Manx Words – The Family

Manx Words – The Family

A few Manx words relating to family…

MUMMIG – pron. mummig – mummy/mammy
MOIR – pron. mawr – mother
JISHAG – pron. jizhig – daddy/father
AYR – pron. air – father
BRAAR – pron. braar – brother
SHUYR – pron. shoor – sister
BABBAN – pron. babban – baby

MWARREE – pron. mwarree – granny/grandmother
SHEN VOIR – pron. shen vawr – grandmother
MUMMIG VOOAR – pron. mummig voor – granny
JISHAG MOOAR – pron. jizhig moor – grandpa
SHANER – pron. shan-air – grandfather
OE – proh. oh – grandson
OE ‘NEEN – pron. oh-n’yeen – granddaughter

GUILLEY – pron. gillya – boy
MAC – pron. mack – son
INNEEN – pron. in-yeen – girl/daughter
LUGHT-THIE – pron. lukht-tie – family

MODDEY – pron. mawtha – dog
QUALLIAN – pron. kwal-yan – puppy
THIE-MODDEE – pron. tie-mawthee – kennel
KAYT – pron. kett – cat
PISHIN – pron. pizh-in – kitten


‘zh’ is said like S in ‘treasure’
‘aa’ is said like AI in ‘fair’

(source: ‘First Hundred Words in Manx‘ and ‘Everyday Words in Manx‘ by Yn Çheshaght Ghailckagh, both are available to purchase at Manx National Heritage http://bit.ly/19CAYAy and http://bit.ly/1BSSk5i; photograph of Niarbyl courtesy of BBC)

Manx language resources: www.learnmanx.com and their facebook page.

Bernadette Weyde

Bernadette Weyde

I'm a web designer, amateur historian and keen gardener and I enjoy bringing Manx history, folklore and poetry to a modern audience.


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