Grandma In Spanish Slang Essay


Every year, Americans celebrate National HispanicHeritage Month from September 15 through October 15. What began as HispanicHeritage Week in 1968 was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 31-day period.

The purpose of this month-long celebration is to recognize the cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.

The kick-off date of September 15 was chosen because that date is the anniversary of independence for five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua.

From Spain to Mexico to the Caribbean to Central and South America, Hispanicculture includes a broad and diversegroup of people from many different regions around the world. Despite this diversity, these people have many things in common.

One of the common features of Hispanic cultures is large, close-knit families. Since Spanish is the native language of almost all Hispanic cultures, most Hispanic cultures use similar names for family members.

One of the important members of most Hispanic families is the abuela. In Spanish, grandmothers are called abuela or abuelita. Grandfathers are called abuelo or abuelito. Shortened forms, such as lito, lita, tito and tita are also common.

In most Hispanic families, grandparents are respected family members who see themselves as important figures in the lives of their grandchildren. Many Hispanic grandparents choose to live with or near their children, so that they can play an important role in passing along the Spanish language and Hispanicculture to their grandchildren.

Of course, grandparents are important in many cultures. The wisdom and perspective that comes with age gives most grandparents the patience, love and knowledge to play important roles in the lives of their grandchildren.

So who is your abuela? Do you have great memories of time you've spent with your grandparents? What have you learned from them?

In honor of National HispanicHeritage Month, pay tribute to your own heritage — whether you're Hispanic or not — by telling those who have helped to make you the person you are just how much you appreciate them!

According to Name Nerd, the most popular nicknames for grandparents are Bubbe, Nana, Grandma, Granny, Gran, Gram, Grammy, Papa, Grandpa, Granda, Granddad, Gramps.  

Grandparent names come a very wide array. Many times, the names literally come from the mouth’s of babes and they stick. We know a grandmom who’s nickname is “Dumpy”. Now, this is a very chic and beautiful woman. She said that she would not change that name for anything because it came directly from her precious granddaughter. If it were me, I think I’d have figured a way, but I guess this just speaks to the enormous love this grandmom has for her granddaughter.

Most every unusual name has a real story behind it…see what we mean below…

I always called my grandma AAAH! because I could not say ABUELA (We’re Spanish) My Grandpa was PAAAAAH! I Guess I couldn’t say PAPA. It just stuck.

Abi-Gabi – All the grandkids in my ex’s family used that name for their grandmother. The name came from baby talk by one of the cousins.

Aito: My grandkids call me Aito (Ah-ee-toh). It is short for “Abuelito” which is a diminutive for “Abuelo” which is grandfather in Spanish

All Right Lou — When my husband was a very small boy, he was always greeted by his jazz-playing grandfather with a “Gimme Five!…[high five]…All Riiiight!” — Thus, he soon became All Right Lou.

Alvin and Butter-butt: My daughters started calling my father Alvin because they thought he had puffy cheeks like Alvin the singing chipmunk. They call my mother butter-butt because while they were camping, she backed into a trash basket and got a butter wrapper stuck on her butt.

Ami: I called my mother’s mother Ami, pronounced as in the French “mon amis”, I don’t know what it came from.

Recently we had our first son, and my in-laws wanted to know what they should be called. My ingenous 11 year old sister-in-law came up with the names “Amma”– for the Grandmother and “Adda” for the Grandfather. She derived the names from lord of the rings when one of the Elves were talking. I really happen to like the names, i beats calling them Grandma or Grandpa ( insert last name).

Ammo: My son calls my mother “Ammo”, because he tried to say “Grandma” and couldn’t. My mom loves the name!

Anya: Pronounced like “onion” without the “n”, this is supposedly based on a Hungarian word for “grandmother.” My mother called her grandmother by this name, and so did all of her great-grandchildren.

I am thinking of being called Apple by my first grandchild as i am a granny smith!.

Auntie-Gramma: because I married my stepmother’s brother and we bred (LOL). So now my stepmother is both an aunt and a grandma.

At Mrs Mary: When my brother was 1 or so he was in day care where he had a Mrs Mary, our father’s sister was also Mary and soon became At Mrs Mary (He couldn’t say Aunt). Everyone loved the name and when she had grandchildren of her own they called her At Mrs Mary too.

Ba-Ba When I was little I couldn’t say Pa-Pa so I ended up calling my grandpa Ba-Ba and it just stuck.

Baba & Gigi: I call them Baba and Gigi. It’s from the Polish/Ukrainian background. Sometimes I just call my Baba Bubs.

Babchi/Dadju: My Grandmother and Grandfather were from the Ukraine. We always called my grandmother Babchi (bop-chee) or Baba (Bah-bah) and my grandfather was Dadju (Dah-jooh). I was always told that Baba was Ukrainian and Babchi was Russian.

Babci & Dziadzio: Hubby and I are each 100% Polish, and when we had our first, his Mom was already called Busia ( again an Americanized version of Babcia), and my Mom became Bunia, a shortening of the derivative Babunia. Both our Dads were Dziadzio. As both families lived far apart, it worked. When our first g-child was born, we pondered, as Busia (which signifies “old” to me) and Bunia were taken. So I became Babci (it is even on my license plates!) and Hubby became Dziadzio. It is a lot easier to have Babci and Dziadzio on one side, and Grandma and Grandpa on the other ( our SIL is from good, Iowa stock). It is, however, more difficult for our older g-child to explain to her Iowa friends what Babci and Dziadzio mean, than say, in ethnic Chicago!!! Hubby’s sister in Indianapolis adopted Bunia for herself with her g-children, and so it continues… Are your eyes glazed over yet???

Babcia and DziaDiza– These are Polish for grandma and grandpa

I grew up with a Babcia, a Baba, a Bamboo, and a Grandpa. My Babcia was 100% Polish and this is the name for Grandma. My other grandma, let me name her, and at 4 months, Baba came out…she is English so no ethnic relationship. My mom named her grandmother Bamboo, and it stuck with us great-grandchildren too. My Grandpa, was just Grandpa.

Babsie/Papa Bear: My mother’s name is Barbara and my father is just a big guy who gives great bear hugs….

Babushka: I think it means Grandmother in Ukraine or another language. Its different and fun!

Badda: My grandchildren call me “Badda,” a name which my grandson invented as a baby. 

Bagoo & Papa: My grandparents’ (my dad’s parents) were Bagoo (pronounced Bah-goo) and Papa (easy enough). I haven’t a clue how these came about except that my brothers and my cousins named them. Go figure! One of my brothers’s thought it was actually Popeye until my grandfather’s death, when he questioned about the spelling of P-a-p-a on a card! We all laughed because he called my grandfather this for years and nobody ever caught it.

My son,the youngest of all grandkids couldn’t pronounce grandma and grumpy at the age of 1 and named my parentsBamaw and Him. He is 4 1/2 and still calls my dad Him.

Bam-maw & Pyjaw: My other set on my mom’s side were called Bam-maw (pronounced the way it’s spelled) and Pyjaw (pronounced Pah-jaw).Go figure again, my brother’s had a hand on these names too! I don’t have a clue what they were thinking or what they couldn’t pronounce but I was born 5 years after everybody was named.

Bamps/Bamma: We call our grandfather Bamps and our grandmother Bamma because my oldest cousin could not say “Grandps” and “Gradma”. They came out as Bamps and Bamma and have stuck ever since.

BANANA– my mother wanted to be called nana,but when my daughter was 18 months old she got on the telephone and said “hello banana” and my mother was banana from then on

Banana and Papaya– Can be shortened to Nana and Papa; but much cuter when said Banana/ Papaya. We came up with this for our granddaughter when her other grandparents stole Mimi and Popi from us!

My Father (Pops) always called my grandparents the Barkers because they acted like dogs, always barking at each other. The name stuck and now we call them Barkerina and Barkerino.

Baw is what I call my mom’s mom. I heard my mom call her Maw (we are from the south) and I tried it but it came out Baw and it has stuck ever since.

Be-Bop: My son is 9 weeks old and throughout my pregnancy, we tried to think up names for the grandparents. We joked the whole time that my mother would be called Be-Bop, from the children’s Barney tapes. When my son arrived, we had no other name, so Be-Bop stuck. My mom loves it and my dad is called Pop!!!

Bea and Oma: When my first child was born, we had grandparents and great-grandparents enjoying her. One grandma was called Grandma Bernice or Grandma Bea (for her nickname.) One Great Grandma was “Oma” – German family and conveniently for “Olga.” Using a letter worked except Great Grandma B and Grandma Bea didn’t work. My little daughter caught on quickly when we taught her “G G B-ma” for Great Grandma Bess and “G G O-ma” for Great Grandma Olga. She loved saying it and Great Grandmas loved hearing it!

I have a friend who had a hard time adjusting to the aging process and becoming a grandmother in general. She has compensated by having all her grandchildren call her “Beautiful“.

We used the older, more formal Danish “Bedste mor” for my late mom. My mom, not wanting to be as “old” as her “Bedste mor” had our kids call her “Bedste Jo” (her name: Jo-Ann). Somehow, that made her sound even “cooler” as a grandma.

I think my mother in law has the most unique grandma name… Beerma. She wasn’t ready to be a “grandma” when her daughter started having kids 6 years ago and she still likes to tie one on. So her two grandsons refer to her as “Beerma” and so will my child! It’s kind of fun hearing people’s reactions to it!

Bella: my aunt at 50 doesn’t feel like a grandma, so her grandson calls her “bella”, meaning beautiful in italian. A precious grandchild and being called “beautiful” every day….what more could you want?

BeMa/BePa: My 2 year old has called my parents – BeMa and BePa since the first time she could speak and even though she can speak properly now refuses to call them anything else! I came to your site to see if there was a language out there that used the same words but couldn’t see anything. Anyhow, my parents absolutely love it! They’re so proud to be the only BeMa and BePa that they know!!!!!

bestemamma and bestepappa, norwegian for grandma and grandpa

Big Daddy/Mommy Grandma/Papa Boy: I made up the name for my grandmother: Mommy Grandma My step-granddaughter calls my husband Big Daddy and her other grandfather Papa Boy!

Big Grandma/Big Grandpa: My brother, when he was just learning to talk, called our other great grandparents Big Grandma and Big Grandpa. This was partly because they were great grandparents, and partly because they were, well, big.

Growing up my mother’s mother was 4 ft. 11 and my dad’s mother was 5 ft 8. Hence we called them Big Grandma andLittle Grandma. When I got to school I was amazed that everyone didn’t have a Big Grandma and Little Grandma.

Big-MamaGranny-MaryGranny-Mother and Pa-Paw On my dad’s side of the family I had a great grandmother and grandmother who lived together. I called my great grandmother “Big-Mama” and my grandmother “Granny-Mary” because her first name was Mary. I called my mom’s mother “Granny” when I was in her presence, but would also often refer to her as “Granny-Mother” when I spoke of her to others. My grandfather was Pa-Paw.

Big Momma – growing up this is what we called my father’s mother. Gramary– this is what I will be called when my first grandchild arrives in February, as my name is Mary. I got the idea from “Mary Worth” comic strip in the newspaper. She refers to herself as Grandmary. Daidoe – is the Irish name for grandfather which my husband is considering as his “title”.

Birdie: I have asked my grandchildren to call me “birdie”, my daughter thinks I am in denial, but I just want to be unique.

Blah-Blah: My grandchildren refer to me as “Blah-Blah.” I hope it has nothing to do with my talking too much!

Blue Granny, Brown Granny:  I apparently ‘christened’ my grandmothers (I had only one Grandpa by that time) Blue Granny and Brown Granny. It stuck, and was in use throughout the family until their deaths.

My dad wanted to be “Grumpy.” He thought it was appropriate (not really)! My son, the oldest, couldn’t say it. He instead started calling him “Bob-Bob.” My dad’s name is Bob and is always telling everyone he meets to call him Bob. My son took it to heart I guess. Bob-Bob it is to all his grandkids and to all kids who meet him. Instead of “Call me Bob,” it’s “call me Bob-Bob.”

Bobaloo: Several years ago my grand godchild was experimenting with words and “Bobaloo” came out. Since my name is Barbara, I thought Bobaloo was close enough! When my grandson learned to talk I knew I wanted him to call me Bobaloo.

Bomp: I turned Grandpa into Bompa sometime when I started talking, then it eventually got shortened to Bomp

Bop-Bee: Bop-Bee (Pronounced more like Bopee), when I was little, I could never pronounce grandpa, so one day “bopee” just came out of my mouth. Now there is ten of us (grandkids) and the name is still used.

I called my grandfather “BopBop” because I couldn ‘t say grandpa.

Boppa: I didn’t see my husband’s name listed under the grandfather names. The grandbabies call him Boppa. And now that the oldest one is 3 sometimes he even shortens it to Bop or calls him Boppy. Boppa loves the name – it truly sets him apart from any other grandfather – and he knows he’s special!

Bops / Naunee: My parents got stuck with these….Bops came from Pops because my son couldn’t pronounce his P’s …..and Naunee (pronounced Naw Knee) my kids just came up with that instead of Nanny.

Booma: My oldest son came out with Booma instead of Grandma. And it stuck! Everyone in the family calls my Mother Booma and she just loves it!


  • My husband ended up with the name, “Boompa,” derived from a Jimmy Stewart movie entitled, “Mr. Hobbs Take a Vacation.” A little over eight years ago, before our granddaughter was born, my husband Darryl was in complete denial that he really WAS old enough to be a grandfather. Everytime we asked him, “What would you like your granddaughter to call you?” he flatly refused to answer and all we got was, “I don’t know.” At last, with the birth imminent, I informed him that if he didn’t give us an answer, I’d have her call him “Boompa,” after the character in that old movie, thinking that that idea would certainly push him over the edge and that we’d finally get an answer out of him. To our surprise he said, “Hey, GREAT!” Today he known as Boompa.
  • When asked by my daughter what I wanted my first grandchild to call me I jokingly suggested the one from “Mr. Hobbs” since I thought that Jimmy Stewart’s reaction when unexpectedly being called “boompa” was priceless. My daughter took me at my word and it has stuck. Since then I have had to show her the movie so that she can see where the name came from. I wondered if the name predates the movie so I “googled” it and got a whopping 165,000 hits – yours was one of those. I still don’t know how old the name is, but I respond to it proudly.

Boowa: My first grandchild started calling me Boowa when he first began to talk. Someone once suggested that it sounded somewhat like the Spanish Abuela, but there really seems to be no reason for it. Now all of my five grandchildren call me Boowa.

Bubba: My mother has all of her grand kids call her “Bubba” that is what she use to call her “grandmother” who came from Czechoslovakia when she was little. Also, it is easier for kids to learn the letter “b” so both of her grandkids said “Bubba” at a very early age.

Bubba/Daddor: don’t know the spelling, but one set of cousins has Greek grandparents on the other side of their family, and they call them Bubba and Daddor. Their great grandmother was called Bubba Yana (again, not sure on the spelling).

Bubba/Gigi: My husband’s family (who are of Polish/Ukrainian descent) call their paternal grandmother, Bubba, and their paternal grandfather, Gigi (pronounced somewhere between Gee-Gee and Zhi-Zhi). At first I had no idea which was which and can still get them confused! My grandparents are a more mundane Granny & Papa.

Buckethead: 35 years ago my parents had a place at the beach – my dad would put a sand bucket on my nephews head and say “come on buckethead.” One day while my dad was resting on the sofa my then 2 year old nephew put the bucket on my dad’s head and said “now you Buckethead” it stuck and 15 grandchildren later he was still “Buckethead”

My grandson named me Buda pronounced with a short u and short a sound. This is the only way I could figure out how to spell it. We don’t know where it came from, but it was orginal from him, so therefore I loved it.

My Dad loves going walking with my son. When my son was little he would lag behind and my dad would say “come on, buddy” Then one day my son wandered a little ahead of my dad, so my son said to him “come on, buddy” and soBuddy it was.

Budna: My mother wanted my children to call her Grandmother, but when my oldest daughter tried to say Grandmother, mother came out as budna. It stuck and now my Mother will always be called Budna by her grandchildren.

Bumpa: We used to call my grandfather Bumpa and since I’m one of many grandchildren before me there’s no telling how that got started.

Bumpy/Gummy: These are the versions of Grampy and Grammy that I came up with as a small child. My grandfather has passed away, but 25 years later I still call my grandmother Gummy sometimes.

Bun/Dappy: My son calls my husband’s parents “Dappy” (because he couldn’t pronounce Grampy), and “Bun” because we were calling her Grammy Bonnie (her first name is Bonnie) and he couldn’t say that, so he shortened it to Bun. They love their “new” names, and we think the names will stick, since he is the first grandchild!

Bunny: My husband called his grandmother “Bunny”. It came about because, even though her name was Marie, she had an old boyfriend who used to call her Bunny. Her son-in-law (my husband’s father) kidded her about this and called her Bunny too, so the kids started using it, and it stuck.

Busia & JaJa: always called my polish grandparents Busia and JaJa (not sure of the spelling), so I have my grandkids call me Busia.

Butchy: I know a boy where I work…he calls his grandmother Butchy….it is grandma in a different language…I cant remember what one.

Cherry & Papa Monster:  on my husband’s side, Cherry and Papa Monster (for Cheryl and Monte, who also didn’t want normal names)

CeCe and Papa: My in-laws chose these names over 26 years ago when our oldest was born. To this day my mother in law introduces herself to everyone as CeCe (It came from her initials.)

Cesha (Sesha): My maternal grandmother’s first name is Ceshlova (seshlava) but all her friends call her Jessie. When the grandkids started to arrive she was not ready to be grandma so she decided on the shorter version of her given Polish name, Cesha (sesha). I love it and could’t imagine her as anything else!

Chicken Nana– My kids called both their grandparents nana and papa. My parents have a farm with chickens, rabbits, ducks and geese on it. On the way to there home one night I told my son we were going to nana’s. He said “which one”, I said “nana that has the chickens” he replied “Oh Chicken Nana” ever since then he has called her “Chicken Nana” I guess it is better thatn the other Nana’s new name. She passed away and we visit her at the grave every so often. Her name is “Dead Nana”

Chickie & Bul-Bul: My mother-in-law did not want to be referred to as “Grandma”, she insisted on being called “Chic”. Of course as the kids got old enough to talk it turned into “Chickie”. My father-in-law’s name is Bill, but growing up his brothers and sisters called him “Bul-Bul”. Although he wouldn’t mind being called “Grandpa”, we all call him “Bul-Bul”. “Bul-Bul” and “Chickie”…kind of sounds like a couple of farm animals to me, but they’ve grown on us and I can’t imagine calling them anything else!

Chief: My uncle in Alabama is the president of several banks, and his grandkids call him “Chief”… that.

Chippy: When my son was born we decided to call his grandparents Grammy and Grampy. He pronounced Grampy as Chippy. The name Chippy stuck and all my kids called their grandfather Chippy. I even started calling my father Chip instead of Dad.

Now that we have grandchildren of our own: one son’s children have both grandmothers with the name of Shirley. To distinguish they have Chocolate Shirley and Vanilla Shirley–because I am allergic to chocolate and the other one loves chocolate and makes divine fudge. The other grandchildren call me Grams and their grandfather either Bumpaor (as they are older) Grumpa–which most certainly came from the Snow White character Grumpy.

Ciaba (cha-ba)- I learned to speak at a very young age. My parents loved hearing me say new words. They got a real kick out of me trying to say Babcia because I would always say it wrong. Well, when my grandmother heard me call her Ciaba she told my parents she loved it and to stop trying to get me to say Babcia. She never liked that name anyway.

My mother was always called Coco by her 9 grandchilden. She manufactured chocolates and owned a candy store and we thought it was cute and appropriate. Her twin sister was called Gingin because her name was Ginny.

one of my best friends in Texas goes by Cookie. I love it for a grandmother’s name and wish it wasn’t already taken. Her neices daughter (which is like her grandchild) started it and it has just stuck and fits her. She also loves cookies!

Cracker: One of my daughters calls my mother “Cracker” — why? well, first it was “grandma” then it was “gram” and then it was “gramcracker”…and finally just “cracker.” so you see, there IS a reason for the name! She called called my father “Pops”. Crack and Pops. I told them they sounded like a cereal commercial!

Cuckoo: When our granddaughter, Isabelle was very young, I would show her the Cuckoo clock and make it sound over and over again.. Now she calls me “Cuckoo”

cupcake– because my grandson was very poor and his mommy left him all alone. and his grandma lived next door to him, his mommy never leave no food for him. and he goes over his grandma’s house all the time to eat cupcakes and dinner, and because he loves cupcakes. and that’s his grandma’s best baking stuff.

Da and Papa: I call my grandma Da (I tried to say Dad’s mom), and my grandpa Papa.

Dada: my Papa wanted to be called “Dada” like his grandfather was. “Dada” is apparently a Scottish thing.

Daddy Chris & Nana: My father’s parents were always Daddy Chris and Nana to me and I had always looked forward to carrying on the “Daddy Chris” tradition when the time came. Unfortunately, my grandson’s father wasn’t comfortable with anyone else besides himself being referred to as Daddy anything so I’m stuck with the highly unimaginative “Grampa” which, four years later, I’m only starting to accept. On the plus side, my daughters’s half-sister refers to me as “Daddy Chris” to differentiate between me and “Daddy Jim,” her biological father. That’s something, I guess…

When my first child was born, my mother elected to be called Grandma. She was happy with that. However when my son started to speak, he would call her “Damma” (Dam-mah). At the time my father (aka Pop) would try to correct his grandson, but to no avail. My mother decided that Damma was unique, and she was keeping the name. The U.S. Postal Service seems to get a kick out of reading the name on letters and packages that we send To: Damma. Fourteen years later when I had my 2nd child, my first born insisted that his new sibling be taught to call their grandmother “Damma”. Even my new nephew (my brother and sister-in-law’s child) calls her Damma. And so it is!


  • have two brothers in Texas whose grandkids call them “Dandy”. Their dad used to say “What a dandy kid !” and I think it just stuck as an endearing term.
  • On my mother’s side of the family we have always called my grandmother Dandy, thanks to my brother’s mispronunciation when they tried to get him to call her ‘Granny.’

Dardin & Drats: My oldest cousin, being the first grandchild in our generation, had the privilege of naming both of our grandparents. Our grandmother was “Dardin”, since my cousin as a toddler couldn’t say “Darlin’ “, which is what our southern grandmother called everyone as a term of endearment. Our grandfather was not so lucky: he became “Drats”, because my cousin couldn’t pronounce “Gramps”, which is what I supposed he originally had in mind for his own nickname…

DayDay: My grandmother’s last name was Davis and she wanted to be called Mama Davis when the first grandchild was born. He had better ideas though, he called her DayDay, and the name stuck. She lived to be almost 90 years old with lots of grandchildren and lots of great grandchildren all calling her DayDay. Even friends and acquaintances in the community where she lived referred to her as DayDay.

DD: since my daughter and sons were very small, we ALWAYS parked in the ‘D’ section – whether it was at the local mall or Disneyworld – and no matter how far we had to walk from the D section. I always told the kids we wouldn’t forget that we were in ‘d’ for dumb – if we DID forget. My children started calling me ‘DD’ a long time ago, and now want to have my new grandson call me DD.

Dear: while waiting for my first grandchild to be born, my friends started calling me Grammy sue. that is what i was going to stay with (it sounded younger) i was 41 .. my grandson had other ideas for me..He absolutely refused to say gramma—–at first i was ger,,,,than i was der,,,,now i am officially called DEAR…he is now almost 9 years old and I love it. When we are out somewhere..people say “what did he call you?”. sometimes i like to think that i am the only DEAR in the world, but i know that i am not…

DeeDa and Paw Paw: my kids call my parents Dee DA for Darla and Paw Paw

DEE-DAH & PAPA –These were simply the earliest linguistic versions of grandma and grandpa. Now she’s 20 months and it’s Gamma Pat, Gamma Nancy, Gampa Jack, and, interestingly enough, PAPA.


  • My nephew and niece call their grandma DeeDee because when my nephew was first born, whenever the family left DeeDee’s house, she would tap on the window on his side of the car and say “dee dee dee dee” He began calling her Dee Dee and it has stuck for 15 years now!
  • I just became a step-grandma at 36! I think Grandma is too old for me so I’m using the first initial of my name!

Being a family of animal lovers, it was no surprise that my cousin decided to distinguish between her paternal and maternal grandfathers by use of their dog’s names. Thus they became “Digger Poppy” and “Willie Poppy” respectively. She is now pregnant with her first child and I lovingly refer to my uncle (the future grandfather) as “Chloe Poppy” honoring his sweet and playful English Sheepdog.

Diva: I want the new grandkid to call me “Diva” because I think Diva sounds young & fun. I may not be young, but I’m fun! Grandma is old & gray, not young & fun.

Dodo – The entire family called my great-grandmother this. It sounds ugly at first but it was very much a term of endearment. One of her grandchildrenstarted calling her this and it stuck.

DoeDoe: Don’t know where this name came from, but all the grandkids called this grandma this along with her nieces and nephews.

Don-Don and Standaddy– are my son, Isaac’s names for my mother (Donna) and stepdad (Stan). They tried everything, and this is what stuck!

My eldest niece could not say Grand Dad; it came out “Doodad”. Everyone loved it and he was Doodad to 5 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren, although teenagers have at times shortened it to “Dude”.

Dubba: My grandmother (Granmom) got christened Dubba by her first great-grandchild. They were trying to get him to say double G. for Great-Granmom it came out Dubba and it stuck.

DuckDuck – This is what I called my step-grandfather. He was a hunter and had ducks on his walls…he called me the same thing.

E Maw & Poppa: Our kids call my in-laws E Maw and Poppa. My MIL kept trying to get her first grandchild to say Grandma and all he could get out was E Maw, 30 years later she is still E Maw.

Easter: My stepson couldn’t say my name – Elise (rhymes with police), so he called me Ese. My brother added part of ‘sister’ to it – but I really think it was when the guy at the copier on Saturday night added ‘ster’ to everything (you know – the Rickster, etc). Anyway, I got the nickname ‘Easter’ and I love it, so when my grandson is born in May, I hope that’s what he calls me.

Emmaw & Da: Our first grandchild calls me Emmaw (pronounced M-maw) and calls her graandfather Da. We love the names that she chose for us and decided to keep them.

Essie: My grandson calls my wife “Essie.” When Marcia and I got married (when my daughter Rachel was eight) Marcia said she didn’t want to be an ordinary stepmother – she was going to be an Evil Stepmother. And we told Rachel that in the book THE PRINCESS BRIDE Prince Humperdinck of Florin called his stepmother (who was a very nice lady) “E.S.” because in all the stories he’d ever read stepmothers were always Evil Stepmothers. So Rachel often called Marcia “E.S.” as a joke (because they got along very well from the beginning), and when she had a child of her own she and Marcia decided that “Essie” would be a good nickname for her. Sometimes it comes out “Grandessie,” since he calls me “Grandaddy” and the parallel gets into his head, but mostly he says “Essie,” and as he gets a little older (he’s 25 months now) “Grandessie” will probably disappear.

Faf & Clyde: I called my grandmother: Faf and so did everyone else, I started it, because I couldn’t say the word Ruth or Rufus (that is what my dad would call her), all of her beauty salon clients would call her too! At her funeral in her coffin we had flowers made that spelled out her name “Faf” She was 35 when I was born. and for my Grandpa we called him by his name, Clyde he was 42 when I was born.

We called our grandparents Fancy BaBaw and New PaPaw and the other set was Plain BaBaw and Old PaPaw

Far-FarAway: I called my dad’s mom this because she lived in Florida and I live in NJ, as does my other grandmother. One time when I was little my Far FarAway signed a card “Your grandmom, Far Far Away” and it has stuck. The spacing and capitalization has changed and is always different, but it has always been the same meaning, and we always knew which grandma we were talking about!!

Farnarner & Ganny: My sister’s grandchildren call them Ganny and Farnarner,”Farn” for short.He wanted to be called Grandfather but the first grandchild pronounced it “Farnarner”

Fat Nan & Fat Pap: My Aunts 2 kids from her first marriage call her parents Fat Nan and Fat Pap. It all started when Fat Pap told my cousin to go call her Nan Fat, and it stuck

My first grandaughter cannot talk yet but the mom & her aunt call me fatty-gammie, I call my self gammie. When mine were small they called my dad bompa & nana. There is no close grandpa for this little girl so no ideas on that!!

FiFi and Sir– Before my five year old cousin was born his grandparents were asked what they wanted to be called. They said they wanted to be called FiFi and Sir. We thought it was a joke when they came to the hospital wearing shirts bearing these names but it is five years later and this is still what they are called.

Foxey and Papa Gum – When I was born my grandmother was only 40 at the time and thought she was too old to be called grandma. As a joke Foxey grandma was brought up and well the Foxey part stuck. My grandpa was called Uncle Bum by his neices and nephews. I just couldn’t pronounce Bum and Gum is what was said instead. Although we now just call him Papa.

Fringa – My grandmother tried to show my brother to play the piano and said ‘use your fingers’ a few times and ever since we’ve called her Fringa.

FuFu: My niece and grandchildren call me FuFu. Due to the fact my niece (12 yrs. my junior) could not pronounce Susan.

Funny Face: I called my great grandma “Funny Face” because that is what she called herself. She said she was very old and had a funny face. I don’t remember thinking it was odd until I got to be around 8! She died when I was 10 and we all still refer to her as Funny Face.

G-Daddy: My grandsons dubbed me “G-Daddy”.

G.G: When my grandma found out she was to become a Great-Grandma she was quite sure she wasn’t that old. She insisted my son call he G.G. (G.reat-G.randma), it sounds much younger. It stuck. All her greats called her G.G.

G-Ma & G-Pa: A childhood friend was spending the day with my family, and in an attempt to be cute, she began calling my grandparents G-Ma and G-Pa. It has stuck ever since. (Plus, it’s a lot faster to write on birthday cards and Christmas presents.)

G.P. & G’Mom: My husband became a grandpa in his 40’s and didn’t like the idea of being a “papaw” so he named himself “G. P.” for grandpa and it has stuck. When I recently became a grandmother for the first time, I needed a name that went with G.P. but G.M. just didn’t do it. Since my son calls me “Mom” we came up with G’Mom. The grandbaby is just 9 months old so time will tell if it catches on with him!

My kids always refered to their Grandparents as “The G-Pa’s

Gabbe: In April of 1997 I turned 50, became a first-time grandmother, and had a hysterectomy due to uterine cancer (it was very early and I have been cancer free for seven years). Anyway, the thought of some little munchkin – and future munchkins – eventually calling me grandma made me want to shoot myself. At the time I had been HAPPILY divorced for 15 years and was a registered lobbyist for my state’s cities, towns, and urban counties. Being a lobbyist and trying to influence the outcome of a bill in our state’s General Assembly requires high energy, long hours, determination, an industrial strength sense of humor, thick skin, deal making skills, honesty, integrity, and the ability to look sympathetic (can’t burn any bridges) when a legislator over drinks at a reception tells you his wife hasn’t slept with him in 12 years. Actually they don’t do that much any more since the former Speaker of our House of Delegates was drummed out over a sexual harassment scandal. My point is – I did not look, act, or feel like a grandmother even though I was thrilled to be one. So I decided my grandchildren would call me Gabbe – as in Hayes. It’s a very liberal morphing of Grandma and my name Beth. I’ve since remarried and between us my husband and I have ten grandchildren, the oldest being eight. All of mine call me Gabbe, some of his do, some call me Beth, but no one calls me Grandma.

Gabby & Tootsie: The children’s parents on their mothers side are grandmother : Gabby & grandfather : Tootsie – both already had the nicknames before grand children came along.


  • I was born and bred in Glasgow, Scotland. We did not speak the Gaelic. We called my maternal grandmotherGaGa because my older brother couldn’t say grandma. My maternal grandfather was pop, no idea where that came from! My paternal grandparents were grannie and grandpa Browne. My children called my in laws mamaw and papaw ( this is Texas!) and my parents were gran and grandad Browne to all their grand children and great grandchildren both in Texas and Scotland.!
  • My grandson invented the name Gaga for me. I think he was trying to say Grandma, but Gaga stuck.
  • Our son’s wife thought we should have special names so our granddaughter would know which grandma and grandpa she was referring to. I chose Gramianne (a combination of grandma and Marianne. My husband is Papa. The maternal grandparents are Grand-dude and Nonni. She can’t say Gramianne, however, and just calls meGaGa. I think it’s a wonderful name!
  • My granddaughter calls me GAGA!
  • For many months, I had no name. If she wanted me, she held out her arms and kind of moaned for me to take her. She could say, Dada, Mama and Papa fine. One day, she held out her arms and said, Gaga. Now all my grandchildren call me Gaga. Somewhat strange, but at least I have a name now. I am 54 and most people think I’m their mother. That is even weirder!
  • I call my grandmother Gaga….(like Gaa-Gaa) Apparently, my father heard “Gaga” in the way that I cried when I was a baby……….and the name has stuck for 23 years!

My in-laws are Gaga and Boppa. He was already Boppo or Bop as a nickname all his life and as for gaga it was the first grandchild’s attempt at Grandma and it stuck as she loved it so much. They now get Ga and Bop as the grandchildren are older.

Gaggy: We called out maternal grandfather,”Gaggy“, because my sister could not pronounce “Grandpa”. All the grandkids following said”Gaggy”: He officially became “Mr. Gaggy ” to the neighbors.

Gaka: My son used to say all his words rhyming with “aka” (AH.kah) when he was just starting to talk. So, “airplane” was “aka,” “cough-drop box” was “faka,” and “grandfather” was “gaka.” (Some relatives didn’t like this at first, because it sounds so much like “caca.”) My son is now a freshman in college. He still writes “Dear Gaka” on cards, but refers to his grandfather using the whole word “grandfather.” He seems to find ways around addressing him directly with a title these days, so I’m not sure what he would call him. Grandmother is just “grandma” when talking to her, and “grandmother” when talking about her. My son’s cousins just use “grandma” and “grandpa.”

‘Gam’ is my daughters grandmother.

GaMa and PaPa: In my African-American family, we have many grandparents with names like “MaDeer”, “Madea”, “MoMa” “and “Daddy-G”. Our son (now 30 years) decided to do things his way. When starting to learn to talk at a fairly young age, our son discovered word sounds and bubbles at the same time. Since he loved to blow real and invisible bubbles, he gravitated to words that allowed him to pretend to blow bubbles. He started calling my Dad “PaPa” and moved on to my Mom, calling her “GaMa”. Initially, he referred to Hubby’s parents as “PaPa” and “GaMa” but, on his own, started calling them “GrandMa and “GrandDad” around 4 years of age. The names are part of our family history and all grandkids followed our son’s lead.

Gamma & Papa: My in-laws are Gamma and Papa. Papa (sounds like “pop-puh”) is a little more common, but “Gamma” (sounds like the Greek letter) started when my son tried to say “Grandma” at 17 or 18 months, and his pronunciation stuck.


  • Gammy… my grandmother wanted to be called Grammy, but I couldn’t say it properly when I was little — it came out Gammy instead. Being the first grandchild, it stuck, and she was Gammy (or Gam, when we got older) ever after!
  • My children’s great-grandmother and grandmother are both known as “Gammy.”

My cousins and I call our granparents “Gammy” and “Gramps” – I believe it was Gammy who chose those names, as Gramps’s parents were known by the same names. Gammy’s parents were known as “Nana” and “Popo” On the other side, my son calls my grandma “Grandma Birdie” and my cousins call my great aunt and uncle “Doll” and“Boppie” – I have no idea why.

Our daughter calls her gammy “Gammy-Goose” or sometimes just “Goose” for short.

My grandkids call me Gan Gan. Is this grandma in any other language or my grandkids “original”?

Gani / Buppa – My grandmother’s were names Ga (gah) and Nana, so when my mother was to become a grandmother she combined them -sort of- to make Gani (Gah-nee). My grandfather was Buppa but passed many years ago, so my father became Buppa until he passed.

Gankie & Mom-mom– The oldest of 8 cousins tried to say “mom’s mom” and thus came Mom-mom. The youngest tried to say “Grandaddy” and some how got “Gankie”, the rest of us had to change.

Ganmommie. My grandmother did not pick this one out herself, but was to be known lovingly as our Ganmommie ever since my cousin, her first grandchild, had trouble saying Grandmother. So she abbreviated a bit! Grand became Gan, and Mother she simply replaced with the more familiar child version of the word – Mommy. The “y” was then replaced with “ie” for some reason along the way!

Gann– My cousins call my aunty this name. I don’t know why.

Ganne and Ganne Ga (pronounced gan geh) My grandmother’s name is Anne. She added the G for grandmother. Ganne Ga came from trying to call my grandfather Grandaddy and it stuck.

I love how my parents name’s came to be for my kids. (both my parents considered themselves too young to be called any real grandparent names) First, my father said, anything but GAPA, so of course with my first born Lauren, I purposely repeated to her, “that’s Gapa, say hi to Gapa”… my father would frown and say “don’t do that” however, my daughter took to the name, looked at my dad with her big blue eyes and said” Gapa?” My father melted. It’s been Gapa for all 3 of my children ever since. As for my mom, she started with Moms, I was Mom or Mommy and my mother was Moms, confusing to my daughter and to all of us. My mother then came up with the idea of Mickey Moms since Lauren was crazy about Mickey Mouse, so Mickey Moms it was….until one day, my daughter, looking for her grandmother asked me, “Where’s Mouse?” So now we had Mouse and Gapa. My mom remarried ten years later, and my kids decided that her husband Don needed a grandpa name too… He became Doncat because mouse and cat go together. So, we have Gapa, Mouse and Doncat.

Somehow, at 2 or 3 years of age, I called my grandfather “Gargarney.” I was the first grandchild, and the name stuck through 30 more.

Gawa: My husband’s aunt is called Gawa by her only grandchild.

Geeda: My little grandchildren call me Geeda. I chose the name Granna, but Geeda came out, and Geeda it is.

Geemaw & Geepaw:  baby boomer grandparents we didn’t want names that sounded like Grandma and Grandpa, but said whatever comes out. Our son married a young woman with 2 boys 5 and 3. After several meeting with them the 3 year old, out of the blue said, “Bye GEEMAW and GEEPAW, love you and see you next time!” So our grandparents name evolved. From the mouths of babes!!!

Ghee and PopPop: My mother was Ghee (pronounced like gee, but with a hard ‘g’ sound) – when my eldest was trying to say Grandma, this was the closest he could get and it stuck. My dad was Pop-Pop (we called his father Pop, and Dad liked the continuity between himself and his own father)…my eldest just liked the sound of Pop said twice. 🙂

when my older cousins started having kids of their own, my grandmother was still around, and we had to come up with something easy to call her, and to those kids she became Gigi (G.G. short for Great – Grandma). Now, with my wife’s gramma still alive (and kicking!) we are starting to call her Gigi with my daughter.

Gibba: My brother, my cousin and I call my grandmother Gibba. I think it came from a friend of my uncle years ago. Now EVERYONE, not just family, knows her as Gibba!

Gigi: My boyfriends step-mom has always said that when we have kids she wants them to call her Gigi. When they’re mad at her it stands for Granny Grunt (G.G.) and all other times its stands for Gorgeous Grandma!

Gigi  & Nana: – this is what I named my grandfather and it was pronounced gee-gee with a hard g sound, not the ‘jee’ sound like Gigi the girls name is normally pronounced. My grandmother was Nana.

Gigi & Poppies: My children always called their maternal grandmother – Gram and their maternal grandfather – PaPa. that isn’t so unusual in itself, but when the GREAT-grandchildren began to come along, it got a little trickier. My mother wanted to be called GiGi (for Great Grandma, of course). But my father passed away before he got to hold any of his great-grandbabies. We would show the babies his picture and called him PaPa to them. The eldest great-grandchild somehow changed PaPa to Poppies! We all loved it and knew that my father would’ve loved being Poppies! We always knew he was special – and the great-grandchildren’s name for him proves it!

Giggi: (pronounced like “judgy”) I heard some little kids on an airplane calling their grandmother this. I thought it was really cute.

Giggy & Poppy: Our first grandchild (a girl) could speak exceptionally well because she spent so much time with us. Her daddy is in the US Navy and he was on a ship for 6 months after her birth. Mom & Dad had 2 puppies before their daughter was born. Whenever I was coming to visit my daughter would say to the puppies, “Gammy is coming.” Thinking that their baby would then say “Gammy” because the dogs knew me as that, Rachel came out with “Gigi” (hard “G” not gee-gee) and for short I am “Gi.” I know some great grandma’s that use “GG” for just that; Great Grandma. Well, the first grandchild names you and since then the next 3 have called me the same. “Poppy” is my husband because my dad was and I wanted it to be the same.

Grandma is a little old fashioned these days and as my granny was less than grandmotherly (that is putting it nicely!!!) I decided on something else. I loved my ex-husband’s grandmother – we called her MaMaw with a French Cajun inflection but felt it would be to hard for a baby to say who did not hear that accent. So I chose “Gimmie”. When my new grandchild says “Gimmie” I am going to say OK!

Ginga -{geen-ga} when my niece was a baby she couldn’t say Grandma so she said Ginga, now my mom has 6 grankids the name stuck.

Ging-ging = when I was little I couldn’t say grandad so I said ging-ging and it stuck!

Ginky: when my 23 yr old nephew was born, my mother wanted to be called “Granny”. Trying to get my nephew to say granny, all that came out each time was “Ginky”. It stuck. now all of the grandchildren, most of the nieces and nephews and even friend’s children refer to her as “Ginky”. On a side note, my sister could not contain ourselves 5 grandchildren and years later when we discovered that there really is a creature called a ginky. It is some kind of reptile that eats it’s young.

Go-Go: When my mother became a grandma over 7 years ago, we had to come up with a name to call her. She refused to be called Grandma. So, my sister in law, who gave birth to the first grandchild, started calling her Go-Go. It fits my mom to a T. She is always on the go. Go-Go has been her name ever since.

Goggie: (pronounced Ga- Gee) when i was little i couldn’t say grandma so i called my grandmother Goggie. the name stuck and now all of “us kids” call her this

My daughter never would call my mother “granna” which is what she wanted to be called. Instead, she calls her “Gogi”and my dad “Popi”

Gom and Gop: i called my grandma, gom and my grandpa, gop, i have no idea why i did it.

My son called my mother “Gommy” when he was little, then moved on to Grand-ma-ma……kind of like Bewitched’s little witch Tabitha…

Gommy & John, Mama & Grandaddy: My brother was the first grandchild. He couldn’t say grandmother very well; it sounded like Gommy, so that is the name that stuck to my mother’s mother. My grandfather refused to be called anything but his hame. We called him John, as did all the other grandchildren (total 8). My paternal grandfather was a very stodgy banker. We called him grandaddy, but my cousins called him pa. We called this grandmother Mama (not the sound of “o” in mom but the sound of “a” in ant) . She was also named by my brother.

GoneGone: My grandma’s name. I don’t know why, but all the grandkids and great-grandkids called her that.

Gonga: My toddler son coined the name “Gonga” for his Grandma. We weren’t quite sure where he came up with it, but we jokingly call her Gonga Dinn.

Grad: When my oldest daughter couldn’t pronounce Grandad (as all the other grandkids called him), it eventually came out “Grad” and stuck. It is such an endearment and today, my husband loves it and wants our first grandchild to call him Grad. As a new grandparent, I’m still thinking of something different for myself. Thanks for your website.

Graga: My then-2-yr-old daughter started calling my mother this. She could say the “gr” of grandmother, and since we were Mama and Papa, I guess she figured that my mother had to be Graga. We teased my mom at first about sounding like the lead character in a Japanese monster flick (Graga meets Godzilla) but we’ve gotten used to it now. My son, who is now almost 2, is picking it up as well, so it is likely to stick.

My nickname for myself is Grambo, yes like Rambo and just as fearless.

Gramcracker & Poppe – my daughter refused to call my parents Nana and Tata so when she was 5 she came up with gramcracker for my mom and poppe for my dad.

GRAMMA GREAT– This is the title we used for my great grandma. I loved calling her that because it was so unique. When I said it, people would say, “you mean your great grandma,” and I would say, “no, I mean my gramma great.”

Grammbo: My brother-in-law nicknamed my mother Grammbo after she emerged from the woods after a solo backpacking trip, wearing a bandanna around her head.

Grammema (Gram-me-ma) and my son calls my mom grammema

I go by Grammie.

Grammy—my two year old, Aiden, calls one of his grandmothers Grammy. She did not want to be called Grandmother/Grandmommy because it sounded to old and the other Grandmother was Nanny. Her husband wanted to be called Opa but she didn’t want to be called Oma so Grammy is what she chose and it was easy for Aiden to say.

My Mom wanted to be Grammy, and my In-Laws were MawMaw and PawPaw to the rest of their grands. My mother had her name, and wasn’t living near us, so I referred to my in-laws as Grandma & Grandpa to him and let him decide. That poor child ate more jars of bananas than any infant should! He would crawl down the hall hollering “Nana, Nana” and we would feed him bananas! He was calling his Grandmother, Nana! He settled on Poppa for his Grandfather. My father was going to be Poppa, since that was what we called him as kids, but he died when I was pregnant with my son, so we refer to him as Grandpa Bruce. My son still, 11, still has Grammy, Nana & Poppa, all though it’s sometimes Nanner & Popper, or sometimes just Nana & Pop. My husband’s biological mother is Grandma Ella.

My daughter has a Grammy, a Pappy (as in- Popeye’s Dad), a Granddaddy, a Mamaw, a Pop & Nana, a Papaw, aMom-maw, a GiGi and I had an Old Pop (he was Pop’s Dad).

While you already have “Grammy” listed, I did not see our grandfather’s name: “Grampy“…

Grampoo = We always called our mom’s dad this and my dad would always exagerate the “poo” to tease us. Well now our children call him Grandpoo and we think it’s great!!

GRAMPY & GIGI When I, the frist grandchild, was first learning to talk, my mom wanted me to call my grandparents Grampy and Grammy. But, “Gigi” came out instead of “Grammy” (It’s a hard g sound, not a j sound.) Now I’m 22, and all 5 of us grandchildren call her Gigi …even our friends call her that when they come over.

My mother-in-law insisted on being called “Gran“. Got the idea from a soap opera.

Gran-Gran: My daughters called my mother, Gran-Gran.

Grana & Poppy: My mother goes by Grana (Gran-uh), she thought it was cute! My dad is Poppy, I liked that.

Granbetty: My name is Betty, so my grandchildren call me Granbetty……We are all pleased with this… was easy for the young ones to pronounce……

Grancie, Gran & Gramps: My husband’s maternal grandparents were Gran and Gramps; his paternal grandmother was Grancie. Gran was a very domineering woman and she picked the name for the other grandmother. “Gran C” because her last name started with a C and it morphed into Grancie ~ which everyone called her until her demise at 98! We are going to be grandparents for the first time in July and I am seriously considering Grancie in honor of a most spectacular woman!

Grandbotham: Our family name is Longbotham. When the oldest grandchild was very little he couldn’t say “grandmother Longbotham” but he did say Grandbotham. The name stuck and she was known as Grandbotham to EVERYONE, including her friends.

Granddaddy: I always call my granddaddy, “grandaddy” Just kinda stuck, I guess.

Grande: My son calls my grandfather, his great-grandfather, “Grande” because he’s such a big man.

Grandee & Papa: My mother-in-law read a book by Danielle Steele and liked the grandmother’s pet name, Grandee.

Grandfather: My grandfather insisted upon nothing less than Grandfather in its entirety. If we were too young to say “Grandfather,” we didn’t call him anything at all!

“Grandfather Booom Paa” – to be used in formal situations such as out dining at McDonalds. The humor of this will be theirs when they get older. A much important sounding name for them to use as they enjoy. Just to have them talk with me is all I desire. 2 sweet little grandsons at this time less than a year old. The main reason for choosing my own is also to not have any other relative give me some childish demeaning name of their choosing.

My mother wanted to be called something “different” when I was pregnant. She invented “Grandi” (pronounced Grandee). We tried it for a couple of years, but it just never took. I wonder why?

GrandKen: My wife wanted the grandkids to call me GrandKen – and so it is.

Grandma and Grandfather: My paternal grandparents have always been “Grandma and Grandfather”. I’m not sure why, but my eldest cousin started calling them Grandma and Grandfather, and we’ve all done it, except one pair of cousins whose mother insisted that it should be “Grandmother and Grandfather” or “Grandma and Grandpa”. I think her kids use Grandpa.

Grandma and Grandpa Buttons: When I was little, my grandparents last name – Limberg – didn’t roll off my tongue very well. Their dog was named “Buttons.” Easy to say. So I called them “Grandma and Grandpa Buttons” as did my mom and dad. It was so much a part of my family lexicon that it wasn’t until I was in middle school that I realized they were actually supposed to be called Grandma and Grandpa Limberg! I decided not to and until their dying days, they were Grandma and Grandpa Buttons to me and my children.

I entered a second marriage and our two youngest children were born kind of late into our parent’s lives so both my parents and my husband’s folks already had their “grandparent names”. They were each called Grandma and Grandpa. So for my children, this posed a small problem. However, they found a way to resolve it. They added the name of their grandparents’ dogs to Grandma and Grandpa. My parents have a dog named Happy so they wereGrandma and Grandpa Happy. They did the same for my husband’s parents whose dog is Daisy. It worked great for my mother-in-law but I always felt a little sorry for my father-in-law who was called “Grandpa Daisy”. Oh well… Whatever they choose, that’s who you are from then on. You just gotta grin and bear it.

Grandma Jack: My children called my mother Grandma Jack. My step father’s name was Jack, and they heard us talk about going to see Grandma and Jack and started calling her Grandma Jack.

Grand Ma-Ma & Grand Pa-Pa: I becam a grandmother for the first time at the age of 43. Sometime this year I will be a grandmother again! I chose Grand Ma-Ma & Grand Pa-Pa. Actually, I watched the TV show Bewitched when I was a child and Endora alway “cracked me up”. That was her grandmotherly name. However, children have a way of calling us what they are able to. My little angel had a hard time with her “g” sound. As a result, she called us ma-ma-ma and pa-pa-pa. She can now say Grand Ma-Ma, but seems to prefer ma-ma-ma.

Grandma-across-the-street -When my daughter was two, I use to help take care of my husband’s grandparents. At the time, they lived in a home across from us. Every morning I would say to my daughter… “let’s go see Grandma across the street.” It wasn’t long before she thought that was her name and starting calling her it. Grandpa was simply called Grandpa Watson. Even though they have moved and since passed on, we still refer to them as “Grandpa Watson and Grandma-across-the-street.”

My grandmother was named by my cousin. He was stubborn and hard headed as a child. While my grandmother was babysitting us, he wouldn’t listen. My grandma kept asking whose the boss? he would reply grandma boss. For the rest of her life she wanted to be called Grandma Boss. She loved it so much she got vanity plates with her name on it.

I am called Grandma G. No G is not my first initial, or my last initial. My son has called me G since he was in high school. Kind of a term of endearment. Since his girls have a number of other grandparents ( Nonny, Poppy, Nana etc… ) I have been elected as Grandma G and it has stuck. My husband is Papa Paul. My children’s grandma’s were Little GrandmaBig Grandma and Grandma in Wisconsin. Oh, and my Grandma was Grammy-Pie.

Grandma Goddess: My granddaughter calls me Grandma Goddess, which doesn’t please “the other women” (her other grandma).

Grandma Meow: My son began calling my mother-in-law, Grandma Meow since he couldn’t say her first name, Mary. It’s also funny because she owns multiple cats.

My mom is called Grandma Peaches and my dad Grandpa Pitts. When My niece was three she was coming over to visit and my mom loved to can fruit every summer. My niece obviously loved those canned peaches because in her fragmented speech she squeeled with delight Grandma peaches. A while later after her name had stuck, my dad said if she is the peaches then i must be the pits!! unfortunately for him the name stuck.

My grandson (3 yrs old) calls us Grandma & Grandpa Sadie, and his other grandparents Grandma and Grandpa Sarah. He differentiates us by our DOGS!!! (I’m just glad we didn’t have our dog “Spookie” yet when he determined this) 😀

Grandma – San Diego and Grandma – Tucson We called our grandmas by their geographical locations since they could both be called grandma!

Grandmary and Pop: My Grandparents are Grandmary and Pop, Pop was what my aunt always called him and it stuck, and Grandmary came from having a young grandmother who wasn’t ready to be called Grandma so she kept changing what I was to call her, along the way she was also Momma Mary – but I got confused one day and said Grandmary, and she said that’s it and that’s what she’s been known as ever since.

Grandmom/Grandad: I had an English friend who called her grandparents “grandad” and “grandmom”. It’s not too out there, but it does modernize the names a bit.

Grandmommy: My mom decided to be called “grandmommy”. It’s adorable to hear my nieces call her that.

Grand-moo/Grand-paa-foo: Trying to get our son to use grandma and grandpa… he came up with these endearments of his own!

Grandmother: My grandson doesn’t talk yet, but when he does I just want him to call me Grandmother. My son says that’s so formal, but I like the sound of it.

Grandnan/Granga: Grandnan because my grandmother’s name is Nan..hence, GrandNAN. And I call my granfather Granga cause I couldn’t say Grandpa and it stuck for all the grandchidren.

Grandnard: My cousins called their mom Nard. I never knew why. But then our grandmother became Grandnard.

*Grandpop:* One set of my grandparents was Grandma and Grandpa, the other was Grandma and Grandpop. We always knew which grandparents we were talking about thanks to Grandpop. My children had a Grandma and Grandad and the other side was Nanny and Poppy. Makes it much easier if they are different I think.


  • My family nickname is Andy – the story is that my older sister couldn’t say Martha and since my dad kinda wanted a boy and there was a little boy down the street named Andy, I became Andy. All my family and everyone I grew up with calls me that. So when the possibility of being a grandma started being discussed, I knew what I wanted to be called -NOT Granny Andy – just Grandy
  • I began calling my great-grandmother “Grandy” as a child, and now 25 years later, all the family calls her that.

Grandy/Dar: i have called my grandparents Grandy and Dar for as long as i can remember. my grandmother wanted to be called grandmother but i couldn’t pronounce it…thus Grandy! Dar is also and term of endearment for father in Ireland and an uncle said i should call my grandfather that and i did!

Grandy & Grandymomma: When my daughter Rachel, the first grandchild was born my Dad would always give her M&M’s. candy. When she was learning to talk, she would go up too my Dad and say “Grandy” when in reality she was probably trying to ask for Candy thus my Dad became Grandy. After that, it only seemed right to refer to my Mom as Grandymomma. Now that the kids are almost grown, the teenage boys call her Grungymomma when they are picking on her!

Grandy/Pinta – This is what my son calls my Mother in Law and Father in Law. My MIL read this in a book somewhere and said she wanted to be called this because Grandma was too old. And Pinta stuck because my FIL wanted to be called Pops but his first Grandson couldn’t say it and it came out Pinta, so it stuck.

Granin: my mother-in-law wanted to be called Granny, which everyone disliked very much. After numerous attempts to get my daughter to say Granny, all she could say was Gran-in. We loved the alternative and “God Bless her Soul” she is remembered by 9 grandchildren with this name.

Granite/Granddude: My daughter calls my parent Granite and Granddude. Granite because my mom’s middle name is Nanette and we thought Grandnanette would be a mouth full so, we dropped the “Nan.” Granddude is self explanatory. My stepsister’s son came up with it, we thought it was cute, so it stuck.;o)

My grandmother was called “Granlady” because she was the big boss of a big family!

When my younger brother was about 3 to 5 years old, he would call my Grandma: “Gran-molly” but pronounced “zhran-mollie” – kind of a French accent mixed with something else (we’re not French). Grandpa thus became “Gran-polly”(pronounced “zhran-pollie”). Unfortunately (depending on how you look at it) he grew out of that phase.

Granna: I have always liked “Granna” and “Grandmommy” for a Grandma. I’m going to have my children call my mom “Granna” although, she wants them to call her “Grandmommy” I don’t like “Grandmommy” as much as I like “Granna.”

Grananna and Pal: my husbands parents grananna and Pal Dave Perhaps because my twin sons love Nannas or Bannanas and couldn’t say Grandma but it stuck. And my father in law thought he was too young to be a grandpa so they call him pal

Granmoo: My mother had open her first heart surgery in 1995, needing to have a valve replaced, they used a cow’s valve. From the moment she woke up, she was “Granmoo” to her kids, in-law kids, and grandkids. She had one great granddaughter, who when she was first learning to talk settled on “G-G Maw”.

My sister has a friend whose children call their grandma “Grannanny”, a mix of “grandma” and “Nana”.

My grandparents were Granny & PawPaw one one side, and Grandpa & Sis (she was his second wife, his first dying before our birth, and that’s just what everyone called her.

Granny Granny – there was this old cartoon show that had this little old granny in it, people would great her by saying ‘Heeeeeey grannygranny’. So when I was little my Grampie would bring me over to viset her, and would say it like they did in the show. Eventurally the name stuck & everyone started calling her grannygranny. * used for a great grandmother

Granny Grump: we have also called my grandmother “Granny Grump”!

Granny Grunt: This is the name we gave to our Great Grandmother, my Mother’s grandmother. She was short and stout and every time she stood up or sat down, or did just about anything, she grunted. One of my cousin’s teasingly called her this one time and it stuck. She thought it was hilarious! I was fortunate enough to have her with us well into my 20s.

Granny-Mame: My mother always liked to be called Auntie Mame by her neices. When my oldest daughter was born, she wanted to be called something different – hence; Granny-Mame. It has stuck!

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