What are some good grandmother/grandfather names?

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  1. lovelife08 profile image62
    lovelife08posted 12 years ago

    What are some good grandmother/grandfather names?

    We're trying to come up with some names for my parents, since they're about to be grandparents for the first time.  Any ideas?  (They don't want to sound old, because they're not even 40 yet, so be creative, but not silly please.)

  2. profile image0
    RTalloniposted 12 years ago

    My favorite is Grand Papa and Grand Mama, pronounced as two words each name.

    BTW, when your parents hold that little one in their arms they will not care how old they are, they will want to be grandparents!  smile

    If they like a particular foreign country you could use the names from it... "Ba" is grandmother in Ukraine, "Opa" is grandfather in Germany, however, be careful for in French Canada, grandfather is "pepe" which is something I would not like to hear my child say except when they have a bathroom emergency--no need for confusion on that important matter.

    1. Jeffrey Riley profile image53
      Jeffrey Rileyposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      I wanted to clarify your mispronunciation of the French Canadian Grandparent names.

      The names Pepe, and Meme are colloquial names like Nana and Papa, or gram and gramp.

      Pronunciation: Pepe is "Pep-aye" not pee pee.
      Meme is Mem-aye.

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      jennifer2001posted 11 years agoin reply to this

      I'm glad you clarified this Jeffrey, as I am French and call my grandparents Meme and Pepe, the pronunciation certainly is not that of pee pee. Sorry found this a bit offensive.

  3. peterxdunn profile image60
    peterxdunnposted 12 years ago

    I do not think there is any way of getting rid of the 'grand' bit for your father - I have never come across an alternative that dispensed with it.

    Grandfather and grandmother are also: it should be remembered, legal definitions - so both your parents are going to have to live with these titles to some extent.

    There is, however, an old tradition in my part of the world: Lancashire, UK, whereby grandchildren called their grandmother - on their father's side of the family - 'Nanna' and on their mother's 'Ninny'.

  4. jacqui2011 profile image82
    jacqui2011posted 12 years ago

    I used to call my grandmother "nanny". My daughter calls my mum and dad "ganga" and "nan". My little nephew calls his grandparents "mopsy" and "popsy".

  5. ThePracticalMommy profile image87
    ThePracticalMommyposted 12 years ago

    When I was a baby (the first baby of the family), I called my grandparents, who were only 40 at the time, Grammens and Pop Pop. I also had great-grandparents who were Italian, so I had a Nono and a Nona.

    My son calls my mom and dad, who are in their forties, Grammy and Paw Paw.

    All names, except for my great-grandparents' names, were made up to some extent by the child. Why not let it happen naturally like that?

  6. TamCor profile image79
    TamCorposted 12 years ago

    Why not just plain ol' Grandma and Grandpa? smile

    It doesn't matter how old they are, they are grandparents, regardless!  My mom and dad were in their late 30's, too, when their first grandchild was born, but they were proud to be known as Grandma and Grandpa...

    And with my own four grandkids, I'm Grandma for the most part...sometimes our grandsons call me Grammy, mostly because my daughter thought it was funny since my name is Tammy, lol...

    I say just let them say what comes naturally for them..they'll find that one perfect name, I'm sure! smile

  7. xanzacow profile image59
    xanzacowposted 12 years ago

    Mine are still called Ma and Pa, however, my children call their grandparents Grandmaw and Pawpaw. Oma and Opa are german renditions, there are many good ones,,,, Nanna and Pop, Maw maw and Pepaw,,,,etc.

  8. Marcy-Lipton profile image60
    Marcy-Liptonposted 12 years ago


    I come from a Lebanese and Spanish back ground

    Growing Up i always called my grandma on my (Lebanese) dads side "sito" My granddad died in the war so I never learned how granddad is said in arabic.

    On my (Spanish) moms side I grew up calling my grandma "abuela" and my granddad "abuelo"

  9. mepm2011 profile image59
    mepm2011posted 12 years ago

    I am a grandmother of 26.  I have let my children and grandchildren decide what they want to call me.  My first granddaughter started calling me Grandma Park because I always took her to the park when I came to visit.  Her 4 sisters took the name and that is what I am called in their home.  I am Grandma Mary to some of my grandchildren and just plain Grandma to others.  One of my granddaughters decided just recently to call me GramGram.  I think it's wonderful because she decided that is what she wanted to call me.  It just doesn't matter what name you are called.  The most important thing is the LOVE!

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    Loveculinaryposted 9 years ago

    You could always try grams and pops that's what I call my grandparents or you could use the German words for grandma and grandpaw which is like omaw and opaw I don't know if I spelled that correctly but I think you get what I'm saying.


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