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Nephew is a term referring to the son of one's sibling or spouse's sibling, and niece to the daughter of one's sibling or spouse's sibling. Sons and daughters of siblings-in-law are also informally referred to as nephews and nieces respectively, even though there is no blood relation. The word nephew is derived from the French word neveu.

  • Nephew - son of one's brother/sister (and their spouse).
  • Niece - daughter of one's sister/brother (and their spouse).
  • Half-nephew - son of one's half-brother/half-sister.
  • Half-niece - daughter of one's half-brother/half-sister.
  • Nephew-in-law - son of one's sister-in-law/brother-in-law; husband of one's niece.
  • Niece-in-law - daughter of one's sister-in-law/brother-in-law; wife of one's nephew.
  • Step-nephew - son of one's stepbrother/sister, or stepson of one's brother/sister.
  • Step-niece - daughter of one's stepbrother/sister, or stepdaughter of one's brother/sister.
  • Half-nephew-in-law - son of one's wife/husband's half-brother/half-sister
  • Half-niece-in-law - daughter of one's wife/husband's half-brother/half-sister
  • Step-niece-in-law - daughter of one's wife/husband's step-brother/step-sister
  • Step-nephew-in-law - son of one's wife/husband's step-brother/step-sister
  • Grand-nephew - son of one's nephew/niece.
  • Grand-niece - daughter of one's nephew/niece.
  • Half-grand-nephew- son of one's half-nephew/niece.
  • Half-grand-niece- daughter of one's half-nephew/niece.

In archaic terminology, a maternal nephew is called a sister-son, emphasizing the importance as a person's nearest male relative should he have no brothers or sons of his own. The term is used to describe some knights who are nephews to King Arthur and is imitated by J. R. R. Tolkien, especially in lists of Kings of Rohan or dwarves where the sister-son is also heir. Sister-daughter is a less common parallel term for niece.

See also

  • For details of this and other family relationships, see the entry at cousin.

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