Dutch term – Family Relationships

This diagram shows you the Dutch terms for the most common family relationships.

chart showing family relationships

In practice, we don’t use the more distant relationships than achterneef/achternicht; we just call them “verre neef” or “verre nicht” [distant cousin].

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  1. Lola weber says

    That is great to see! Thanks for posting this.

  2. Judd Zandstra says

    Cool. So neef/nicht are used for both cousin and for nephew/niece?

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