There is no denying the special bond between a child and their aunt. An aunt is like a mom, best friend, and older sister all combined in one.
Thus, it’s important to celebrate such a relationship with a nickname for “Aunt” that’s special and unique. Today, we are exploring 16+ alternative nicknames for aunts.
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Traditional Names for Aunt
Sometimes the most traditional options are best! Classic and traditional names and nicknames for an aunt include:
- Aunt followed by their first name.
A standalone “Aunt” can be short and sweet but can get complicated if your child has more than one aunt.
“Aunt” followed by a name is also a classic for a reason! It’s simple to teach, remember, and feels like a warm hug on a rainy day. “Auntie” is a wonderful option as well. But in some families, the term is also used for close family friends.
Keep this in mind when choosing and exploring nicknames for aunts.
Aunt Names in Different Languages
The word for aunt changes depending on the language you speak. If your family speaks another language or celebrates a certain heritage, aunts may prefer to be called something else. This can include:
- Tante (French/German)
- Tia (Spanish/Portuguese)
- Theia (Greek)
- Oba (Japanese)
- Tita (Tagalog)
These options may be more natural if your child happens to also be learning the language in question. Yet, this doesn’t have to be the case! For bilingual aunts, simply using the correct term in their language can show respect and endearment.
This can also pique your child’s interest in learning about different languages and cultures in the future!
Cute and Quirky Aunt Nicknames
We’ve taken a look at the straightforward and directly-translated aunt nicknames. But what about the ones a few of us have grown up with that are unique and cute? But they may also be completely unrelated to the word “aunt?”
Here are a few favorites:
- TiTi or TeeTee
Interestingly enough, the term “Sissy” originated as a nickname for a sister. It has since evolved into a popular nickname for extended family members and even a nickname for the name Cecilia.
These nicknames definitely aren’t for everyone. Yet, they can be adorable choices for an aunt who enjoys a bit of quirkiness. It’s also endearing to hear these nicknames as the child turns into an adult.
A lot of these are also easier for a child to pronounce when they are young, which makes them even more wonderful choices.
Personal Aunt Nicknames
Are you looking for an aunt nickname that feels a bit more personal to the aunt in question? Consider shortening the aunt’s name into a 2-3 syllable version, such as “AmAm” for Amanda.
You can also shorten the term “Aunt Grace” to “AG,” for an adorable alternative that your child, and others, may use.
Shortening an aunt’s name into different sections can work as well. With the name “Lauren,” your child can choose to call them:
- Aunt Laur
- Aunt Ren
You can even brainstorm a few names related to the aunt’s hobbies. Does Auntie love to garden, or watch a favorite Disney movie with their niece or nephew? Maybe Auntie Flower or Flo fits well, or even Aunt Dory after Disney’s adorable fish. There are no limits as far as interests and hobbies!
Also, if Auntie does love to garden, consider letting her make a starter garden with your toddler! What a great bonding experience!
Choosing an Aunt Name or Nickname
There are countless ways to choose a name or nickname for an aunt. But it’s important to remember that what ends up getting used the most often, sticks! When brainstorming, it’s a great idea to ask the aunt-to-be what their preferences are.
If there are any nicknames they are opposed to, asking ahead of time will help you steer your child in an appropriate direction. Consider the aunt’s age and personality when asking as well. Older aunts may prefer a more traditional nickname. Younger or new aunts may want something more closely related to their name or unique and special.
The last thing you’d want to do is insult an aunt with a nickname that doesn’t suit their identity or makes them feel unimportant.
Finally, come to your child with a few nickname ideas. You can talk to them separately about this or simply offer a few different nickname choices when they meet with their aunt. See which one they gravitate toward or pronounce most easily.
Unfortunately, we can’t always predict what our child will end up using! Guide them as best as you can and see what they start using each day. Re-teach or offer them alternative nicknames if they use something their aunt is against. After a bit of time and guidance, you’ll be all set for child and aunt bonding to last a lifetime.
The Child and Aunt Relationship
At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter what your child calls their aunt as long as it is respectful and well-received. After all, tastes and pronunciation change. Your child will likely take a well-planned nickname and add their own twist to it, too!Ready to learn more about how to introduce your child to family members, and maybe even a second baby? Read more on my post, on 6 Dos and Don’t for Introducing an Older Sibling to Baby.