What do call your older cousins?

@dreamy1 (3815)
United States
February 4, 2008 7:36pm CST
I was just thinking about a few weeks ago when I was visiting two of my favorite cousins and their families. I call my first cousins by their first name regardless of how old they are even if they are old enough to be my parents. But my second cousins (parents cousins) I call them cousin and their first name first name (ex. cousin Jane). I thought about it because I don't actually remember every being told to do this. When I saw my cousins a few weeks ago their children (my second cousins) called me cousin my name. I hadn't seen them in several years and I remember when they were about three or four the last time I saw them they called me by my first name. I guess when their parents talked about me they said cousin my first name and maybe that's why they started calling me cousin first name.
4 responses
@lightningd (1041)
• United States
5 Feb 08
I always just grew up calling my first and second cousins by their first names. That's how it's always been in my family, and nobody was ever referred to as "cousin so-and-so".... We all just went my our first names. Something interesting though, I have a Great Uncle named Guy, and his oldest son is Guy Jr, and my Great Aunt has a son named Guy as well. While we never used the full "Great Uncle" title it has always been "Uncle" ... but when the three "Guy's" are in one place at the same time, we have Guy SR. Guy JR. and Guy (and his last name).... funny huh?
• United States
5 Feb 08
And on a side note, I am an only child, so I have no neices or nephews, but I'm Aunt Doe to my best friend's kids.
@rhane7315 (5673)
• Philippines
9 May 08
i just call my cousins by their first name. sometimes i put a big sis then their name or big bro then their name to them lol
@madlees (1381)
• India
26 Mar 08
we call elder ones as eldersister that is Chechi ( in Malayalam ) and chettan ( elder brother in Malayalam )., be it they are siblings or cousins. Both are same. Cousins are also supposed to be like the members of ones own family. So there is no difference in calling. The youngsters are called by names. Only the elder ones are given respect.
@pastorkayte (2255)
• United States
5 Feb 08
I call my cousins my cousins and explain the first, second and third thing to my children. My cousins are my family and nothing can tear us apart.