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Sometimes we get to decide our GRANDparent names. More often, an infant or toddler decides what we will be called for the rest our lives.

We have listed Grandparent nicknames submitted by GRAND readers. Click on any of the above letters to see some of the many G-parent names

Plus, you can submit yours as well. Briefly, tell us, how your nickname came to be
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Mita
I was 41 when my first grandson was born, and I did NOT want to be called "Grandma." I heard a Cuban friend of mine being called "Mita" by her granddaughter, and she told me it mean's "little mama" or it's an affectionate term for "hot mama." Either way, I decided to borrow it. When my g'son was in kindergarten, he was asked something about his "grandma" and he didn't even know who the teacher was talking about! lol
Ma & Pa
My Mom was called Ma, so my grandchildren call us Ma and Pa....so cute! Reminds us of Ma and Pa Kettle the TV show years ago!
- Cheryl
Mom Mom
... is my grandmother knick name. I didn’t want to have the everyday Nana or Grammy name that others had. I am their Mom’s Mom, therefore I am Mom Mom and all 8 of my grandchildren call me that, from the oldest at 21 to the youngest…when he learns to talk…at 2 months old. I even have a few T-shirts that say #1 Mom Mom.
- Mom Mom, Jane Renner
Mama
It all started with my 10-year-old grandaughter. I was 50 years old and felt too young to be a grandma so they started to call me Mama. They all know that is my name.
- Karen (Euclid, ohio)
Mama Dee
My mother did not want to be a grandma or granny since she was still young and the names just didn't fit her. My mother's name is Deanna and her nickname was Dee so she came up with Mama Dee. We all love it.
- Nancy (NM)
Mama Mary and Fi Fi
These were my grandparents nicknames. Mama Mary obviously stemmed from Mary, (though it eventually was pronounced "Ma-Mary", and my aunt (only 8 years my senior) called my grandfather DaDa, which I so aptly pronounced "Fa Fa", and eventually evolved into Fi Fi.
- Mary and Clint
Mamaw
That's what my first grandchild called me but its better than poopa that they call my husband.
- Patricia (Mesa, Arizona)
Mamie
Thanks to blended families and long lives, all the usual grand names were being used by our grandsons' other 11 grandparents, so I came up with "Mamie." My husband let the babies pick for him and he ended up being "Poopah"!
- Debbie (TX)
Mamie
My sons lke to call me by my first name and this rhymes so it fits well.
- Amy
Mamma
Just her version of Gramma.
- Susan (North Adams, MA)
Mamma
When my granddaughter tried to say grandma it came out mamma. My husband and I said we would be called by the name she first said. His is Oompa.
- Roseann
Mam-Mam
"Mam-Mam" is what came out of her mouth when the first great-grand started talking, and she couldn't pronounce "Mamaw". "Mam-Mam" is now the name by which my mother in law is called by the "greats". She is still "Mamaw" to the "grands".
- Sharon
Mammaw
I could not say Grandma so Mammaw came out and that is what she has been called ever since.
- Jacquie (PA)
Mammie
We call my husband's parents "Mammie & Pop". I like the "ie" version.
- Julie S
Mamo
My grandson is 5, he has called me Mamo since he was a baby. He even has my little niece Emily calling me mamo. It's adorable.
- Celia
Mamo
My son loved so much and anything to do with Irish heritage. We were told that mamo was a short for grandma in Ireland. The little ones say it's easy. Pa Pa for grandfather.
- Christy
Mamo
My grandson is 5 and has always called me Mamo. I have a 3-year-old niece who calls me Mamo also.
- Celia
Mamoy
This was my beloved grandmother's nickname. She lived in Alabama, and this was the result of a two-year-old's attempt to say "mamaw."
- Beth
Mams
Our precious grandbug lived with us from 6-months to 4 years. Mams was a combo of Mom (which she heard her Mom call me) Grams which was how her mom referred to me with her. When my Daughter remarried a man with 4 kids and they all called me Mams.
- Cris (WI)
Manna
Our 23 month old Grandson Joshua, calls me Mom most of the time. We try to get him to say Grandma but it comes out Manna. He can say Grandpa but prefers to call Grandpa "Papa". He's our pride and joy.
- Lorraine
Mar Mar
It started out to be "Marmee" (from 'Little Women'), but it sounded too much like "Mommy", so my first grandchild started saying 'Mar-Mar' ... and it stuck! Now I'm 'MarMar' to all six of my grandchildren!
- Karen (IN)
Marsha
One set calls me "Nannie" and the other two call me "Nonnie".
- Marsha (laurel, MD)
Ma's and Pa's
We are raising our beautiful Granddaughter and she calls us Ma's and Pa's.
Mawmaw
I have 5 grandkids 4 girls and 1 boy but there are 3 sets of grandparents, so the kids picked this for me and PawPaw for my husband.
-Lucy (AL)
Mawmine Mawmine
My wonderful grandson started calling me this around 2 years of age. He never called me anything before then. None of the family can figure out where he got it from since I was always referred to as Grandma. But I love it! It's unique & creative!
- Shar
May-May
I was Grandma with Brenna and Abree, but went Tovi came along she gave me a new name of May-May and I love it!!!
- Lori (KS)
MeeMa & PeePa
My grandson Trentino calls us this and we just love it. I have another grandchild on the way.
- Roseann
MeeMaw
That's what my baby cousin calls her grandmother.
- Chae
MeeMaw
It's the nickname my daughters call my mother. My oldest tried to say Grandmaw but it sounded like MeeMaw and it stuck. My youngest daughter is expecting my first grandbaby and I'm considering Mere from the French word Grandmere.
- Claire
Mee-Maw
It's a little bit of Mee-Mee and a little of Mommy.
- Tammy (FL)
MeeMe
My grandson started calling me Grammy but he couldn't say it so now he calls me MeeMe and my daughter made up the spelling.
- Byrla (FL)
Mee-mom
I was supposed to be grammom but my first grandchild said Mee-mom & it stuck.
- Carole
Mem & Pep
Hoping to make it a little easier for our grandchildren by using the short version of Memere & Pepere. There are 2 sets of great-grandparents who are already referred to as Memere & Pepere.
- Diane (Manchester, NH)
Mema
It just happened I am not sure why but I love it. I even have a personalized license plate on my car 4UMEMA how cool is that.
- Rebecca (Strasburg, OH)
Mema & Bigdaddy
My grandmother was Italian and was called Mema while my grandfather was called Bigdaddy which was his father's grandname.
- Nancy (NM)
Mema and Papa
My first grandson at age 2 could not say Grandma. He named me Mema and my husband was always Papa. They never tried to say Grandpa. The other grandparents wanted Grand Mom and Grand Dad. Now they are "San Mom" and Grand Dad. That is what stuck.
- Karen (Carrollton, TX)
Mema and Papa
My wife came from a background that Mema or Memaw meant Grandma. The grandkids form our youngest and our second oldest are the only ones that call us that. To the other two set we are grandma and grandpa. She has passed but she still is Mema to us all
- Paul (FL)
Mema
It's short for mommie. Memma is mommie backwards.
-Charlene
Memae
Our goal when we were Grandparents-To-Be was to find a grandparent name that suited us, and to limit any confusion, not to duplicate any signature names that family members already went by. We're now & forever Memae' & Pepae.'
- Yvonne (Anson, ME)
Memama
This was for my paternal grandmother when I was pre-adolescent. I was the first grandchild. Later on, my cousins just called her "Grandmama," so I eventually followed. But my father always affectionately called her "Memama" in reference to her grandparent status, so she must have liked the nickname.
- Martin
Meme
My granddaughter called me Meme when she started talking but everyone got mad because she called me meme.
- cathy
MeMe
It started out Gramme but since they could not say it, MeMe it was, and sometimes Meem's for short.
- Shirley (Eldersburg, MD)
Memere
This is French for grandmother. My husband is pepere. My mom-in-law is granmemere.
- Marion
Memere and Papa
In French Canadian families the names would be Memere and Pepere, put my father is still alive, so we changed it to Papa.
- MaryAnn and Gary (RI)
Memon
My grandmother was called Monmom. Dont ask me why because I do not know. My mother's grandchildren called her Meme. So I put the 2 together and came up with Memon and I love it.
- Regina (Ga)
Meow
When the oldest of my great-grandparents was just learning to talk, he would point at our cat & I'd say 'Meow' and he just started calling me 'Meow'. When his siblings were born, they followed suit.
- Elaine
Mer Mer
My grandson could not pronounce Grandmere so he calls me Mer Mer.
- Christine
Mi Ma
My stepchildren call my mom Mi Ma, adding a touch of their native Spanish to her aleady existing nickname of MeeMaw.
- Glenda (FL)
MiMi
We were trying to decide what my first grandson would call me, and my mother gave us the name of MiMi.
- Diane
Mimi
Before my first Grandchild could speak in sentences she would face me and outstretch her arms to me and say, "Me-Me!" That just stuck, and I became Mimi, and now all my grandchildren and some friends call me Mimi.
- Patty (IA)
MiMi
I'm still relatively young, so we don't use the 'G' word!
- Holly (Maryville, TN)
Mimi
I'm Mimi and my darling husband is called "Poppy" by our three gorgeous granddaughters. We are very proud of them and our nicknames.
- Joyce (NC)
Mimimomma
I wanted to be called Mimi,but my grandchild renamed me-which I like even better.
- Shirley
Mimmi
My nephew couldn't say Missi when he was little, it came out Mimmi. All my nieces and nephews picked it up. Now my granddaughter calls me that too. But, since she is the only one, she could call me anything she wants!
- Missi (LA)
Minna
When I was a baby, this was my mother's baby-talk version of "Melinda" and I thought it a preferable alternative to "Grandma"!
- Melinda
Minnie
Before the birth of my first Grandaughter I had a dream that my babygirl mouthed "I Love you Minnie!" When she was born my son and daughter-in-love presented her to me and introduced me as "Minnie!" The word endears in my heart.
- Connie (FL)
Mmmmma & Ooompa
Our 2 year grandson Gabriel has called us these names for a bit now. I'm thinking it's going to stick. He's so wonderful we will answer to anything he calls us.
- Veronica & Jerry (MA)
Mom
Since I'm "Mom" to both his parents and my younger children as well, my grandson J.T. jumped on the bandwagon. He refers to my daughter as Mommy. It really keeps you young having a 3 year old refer to you as Mom, especially in public!
- Cary nocedo
Mom Mom
My beautiful 2-year-old granddaughter calls me Mom Mom. I started calling myself Grandma to her, but she came up with Mom Mom. I love it when she says, " Hi Mom Mom!"
- Cecile (New Martinsville, WV)
Mom Squared
My eldest grandson called me mom-mom for many years. When he was about seven he learned of square roots. Thus, mom-mom became mom with a little two above it for mom to the second power. He started calling me "mom-squared."
- Mary (Chuluota, FL)
Momgram
My first Grandson was told I was Grandma. However he came up with a new idea at the age of two and it has stuck.
- Rhonda
Mommaw
I referred to myself as Gamma or Gramma. Then one day while i was driving and talking to my grandson he called me Mommaw on his own. It was the most beautiful sound I had heard since Mommy.
- Vickie
Mommom & Poppop
It is a long traditon on the eastern shore of maryland to call your grandparents mommom & poppop. My grankids call me & my husband that, I called both sets of mine by that & both of my parents called their grandparents that as well, and so on!
- Pamela
Mommy
My beautiful little darling Spencer is a military child. He has lived with me 26 months out of 34 months of his life. Both parents are Navy, and sadly, the military keeps deploying them out at the same time. He knows me as his mommy.
- Dottie (Glendora, CA)
Mommyenna
We called my grandmother "Mommyenna", which over the years was shortend to "Momena". My brother started that name after he picked on the my great aunts calling her "Enna". He just added the Mommy part. We adored her.
- Kathy (Spring Hill, FL)
Momo
My two littlest ones call me "momo."
- Lisa (League City, TX)
Mona
When my daughter told us she was pregnant, she thought I was too young to be called grandma so she asked if it would be alright to be called Mona, she says means friend!.
- Carol (Saint Charles, IL)
Monkey
I couldn't say grandma so I called her monkey.
- Jamie
Moomaw My first gtandson gave me this name. I love it and him dearly!!
- Rebel
Moon
My three-year-old grand daughter calls me Moon. I love the name and know that long after I'm gone, she will see the moon at night and know that I will forever be watching down over her.
- Stewart
More Momma
My 2-year-old granddaughter calls her Great Grandmother - more momma - her mother named her grandmother 'momma' and when grandmother became great she added the 'more' to 'momma'.
- Barbara (CA)
Mormor
Mormor means "mother's Mother" in Norwegian. My three daughters have a total of 12 children. I am their MorMor.
- RuthAnn
Motu
I picked this out and it has a secret meaning,but my daughter, son-in-law and 3 year-old granddaughter do not know what it stands for. I told my daughter that I would share it with my granddaughter when she was old enough to ask me about it.
- Merri Hutchison
Mumsie
I first heard the name Mumsie when a wonderful grandmother I worked with used it as her name that her grandbabies called her. Now that I will be a Grandmom any day I plan to use it too. I believe it is English eventhough I am Irish I just love it!
- Josephine (PA)
Mye
I have 3 grandsons and the name Mye has been passed down from the oldest 8, to the next 5 the to the baby 2..it comes from separating mom and gramma, thus Mye. I absolutely love it.
- Patricia
More GRANDparent Names We Heard:
Ma
Maga - Laurel (IN)
Mama
Mamaw
Mamie
Mamma
Mammah
Mam-Mam
MamMaw
Mammie
Mammy
Mamo
Mamoo
Mamoy
Mams
Manna
Mar Mar
Marmee
Marnie
Mawmaw
Mawmine
May-May
Me Maw
MeeMaw
MeeMe
Mee-mom
Mema
Memae
Memama
Memaw - Jerri
MeMe
Memere
Memme
Memmie
Memo
MeMom
Memommy
Memon
Meow
Mer Mer
Mi Ma
MiMi
Mimimomma
Mimmi
Minna
Minnie
Mmmmma
Mo
Mom
Mom Mom
Mom-squared
Momgram
Mommaw
Mommie
Mom-Mom
Mommom
MomMom Poopsie
Mommy
Momo
Mona
Monkey
Moomaw
Moo-Moo
Moon
More Momma
Mormo
Motu
Mummo
Mummum
Mum-Mum
Mumsie
Mup-mup
Mye