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.

LanguageMother
AfrikaansMoeder, Ma
AlbanianNënë, Mëmë
ArabicAhm
BelarusianMatka
BologneseMèder
Bosnian/ BulgarianMajka
Brazilian/PortugueseMãe
ChechenNana
CroatianMati, Majka
CzechAbatyse
DanishMor
DutchMoeder, Moer
EnglishMother, Mama, Mom
FinnishÄiti
FrenchMère, Maman
GermanMutter
GreekMàna
HawaiianMakuahine
HindiMa, Maji
HungarianAnya, Fu
IcelandicMóðir
IndonesianInduk, Ibu, Biang, Nyokap
IrishMáthair
ItalianMadre, Mamma
JapaneseOkaasan, Haha
Judeo/SpanishMadre
LatinMater
MacedonianMajka
MarathiAayi
Mongolianeh
NorwegianMadre
OromoHaadha
OjibweNimaamaa
PersianMadr, Maman
PolishMatka, Mama
PortugueseMãe
PunjabiMai, Mataji, Pabbo
RomanianMama, Maica
RussianMat’
SerbianMajka
SlovakMama, Matka
SomaliHooyo
SpanishMadre, Mamá, Mami
SwedishMamma, Mor, Morsa
Swiss/GermanMueter
TurkishAnne, Ana, Valide
UkrainianMati
UrduAmmee
WelshMam
YiddishMuter
ZeneizeMoæ

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