Mum IS the Word – 200 Ways to spell the name Mom & Mother in different languages

Mothering Sunday (Mother’s Day) this year comes early on 6th March. So I find myself reflecting on the significance of motherhood in my life and in my fellow mums’ lives too.

Mum, mamma, Mutter etc. In whatever language this small word carries a big meaning for all of us. That meaning partly depends on how we feel about our own mothers and grandmothers and also what our communities expect of mothers.

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We each have different pictures in our heads about how we should be, or want to be, as a mother. Most mothers learn as they go, influenced by the way they were brought up or by what they have read or watched others do. The job that mothers do of shaping and influencing the life of another human being must surely be the most important thing that anyone can do.

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Becoming a mother brings a golden opportunity to improve family patterns or strengthen patterns from your own childhood. You can choose the kind of mum you want to be and the kind of childhood your own child experiences.

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Becoming a mum for the first time can be difficult and very different from what you expected. Your relationship with your partner/baby’s father will be different now that there is another person sharing your lives. Many women give up a lot to become mothers – career opportunities, active social lives, a sense of freedom. New mothers can feel grief over the loss of their ‘old life’ as well as joy about their ‘new life’ – even when they thought they were prepared for it.

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Caring for a tiny baby 24/7 can be exhausting and sometimes it can feel like you have lost control over everything. You may feel overwhelmed and have a sense of not coping. Many mothers who don’t work outside the home can sometimes feel isolated and under-valued in communities where most people go out to work. But if you can find support from other mums and share your daily problems with them, you can even end up smiling about the sleepless nights and the breastfeeding ‘challenges’….

How Putney mums have been supporting each other for many years is amazing and can be regarded as a success story for other London mums.


I joined the breastfeeding cafe’ at the Eileen Lecky Heath Centre when Diego was just 6 days old and I have never stopped going there for the first 20 months. There, I met amazing new mums and midwives/health visitors who ‘fed’ me with super tips on motherhood, breastfeeding etc – for me it was almost addictive to meet them every week. It is helpful and comforting to know that other women are going through similar adjustments and you can share ideas. Sometimes I found I had even given tips to mums who just had babies – just a month or so after me!!!

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This is how London Mums was born in September 2006 – almost 10 years ago. We want to keep organising things for mums in London and support each other through the new challenges we will have to face everyday with bringing up babies and children until they are leaving the nest and beyond in a challenging metropole like London. We’ll continue organising things and writing about lots of fun stuff too hoping to keep growing our network and community. From one mum to another.

Here is a list of 200 ways to spell the name Mom & Mother in different languages

mum (the British word for mother) and mummy – not to be confused with the Egyptian mummified dead person.

mom (the North American way) and mommy


Language Mother
Afrikaans Moeder, Ma
Albanian Nënë, Mëmë
Arabic Ahm
Aragones (Spanish dialect) Mai
Asturian (Spanish dialect) Ma
Aymara Taica
Azeri (Latin Script) Ana
Basque (Spanish dialect) Ama
Belarusan Matka
Bergamasco Màder
Bolognese (Italian dialect from my hometown of Bologna in Northern Italy)
Bosnian Majka
Brazilian Portuguese Mäe
Bresciano Madér
Breton Mamm
Bulgarian Majka
Byelorussian Macii
Calabrese (Italian dialect from Calabria in Southern Italy)
Matre, Mamma
Caló Bata, Dai
Catalan Mare
Cebuano Inahan, Nanay
Chechen Nana
Croatian Mati, Majka
Czech Abatyse
Danish Mor
Dutch Moeder, Moer
Dzoratâi Mére
English Mother, Mama, Mom
Esperanto Patrino, Panjo
Estonian Ema
Faeroese Móðir
Finnish Äiti
Flemish Moeder
French Mère, Maman
Frisian Emo, Emä, Kantaäiti, Äiti
Furlan Mari
Galician Nai
German Mutter
Greek Màna
Griko Salentino, Mána
Hawaiian Makuahine
Hindi – Ma, Maji
Hungarian Anya, Fu
Icelandic Móðir
Ilongo Iloy, Nanay, Nay
Indonesian Induk, Ibu, Biang, Nyokap
Irish Máthair
Italian Madre, Mamma
Japanese Okaasan, Haha
Judeo Spanish Madre
Kannada Amma
Kurdish Kurmanji Daya
Ladino Uma
Latin Mater
Leonese Mai
Ligurian Maire
Limburgian Moder, Mojer, Mam
Lingala Mama
Lithuanian Motina
Lombardo Occidentale (Italian dialect from the Lombardia region in the North) Madar
Lunfardo Vieja
Macedonian Majka
Malagasy Reny
Malay Emak
Maltese Omm
Mantuan Madar
Maori Ewe, Haakui
Mapunzugun Ñuke, Ñuque
Marathi Aayi
Mongolian `eh
Mudnés Medra, mama
Neapolitan (Italian dialect from the city of Naples) Mamma
Norwegian Madre
Occitan Maire
Old Greek Mytyr
Parmigiano (Italian dialect from the province of Parma) Mädra
Persian Madr, Maman
Piemontese (Italian dialect from the Piemonte region) Mare
Polish Matka, Mama
Portuguese Mãe
Punjabi Mai, Mataji, Pabo
Quechua Mama
Rapanui Matu’a Vahine
Reggiano Mèdra
Romagnolo (Italian dialect from the Romagna region where I was born!!!!!)
Romanian Mama, Maica
Romansh Mamma
Russian Mat’
Saami Eadni
Samoan Tina
Sardinian (Limba Sarda Unificada) Mama
Sardinian Campidanesu mamai
Sardinian Logudoresu Madre, Mamma
Serbian Majka
Shona Amai
Sicilian (from Sicily – Southern Italy)
Slovak Mama, Matka
Slovenian Máti
Spanish Madre, Mamá, Mami
Swahili Mama, Mzazi, Mzaa
Swedish Mamma, Mor, Morsa
Swiss German Mueter
Telegu Amma
Triestino Mare
Turkish Anne, Ana, Valide
Turkmen Eje
Ukrainian Mati
Urdu Ammee
Valencian Mare
Venetian Mare
Viestano Mamm’
Vietnamese me
Wallon Mére
Welsh Mam
Yiddish Muter


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