Chinese Family Member Names – Part 3

Chinese families have a name for everyone. Families are strongly paternal and hierarchical. This blog is part 3 covering extended family members.

English: Paternal Grandfather (Father’s father)
Pinyin: zǔfù
Chinese: 祖父

English: Paternal Grandmother (Father’s mother)
Pinyin: zǔmǔ
Chinese: 祖母

English: Maternal Grandfather
Pinyin: wài gōng
Chinese: 外公

English: Maternal Grandmother
Pinyin: wài pó
Chinese: 外婆

English: Uncle – Father’s older brother
Pinyin: bó fù
Chinese: 伯父

English: Uncle – Father’s older brother’s wife
Pinyin: bó mǔ
Chinese: 伯母

English: Uncle – Father’s younger brother
Pinyin: shū fù
Chinese: 叔父

English: Uncle – Father’s younger brother
Pinyin: shū fù
Chinese: 叔父

English: Aunt – Father’s younger brother’s wife
Pinyin: shěn shěn
Traditional Chinese: 嬸嬸
Simplified Chinese: 婶婶

English: Uncle – Mother’s brother
Pinyin: jiù jiu
Chinese: 舅舅

English: Aunt – Mother’s brother’s wife
Pinyin: jiù mā
Traditional Chinese: 舅媽
Simplified Chinese: 舅妈

English: Aunt – Mother’s sister
Pinyin: āyí
Chinese: 阿姨

English: Uncle – Mother’s sister’s husband
Pinyin: yí zhàng
Chinese: 姨丈

English: Aunt – Father’s sister
Pinyin: gū mā
Traditional Chinese: 姑媽
Simplified Chinese: 姑妈

English: Aunt – Father’s sister’s husband
Pinyin: gū zhàng
Chinese: 姑丈

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