What’s My Relationship to My Nephew’s Child?

You have your mother and father, siblings, and siblings’ children, also known as nieces and nephews, in your family. What happens when your nephews or nieces have their own children? What is your relationship to their children? Your grandniece or grandnephew is the child of your nephew (or niece).

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Grandnephew or Grandniece

You and your siblings share the same parents. Those parents are your nieces, nephews, sons, and daughters’ grandparents. You and your siblings will be able to add “grand” to your names once your children and nieces and nephews start having children of their own.

You also add “grand” to the names of your nephew’s children’s relatives. If they’re females, they’re your grandnieces, and if they’re boys, they’re your grandnephews.

What Your Grandniece or Grandnephew May Address You As

If you’re a woman, your nephews may refer to you as aunt, and if you’re a male, they may refer to you as uncle. Your nephew’s parents will be referred to as grandma and grandpa by their children. You get to be a grandmother or grandfather. The phrases “great aunt” and “great uncle” are sometimes used interchangeably.

Your Relationship to the Children of Your Grandniece or Grandnephew

Children grow up quickly, and it may not be long until your grandnieces and grandnephews have their own children. Your great-grandnieces and great-grandnephews are your grandnephew’s children. Great-grandnieces and great-grandnephews are often referred to as great-great-nieces and great-great-nephews.

Your Grandniece or Grandnephew’s Relationship to Your Children

Your children are your nieces and nephews’ cousins. Your kids’ cousins’ offspring are their first cousins once removed. Any children you have would be your grandchildren, your siblings’ grandnieces and grandnephews, and your nieces and nephews’ first cousins once removed.

If your grandniece or grandnephew has children, they will be your children’s first cousins twice removed.

Is There a Distinction Between “Great” and “Grand?”

Although the terms “great” and “grand” are sometimes used interchangeably when discussing family relationships, there are differences between the two. When referring to someone who is one generation removed from a relative, the term “grand” is commonly used. Because your grandniece or grandnephew is one generation younger than you, you refer to them as “grand.”

When referring about persons who are more than one generation apart from you, you are supposed to use the word “great.” Your great-grandparents are your grandparents’ parents, and your grandnephew’s children are your great-grand-niece or great-grand-children. nephew’s

When you say “grand” when you mean “great” or “great” when you mean “grand,” it’s more likely that people will understand or be able to follow up.

Misha Khatri
Misha Khatri is an emeritus professor in the University of Notre Dame's Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. He graduated from Northern Illinois University with a BSc in Chemistry and Mathematics and a PhD in Physical Analytical Chemistry from the University of Utah.


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