Sometimes we get to decide our GRANDparent names. More often,
an infant or toddler decides what we will be called for the rest
We have listed Grandparent nicknames submitted by GRAND readers.
Click on any of the above letters to see some of the many G-parent
Plus, you can submit yours as well. Briefly, tell us, how your
nickname came to be
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My oldest grandson,now 8, calls me Grandma, but during times of
excitement still reverts to his childhood name for me Gunga. My
younger grandson introduces me as "My Mothers Mother".
I believe this name is the result of my grandson trying to say Grandma
and Cookie at the same time, and it came out Gucky. His momma liked
it so it stuck...I even have it on my license plate now.
- Mavis (MN)
My first grandchild, a boy, dubbed me Gubby, his version of Grandma.
I was happy he didn't say Tubby! His younger sister picked up the
name, but my other 2 grandkids, from another child, prefer calling
me Grandma Jill. So I have 2 names.
- Jill (NJ)
I'm not sure who enjoyed the nickname Grumpy more, my children or
my father. He loved to make a big deal of trying to be "grumpy"
to live up to the name.
- Catherine (Mississauga, Ontario)
Our two precious grandchildren Bryce and Brynna call my husband
Grumps and me Granny. They always have a smile on their faces when
they call his name!
- Pat (AL)
my king of my heart could not pronounce grandma and kept calling
me mama.I said to him "now siah say it like me grr..andma "
He belted out ." GRRRMAMA! " me !
- Julie (OR)
My first grandchild was born 18 years ago. He had great-great,great,and
grandparents from both his Mother and Father's side. One day he
looked at me and called me "GREE" and seven grandchildren
later, that name has been a wonderful word.
When my first born grandchild was born, very early in his life I
was holding him and thinking. His name is Grant, and I am Grant's
grandma...I'm Grantma. He is almost 3 now and he says Grantma as
clear as a bell.
- Cheryl (VA)
My first grandson started by calling me "Gray-ma" which,
in time was shortened to "Gray" by ALL the grandkids.
- Mary (FL)
|Granny Ree and Granny Rah
My mom's name is Marie (Ree) and my mother in law is Mira (Rah).
My mother chose "Granny" because she thought Grandma was
too old sounding, but we use Ree and Rah to delineate which one
the kids are talking about.
When my granddaughter asked me why I was called "Granny"
I told her that when I was a little girl my "Granny" was
my favorite person whom I only saw a few times year. She would always
bring us treats and spend time with us . Anybody can be a grandmother
but only special people can be a "Granny"
|Granmaw & Granpaw
My grandkids live near Kentucky and have picked up the long "aw"
sound native to Kentucky and I think it sounds so cute to hear them
say "Granmaw and Granpaw."
- Marliss & Ken
My grandchildren have a Grandma Jean, so my daughter-in-law suggested
GranJan, and I love it! My grandma was the French MÃ©mÃ©.
- Jan (Kennesaw, GA)
This was my grandfather's nickname, the result of the first grandchild's
early attempt to say "grandfather." It stuck through 22
A friend of mine tried to have her granddaughter call her Grandy
but she never learned to pronounce it so it never caught on. I was
determined to have my granddaughter call me Grandy - and she does!
- Helen (NY)
I had a Grandma and Grandpa and a Grandma and Grandpop. It was easy
to tell the grandfathers apart but the grandma's were hard. So we
added their surnames to it. My kids were spared that by having Grandma
and Grandad Nanny and Poppy.
- Kim (xx)
One of my twelve grandchildren, a 15 year old, at her birthday party
several years ago; was acting as a teenager and called me "Grandpappy".
I thought it was cute and original. Now other grandkids now have
picked up on the name. Each one is spec
Became my hsband's nickname by the association of something I said...
This is my nickname as and author on my GrandparentsTLC.com website
and other places on the web. My grandchildren simply call my "Grandpa".
- Shayne (Montgomery Village, MD)
Our youngest grandaughter couldn't say "Grandpa Cliffie"
as the others. She called me "Clickie" and it stuck!
I had a beard when when my first wave of grandchildren were born
and when they asked me what I did, I told them that I helped Santa
Claus in delivering gifts to all of the children on Christmas. In
fact, my oldest grandson on grandparent's day told his class that
his grandfather worked for Santa Claus The name has stuck ever since.
Shermaan was the name of my cat, my granddaughter loved him because
unlike her cats she could hold and cuddle mine, so to distingish
me from her other Grandma she called me this.
My grandson Michael started saying "Grand-mummy" without
any prompting. It was so special because it came from him not because
we told him to say it.
- Wendy (ON)
|Grandmommy & Mum Mum
My first grandchild always called me Grandmommy, but her little
brother for some reason calls me Mum Mum - I love them both.
I had always been "MOM" so when our beautiful granddaughter
came along, it seemed perfect to become "GRANDMOM". Our
grandchildren, honorary grandchilren, and their friends have reserved
that name for me. I love it!
- Millie (MI)
Two of my grandkids call us grandmom and grandpop..the other two
grandma and grandpa...they all can call me anything they want...I
It started out to be GrandMere but morphed into GrandMary and I
- Mary (CA)
My children call their step grandmother *grandmammy*
- Cathy (NY)
I was determined to be called Grandma instead of the Southern Granny.
My first granddaughter said Gamama and I decided I liked it. As
she could talk plainer she said Grandmama. The others all followed
- Jacque (TN)
Recently, I became a GREATGrandmother!!! Now, I am called GrandMAMA!!!
I love being called Grandmama. It is so different from any other
GreatGrandmother that I know...It is so wonderful being a GreatGrandmother....I
really enjoy my precious babies!!!
- Mary (Providence, RI)
My oldest grandbaby is only a yr old and the youngest is 9 months
not saying much now, but when they were born I said how is Mama's
baby it did not sound right and so I called myself Grandma and it
like no, so It's Grandmama.
- Pamela (Clarksville, TN)
As a step great grandma who had never been called anything but Sandy
before I wanted a nickname without stepping on the toes of the"Grands."
So I am Grandma-ish (meaning "sort of").
- Sandra (Tucson, AZ)
|Grandma/Grandpa or Grandma Karen/Papa
For the Grandchildren that live with us it's Grandma and Grandpa
but the other grandchildren call us Grandma Karen and Papa. I wanted
something different than what I had called my Gr-Grandparents and
Granparents so we went back to the basics.
- Karen (Muldrow, OK)
|Grandma Weeze and sometimes just "Weezie"
I love it because my mom had told me that my older brother introduced
me to the neighbors as "Weezie" when I was born and my
favorite uncle used to call me "Weezie."
- Louise (Midland Park, NJ)
My oldest grandson named me after our now deceased dog, Tippy to
define me from his Grandma Cindy.
- Diane (Wyoming, MN)
|Grandma the Betsy
My grandchildren's other grandma is named McGay. In contrast to
Grandma McGay (say it fast), I became known as Grandma The Betsy.
- Betsy (patchogue, ny)
When my grandchildren were very small, they visited us quite often.
As an educator, I often worked with them on mathematics, reading,
etc. As a result, they began to call me "Grandma Equals".
I changed it to Grandma Sonja!
Ever since my little Granddaughter, Maddie was born, one of the
pet names I called her was Punkin. One time I called her Love. She
said "No, I'm Punkin". She is now three and calls me Grandma
- Bernice (Orem, Utah)
I have 3 grandchildren living in Virginia . They have grandparents
living 2 houses away from thier house . My son asked them if they'd
like to talk to me on the phone because i live in Michigan , so
far away . They now call me Grandma Michigan .
- Lynda (Midland, Michigan)
My first-born grandchild, Joseph, started to call me this because
everytime his parents would be getting him ready to come for a visit
they would ask him if he wanted to go visit Grandma and Kit (my
pom). Which he took to be my name, Grandma Kit.
My grandchildren in arizona call me Grandma Joyce because all the
other grandma names in the family were taken and they wanted to
Some of my great-grandchildren have several grandmothers so when
I was asked what I prefer to be called by my first great-grandchild
I chose Grandma Jeanie because I like my name and I thought it would
be easy for a little child to pronounce.
- JEAN (JEANIE) (FL)
Our lil Joey is living with us and he hears his paw paw call me
honey so now I am known as Grandmaw Honey....just wonderful...hopefully
he will always think of me this way!
- Kathy (Crestview, Fl)
When we were young, my sister and I used to call my Great-grandmother
the backwards-and-warped "Grandma Grape." It stuck through
adolescence into adulthood. We shared a warm chuckle about this
in her last illness. This brings great memories. Thx
- Jeff (IN)
|Grandma from Marrs
When my oldest grandson was about 2 or so he started calling me
Grandma from Marrs (due to part of my name). The first time he said
this I just laughed and told him "honey it just seems that
way some times". My nickname stuck.
Each time we would visit our granddaughter Bekah, now 9, I would
come with an armload of picture books. Bekah would greet me at the
door with, "Grandma Books is here!" The name stuck so
it became my email address, too.
- PHYLLIS (AZ)
We call my Grandma this because of her curly hair.
- Jennifer (NV)
My 2 year old grandson called his grandparents by the name of there
animals, my cats names was dumpster. And it stuck ever since
Even though I am my grandson Collin's only grandmother,I am called
Grandma C; because my last initial didn't change even after I re-married.
So it seemed appropriate.
- Beth Ann (PA)
When my first grandaughter was born and my 1st grandson i wanted
to be called grandmommy,that lasted a short time . Now i have two
of each and they call me grandma and thats justfine!!!!
- cathy (TX)
I loved my Grandma Ida and as a mother I thought ahead to the days
when I would also be a "Grandma" and to the name I wanted
to live up to. Now that I have my grandson Riley, "Grandma"
reminds me to be a grandparent that she would be proud of.
- Christy (Sylvester, GA)
I felt I was too young to be called the typical Grandmother or NaNa.
Of course others would not agree with me (smile) so because I like
the name diva my friends started calling me GranDiva when they knew
my daughter was having a child.
- Layna (detroit, MI)
|Gramom over the hill
When my 2 year old granson answered my phone call his Mom asked
him which Gramom was on the phone. After giving it thought he said
"Gramom over the hill" since we lived just over the hill
from his family.It stuck until they moved to a new home.
(pronunced as Gig My first grandchild had difficulty saying Grandie,
so she called me Gigi, but pronounced it as "Giggee".
This is very different from the French Zee-zee (GiGi).
My sister started calling our Granmother this when she was little
and it stuck through all of the grandchildren.
- Valerie (Long Beach, CA)
We have TWO Granddaddys in our family, so I was surprised it wasn't
on the list!
My husband's nickname for his Grandmother Lucille
- Gail (Vincennes, IN)
My father's name is Bob, so when my sister was pregnant with her
fist child, the name "GrandBob" was bandied about and
caught on- with all 3 grandchildren!
- RLS (OK)
My 3 grandchildren live in the UK. Although I visit twice a year,
and phone often, the eldest kept asking where I was. Eventually
she shortened "Grandad's in America" to Grandad America.
It makes me feel like a comic book superhero.
All 20+ grandchildren called my mom's mother Gran, now that my mother
is the grandmother her grandchildren call her Gran too...
I heard of another lady with the name Fran, she had all her g.children
calling her Granny Franny, I decided Gran Fran sounded better to
me. My great nieces call me Gran Fran and I love it!
I chose "Gran" when my first grandchild was born in 1998.
Children in our family have always called the grandmother "granny,"
but since I was only 50 & didn't feel like a granny yet, I felt
"gran" could easily transition
- Cheryle (OR)
My fathers father was Gramp to us. And my nephews call my
mother Uma (or Ooma)
see either on your list so I thought Id send these in.
- Rachel Peterson (NJ)
When our daughter was pregnant with our first grandchild, I thought
long and hard about what I wanted to be called...no Grandma Kay,
Granny or Nana for me. I wanted something that would be unique for
me. I came up with Grammie. My husband is Papa. We are blessed to
have all six of our grandkids (agea 1-6) living right in the same
city as us.
- Kay (Rapid City, SD)
|Grammie & Pop
Have a 2yr granddaughter - she has Pop down and is still working
on Grammie. These were the names I called my grandparents.
- Barbara (CA)
I got a kick out of my new nickname my eldest,11,gave me. Its so
- Nancy (palos heights, il)
My 5 grandaughters call me grammy because I make them blankets and
they call them grammy-mades..i love it
I'm a very first grandma and just returned from Phoenix,seeing my
granddaughter being born. The day before I had to leave I was holding
my 11 day old granddaughter & she smiled and touched grammie's
face. What a heart melter.
- Carol (FL)
my 6 yr old grandaughter just started calling me "grammie".
I have no idea why!
- Shelley (NE)
My grandbabies fr Indiana were confused when they figured out they
had 2 gramma's, so to make each one of us special, my daughter started
them with Gramma "L" and Gramma "Betty". I love
hearing it come out of their little mouths.
- Lorna (SC)
The name of my pet. It distinguishes the other "gramma JR"
- Betty (IL)
Because my mother is also close to the kids she is Gramma Elaine
Between grands & great grands, we were running out of names.
With Baby J and his parents living with me, I have the advantage
of asking him all the time..."who's your favorite?" At
6 weeks he clearly has no favorite but it made a catchy na
- Julie (CT)
My beautiful grandchildren are lucky to have 4 grandmothers (modern
blended family) so I needed something to distinguish me from the
others. My grandson found the way. He loved my verson of Itsy Bitsy
|Grama Weezy of my 20 grandchildren the twin boys
and there father,my son inlaw gave me the nick name, I love it.
or 7 great grands so far.
Its Gramie this week but changes all the time. They are 4 and 5.
- Helen Louise Prokos
for somereason when first talking names were said twice and it stuck.
|Gra'mere or Gra'meme
Read Eleanor Roosevelt's grandson's book, "Grandmere"
when Ryan was born and since I'm his Dad's stepmother, this worked
out well for everyone !!
My oldeest grandchild started calling me gramcracker and it has
stuck she is now 21 and now my youngest grand child calls me that
at times but she says mostly just grammy and my grandson its grams
My sonâ€s stepchildren had a hard time calling
my young husband Granddaddy, but soon had a name for me. The first
time we visited them they greeted me with shouts of Gramary! My
husband was "Some guy"! -3 years later he's Granddaddy;
I'm still Gramary.
- Mary (West Melbourne, FL)
I chose it since it is easy to say, write and spell. I am retired
kindergarten teacher...can you tell?
though my granddaughter is 4 years old now and well able to say
Grandma she insists I am "Grah" and always will be!!
Our 17 year old son came up with this name. My wife is called Gi-Gi,
short for Grandma Gail and I couldn't think of a name I liked for
myself to be called.
|Gomma and Gompa
We wanted very much for our first grandchild to name us. When our
granddaughter began talking, her attempts to say "Grandma"
and "Grandpa" became "Gomma" and "Gompa".
We love our special names!
- Diane and Gary (TX)
|Gmom Rose It started out as MomMom, but as my granddaughter
grew into a teenager, that wasn't cool anymore, and one day she
introduced me to her friends as Gmom Rose, but she reverts back
went her friends aren't around
- Rose (Gloucester City, New Jersey)