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How do the French classify uncles and aunts?

Le mari de ma tante is mon oncle, it's exactly the same thing. Saying le mari de ma tante might imply (but not necessarily) that my uncle is not a relative by blood but by marriage, in that case I ...
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What does the surname suffix IN mean?

In can be a suffix but when a surname ends with the letters in it is nowadays rarely (never ?) understood as a suffix, even if centuries ago it would have meant something. The suffix in added to a ...
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"Le" in French family names

Family names haven't always existed. They began to be fixed during the Middle-Ages. Before people were designated in accordance to a moral trait (Le Petit, Le Gentil, Le Doux ...) a physical ...
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French names for adoptive/foster parents

No specific nickname I'm aware of. I suspect in most cases, adoptive/foster parents are called maman/papa if they agree/encourage it or are just called by their first names. Invented nicknames like ...
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