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Ideas for What to Call The Grandparents

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Ideas for What to Call The Grandparents

Do you want to be called ‘Granny’ Or ‘Nan’, ‘Grandma’, or Nanna?

My Mum became a grandmother at the young age of just 40.  And she didn’t want to be called ‘Grandma’.  She wanted to be called ‘Grammy’ – and it has stuck.  There are so many options now on what name to call Grandparents.  Let’s go over the basics!

So Who makes The Choice of Name?

Statistically, when a grandchild is born, at least one of the sets of grandparents already have a grandchild and have laid claim to their grandparental names, so the other pair just go with the alternative in the interest of avoiding confusion to the child. After all, not many children I know, or knew, have 2 ‘Grandma’s’ or have to label their ‘Pop’ with a surname initial. But what if grandparents feel really strongly about their choice in label?

My husband has already spoken at length of how he wants to be ‘Pop’ to our kid’s kids, but what if our grandchildren already have a Pop? And what if our children decide, picking a name by default? Or they leave it up to the grandchildren, waiting to see if they follow suit of their cousins or come up with something else? Growing up, my older cousins called my grandfather ‘Granddad’, but apparently I chose to call him ‘Poppy’ one day and that was what we called him until the day he died.

What Are The Options for Grandparents Names?

Traditionally, most Australian children are faced with Nan and Pop, or Grandma and Grandad (or derivatives/mixtures of both). My Italian cousins had Mangy and Pangy; a lot of Italian kids have Nonna and Nonno. Dutch or German grandparents are Oma and Opa, French grandparents are usually Papi and Mami. And everyone’s heard Dora summons her Spanish grandies with Abuela and Abuelo. But what about something a bit more modern? If you are not of a different culture or religion and you are looking for something a little different (especially if you are a young grandparent) why not try one of these pearlers?

For GrandmothersWhat's In A (Grandparents) Name?

  • Cookie
  • Gabbie (?? maybe for the more chatty grandmother!?)
  • Bunny
  • Hu-Hu (yes, like hoo-hoo. Call me crazy but isn’t that what some people call their lady bits? Awkward!)
  • Jama
  • Nooni
  • Glamma (OK, that’s kind of cute!)
  • Foxie
  • Grammy
  • Granny
  • Grandma
  • Birdie
  • Kitty (I’m sensing an animal theme here)
  • MeeMa
  • Bubby
  • KuKu
  • NotherMother (seriously? Don’t let your kids call their grandmother that!)

For Grandfathers

  • BigD (for the rapper in all Grandfathers. What next? G-Dawg? Puff (Grand) Daddy?)
  • Papi
  • Hee-Haw (to go with Hu-Hu I’m presuming? Only if you want your grandkids to sound like donkeys when they visit)
  • TeePa
  • Big Daddy (Oh, there’s the gangsta rap one we forgot!)
  • G-Daddy (and another one!)
  • Napa
  • Papster (too much like Pap Smear)
  • Popsie
  • PeePaw
  • Bobo (unless he is a bear or a clown, then no!)

Whoever makes the choice and whatever name grandparents end up with relies on everyone communicating and, in some cases, compromising. Remember that the name you pick for your sweet little granddaughter to call you when she’s little, may not prove as innocent or affectionate when she’s older and embarrassed to call out your name.

Don’t risk being on a first-name basis with your grandies; find a name that is simple, relatively normal and not likely to leave you with a teenager ignoring you in a packed car park because she refuses to yell out “Hu-hu” or “Pee-Paw” in front of her friends. Unless you live in a ghetto, then, by all means, go with any selection of the above-mentioned gangsta grandparent labels!

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Jody Allen

Jody is the founder and essence of Stay at Home Mum. An insatiable appetite for reading from a very young age had Jody harbouring dreams of being a pu...Read Moreblished author since primary school. That deep-seeded need to write found its way to the public eye in 2011 with the launch of SAHM. Fast forward 4 years and a few thousand articles Jody has fulfilled her dream of being published in print. With the 2014 launch of Once a Month Cooking and 2015's Live Well on Less, thanks to Penguin Random House, Jody shows no signs of slowing down. The master of true native content, Jody lives and experiences first hand every word of advertorial she pens. Mum to two magnificent boys and wife to her beloved Brendan; Jody's voice is a sure fire winner when you need to talk to Mums. Read Less

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