50 Meaningful Family Tattoo Designs For Men You'll Love

A tattoo can be a great way for guys to pay tribute to the love they have for their family. Check out the designs we found to get ideas for your own!

By Astrid Fox
50 Meaningful Family Tattoo Designs For Men You'll Love

A Great Reason for Guys to Get Tattooed

There are a lot of reasons for men (and women) to get a tattoo, but honoring family has to be one of the best ones. Whether it's the birth of a child, memorializing a parent or grandparent, or a family portrait, there are a variety of ideas for meaningful ways your tattoo can pay tribute to the ones you love. 

Fantastic Family Tattoo Designs

Everyone is unique, which is why it's great that there are hundreds of different ways for your tattoo to honor your family. From names and quotes to photo-quality portraits, below you'll find 50 great tattoo examples that might inspire your own design. 

The Basic "Family"

A simple but meaningful tattoo design that can stand alone or go along with added detail is the word "family". Variations in script, placement, and other images make each tattoo unique. 

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Family tattoo on the arm in a fancy script

A more shaded tattoo looks good, too

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You can incorporate your "family" into a sleeve tattoo

Or in a silhouette tattoo portrait of the family

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A cartoon-style family tattoo is a fun variation

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Other tattoo ideas include incorporating your "family" tattoo into a longer quote 

Names, Initials, and Dates

A tattoo of the names or initials of children or other family members, as well as birth dates, is a great way to demonstrate how family is a part of you. The tattoo designs below show just a few ideas of the ways guys can do this. 

This is a fun crossword-style family tattoo for multiple names

As part of a floral tattoo

Script names tattooed with birthdates

A cool an unique postage-style tattoo design

Incorporated into a different tattooed image

A birthdate works well with a meaninful tattoo

This calendar design is a unique tattoo to display a family member's birthdate 

Initials in a planetary tattoo design for the most important family members in your universe

Tattooed awareness ribbons are a meaningful addition to family initials

Roman numerals are a unique way to display important family dates in a tattoo

A lovely minimalist family portrait tattoo

An Egyptian Ankh tattoo anchors these family initials  

Why not design your own tattoo of a family tree? 

A simple tattoo design--one of our favorite ideas for a new member of the family

A longer tattooed tribute is a powerful way to honor family, too

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Or why not look up your family crest for tattoo ideas that are part of your history? 


Familly portraits in tattoo form can range from cute cartoon figures to silhouettes to photo-quality designs. Whether you're honoring a single member or your whole family with your tattoo, a portrait is a great way to do it. 

A beautifully tattoed family scene of a father and his kids at the beach

Or a more characterized family image, if realistic tattoos aren't your thing

This family tattoo is a touching tribute to a child both as an infant and a young girl 

A beautiful portrait tattoo contained in a leaf from your family tree

Family portraits can be incorporated into other tattoos

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Talented tattoo artists can create photo-quality family tattoos 

You can use a tattoo as a memorial tribute to a beloved father, grandfather, or other family member

Or tattoo the love of a father and son

Minimalist line family portraits are becoming popular tattoos, for good reason 

With these tattoos, it doesn't take a lot of detail to convey an accurate family portrait 

It's a great way to capture the essence of your kids, or siblings, if you don't want a full-on photo style family tattoo 

A wedding portrait is also a great choice for this tattoo style 

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Or tattoo an important family gathering 

Your family members can always be on hand with this tattoo

This is one of the best ideas for a joint family tattoo between parents 

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Family tattoo designs can also be shared between fathers and daughters 

Guys looking for more lighthearted family tattoo ideas might consider a tattoo design like this 

An upper arm sleeve gives you enough tattoo space for the whole family

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This beautiful tattoo design incorporates both family members and other images 

If you want ideas for something a bit less traditional, what about a stylized monster or alien family tattoo? 

Wedding Rings

A newly popular way for men and women to demonstrate their commitment to each other is by getting a wedding band tattooed on their finger. Unlike an actual ring, these can't be taken off, and the tattoo commemorates the time when two families became one.

Simple but striking ring tattoo

Why not tattoo the date the two of you became family?

Matching Tattoos

Getting a matching tattoo that has some meaning to the whole group is a cool way for siblings or other family members to keep a permanent connection to each other. Check out just a few of the cool tattoo designs we found:

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One of the more unique tattoo ideas we found, great for a family of campers 

This is a fun tattoo design for four family members who like to play cards

A family tree as a family tattoo is one of many cool ideas. 

Other Possibilities

These are just a few of the ways that guys can get a family tattoo. The potential designs are limitless, and people have gotten creative with their tattoo ideas.  

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A colorful handprint tattoo can capture a child's spirit

Creative tattoo ideas like this family design with almost hidden dates are great for guys with a playful side

Dogs are family, too. These are great tattoo ideas for those of us with four-legged members in our tribe. 

Now It's Time For Your Ideas

Maybe one of the tattoos above was just what you wanted, or maybe you want to combine different elements to design a tattoo of your own. Either way, a family tattoo will be a meaningful reminder of those you care about the most, and you won't regret it.