have written to me asking what the Irish words for Mother/Father/Grandmother/Grandfather
are. Here are a few ideas for those of you who are tired of the usual
Grandma and Grandpa.
haven't done so already, non-Irish speakers please see the the pronunciation
includes words for Mother, Father ,
Grandmother , Grandfather, and
Names For Mother
children use the English words for their mothers, including Mam, Mom,
Mammy, Ma, Mommy and occasionally Mother. The Irish word for mother is
Máthair (MAW her), but this is rarely used. In Irish Gaelic, children
would call their mothers Mamaí, which is pronounced Mah-mee.
most Irish children use English words for their fathers. These include
Dad, Daddy, and Da. The Irish Gaelic word for father is Athair (AH her).
Most Irish speaking children would call their fathers Dadaí (DAH
children call their grandmothers Granny, Grandma, or Nana/Nanna.
There are a few different words for Grandmother in Irish, including Seanmháthair
(shan a WAW her), máthair mhór (maw her aWOR), and máthair Chríona (MAW
her KHREE un na). These literally mean "old mother", "great mother" and
"mother of the heart." These words are not used to actually address the
grandmother, though. Children would call a grandmother Maimeó (MAM
o), or perhaps Móraí (MO ree).
children would call their grandfathers Granda or Grandad.
are the words for other relatives. They are just for your information. Just
as English speaking children rarely refer to their aunts and uncles as "Aunt"
and "Uncle," these words are more descriptive than used as forms of address.
Like grandmother, there are a number of different Irish words for grandfather.
These include Seanathair (shan AH her), Athair mór (AH her MORE), Athair
Críonna (AH her KREE un na). These literally mean "old father", "great
father" and "father of the heart." Children would use Daideó (Daddo)or
sometimes Móraí (MO ree)when addressing their grandfathers.
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