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Grandma Name Alternatives

Updated on June 20, 2012

Choosing your Grandma name

I’m not a grandmother yet. All three of my children are old enough to have their own children, but have opted out, at least for now. But I’m honestly looking forward to the day when I can hold a little bundle of joy again and return him or her back to mommy and daddy when I need a break. Before having my children I longed to hear a little voice call me mommy. And someday, hopefully in the near future, I’ll hear a little voice call me grandma. And I won’t cringe from the name as some women seem to be doing nowadays.

Naming Grandma

Today, choosing grandma names seems to be almost as popular as choosing a baby name. Mimaw, Mimi, Nana, Mamaw, and any other variation of what might pass for a child’s pronunciation of Grandma is an understandable option. But some off-the-wall names are completely perplexing. Many celebrities are deciding they’re too hip and cool and would rather be called poophead than grandma. Do they really think the name an adorable child calls them will suddenly turn back time and banish wrinkles like botox injections?

Hip Celebrities Don't Want to Be Called Grandma

Goldie Hawn is called GlamMa by her grandchildren. According to the Urban Dictionary, the definition of glam ma - the new generation of grandmas, who are stylish in the way they live and dress. These women do not fit the typical cardigan - wearing, permed hair granny stereotype, they are glamorous. Oh brother. It’s a name people. Oprah has a weird name and it didn’t hold her back. Blythe Danner, Gwyneth Paltrow’s mom, has her grandchildren call her Lalo, but only after being unable to get them to call her Woof. I know, I don’t get it either. But most of us common folk recognize most celebrities are a different breed of people anyway.

Call Me Doodad?

Millions of baby-boomers are becoming first time parents and aren’t ready to be called Grandma or Grandpa. In fact, there are more than a few grandparent name books available to choose your upbeat, cool new ungrandparent-like-name. Fun, upbeat names like Doodad (sounds like something you call a tool when you can’t recall its name), Sonoma and Napa (remind me of wines) and G-Mom (sounds like something you’d call a rapper’s mom) are all options for stylish, trendy grandparents who don’t want to be reminded that they’re old.

Two Sets of Grandparents Call for Different Names

Of course many, if not most, children have two sets of grandparents, thus causing a need to differentiate between the two. But what’s wrong with calling one Grandma (fill in the first or last name) and the other Grandma (fill in the first or last name). My sister’s kids call my mom grandma and my brother-in-law’s mom Grandma Mercury, because she drove a Mercury Grand Marquis. We all thought this was cute. My children call my parents Grandma and Grandpa and they became grandparents in their early 40’s.

History of Grandma

The term grandmother originated way back in the 13th century and is obviously a combination of two words. Grand, meaning distinguished, celebrated, respected, revered among other definitions. And mother, which really needs no explanation. I don’t know about other people but I would be honored to be called distinguishly celebrated. I know distinguishly isn’t really a word, but neither is Lalo so I figured it’s okay.


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      Abby Lysach 5 years ago from Singapore

      I prefer something that is genuine and not contrived... "Grandmother" is a wonderful calls, than having to force another name that makes people get confused. It is optional, but I prefer the natural one. "Grandmother" or "Grandma", is a better interpret to the meaning of a grandmother itself.

      Thanks for sharing this article. It's really interesting hub... :-)