Family words in Tamil

Words for family members and other relatives in Tamil (தமிழ்), a Dravidian language spoken in southern India, Sri Lanka and Singapore.

There are differences in the words used in formal (frm) written Tamil and in informal (inf) spoken Tamil.

Meaning Tamil (தமிழ்)
family குடும்பம் (kuṭumpam)
relatives உறவினர்கள் (uṟaviṉarkaḷ)
father அப்பா (appā) - inf
தந்தை (tantai) - frm
mother அம்மா (ammā) - inf
தாய் (tāy) - frm
husband புருஷன் (puruṣaṉ) - inf
கணவன் (kaṇavaṉ) - frm
wife பொண்டாட்டி (poṇṭāṭṭi) - inf
மனைவி (maṉaivi) - frm
child குழந்தை (kuḻantai)
son பையன் (paiyaṉ) - inf
மகன் (makaṉ) - frm
daughter பொண்ணு (poṇṇu) - inf
மகள் (makaḷ) - frm
brother சகோதரன் (cakōtaraṉ)
அண்ணா (aṇṇā) - older brother
தம்பி (tampi) younger brother
sister சகோதரி (cakōtari)
அக்கா (akkā) older sister
தங்கை (taṅkai) - younger sister
uncle பெரிய அப்பா (periya appā) - father’s older brother / mother’s sister’s husband
சித்தப்பா (cittappā) - father’s younger brother / mother’s brother
அத்திம்பேர் (attimpēr) - father’s sister’s husband
aunt அத்தை (attai) - father’s sister
பெரிய அம்மா (periya amma) - father’s older brother’s wife
சித்தி (citti) - father’s younger brother’s wife / mother’s sister
பெரிய அம்மா (periya amma) - mother’s older sister
மாமி (māmi) - mother’s brother’s wife
cousin பெரியப்பா (periyappā)
மகன் (makaṉ) - male
மகள் (makaḷ) - female
nephew
son-in-law
மருமகன் (marumakaṉ)
niece
daughter-in-law
மருமகள் (marumakaḷ)
grandfather தாத்தா (tāttā), பாட்டன் (pāṭṭaṉ) - inf
தாத்தா (tāttā) - frm
grandmother பாட்டி (pāṭṭi), பாட்டியாரர் (pāṭṭiyārar) inf
பாட்டி (pāṭṭi) - frm
grandson பேரன் (pēraṉ)
granddaugther பேத்தி (pētti)

Hear some Tamil family words:

Information about family words in Tamil
https://www.learntamil.com/part1/ch03/professions-family-words/
http://polymath.org/tamil_family.php

Information about Tamil | Arwi Arabic script for Tamil | Phrases | Numbers | Tower of Babel | Language learning materials

Family words in Dravidian languages

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