What's the Irish word for family? Is there more than one way to use it?

December 31, 2019 – 09:10 am
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Teaghlach (CHEYE-lawkh) - A Household family, your mum, dad, sister, brother, agusrl.

Clann (Klawnn) - Descendents. A mother's children and grandchildren would be "a clann" (her children, her living descendents). Ex: Mór mo náir: mo chlann féin a dhíol a máthair (Great my shame: My own children sold their mother)

Muintir (MWIN-ter or MWIN-cher) - People who you cannot definitely prove are related to you, or people from extanded family. People with the same surname (or variations of surname) or people from the same tribe (Like the Uí Máine or Dál gCais, my tribe) can be classified as "do mhuintir".

Fine (FIHN-yuh) - A family group, or in more poetic contexts, a racial group. I.E. Fine Gael (Family of the Irish)

Aicme (ACK-meh) - Family or tribe.

Unlike English, which only have a couple of words to describe family (like houshold, family, folks, agusrl.), Irish has dozens of synonyms for family, all with specific contexts. For example, the way we use the word "clan" in English does not reflect the Irish usage.

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