Ukrainian Studies

Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures

Slavic 108Y, Elementary Ukrainian


Instructor:Maxim Tarnawsky121 St. Joseph St. Alumni Hall 403 416–978–8972


Ukrainian terms for family relationships
Родинні зв'язки

English terms for familial ties reflect a different understanding of relations than do terms in other languages. In other languages, including Ukrainian, a husband's sister and a brother's wife are not referenced by the same term. In English, however, they are both sisters-in-law. Conversely, English speakers would not use the same term for a daughter's husband and a sister's husband, but Ukrainians do (зять). Thus, in translating from English to Ukrainian, or vice versa, it is not sufficient to know the English or Ukrainian term for a relationship. It is necessary to know the exact nature of the relationship.


Родинний зв'язок
English По-українському
Husband's father
Батько чоловіка
Father-in-law Свекор
Husband's mother
Мати чоловіка
Mother-in-law Свекруха
Husband's brother
Брат чоловіка
Brother-in-law Дiвер
Husband's sister
Сестра чоловіка
Sister-in-law Зовиця
Wife's father
Батько жінки
Father-in-law Тесть
Wife's mother
Мати жінки
Mother-in-law Теща
Wife's brother
Брат жінки
Brother-in-law Шурин [швагер]
Wife's sister
Сестра жінки
Sister-in-law Своячка
Sister's husband
Чоловік сестри
Brother-in-law Зять
Daughter's husband
Чоловік дочки
Son-in-law Зять
Brother's wife
Жінка брата
Sister-in-law Невiстка
Son's wife
Жінка сина
Daughter-in-law Невiстка
Brother's or sister's son
Син брата або сестри
Nephew Племінник (небіж)
Brother's or sister's daughter
Донька брата або сестри
Niece Племінниця (небога)
Mother's or father's sister
Сестра батька, сестра матері
Aunt Тiтка
Mother's or fathers's brother
Брат батька, брат матері
Uncle Дядько
Uncle's wife
Жінка дядька
Aunt Тiтка
Uncle's wife
Жінка дядька
Aunt Д`ядина
Aunt's husband
Чоловік тітки
Uncle Дядько
Uncle's or aunt's son
Син дядька або тітки
Cousin (male) Двоюрідний брат (кузен)
Uncle's or aunt's daughter
Дочка дядька або тітки
Cousin (female) Двоюрідна сестра (кузина)
In Western Ukraine, paternal and maternal uncles and aunts are distinguished.
В західній Україні відрізняються брати і сестри материні від батькових.
Father's brother
Брат батька
Paternal uncle Стрий (стрийко)
Mother's brother
Брат матері
Maternal uncle Вуйко [вуй]
Father's sister
Сестра батька
Paternal aunt Стрийна
Mother's sister
Сестра матері
Maternal aunt Вуйна
Чоловік стрийни Paternal aunt's husband Стрий (стрийко)
Чоловік вуйни Maternal aunt's husband Вуйко
Жінка стрия Paternal uncle's wife Стрийна
Жінка вуйка Maternal uncle's wife Вуйна


More Ukrainian terms for family relations can be found on this Ukrainian web page.

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