Chinese Family Member Names – Part 2

Chinese families have a name for everyone. Families are strongly paternal and hierarchical. This blog is part 2 covering extended family members.

English: Brother-in-law – Older sister’s husband
Pinyin: jiě fu
Chinese: 姐夫

English: Brother-in-law – Younger sister’s husband
Pinyin: mèi xù
Chinese: 妹婿

English: Sister-in-law – Older brother’s wife
Pinyin: sǎosao
Chinese: 嫂嫂

English: Sister-in-law – Younger brother’s wife
Pinyin: dì xí
Chinese: 弟媳

English: Older male cousin – Father’s side
Pinyin: táng gē
Chinese: 堂哥

English: Younger male cousin – Father’s side
Pinyin: táng dì
Chinese: 堂弟

English: Older female cousin – Father’s side
Pinyin: táng jiě
Chinese: 堂姐

English: Younger female cousin – Father’s side
Pinyin: táng mèi
Chinese: 堂妹

English: Older male cousin – Mother’s side
Pinyin: biǎo gē
Chinese: 表哥

English: Younger male cousin – Mother’s side
Pinyin: biǎo dì
Chinese: 表弟

English: Older female cousin – Mother’s side
Pinyin: biǎo jiě
Chinese: 表姐

English: Younger female cousin – Mother’s side
Pinyin: biǎo mèi
Chinese: 表妹

English: Nephew – Brother’s son
Pinyin: zhí zi
Traditional Chinese: 姪子
Simplified Chinese: 侄子

English: Niece – Brother’s daughter
Pinyin: zhí nǚ
Traditional Chinese: 姪女
Simplified Chinese : 侄女

English: Nephew – Sister’s son
Pinyin: wài shēng
Chinese: 外甥

English: Niece – Sister’s daughter
Pinyin: wài shēng nǚ
Chinese: 外甥女

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