Saying “Mother” in 51 Languages

We hope that you mothers and expectant mothers had a wonderful Mother’s Day yesterday!

Minneapolis is a diverse place. In the neighborhoods surrounding our birth center, over 20% of people are foreign born. It is claimed that there are over 100 primary languages spoken in these neighborhoods!

Through this diversity of language and culture, motherhood is a common experience that is shared among women from all walks of life. We see this in how every language has a word for mother.

Language Mother
Afrikaans Moeder, Ma
Albanian Nënë, Mëmë
Arabic Ahm
Belarusian Matka
Bolognese Mèder
Bosnian/ Bulgarian Majka
Brazilian/Portuguese Mãe
Chechen Nana
Croatian Mati, Majka
Czech Abatyse
Danish Mor
Dutch Moeder, Moer
English Mother, Mama, Mom
Finnish Äiti
French Mère, Maman
German Mutter
Greek Màna
Hawaiian Makuahine
Hindi Ma, Maji
Hungarian Anya, Fu
Icelandic Móðir
Indonesian Induk, Ibu, Biang, Nyokap
Irish Máthair
Italian Madre, Mamma
Japanese Okaasan, Haha
Judeo/Spanish Madre
Latin Mater
Macedonian Majka
Marathi Aayi
Mongolian eh
Norwegian Madre
Oromo Haadha
Ojibwe Nimaamaa
Persian Madr, Maman
Polish Matka, Mama
Portuguese Mãe
Punjabi Mai, Mataji, Pabbo
Romanian Mama, Maica
Russian Mat’
Serbian Majka
Slovak Mama, Matka
Somali Hooyo
Spanish Madre, Mamá, Mami
Swedish Mamma, Mor, Morsa
Swiss/German Mueter
Turkish Anne, Ana, Valide
Ukrainian Mati
Urdu Ammee
Welsh Mam
Yiddish Muter
Zeneize Moæ

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