The brother of your grandfather or grandmother...

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    Oct 28, 2012 2:32 AM GMT
    Do you call him your grand uncle or great uncle?

    I'm curious which is more prevalent in usage.
  • kevmoran

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    Oct 28, 2012 2:34 AM GMT
    I just said uncle, but if I had to choose I'd say great uncle.
  • AMoonHawk

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    Oct 28, 2012 2:36 AM GMT
    neither ... my grandfathers brother icon_biggrin.gif Unless he leaves me money in his will ... then he is may really great uncle icon_lol.gif
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    Oct 28, 2012 2:46 AM GMT
    In the New York City/Northern New Jersey area where I was raised I believe "great" is more common, and what I use myself. But it's only something I say for clarity outside the family, while among my relatives we simply say aunt or uncle for everyone, whether great or not, since we know which is which.
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    Oct 28, 2012 2:46 AM GMT
    I never heard the term granduncle until Ancestry. But I dont know if my experience was typical or not.
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    Oct 28, 2012 3:15 AM GMT
    I don't know any of my great aunts or uncles, but I would say great over grand.
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    Oct 28, 2012 3:17 AM GMT
    Maybe Americans say greatuncle and the brits etc say granduncle.
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    Oct 28, 2012 4:57 AM GMT
    I say Grand Uncle but I'm originally from Toronto. I've heard people in BC refer to them as Great Uncle.
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    Oct 28, 2012 5:01 AM GMT
    Grand Uncle; though I never met them, or their kin.
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    Oct 28, 2012 5:30 AM GMT
    G r a n d U n c l e...still

    for some, casually to give the honor they called them
    "Oh my dear Great-Grand Uncle you look so beautiful today"...icon_rolleyes.gif some people 76.gif

    By normal 'whatever' who cares, they just call them"U n c l e" 45.gif
  • Webster666

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    Oct 28, 2012 5:43 AM GMT
    I've never heard of using "grand" for an aunt or uncle who's a sibling of a grandparent.
  • BIG_N_TALL

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    Oct 28, 2012 5:44 AM GMT
    great uncle...
  • LJay

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    Oct 28, 2012 5:48 AM GMT
    Great uncle, though with us it was always just Uncle Bill, or Aunt Emma.

    I call the sweetest little girl in the world my Grand Niece, though.
  • starboard5

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    Oct 28, 2012 1:56 PM GMT
    I am one and the term has always been great uncle, as far as I've known. Kindly, my grandnieces just call me uncle Alan.
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    Oct 28, 2012 1:58 PM GMT
    I have always used "great uncle." I also thought the sibling of the parent of a grandparent would be great great uncle or great great aunt.
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    Oct 28, 2012 2:00 PM GMT
    great uncle
  • HndsmKansan

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    Oct 28, 2012 2:01 PM GMT
    Great uncle......
  • hanzo83

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    Oct 28, 2012 2:05 PM GMT
    I would say uncle but knowing that he's my grand uncle.
  • Stephan

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    Oct 28, 2012 2:07 PM GMT
    I usually say "Tio", which is Spanish for Uncle.
    In my family, both sides, we just acknowledge them as Uncle, of course in Spanish.

    Stephan
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    Oct 28, 2012 2:12 PM GMT
    I think most people say "great" but, technically, it should be "grand".
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    Oct 28, 2012 2:18 PM GMT
    Well, I'm glad to see it isnt just me who knew them as "great" instead of "grand." Of course, I didnt go around using the term. Like others on here, we just called them uncle. But I knew their relationship to me as "great-uncle."

    I wonder if Ancestry is gonna have an impact on that since it adheres to "granduncle." ....and grandaunt.
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    Oct 28, 2012 2:32 PM GMT
    Great always. Grand certainly isn't used in the UK.
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    Oct 28, 2012 2:39 PM GMT
    My family would just use Uncle.
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    Oct 28, 2012 2:53 PM GMT
    Also just call & even think of them as uncle or aunt soinso but know them as great uncle or great aunt soinso. Had about 8-10 each through mom's mother and dad's father so with so many 1st-cousins-once-removed and 2nd cousins, as a kid, I used to confuse some of my aunts & uncles for just more cousins.

    Then they really screwed me up by introducing some of their dearest friends to me as aunts and even my cousins' aunts and uncles who weren't even related to me became my aunts and uncles. Mom instilled a very strong sense of family.

    One time as a little kid one of the non relative great aunts picked me up and took me to Palisades Amusement Park for the day. I had no idea who she was and I could never remember her name. For the rest of my life until she died when I was in my 40s, she became Aunt Whatshername.

    Another aunt--who was a very close sister to my grandma and our mother's were close and I was close to the daughter in my generation--so who was actually a great aunt to me, became for my entire life my aunt-grandma and that's what called her, I think because my grandma died when I was so young. She lived a long healthy life. Died in her 90s. RIP aunt-grandma.
  • mynyun

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    Oct 28, 2012 6:30 PM GMT
    Stephan saidI usually say "Tio", which is Spanish for Uncle.
    In my family, both sides, we just acknowledge them as Uncle, of course in Spanish.

    Stephan




    Interesting. A Latino guy I know has a nephew that calls him something similar but it was pronounced "Theo".