Quick tip – Don’t Confuse Cousins, Nieces, and Nephews

In Dutch, the word neef can mean either nephew or male cousin, while the word nicht can mean either niece or female cousin.

Automatic translators sometimes translate the terms with nephew and niece only, which can lead you to the wrong conclusion about family relationships.

chart showing family relationships

About Yvette Hoitink

Yvette Hoitink is a professional genealogist in the Netherlands. She has been doing genealogy for almost 25 years. Her expertise is helping people from across the world find their ancestors in the Netherlands. Read about Yvette's professional genealogy services.


  1. marvin Weinberg says

    I enjoy your posts. Keep them coming


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