March 29, 2017

Use SideKin™ Instead of Niblings

I’ve been doing genealogy for over 25 years, and yet it was only recently that I was made aware of the term “nibling” in reference to the members of the family such as aunts/uncles, nieces/nephews.  I understand the intent of nibling, to be suggestive somewhat like ‘sibling’. But, I have a better term…

SideKin™ – “In genealogy, those relatives considered to be your aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. “

Today, I coined my own word to describe those family members, and I think it is a more descriptive word that denotes direction and association: SIDEKIN™. It doesn’t have to be all in CAPS as it is here, that’s just for emphasis. I suggested it to a few genealogy friends on Facebook today and it got some favorable responses. I hope it catches on. So, what do you think? Is sidekin™ here to stay? If it does, you can say you heard about it here first.

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