Did son-in-law have a different meaning in mid-19th century England?

Where did the term son-in-law come from?

5 Answers. Show activity on this post. The term “son-in-law” to mean stepson was quite widespread in the 19th Century. I’ve come across it on many census entries, although stepson is the more common useage later in the century (or just plain “son”, even if they have a different surname).

What relation is a son-in-law?

Son in law is the person who is married to your daughter. An example of son in law is your daughter’s husband. The husband of one’s child. The husband of one’s daughter or, now sometimes, of one’s son.

What is the difference between son-in-law and daughter-in-law?

A person is a son-in-law or daughter-in-law to the parents of the spouse, who are in turn also the parents of those sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law (if any) who are siblings of the spouse (as opposed to spouses of siblings). Together the members of this family affinity group are called the in-laws.

Why is it called son and daughter-in-law?

The man or woman who married into a family who would be known to us, today, as a daughter- or son-in-law, was treated as a part of the whole family unit by the operation of law and, therefore, was simply referred to as a “son” or “daughter”.

Why do we say sister-in-law?

noun, plural sis·ters-in-law. the sister of one’s spouse. the wife of one’s brother or sister. the wife of one’s spouse’s sister or brother.

Why do we say brother-in-law?

Someone’s brother-in-law is the brother of their husband or wife, or the man who is married to their sister.

Can you marry your mother-in-law?

Any man can marry his mother-in-law or daughter-in-law and women can marry their fathers-in-law or sons-in-law. The only proviso is that they must have been separated first through divorce or death from their original partner. They must not be blood relations.

What should you not tell your son-in-law?

3 Things You Should Never Say to Your Son-in-Law

  • “When are you going to give me a grandchild?” Look, we get that you would really love to have a grandchild (or four). …
  • “My daughter likes it this way…” …
  • “When are you going to get a better job/bigger house/new car?”

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