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    Question How do you refer to your Aunts & Uncles?

    As an adult, do you still call them Auntie/Aunt so and so, or do you address them by their first names?

    I still keep the "labels" on their names, but my brother has decided to refer to them using only their first names.

    I'm curious what other people do.

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    There's few Aunts & Uncles left...but the few that are alive..out of respect..they are Aunt --- & Uncle ---. But, I've noticed a few of my nieces & nephews have called me by first name...go figure.

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    In our family, we use Auntie _____ or Uncle _____.

    In the Chinese culture you just call everyone auntie or uncle - no names used. Its a respect thing, especially if they're older then you. They could be real relatives or just close family friends.

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    Yeah it's always been a respect thing with me too. My nephew started calling me "Michelle" instead of "Auntie Chelle" several years ago, and I joked with him saying that I'm Auntie Chelle/Michelle to him, but he still does it. THEN I noticed his father (my brother) doing it to our aunts & uncles. I don't know why, but it rubs me the wrong way.

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    I don't have any that are alive, but I always referred to them as "Aunt Mary", or "Uncle Ray", etc.

    My sister on the other hand, only used their first names.

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    I don't use titles for my aunts and uncles now that I am an adult, unless I am speaking about them to my children. We have a different type of relationship now, it would feel strange.

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    Aunt & Uncle, it's the proper thing to do I think.




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    Aunt_____ and Uncle_____.

    Since I'm 55 yrs old, I'll bet they really appreciate me calling them that.

    There's only one aunt I DON'T call Aunt. She's only 6 years older than me, and we grew up more like sisters.

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    For the most part, I call mine by their names, no "Aunt" or "Uncle". I had given them nicknames when I learned to talk and called them by the nicknames until a few years ago. By then it was just weird hearing a 30-something year old call another adult "No-No" or "Ne-Ne" so I stopped.

    My aunts and uncles are not too much older than I am, the closest one to my age is only 8 years older than me. The other two are 15 years and 17 years older than me. Being the only grandchild in the family, they were more like my playmates than an aunt and uncle. I have one uncle who is much, much older and I do refer to him as "Uncle B".

    My great-aunts and great-uncles are called by "Aunt so and so" or "Uncle so and so".

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    Aunt and Uncle.... exept that I have one that I sometimes call by her first name. She and I have a great relationship that is somewhat of an actual friendship. I call here Aunt sometimes, and sometimes not.

    Interestingly, however, I have relatives in northern Maine. I refer to those Aunts as "AUNT" Mary (aunt sounds like "on-nt")

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    Oh forgot...is it Ant or Awwnt
    I pronounce it Ant,lol.




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    Quote Originally Posted by Darlene View Post
    Oh forgot...is it Ant or Awwnt
    I pronounce it Ant,lol.
    the ones that are back east are Awwnt
    the others are Ant

    I have no idea why


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    It's a mix between aunt/uncle____or just first names. Wesley refers to his aunt and uncles the same way--sometimes with title, sometimes without.

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    All the ones I speak to (due to a severe rift in My Moms family) are Aunt and Uncle pronounced Ant

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    When I lived in Scotland (before I got married at 19) I called all my aunts and uncles by their title. Even now there is an elderly uncle who I call uncle Jack - the rest have since passed on. It wouldn't even occur to me to call him by his first name.
    But I think that that is because I have been away from Scotland for more than 32 years so the relationship never evolved.

    After moving to Holland dh has a lot of aunts and uncles and in the beginning we referred to them by their title. In the last 5 years or so, we have started calling them by their first names (often because they asked that we do this).

    We pronounce it 'ant' in Scotland.

    Our nephews and niece call us by our first names - never been an issue. If we are joking around we will say to them, he - a bit of respect for your old auntie.
    Their ages range from 35 to 5.

    (On saying that we try to avoid the one who is 5 (psycho's child). Even my fil had to reprimand him last week since he was running around kicking everyone and his father didn't say anything - but that's another story for another time.)

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