First Cousin, Second Cousin, Second Cousin-Twice Removed… WHAT?! We Explain the Difference in an Easy Way!
There are so many jokes like the picture above around, but these don’t help us understand all the confusion about the relationship between family members do they?! I heard someone once call it “the degree of cousin-ness” once … which of course was funny at the time, but very true when you think about it! For example, if a random bloke walked up to you while you are out and about and said “G’day mate! How’s it going? I’m actually related to you, you are my 3rd cousin, twice removed!” Would you actually know what he meant? Would you actually know where, and what the actual connection was?
Well we thought we might write up a quick and simple examination to help you understand it easily and more clearly!
So without doubt you all know the basic meaning of cousins, or 1st cousins just being the children of your parent’s siblings, your aunts and uncles… Well one step further than that is of course is your 2nd cousins… 2nd cousins as some of you may know are the people in your family who have the same Great-Grandparents, but not the same grandparents!
Your 3rd cousins have the same great-great-grandparents, 4th have the same great-great-great-grandparents and so on.
But where does the ‘removed’ part come in? And what does that mean?
Well, the removed put simply just means they are in a different generation to you. For example, your 1st cousin once removed is one of your parents’ first cousins! Simple?
So this means your 1st cousins, twice removed are your grandparents’ first cousins.
Still not getting it? Or want it more easily explained? Here’s a little diagram we have created to help!
An absolutely great way to solidify this information in your mind is to use examples!
So! Here’s a quick example for you! (You can switch your own family members for example names used if you like!)
OK, so Amanda and Sam are 1st cousins. They have the same Grandparents, no ‘removed’ needed.
Indiana and Crystal are 2nd cousins. They have the same Great-Grandparents, no ‘removed’ needed.
But Amanda and Crystal are 1st cousins, once removed!
Sam and Jack are 1st cousins, twice removed!
Does this make sense to you? Did this help at all? We would love to hear your thoughts!
We hope this helps you!
<3 Aimee & Bev!