Marathi Relations: Part 2

In this time’s blog about Marathi relations, we are looking at family mainly on the paternal side. If you missed it, take a look at our last blog about maternal family relations.

Aazobaa aka Granddad

(pronunciation: aa-zoh-bah)

Aazobaa is your granddad from either side of the family.
Use it as: Name + Aazobaa

Aajee aka Grandmom

(pronunciation: aa-jee)

Aajee is your grandmom from either side of the family.
Use it as: Name + Aajee

Aattyaa aka Father’s sister

(pronunciation: aat-tyaa)

Your father’ sister, regardless of her age, is your aatyaa.
Use it as: Name + Aattyaa
As in, Mee Sonal Aattyaa kaḏey geley hotey

Kaakaa aka Aattyaa’s husband

(pronunciation: Kaa-kaa)

Same as your Maavshi’s husband, your aatyaa’s husband is your kaakaa.
Use it as: Name + Kaakaa

Aattey bhaaoo / aattey baheeṉ aka first cousins; your aattyaa’s children)

(pronunciation: aat-tey bhaaoo / aat- tey ba-hee-ṉ)

Just like the first cousins on your mom’s side, first cousins on your father’s side have specific relation names. Refer to your cousin brother as aattey bhaaoo and a cousin sister as aattey baheeṉ. If they are older than you, call them daadaa and taaee respectively.
Use it as: You won’t use these while talking to them, only when referring to them when you’re talking to someone else.
As in, tee maajhee aattey baheeṉ aahey

Kaakaa aka Father’s brother

(pronunciation: Kaa-kaa)

Your father’s brother is the original Kaakaa. Use it to refer to both, your dad’s younger and older brothers.
Use it as: Name + Kaakaa

Kaakoo or Kaakee aka kaka’s wife

(pronunciation: kaah-koo/ kaah-key)

Kaakoo and Kaakee are both used to refer to and call out to your Kaakaa’s wife.
Use it as: Name + Kaakoo/ Kaakee
As in, Varsha Kaakoo is a doctor

Choolat bhaaoo and choolat baheeṉ aka first cousins; your kaakaa’s children

(pronunciation: choo-luht bhaaoo/ choo-luht ba-hee-ṉ)

Your kaka’s son is your choolat bhaaoo and your kaakaa’s daughter is your choolat baheeṉ. If they are older than you, call them daadaa and taaee respectively.
Use it as: You won’t use these while talking to them, only when referring to them when you’re talking to someone else.
As in, toh maazhaa choolat bhaaoo aahey

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