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What is the proper relation title for a cousin's baby?

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The proper relation title for a cousin's baby is "first cousin once removed." Although "second cousin" is popularly used, it has a different connotation.

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When properly used, the numbered terms for cousins such as "second cousins" represents the relationship between the children of siblings. This term is incorrectly used to describe the relationship between a person and the child of his or her cousin. Second cousins are the children of first cousins.

To properly reference the child of a person's cousin, the term "removed" is used because it identifies the generational difference. Specifically, the child of a person's cousin is one generation removed from the person himself or herself. The grandchild of a person's cousin is two generations removed from the person and so on.

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