Serbian kinship

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The Serbian language is one of the richest languages regarding kinship terminology. The Serbs are family oriented and employ many terms whose equivalents can not be found in any foreign language, including other closely related Slavic languages. Some explain this by pointing to the fact that of all the Slavs, the Serbs were the only ones to retain the original zadrugas (extended families) up until the 20th century.

Direct Descendance and Ancestry
Serbian (Cyrilic/Latin) Transliteration Relation English translation
чукунунука / čukununuka chew-coon-ooh-nukah 5th female descendant grand-grand-grand-daughter
чукунунук / čukununuk chew-coon-ooh-nuke 5th male descendant grand-grand-grand-son
праунука / praunuka prah-ooh-nukah 4th female descendant grand-grand-daughter
праунук / praunuk prah-ooh-nuke 4th male descendant grand-grand-son
унука / unuka ooh-nukah grand-daughter grand-daughter
унук / unuk ooh-nuke grand-son grand-son
ћерка / ćerka cher-kah daughter daughter
син / sin seen son son
мајка / majka my-kah mother mother
отац / otac oh-tatz father father
баба / baba bah-bah grandmother grandmother
д(ј)ед / d(j)ed dead/dyead grandfather grandfather
прабаба / prababa prah-bah-bah great-grandmother great-grandmother
прадјед / prad(j)ed prah-dead/prah-dyed great-grandfather great-grandfather
прапрабаба / praprababa prah-prah-bah-bah 4th female ancestor great-great-grandmother
прапрад(ј)ед / praprad(j)ed prah-prah-dead/prah-dyed 4th male ancestor great-great-grandfather
чукунбаба / čukunbaba chew-coon-bah-bah 5th female ancestor great-great-great-grandmother
чукунд(ј)ед / čukund(j)ed chew-coon-dead/dyed 5th male ancestor great-great-great-grandfather
наврнбаба / navrnbaba nah-vern-bah-bah 6th female ancestor great-great-great-grandmother
наврнд(ј)ед / navrnd(j)ed nah-vern-dead/dyed 6th male ancestor great-great-great-grandfather


Direct Siblingry Relation
Serbian (Cyrilic / Latin) Transliteration English translation
брат / brat braht brother
сестра / sestra seh-strah sister


Indirect Ancestry, Descendance and Legal Relation
Serbian (Cyrilic / Latin) Transliteration Relation English translation
стриц / stric streets father's brother uncle
стрина / strina stree-nah father's brother wife aunt
ујак / ujak oo-yak mother's brother uncle
ујна / ujna ooy-nah mother's brother's wife aunt
тетка / tetka tet-kah father's/mother's sister aunt
тетак / tetak teh-tak father's/mother's sister's husband uncle


Legal kinship
Serbian (Cyrilic / Latin) Transliteration Relation English translation
свекар / svekar sve-KAR wife's father-in-law father-in-law
свекрва / svekrva sve-KRVA wife's mother-in-law mother-in-law
таст / tast TAh-st husband's father-in-law father-in-law
ташта / tašta TAh-shta husband's mother-in-law mother-in-law
зет / zet zet son-in-law son-in-law
снаха / snaha snah-hah daughter-in-law daughter-in-law
шурак / šurak shoo-RAK wife's brother brother-in-law
шурњаја / šurnjaja shoor-NYA-yah wife's brother's wife sister-in-law
свастика / svastika svah-stee-kah wife's sister sister-in-law
сваст / svast svah-st wife's sister's husband
д(ј)евер / d(j)ever deh-ver/dye-ver husband's brother brother-in-law
заова / zaova zaoh-vah husband's sister sister-in-law
пашеног / pašenog pah-sheh-nog husband of wife's sister
јетрва / jetrva yeah-trva wife of husband's brother
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