Capitalization of "aunt" when preceded by a pronoun


Is the title "aunt" capitalized or lowercase when it is preceded by a pronoun and followed by a name?



My aunt Denise said to go east on Main St.




My Aunt Denise said to go east on Main St.


Also, if a title is followed by a name and preceded by a name, is it capitalized?




Lexi's Uncle Fred took her fishing.


Lexi's uncle Fred took her fishing.


Lexi's Grandma baked her a cake.


Lexi's grandma baked her a cake.


I look forward to your answer.


Thank you,


Janet Gutierrez

asked Mar 10 '11 at 18:58 Janet Gutierrez New member

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Any time a name follows a family term the family term and the name are captialised. When there is no name following the term, do not capitalise the family term, even if a possessive pronoun (names included) precedes it. See the correct examples below:

My aunt loves drawing.

Kim's aunt loves drawing.

My Aunt Diana loves drawing.

Kim's Aunt Diana loves drawing.

Grandpa Petersen fought in the Korean War.

My grandpa fought in the Korean War.

Kim's grandpa fought in the Korean War.


I hope this helps.



link answered Mar 11 '11 at 19:46 Kimberly Expert

Thank you Kimberly! As a retiree living in Nicaragua life can get boring at times so I write short stories, mostly for my own entertainment. Never knew for sure which way was right but now I many corrections to make!

DennisApr 15 '16 at 23:21

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Kim's My Aunt Diana loves drawing.

link comment answered Feb 27 '16 at 12:47 Nancy M Cundiff New member

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