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
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!
... is my grandmother knick name. I didnt want to have the
everyday Nana or Grammy name that others had. I am their Moms
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
at 2 months old. I even have a few T-shirts that say
#1 Mom Mom.
- Mom Mom, Jane Renner
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)
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
- 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
That's what my first grandchild called me but its better than poopa
that they call my husband.
- Patricia (Mesa, Arizona)
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)
My sons lke to call me by my first name and this rhymes so it fits
Just her version of Gramma.
- Susan (North Adams, MA)
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.
"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".
I could not say Grandma so Mammaw came out and that is what she
has been called ever since.
- Jacquie (PA)
We call my husband's parents "Mammie & Pop". I like
the "ie" version.
- Julie S
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.
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.
My grandson is 5 and has always called me Mamo. I have a 3-year-old
niece who calls me Mamo also.
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."
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)
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.
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)
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
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.
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!
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.
That's what my baby cousin calls her grandmother.
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.
It's a little bit of Mee-Mee and a little of Mommy.
- Tammy (FL)
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)
I was supposed to be grammom but my first grandchild said Mee-mom
& it stuck.
|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)
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)
It's short for mommie. Memma is mommie backwards.
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)
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.
My granddaughter called me Meme when she started talking but everyone
got mad because she called me meme.
It started out Gramme but since they could not say it, MeMe it was,
and sometimes Meem's for short.
- Shirley (Eldersburg, MD)
This is French for grandmother. My husband is pepere. My mom-in-law
|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)
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)
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.
My grandson could not pronounce Grandmere so he calls me Mer Mer.
My stepchildren call my mom Mi Ma, adding a touch of their native
Spanish to her aleady existing nickname of MeeMaw.
- Glenda (FL)
We were trying to decide what my first grandson would call me, and
my mother gave us the name of 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)
I'm still relatively young, so we don't use the 'G' word!
- Holly (Maryville, TN)
I'm Mimi and my darling husband is called "Poppy" by our
three gorgeous granddaughters. We are very proud of them and our
- Joyce (NC)
I wanted to be called Mimi,but my grandchild renamed me-which I
like even better.
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
- Missi (LA)
When I was a baby, this was my mother's baby-talk version of "Melinda"
and I thought it a preferable alternative to "Grandma"!
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)
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
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)
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)
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.
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.
|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!
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)
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)
My two littlest ones call me "momo."
- Lisa (League City, TX)
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)
I couldn't say grandma so I called her monkey.
|Moomaw My first gtandson gave me this name. I love
it and him dearly!!
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.
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 means "mother's Mother" in Norwegian. My three
daughters have a total of 12 children. I am their MorMor.
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
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)
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.
|More GRANDparent Names We Heard:
Maga - Laurel (IN)
Memaw - Jerri