(Closed) How do you refer to your aunts and uncles?

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  • poll: What do you call your aunts and uncles?

    Aunt Jane and Uncle John, always have and always will call them that

    I used to call them Aunt and Uncle when I was a child, but now I just use first names

    I have always called them by their first names

    Depends on the aunt and uncle

  • Post # 32
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2015

    “Tito” plus their first names for my uncles and “Tita” plus their first names for my aunts. I’m Filipino and my head would roll if I referred to them solely by their first names. It’s about showing respect and frankly that never goes out of fashion.

    Post # 33
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: December 2012

    I always call them Aunt X and Uncle Y. I don’t think it’s disrespectful not to, I’ve just never called them anything else.

    Post # 34
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    Buzzing Beekeeper

    @Sea_Ashley:  I call them by their first names too. As an adult, I feel weird saying aunt and uncle. I cringe when I hear adults say, “auntie.” 

    Post # 35
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    My American aunt & uncles I refer to by their first names only. My aunts & uncles in Italy I refer to as Zia ____ or Zio _____.

    Post # 36
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    @Sea_Ashley:  I have pretty much always called them by first name only. Same with Fiance and his aunts and uncles.

    Post # 37
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    Bee Keeper

    I always call my aunts and uncles by their first names. I never called them Aunt or uncle and none of them have ever cared. I only call my moms aunt or uncle because they are elderly and I just always called them that.

    Post # 38
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2014 - Lodge

    I call all my aunts and uncles by their first names.  My kids call my brother “Uncle M”.

    My mom has an Aunt named “C” and I have an Aunt named “C” so when trying to call for the correct Aunt I will either say “My Aunt C” or “Mom’s Aunt C” or I will call them by their full names C.L. or C.C.  I have no idea why my Grandmother decided to name her youngest daughter the same name as her youngest sister.  As far as I’m aware C.C. was not named after C.L.

    Post # 39
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2015 - Backyard Forest

    @Sea_Ashley:  I still call them Aunt/Uncle… however my one Aunt was remarried when I was a teenager and I won’t call her husband Uncle. Same with my one Uncle and his crazy wife he married while I was in university…she is NOT my Aunt as far as I’m concerned.

    However my Aunts and Uncles through marriage since childhood are Aunt/Uncle to me. 

    Post # 40
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2014

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    @missamysmiles:  Haha, yes, my uncle’s third wife is not my aunt, but on the other side of my family my aunt’s husband for decades and decades is my uncle 🙂

    Post # 41
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2015

    Just by their names. I would feel so weird saying Uncle or Aunt ______. I never did it as a child so I can’t change it now. 

    Post # 42
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2014

    This is interesting!

    I have one Uncle on my moms side and I call him Uncle his name. My great grandmother had 9 kids and the youngest is like 4 years older than my mom and they just go by names. That’s probably the only situation I can agree with that. My father is Puerto Rican and my aunts and uncles are Titi and Tio (Titi being similar to Auntie).

    I was also raised to “show respect” to elders by addressing them with a title. Sometimes my neice will slip up and call me by my first name and I’ll be like “I’m sorry,who?”. Lol

    Post # 43
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    Depends. I call my great uncle Uncle Stephen and his wife Aunty Barb. My actual aunts and uncles are just Jen, Ben, Debbie, Jeff, Kevin and Michael…when I was younger is was aunty Jen, uncle Michael.

    Post # 44
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    Buzzing bee

    When I was younger I referred to everyone as Auntie ‘Anna‘ and Uncle ‘Mark‘; now I alternate between Auntie ‘Anna‘ and Uncle ‘Mark‘ and plain old ‘Anna‘ and ‘Mark‘.

    Post # 44
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    Wannabee
    • Wedding: June 2017

    I know this convo is long-running but it popped up when I googled. I haven’t spoken to my mom’s side of the family a lot as an adult but recently when I referred to my aunt as simply “Debbie” all hell broke loose. Lol! She got my mother involved and it turned into something rather dramatic. I don’t mean it as disrespect; however, I’m an adult for goodness sake. My partner doesn’t refer to his aunts by the title, and we both agree that the whole thing is a bit juvenile. Recently in a family fb chat my cousin referred to my mother by her first name alone and nothing was said. I’m a 36 yr old physician. My aunt is my aunt but she’s also just “Debbie.” Hope I can help someone else out there feel normal about their thoughts on the matter, and I completely respect the varying opinions.

    Post # 45
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    Wannabee

    For the most part, I call my aunts and uncles by their first name. About the only aunts and uncles I did use the words were my mom’s and dad’s aunts and uncles (my great aunts and great uncles) and for some reason I sometimes refer to my dad’s brother as Uncle Ronald (now passes away) but not all the time. About the only time I use the terms with my own aunts and uncles is when I’m talking to someone that doesn’t know who they are. For example, if I was talking to one of my cousins about my Aunt Kissy, I would would just call her Kissy. But if I was talking to a friend about Kissy, I would call her Aunt Kissy. But u would always use the term aunt and uncle when talking about my parents aunts and uncles. It was always Aunt Alice or Uncle John. And it got confusing with my dad’s aunt who had a nickname of Sis. Did I call her Aunt Sis or Sis.

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