations outside of the extended family:
And here are the names of relatives gained through marriage:
|Father-in-law (husband’s father)||Ḥamw||حَمْو|
|Mother-in-law (husband’s mother)||Ḥamāh||حماة|
|Father-in-law (wife’s father)||nassīb||نسيب|
|Mother-in-law (wife’s mother)||nassībah||نسيبة|
|Parents-in-law||asshār / nasāyeb||أصهار / نسايب|
|Son-in-law (husband’s son)||ibnu az-zawj||ابن الزوج|
|Son-in-law (wife’s son)||ibnu az-zawjah||ابن الزوجة|
|Daughter-in-law (husband’s daughter)||bintu az-zawj||بنت الزوج|
|Daughter-in-law (wife’s daughter)||bintu az-zawjah||بنت الزوجة|
|Brother-in-law (husband’s brother)||okhu az-zawj||أخو الزوج|
|Brother-in-law (wife’s brother)||okhu az-zawjah||أخو الزوجة|
|Sister-in-law (husband’s sister)||okhtu az-zawj||أخت الزوج|
|Sister-in-law (wife’s sister)||okhtu az-zawjah||أخت الزوجة|
The husband of your daughter or sister is called صهر / sihr in Arabic meaning “son-in-law”. If you’re a wife, you call your husband’s father حَمْو / Ḥamw and his mother is called حماة / Ḥamāh. If you’re the husband, then you call your wife’s father نسيب / nassīb while your mother-in-law is called نسيبة / nassībah. There are other names that are used for the in-laws and they vary quite a bit between countries and dialects. The easiest thing to do is simply call the male in-laws نسيب / nassīb, and the female in-laws نسيبة / nassībah.
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