Different Ways to Say Mother in Other Languages

56 Different Ways to Say “Mom”

While you may only have one mother, there are a million different ways to say “Mom.” The word “Mother” has a very special meaning for people from various cultures. While English speakers may refer to their mother as “Ma” or simply “Mom,” others may call their mom “Okaasan” or “Maji.” Whether you want to find a new nickname for your mom, impress her by saying mom in another language, or say mother in her native tongue, this guide is sure to help! Here’s how to say mom in 56 different languages from around the world!

1. Afrikaans: Moeder or Ma

2. Albanian: Nënë or Mëmë

3. Arabic: Ahm

4. Basque: Ama

5. Belarusan: Matka

6. Bulgarian: Majka

7. Catalan: Mare

8. Croatian: Mati or Majka

9. Czech: Matka, Mama, or Maminka

10. Danish: Mor

11. Dutch: Moeder or Moer

12. English: Mother, Mama, or Mom

13. Estonian: Ema

14. Finnish: Aiti

15. Flemish: Moeder

16. Filipino: Ina

17. French: Mère or Maman

18. German: Mutter

19. Greek: Mana or Mitera

20. Haitian Creole: Manman

21. Hawaiian: Makuahine

22. Hindi: Ma or Maji

23. Hungarian: Anya or Fu

24. Icelandic: Mamma

25. Indonesian: Biang, Ibu, Induk, or Nyokap

26. Irish: Máthair

27. Italian: Madre or Mamma

28. Japanese: Okaasan or Haha

29. Kurdish Kurmanji: Dayê

30. Latin: Mater

31. Latvian: Mamma

32. Lithuanian: Motina

33. Macedonian: Majka

34. Malay: Ibu

35. Mongolian: Eej

36. Norwegian: Mamma or Mor

37. Persian: Madr or Maman


38. Polish: Matka or Mama

39. Portuguese: Mãe

40. Punjabi: Mai, Mataji, or Pabbo

41. Romanian: Mamă or Maică

42. Russian: Mama

43. Samoan: Tina

44. Serbian: Majka

45. Sicilian: Matri

46. Slovak: Mamička

47. Spanish: Madre, Mamá, or Mami

48. Swahili: Mama, Mzazi, or Mzaa

49. Swedish: Mamma, Mor, or Morsa

50. Tagalog: Nanay

51. Turkish: Ana, Anne, or Valide

52. Ukrainian: Mati

53. Urdu: Ammee

54. Vietnamese: Mẹ

55. Welsh: Mam

56. Yiddish: Muter

As you went through the list, did you notice that the word for Mother is very similar across the globe? Despite the various ways to say mom, the concept of mothers is undeniably universal. Now that you know how to say mother in different languages, we’ll explore some of the ways you can celebrate.


Celebrate Your Mom with Proflowers

Proflowers is here to help you celebrate Mother’s Day—no matter what language you say mother in! There’s no denying a mother’s hard work and dedication to being the best mom for their children. For that reason, our collection of Mother’s Day arrangements and gifts boasts unique presents that are just as special as she is. Here are a few popular Mother’s Day gifts that’ll show her how much she means to you: 

  • Mixed bouquets: A sweet bouquet of colorful blooms, such as lilies, carnations, daisies, and tulips, is the perfect way to add some springtime cheer to this wonderful holiday. 

  • Potted plants: Brighten up your mom’s home with a plant that’ll continue to grow just like your love. There’s something for her regardless of gardening skills, from blooming orchids and miniature rose shrubs to lucky bamboo and easy-to-care-for succulents.

  • Gourmet food delivery: Send a delicious treat along with your fresh flowers to make your mom feel extra appreciated. If she has a sweet tooth, choose from our decadent chocolate-covered strawberries, soft-baked cupcakes, luxurious chocolate towers, and more. For a more savory gift, choose a meat and cheese basket that she can brag to her friends about. 

Did Mother’s Day completely slip your mind? Don’t worry! We have a wide assortment of same-day Mother’s Day flowers available for delivery. Whether you’re looking for a delicate bouquet of her favorite pink flowers or a stunning floral arrangement, we’re here to ensure your Mother’s Day is a success! If sending flowers directly to your mom, simply order by 1 pm in her time zone for a Mother’s Day surprise that’ll send her over the moon.

Now that you know how to say mom in 56 other languages and have a few gift ideas, how will you honor your mom this Mother’s Day?