Family in Icelandic

Talking about family in Icelandic

Genealogy is very popular in Iceland. So popular that relatives for which there are no names in English are named in Icelandic (eg, there is a word for people who have the same great – great grandparents). Again, there are too many terms to list, so here are the essentials.

Mummy – mamma

Mother – móðir

Daddy – pabbi

Father – faðir

Parents – foreldrar

Sister – systir

Brother – bróðir

Siblings – systkini

Gran – amma

Granddad – afi

Grandchild – barnabarn

In-laws – tengdafólk

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