Ultimate List of Names for Grandparents

After I told my mom I was pregnant with my older son she cautiously asked, “What do the kids call Helen?”


My mother-in-law already had three grandchildren under her belt and they all call her ‘Grandma’. I braced myself as I told my mother that ‘Grandma’ was kind of taken to which she shouted, “Can I be Nana then?!? I want to be called Nana!!”

Turns out she loved her Nana and wanted to be a glorious Nana to my kids.

Oh, okay, Nana it is. Phew.

My dad wanted to be called, ‘Jeff’ because “that’s his damn name” but I wanted something that was grandpa’ish without being Grandpa because my Father-in-law already held the title. Sure, they could share the name but I wanted everyone to have their own handle because it seemed easier.

What wasn’t easy was finding name options so I asked you what was used in your families and, man, do I have a list for you!

Here are all the options you suggested in alphabetical order along with a downloadable PDF (I’m not sure how easy it is to read on screen – sorry.)

I think my favorite has to be Annie and Bruce  – it isn’t even remotely close to their real names but something they wanted to be called.

Maybe I should have named dad ‘Jeff’ instead of ‘Grandad’ after all.

Grandparent Names


What do your kids call their grandparents? - A list of all grandparent names that goes way beyond Grandma and Grandpa so you can find the perfect handle for any and all grandparents

Grandmother names:

Aanaga (Aana commonly) (maternal Inupiaq Eskimo)
Abuela (maternal Formal Spanish)
Abuelita, Uelita, Tita, Abby, Abbi, Lita (maternal informal diminutive Spanish)
Ajji (maternal Southwestern – India)
ama sani (maternal grandmother Navajo)
Amatchi (maternal Basque (region in NE Spain/SW France)
Ambuya (maternal African Shona dialect)
Amma (maternal Icelandic)
Ammamamma (maternal India)
Amona (maternal Basque)
Anneanne (maternal Turkish)
Anya, Yanya (maternal informal Hungarian)
Anyoka, nagyanya (maternal Hungarian)
Apohang babae (maternal Formal – Filipino Cebuano)
Àvia, Iaia (maternal Catalan Spain) (used by small children)
Avino (maternal Esperanto)
Avó (maternal Portuguese)
Avoa ( maternal Galician)
Awa (maternal India)

Ba (maternal Vietnamese)
Baba (maternal Ukranian)
Baba, Mica (maternal Serbian)
Babaanne  (maternal Turkish)
Babicka, Babi (maternal Slovakian)
Babka, Babcia, Babcia, Baba, Boucha, Busia, Busha (maternal formal Polish)
Babushka, Busha, Buka, Baboo (maternal Russian)
Baka (maternal Croatian)
BB, BeBe
Bé già, Ba (maternal Informal Ba Vietnamese
Bebia (maternal Georgian)
Bedstemoder (maternal Formal Danish)
Beppe – (bep-ah maternal Frisian)
Bestemor, Godmor (maternal Norwegian)
Bibi, Nyanya ( maternal African Swahili)
Big Meme
Bomma (maternal Flemish)
Bubby, Bubbe, Bube, Bubbie (maternal Yiddish)
Bunica, Bunical (maternal Romanian)
Buyuk Anne (maternal Turkish)

CeCe, ChiChi

Daadi (paternal Grandmother Urdu India)
Daadima (maternal Hindi – India)
Danh tá (maternal Formal Vietnamese)
DeeDee, DiDi
Dida, Didima (maternal Grandmother Bengali  – India)

Elisi (pronounced similar to ay-lee-see) (maternal Cherokee)
Enisi (ay-nee-see) (paternal Cherokee)

Fafa (paternal grandmother Danish)
Farmor (paternal grandmother Sweden)

Gam Gam
Gee, Gee-ma, Gee-Mama, Gege
GG, Giggy, Gigi
Gigia, YaYa (Greek)
Gjyshe (Albanian)
Godmor, Bestemor (Norwegian)
Gr-mere, Meme (informal French)
Grammie, Grammy
Grand-mere (formal French)
Grandma Nana
GrandMaman (semi-formal French)
Granna (combination of Grandma and Nana)
Grootmoeder (Dutch)
Grossmami (Formal Swiss)
Grossmutter (Formal German)

Hajurmua – shortens to Mua  (Nepal)
Halmoni (maternal Korean)
Henna (maternal African Berber dialect)

Jadda, Teta (Syrian)
Jaddah, Jiddah (maternal Formal Arabic)
Jaja, Zsa-Zsa, Busha, Gigi (maternal informal Polish)
Jaryi (maternal Guarani)

Kapuna Wahine (maternal Formal Hawaiian)
Kuku, Tutu Puna (maternal Informal Hawaiian)

Lala, Lela
Lola (Tagalog Philippines)
Lolly, Lolli
Lolo (maternal informal Filipino)

Ma’saani (maternal American Indian Navajo)
Maataamahii (maternal Grandmother Sanskrit)
Madar Bozorg (maternal Farsi)
MaeMae, Mah-meh
Maimeo (maternal Informal – Irish/Gaelic)
Makhulu (maternal African Venda dialect)
Mamaay (paternal Aborigine Australian)
Mamgu maternal Southern Welsh)
Mami, Mamie
Mamm-Baour (Breton NW France)
Mamm-gozh (maternal Breton)
Mamo, Mamoo
Mavoureen (maternal Informal – Irish/Gaelic)
MawMaw (maternal Cajun)
Mémé (maternal Informal French)
Metzmayr (maternal Armenian)
Mimiere (maternal French Canadian)
Mociute (maternal Lithuanian)
Momu (maternal Aborigine Australian)
MooMaw, MooMoo
Morai (maternal Informal – Irish/Gaelic)
MorMor (maternal Grandmother Norwegian & Swedish)
Mummo ( maternal Finnish)

Nagyanya (Formal Hungarian)
Naini, Nain (maternal Northern Welsh
Nali’ (paternal Grandmother American Indian Navajo)
Nami, Nan, Nani
Nana, Nanna
Nanni (maternal Grandmother Urdu India) Nannie, Nanny
Nanu (maternal Bengali)
Nenek (Indonesian)
Nenibe (Malagasy)
Neske’e (maternal American Indian Cheyenne)
Ngin (paternal Grandmother Cantonese)
Nkuku (maternal African Botswanan)
Nona, Nonna (maternal Italian)
Nookmis (American Indian Ojibway)
Nookomis (American Indian Ojibway)

Oba-Chan (maternal Formal – Japanese)
Obaasan (maternal Formal – Japanese)
Obaba (maternal Informal – Japanese)
Old Meme
Oma (maternal informal German, Dutch)
Ouma (maternal Afrikaans)

Pathi (maternal Tamil)
PoPo (maternal Cantonese)


Safta (maternal Hebrew)
Savta (maternal Hebrew)
Seanmhair (maternal Formal – Irish/Gaelic)
Senele (maternal Lithuanian)
Sitti (Lebanese)
Sobo (maternal Formal – Japan)
Stara Mama (maternal Slovenian)

Tatik (maternal Armenian)
Teta (informal Arabic & Syrian)
Thakur-ma (Bengali Paternal – India)
Tipuna Wahine (Aborigine Polynesian Maori dialect)
TuTu (Informal Hawaiian)

Ugogo (African Zulu dialect)
Umakhulu (African Xhosa dialect)

Vanaema (Estonian)
Vavo, VuhVuh
Vecmate (Latvian)

Wài pó (maternal Grandmother Mandarin)

Ya (maternal Grandmother Thai)
Yai (paternal Grandmother Thai)
Yanya, Anya (Informal Hungarian)
Yaya, Gigia (maternal Greek)

Zsa-Zsa, Busha, Gigi, Jaja (informal Polish)
Zumu (paternal Grandmother Mandarin)

Grandfather names:

Aba (paternal Guarani, South America)
Abuelito, Tito, Lito (paternal informal diminutive Spanish)
Abuelo (paternal formal Spanish)
Afi (paternal Icelandic)
Agiduda, E-du-di (paternal Cherokee)
Aitona (paternal Basque)
Ajja (paternal Southwestern India)
Apohang lalaki (paternal, formal Filipino)
Ataataga (paternal Eskimo, Inupiaq dialect)
Aviah (paternal Catalan)
Avô (paternal Esperanto, Galician, Portuguese)

Baba (Turkmen)
Babagjysh (paternal Albanian)
Babakoto (Malagasy)
Babu (Georgian & paternal Swahili)
Bedstefader (paternal formal Danish)
Bestefar (Norwegian)
Big Bear
Big D
Big Papa
Big Pepere
Bobo, Doda (Uzbek)
Bonpahttp, Bonpa  (Flemish)
Bpoo (paternal Grandfather Thai)
Bunic, Bunicut (Romanian)

Cebuano (Filipino)
Chei (maternal Grandfather Navajo)
Commander in Chief

Daa-daa-jee (paternal Hindi India)
Daada (paternal Grandfather Gujarati India)
Daadaa (paternal Grandfather Urdu India)
Daadi (maternal Grandfather Urdu India)
Dadju (paternal formal Ukranian)
Dadu (paternal Grandfather Bengali India)
Daidoe, Daddo (paternal informal Irish/Gaelic)
Ded (Slovenian)< br />Deda (Serbian)
Dede (paternal Turkish)
Dedek, Dedi (Slovakian)
Dedushka (paternal Russian)
Djed (paternal Croatian)
Dyado (paternal Bulgaria)
Dziadek, Dziadzi, Dziadziu, Jaja (paternal formal Polish)
Dziadzio (paternal informal Polish
Dzied (paternal Belarusen)

Edudi, Agiduda (paternal Cherokee)

Farfar (paternal grandfather Swedish, Danish)



Garrimaay (maternal Grandfather Aborigine Australian Formal)
Gigi (informal Ukranian)
GongGong (maternal Grandfather Cantonese)
Grampie, Grampy
Grand Duke
Grand-papa (semi-formal France)
Grand-pere (paternal formal France)
Grootvader, Opa (Dutch)
Grosspapi (Swiss)
Grossvader (Formal German)
Grossvader (Formal German)

Hajurbua – shorten to Bua (Nepal)
Halabeoji (Korean)
Hot Shot

Jadd (paternal formal Arabic)
Jid (Lebanese)
Jidu (Syrian)

Kupuna Kane (paternal Formal Hawaiian)

Maataamaha (maternal Grandfather Sanskrit)
Maili (paternal formal Australian aboriginal)
Metzhayr, Papik (Armenian)
Mishomis (paternal Ojibway)
Mmakhulu (paternal African Venda dialect)
Morfar (maternal Grandfather Danish, Norwegian, Swedish)

Nagyapa (formal Hungarian)
Nali (paternal Grandfather Navajo)
Nannu (Maltese)
Nanu (maternal Grandfather Bengali India)
Nonno (Italian)
Ntatemogolo (Botswanan Africa)

Ojiisan, Sofu (formal Japanese)
Ong (formal Vietnamese)
Ong Noi (informal Vietnamese)
Opa (informal German)
Oupa (Afrikaans)

Papa Bear
Papik (Armenian)
Pappous (Greek)
PawPaw  (Cajun)
Pedaer Bozorg (Farsi)
Pepe (French Canadian)
Pépère (informal French)
Petulu (Indonesian)
Pitaamaha (Sanskrit)

Saba (Hebrew)
Seanathair (formal Irish/Gaelic)
Seedo (informal Arabic)
Sekuru (Shona dialect)
Senelis (Lithuanian)
Shi’choo (Cheyenne)
Sofu (informal Japanese)

Tad-cu, Taid (northern Welsh)
Tad-Kozh (Breton)
Taidie (southern Welsh)
Tamazight (African Berber dialect)
Tata (informal Hungarian)
Thatha (Tamil)
Tipuna Tane (polynesian Maori dialect)
Tutu Kane (informal Hawaiian)

Ubabamkhulu (African Zulu dialect)
Utat’omkhulu (African Xhosa dialect)

Vaari (Finnish)
Vanaisa (Estonian)
Vectevs (Latvian)

Waayamaa (paternal Grandfather Australian)
Wài Gong (maternal Grandfather Mandarin)

Yeh Yeh (paternal Grandfather Cantonese)
YeYe (paternal Grandfather Mandarin)

Zaide, Zeydeh, Zeyde, Zeide, Zede (Yiddish)


Unique Ideas

WOW – Mom upside down
HoneyDeux – Grandmother was Honey mother was HoneyDeux
Grandma Jeep, Grandma Honda – Grandmas of boys
Grannie back on the farm
Lolly & Pop
Annie & Bruce (not their actual names)
Happy – couldn’t say Pappy
Where’d he go – Grandpa likes to play hide & seek
Serious Sam the Garbage Man (his name isn’t Sam)
O’grammie (she’s Irish)

Click here to download the pdf.

What do your kids call their grandparents? - A list of all grandparent names that goes way beyond Grandma and Grandpa so you can find the perfect handle for any and all grandparents

Related: The Best Baby Naming Sources

Written By
More from Amy Morrison

100 Great Gifts Ideas for Babies Under One

If you're looking for some baby gift ideas – even gifts for...
Read More

You May Also Like


  • My mother, who is from Bavaria but emigrated to the USA as a 20-year-old, is Oma to her grandchildren. She will be a first time great grandmother soon. She never had a great grandmother herself. She asked her 90-year-old brother in Germany what she should be called. He said “Uri”. Has anyone heard of this? In my husband’s ethnic German family, their great grandmother was “Urili”.

  • Even though I was born and raised in the USA I grew up speaking vietnamese. And the names for the Grandma and grandpa on the list is not right. So let me correct it here Grandma for the maternal side is Bà Ngoại. As for the paternal side it is Bà Nội. Now on to grandpa for maternal side it will Ông Ngoại. And last but not least for the paternal side it is Ông Nội. Thanks!

  • My son calls my mother Oma, my father Poppy, and my step-mom Mimi. And he calls my mother-in-law Grammie, and my favorite, because he stumbled saying “Grandpa” and it just stuck, he calls my father-in-law Gunka.

  • Nice list- we called my grandfather “Jeda”, which I guess is the Americanized version of Slavonic for grandfather; a title my dad now holds. I also called my grandmother Baba, shirt for Babushka.

  • You can add
    Padrina (Majorcan name for grandmother)
    Padrí (Majorcan name for grandfather. In Catalan it really means Godfather but in Majorca ( Spain) grandfathers were usually the child’s godfather. Padrina is just the same word made feminin.

  • My grandmother is just called “Grandmother.” Shouldn’t that make the list. My mom is now “Grandmother,” too.

  • I have a friend that goes by Chickie & I go by Gran. I may have missed seeing them on your list. Thanks for your great list!

  • That is an outstanding compilation! 🙂
    A suggestion to make the list more succinct for some Indian (sister) languages. I hope you will be able to amend it sometime. Thanks!

    Dadi / Dadi ji / Dadi jee / Dadi jaan / Dadi ma – Paternal Grandmother – Hindi / Urdu / Hindustani – India

    Dada / Dada ji / Dada jee / Dada jaan – Paternal Grandfather -Hindi / Urdu / Hindustani – India

    Nani / Nani ji / Nani jee / Nani jaan / Nani ma – Maternal Grandmother – Hindi / Urdu / Hindustani – India

    Nana / Nana ji / Nana jee / Nana jaan -Paternal Grandfather – Hindi / Urdu / Hindustani – India

  • Mormor (danish maternal)
    Farmor (danish paternal)
    It’s supposed to be bedstemor in danish as well 🙂

    And then the faroese omma for grandma & abbi for grandpa 🙂

  • My father was going to be Grandpa, but when my daughter started to talk she made it “Bapa” and that stuck (he likes it better as well), and my mother is her Nona.

    When we asked if my grandmother wanted to be “Great Grandma” she said, “no, just ‘Great.'” and so she is! 🙂

  • My mum is “Grandma Wow”. Her nickname to her sisters is Wow, because she used to say it so much as a teenager. My FIL is “Doctor Grandpa” because he is a retired GP. It distinguishes him from my dad who is just Grandpa. When my nearly 3 year old says it, it sounds like Doctor Vampire.

  • My Father-In-Law wanted to be ‘Tex’ and my Mother-In-Law didn’t think grandma would work. She jokingly suggested ‘Bubbles’ because it was so Texas and my daughter loved it. They are forever Bubbles and Tex!

  • we are nana and poppa (I didn’t want it spelled like everyone else’s papa) my parents are gramgram and poppop to the great grandkids and just grandma and grandpa to the kids. one DIL’s parents are nonna and nonno (Italian) and the other DIL’s parents are GiGi and Grumpa

  • My mother’s side I call them PopPop and MomMom.

    My father’s side (Lebanese Arabic) I called my grandmother- teita (tigh-tuh) and grandfather (very hard to spell in English)- jzu-du, zjyudhu… Or Zhjúdd-Dew. Somewhere in there lol.

  • As many cute names as we tried for my mom and mother-in-law, my son came up with his own. My mom is Black Grandma and my MIL is Red Grandma (because of their hair color, not their ethnicity). Boy does this confuse people when he talks about my mom and then they meet this Mexican woman! ?

  • I love this list! I’m definitely going to include it in my pack for new clients.

    My kids call my dad Fathead, which isn’t generally a term of endearment – right?!? When my oldest sister had her son Dad wasn’t ready to be a ‘Grandpa’ and she said, stop being such a fathead. History was made. We get some funny looks in public, but I love that we have such a unique name and story.

  • My kids us to call their Grandma’s "Grosi" and "Omi" and their grandpa’s "Grosspapi" and "Grossätti" in swiss german.
    Greetings from Switzerland

  • I’m actually kind of surprised the name my father came up with isn’t on this list.
    i was dead set on our little girl (my parents first grandchild) calling him ‘pops’, I think it suits him. But when she was born he sweetly asked, "Can I please go by ‘mypaw’?" Of course I said, yes. Now we just have to see if it sticks.

  • I am Romanian and my mother always wanted to be "Bunica" which is Romanian for grandmother. Unfortunately, I happened to marry a man whose mother’s name is "Bunny." Not sure how to sort this one out!

  • Pretty cool list 🙂 there is just one little mistake with the formal german word for grandfather: the correct word is Grossvater. It must be a "t" instead of a "d"…. best wishes from Germany 😀

  • My mother and father in-laws are Memaw and Pepaw my son was their first of 5 grand kids and that’s what he started calling them they were supposed to be grandpa and Nannie.. My grandmother is Mawmaw to me and my kids

  • Hey, native Hungarian person here, I thought I’d offer a few corrections & additions:

    Anya = mother, both formal and informal, never used for grandmother
    Anyóka = a word used for old ladies living in the forest in fairytales, not used in common language 🙂
    Anyu = mother, informal, never used for grandmother
    Yanya = this is not a Hungarian word

    some additions:
    Mama = Grandmother, informal
    Nagymama = Grandmother, informal
    Nagypapa = Grandfather, informal
    Papa = Grandfather, informal

  • We call my mom Birdy so it’s not confusing for my boyfriend’s 6 year old daughter since she already has a Grandma and Nana. She makes the connection that my mom is a grandmother figure to her regardless of the name. I’m about to have my first kid with my boyfriend and was happy to find out that my mom wants to stick with Birdy with the new one as well! It sounds younger anyway 🙂

  • Such a long list!

    My son calls his paternal grandmother NaiNai (Mandarin) and Grandfather YeYe; and calls his maternal Grandmother MeeMaw and Grandfather BeePaw, although his cousins call them Mamaw and Papaw.

  • When our first was born we did a search and stumbled upon what we now call my in-laws: "Dolly" for grandmother and Babaloo (now known to our 4 year old as " Beboo") for her grandfather.

  • Great list…when my Stepdaughter announced her pregnancy I started searching for our names. I wanted mine and my husband’s to go together and since there would be my SD’s Mom, Grandma, Grandpa and Nana also involved I wanted ours to be different…Her Mom goes by Grandma, her Grandma is Memaw, Grandpa is Papa, and Nana is Nana…my Husband and I are Nonnie and Poppie! In all reality it really doesn’t matter what they call me as long as they call me, but my heart melts when they say Nonnie!

  • Just so it can be complete:
    Mormor (maternal grandmother)
    Morfar (maternal grandfather)
    Farmor (paternal grandmother)
    Farfar (paternal grandfather)

    are all Danish (you have some of them listed as Norwegian and Swedish or only one of them; I believe they are used in all three Scandinavian countries, but know for sure they are used in Denmark where I grew up.

  • Well, sometimes it just happens depending on which of the grandkids name their grandparents. Traditionally, Nana is maternal grandmother, but my son still uses it for his paternal grandmother, which is okay with me because it just shows his affection for her. When his little sister was little we went to visit my mother in Jamaica and she started calling my step-father "poppa" and it just kinda stuck.

  • Hi!

    I LOVE the list, but the Hawaiian version of Grandma is wrong. It should be Kupuna instead of Kapuna.

    Growing up we were taught that it was extremely disrespectful if we confused the two, since Kapuna is literally translated into ‘the spoon’

  • Great post! I just saw a typo in your Estonian grandparent names: it’s Vanaema (one word) and Vanaisa (no http). That’s what I called my grandparents growing up. 🙂

  • We are Nana and Papa, but our grandsons also have another Nana. Since we live in a mountainous area, the boys differentiate the nanas by referring to me as "Nana-from-the-mountains". It’s a mouthful, but they string it all together and it makes me feel just a little bit special having my own moniker.

  • My mom and stepdad chose to be Tita and Tito which was suggested to them by a friend in mexico(they spend their winters down south) and a breeze for my son to say. My dad is grandad (it’s tradition on his side) but my stepmom didn’t want to be granny so she started referring to herself as grand c(her first name is Cynthia) and it stuck! Love your list and seeing what other people call their grandparents and parents!

  • We called my Grandmas "Grandma with the Truck" and "Grandma with the Car". Didn’t seem strange until i was a teen. Haha.

  • My cousin called both of her grandmothers "nana." I guess one day she decided that was confusing so she started calling her father’s mother "Nana White" and her mother’s mother "Nana Brown". She chose these names not by their last names. It was the color of each of the trims on their houses – not the color of the house – but the color of the trim.

  • My maternal grandfather lived in Arizona so we called him "Grandpa in the Desert" and his wife (not my biological grandmother) was Spanish so we called her "Abuela".

  • Memoma. When I was little, my mom asked me, "Do you want to go to the store with me and mama?" I said "I want to go with Memoma." "Okay, if you want to go with Memoma get in the car." And so it was.

  • Great list. I just wanted to point out one thing. Enisi is actually the name for the paternal grandmother in Cherokee, not the maternal. The maternal grandmother goes by Elisi (pronounced similar to ay-lee-see). The only reason I know this is because my mother-in-law decided to go by Enisi.

  • My nickname growing up has always been "Dandy" so I’m leaning toward continuing on. My first grand baby is due in July, so we are very excited about everything baby. Your list is very good, my children call their grandmother Granny Boo. In my husbands family there has always been one. Now the new young ones have changed it to G Boo. Way too cute!

  • You have Avo for both grandmother and grandfather in Portuguese. And both are wrong. Grandmother is Avó (ah-vah), and grandfather is Avô (ah-voh).

  • This is an awesome list! Thanks so much for compiling! One tiny correction:

    Thai —-> Yai (rhymes with my) – maternal grandmother
    Thai —–> Ya (rhymes with baaa) – paternal grandmother

    and add:

    Thai —–> Tha – maternal grandfather


  • My father in law when asked what he wanted his first grandchild to call him said with a straight face "Sir" so we have Mimi and Sir (or grandpa sir) for my husbands parents and nana and papa for mine.

  • Ahh! I love this! When my oldest was born we had the names for grandparents all picked out. However, our daughter came up with her own and my parents are now known as Mam and BB 🙂

  • My kids calls their grandparents Mammy(My 2 year old couldn’t say Grammy) and Papa Honey (My 4 year old started this a couple years ago after hearing my mom call him "Honey" all the time lol) and for my grandparents my Nannie and Papa has been changed to Nannie and Big Papa (Also by my daughter so the 2 Papas dont get confused of course)

  • Vietnamese call the paternal grandmother Ba Noi and the maternal grandmother Ba Wai; the paternal grandfather is called Ong Noi and the maternal grandfather Ong Wai. Our kids are missing their paternal grandfather so they just my mother-in-law Noi, and my sister-in-law’s kids call her Wai, or when they were babies- Wai-wai. The north and south pronounce things differently, so Ong in the south is ohm with the cheeks puffed out. I’m not sure about the north with that one. They pronounce things correctly though. I cannot put the accents on there with my keyboard, sorry!

  • My daughter call my in-laws Mammaw and Pappaw. She made it up herself. So that’s what they have been since she could talk! She called my moms ex Grandpappy Pat. Lol

  • Lover reading through these. I am "Gam-ma" andy husband is "Papa". My daughter named my dad "Pop Pop". And my brother named our grand parents "Farm Grandma/Grandpa" and "Trailer Grandma/Grandpa"

  • I’ve yet to find this on any list but my grands call me Tanta, from Kris Kringles adopted mom "Tanta Kringle".

  • Hi

    Just a little correction.Both Danish and Swedish grandmothes on the father’s side are called farmor. This is also true of Norwegian.

    I am an American living in Denmark and have never heard ‘fafa’ used for grandparents. I asked my Danish boyfriend and he agrees. Fafa is not a word either of us recognizes. (I am fluent in the language)

    Otherwise this is a great list.

    Thank you.

    • I am of German descent, we speak a German dialect, PA Dutch though I am from Ohio. (Used to be Amish)
      We would always call our grandparents Mommy (pronounced “mummy”) and Daudy..
      Interestingly, the grandparents wud often be differentiated by linking the name of the youngest Aunt/Uncle still at home.. (Betty Daudys) or by the last name (Yoder Daudy). The Great Grandparents would be GrossMommy an GrossDaudy. My children will most likely be calling my parents by those names;)

  • Great list! You missed NaiNai (Paternal Grandmother, Mandarin) although I noticed you have YeYe (Paternal Grandfather, Mandarin). It’s what my niece and nephew call my parents 🙂

  • There are errors in both the Estonian and Latvian names. Grandmother is vanaema in Estonian (no spaces), grandfather is Vanessa; in Latvian, Grandfather is vectevs (with a line over the e that I can’t input).

  • My parents go by the same names that my grandparents go by…Wela and Welo. Short for Abuela and Abuelo, since the older grandkids couldn’t say those.

  • I’m Honey and my husband is Fuzzy to his grandkids, cause those were our nicknames for the oldest when she was tiny, so when she started talking, she turned the nicknames around on us! We like it!

  • My daughter calls my mom GaGa. It wasn’t anything anyone taught her to call her, but just what resulted when she couldn’t say grandma in her early stages. She just happened to be the first grandchild so now my mom is GaGa to 4 different kids ranging from 8 to 2. She will thinks it hilarious to find out it’s actually a name for grandpa. Lol

  • When we were little, my brother and I called our grandmother "Mama Mama" since she was Mama’s Mama. A variation of MomMom I guess

  • Do you even know how to pronounce grootmoeder or grootvader? 😉 Other dutch names for grandmother I can think of are: omoe, opoe, grootmoe, beppe..

  • My grandmothers were just Grandma Mayta and Grandma Sally. My grandfather was Grandpa, since my dad’s dad had died decades before I was born. My mom is Gammaw to my kids since they still have a hard time with Grandma. I’m not sure it’s ever going to change at this point. :.)

  • My mom is Tini. Her coworkers started calling her Terri-tini after a work trip, so now we have Tini. It’s cute and tiny and so is she.

    My dad is Big Daddy because I’m a Golden Girls freak and he wouldn’t come up with anything better. I’m sure it will change later. His wife is Cici, for Carol, and already established.

    My in-laws each took their corresponding parent’s names: Grammi and Grampy, also already established.

  • Lolo is Tagalog (Filipino) for grandfather.

    It’s always hilarious to hear babies try Lola and Lolo for the first time. My niece, now in kindergarten, can pronounce L and Y words just fine but she still calls my parents Yo-ya and Yo-yo.

  • When I asked my dad what he wanted to be called he said "Grumpy". He is a big ol’ grouch so it totally suits him, except he cannot be a grouch around my daughter. He thinks she hung the moon. It’s very sweet, plus I love to hear her talk about her "Gwumpy".

  • I thought our solution was common, but I don’t see it on the list: we combined grandma and grandpa with their first names so we could tell them apart (and then one grandpa liked Grandad better). We had: Grandma Dine (short for Nadine), Grandma Pat, Grandpa Max, and Grandad Raymond.

  • That’s a large list! I’m surprised the names I call my grandmas aren’t on it: Mama & Momma. I was the first grandchild on both sides of the family and I couldn’t say the "grand" part, so I just kept repeating the "ma." My Momma picked her spelling for variation. 🙂

  • My parents go by "cool grams and groovy gramps" and in your List "Lolo" was listed as an informal Filipino name for grandmother, it is actually the Filipino (Tagalog) name for grandfather 🙂

  • My mother goes by Anesi, is another spelling for Enisi. (Enisi is mother’s mother, Elisi is father’s mother.) She goes by Nini for short.
    My grandmother and great grandmother go by Gammer.

    My stepfather is called Ampa or Gampa due to my son’s age.
    My grandfather is Papa and his father was Grampa Cookie.

    We have strange names in our family.

  • I had a Cuban Abuela that we called Abu (like Aladdin’s monkey) and a Papi. The Irish side was Momaw and Popaw. My husband’s paternal grandmother was Susie, real name Nancy. They all have no idea why that stuck. My parents are Mimi and Mufasa (Fasa) to my niece and nephews. My dad always told us growing up that we had to listen to him bc he was the Mufasa and we were the Simba. I also know an Italian Nonni. I think it’s Goldie Hawn that is Glam-ma which I thought was hilarious.

  • I have a couple that didn’t make the list!

    I had a great grandmother that went by Maw. She was Cajun – didn’t realize MawMaw was a Cajun thing!

    My mom chose to be called Mumsey, which is what she called her own grandmother. I love that the name is getting passed down.

  • My father-in-law has become Papa Duck, my husband has always called his dad by his first name; Doug, but I insisted on Papa, and my 3 year old put them together and got Papa Duck. Now it’s stuck!

  • Okay, the "unique ideas" cracked me up! Our tradition is that the oldest grandchild’s pronunciation is what sticks. We tried out a bunch with my niece (the oldest) and she said "Nanny!" with a big smile on her face. I think my mom was a little bummed about "Nanny" being her name, but it has stuck!

  • This is missing VoVó, a Portuguese version of grandmother (pronounced Vaw-Vaw). Which is what my mom is to my daughter and her mom was to me (her mom was Brazilian). Otherwise, we’ve got Mimi & PopPop, Granddaddy and Puddy – my dad’s nickname from my cousins when they were young and didn’t pronounce Peter.

    Of course, she’s only four months, so what she actually calls them is still TBD.

  • What an awesome list! My mom struggled with this as well… She eventually she decided on Grandma Susie my daughter had other ideas and now calls her Sushi.

    Other ones that came to my mind, was we called my great grandmother "Big Grandmom," My college roommate from India called her grandmother "Nani-ma" and my cousin called her grandmothers "Orange Grandmom" and "Black Grandmom" based on the their hair colors.

  • Grammy! That is pretty common.

    Just to increase the cultural diversity…my Nepali inlaws are Hajurmua (grandmother) and Hajurbua (grandfather) – shortened to Mua (‘mwah’, like a kiss) and Bua (‘bwah’) for our 2 year old.

  • My dad wanted to go by his first name too! His first grandchild is almost two months old, and he still hasn’t picked a title. He claims it’s up to her, so we may not have one for a while.

  • Great list. Grandmama is missing though, I thought it was fairly common.

    I think it was a Tom Robbins novel where the grandmother went by Maestra (teacher).

    We have grandpa-with-the-dog and grandpa-with-the-presents (who may be spoiling my son just a bit earning that moniker)

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.