Fun Ideas for Landing the Perfect Nicknames for Uncles and Aunts

Aunt and Uncle mugs

Today, many parents spend hours debating about whether they will be Papa or Nana or G-Dad or Yaya, but brothers and sisters also need to think about whether they will go with the traditional names or opt for something a little different to call their aunts or uncles.

While there are no rules in this naming game, it’s always a good idea to look for something that’s easy for kids to pronounce and flows nicely with the names of their siblings. For example, Lala Lola may be a bit much for a small kid to manage. Don’t forget that these honorifics can also be used for friends who feel a whole lot like family. Your best friend can be an Auntie too. Also, it’s always wise to run a name by a friend or sibling before they start working on the kiddo to call him or her that. This way, parents will know that they have picked a name they will love to be called, time and time again.

A photo of an extended family with aunts and uncles

Name Ideas for Aunts

Auntie is the most common pick. Choosing a name from other languages is also an option – Tante in France and Germany and Tia in Spanish. Theia in Greece, Oba in Japanese, Zia in Italian, Chaachee in Hindi, and Guma in Chinese. Some families use Lala for aunts. There are sweet options like Bubbie, Cookie, and Nini.

Names Ideas for Uncles

Uncle can be shortened to just plain Unk or Unks. There is the French Oncle and Spanish Tio, and Onkel in German so there is a lot of variety. Italian uncles are called Zio, Greek uncles are called Theos, and in Chinese, you can call your uncle Shushu. The Russians have Dyadya. Bud can be a fun nickname for a niece or the favorite buddy of a nephew, or Big Guy might work for the right uncle.