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Q: Need an English to Latin translation for family motto ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   2 Comments )
Subject: Need an English to Latin translation for family motto
Category: Reference, Education and News > General Reference
Asked by: ekennedy-ga
List Price: $10.00
Posted: 03 Jul 2002 15:27 PDT
Expires: 02 Aug 2002 15:27 PDT
Question ID: 36319
Aloha,  I'd like to come up with a motto for my family, and think it
would be cool to have it in Latin.

I'd like to get suggested Latin translations of the idea or concept
expressed in the English phrase "My
family first, before all others".  The "first" in this case not
meaning "best" but more with the connotation of always taking care of
my family before considering anyone else.

Bill Kennedy
Subject: Re: Need an English to Latin translation for family motto
Answered By: cjs2u-ga on 03 Jul 2002 18:06 PDT
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
The significance of the family (of Kennedy) is before others.

I think a *personal* motto would be able to say how you, personally,
care for your family before others, and might be a bit different. I
put such a quote at the bottom of the answer. This quote above, being
a *family* motto, has connotations of caring for one's own family
first and yet cannot avoid the idea that it is, in a way, the best

My family before everything or My family before others.

These two also can't avoid the boasting issue.

You could say that your family is the first family that you care for,
which personalizes the quotation, so what you see below may not sound
much like other families' mottos.

I care for my family first.

Also, I guess you already know this, but...

Quodcumque latine dictum sit, altum viditur.
Whatever is said in Latin sounds profound. 

ekennedy-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars
Since my question was open ended, I appreciated the way the answer
supplied several possible solutions.

Subject: Re: Need an English to Latin translation for family motto
From: robertskelton-ga on 03 Jul 2002 15:55 PDT
"Ante omnia Deus" (literal translation - "Before all others God").

Deus is God, so the remainder could be half of what you are looking for...
Subject: Re: Need an English to Latin translation for family motto
From: cjs2u-ga on 03 Jul 2002 21:50 PDT
That would be videtur not viditur (in the last quote, unrelated to question).

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