How do you refer to your aunts and uncles?

posted 3 years ago in The Lounge
  • poll: What do you call your aunts and uncles?
    Aunt Jane and Uncle John, always have and always will call them that : (88 votes)
    57 %
    I used to call them Aunt and Uncle when I was a child, but now I just use first names : (26 votes)
    17 %
    I have always called them by their first names : (17 votes)
    11 %
    Depends on the aunt and uncle : (23 votes)
    15 %
  • Post # 3
    195 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    On my dads side I call then all Aunt and Uncle.  On my moms side it varies.  She is the oldest by a lot so some of them were around the age of 10 when I was born and don’t like being called Aunt/Uncle.  It depends on the person in her family I guess, some of them I do refer to Aunt _____.  


    Post # 4
    965 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: January 2014

    When speaking with my younger cousins, I sometimes use “Grandma Linda” or “Grandpa Tom” because they aren’t their aunt and uncle.

    Post # 5
    1443 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2010 - parent's backyard

    by their first names. calling them “aunt jane” and “uncle john” would make me feel like a 5 year old. 

    thinking that it’s disrespectful seems kind of old fashioned to me. 

    Post # 6
    1134 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: December 2014

    I still use Aunt and Uncle and always will. As a kid, my parents taught me that it was rude to address any adult by just their first name so everyone was always Mr. or Mrs., or Miss, Dr., etc, and adult relatives had to be addressed accordingly. My parents expected other kids to address them that way as well. Since that is so engrained in me now, it would be weird to start referring to those people by just their first names. So “Aunt Jane” could never just be Jane 🙂

    Post # 7
    2129 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    I call them by their first names for the most part. I generally only call them aunt or uncle when I am talking about them to someone outside of my family.

    Post # 8
    8518 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: April 2014

    I’ve always called them by their first names.

    I remember the first time my cousins from Michigan came to visit (we’ve only met maybe 3 times) they called my mom and dad aunt and uncle and I just thought it was the weirdest thing.

    Post # 9
    2315 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    It’s always just been their first names. 

    Post # 10
    552 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    I still use aunt and uncle, and probably always will. It would feel so wrong to me to just use their first names.

    Post # 12
    5432 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2014 - Ontario, Canada ♥ EDD- April 2016

    I still use “aunt” and “uncle” before their first names. It seems weird when you actually think about it aha, but I’ve been doing it so long that it feels natural.


    Post # 13
    1132 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: Seattle, WA

    First names for me.  I probably used Aunt and Uncle as a kid but I don’t remember for sure.  I have a coworker who refers to his aunts as “Auntie” (pronounced like “on-tee”), as in “I hung out with my mom and Auntie this weekend”.  It’s the weirdest thing!!  He’s 33.  I totally called him out one time and he didn’t get why…thought it was totally normal lol.

    Post # 14
    164 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    I call them auntie and uncle. Fiance is different though, he’s always just called his by their first names. It’s the habit of a lifetime and not one I’m about to change! One exception is my uncle who married my auntie a few years ago, I always forget to call him uncle now and my mum keeps telling me off for it!

    Post # 15
    998 posts
    Busy bee

    As I child, I used the title before their names. But, I stopped around the time I turned 12, since it started sounding odd to me. This is partially because the one aunt I see on a regular basis is on the older side and is relatively maternal toward my dad, her little brother (for reference’s sake, my dad is 55, my aunt is 69, and I’m only 19). As a result, I see her somewhere between an aunt and a grandmother. Thankfully, she’s not strict about that sort of thing, so she doesn’t mind.

    However, I would probably use the titles before their names if I were talking to an aunt or uncle who I’m not very familiar wirh. 


    Post # 16
    374 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2014

    The ones I like I call Aunt Jane and Uncle John. But the ones I don’t like I refer to with just their first name (usually not in a very nice tone of voice). So at least as far as I’m concerned, your grandmother may be right about that being disrepectful, but that’s intentionally done on my part and I don’t think it’s necessarily true in all cases. I don’t call them anything to their faces since I don’t see them. The one I’ve never met I usually refer to as “your sister” when talking to my dad.

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