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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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Nanny
When my Granddaughter was a baby, she just began calling me Nanny. I liked that very much, and now both grandchildren call me Nanny. I am also referred to as Nanny to my children’s cats and dog. Debra, Salisbury, MA

Nonna
I wanted something different than what other grandmothers in the family had, so I searched the internet and found "Nonna" - which is Italian for grandmother. Being half Italian myself and having raised my children on lots of Italian cooking, this seemed perfect. Plus - whenever my grandchildren heard the end of "Hey Jude," they thought the "Na na na's" were about me!
- Nancy Beckhorn

Nama
For my own children we used two diffenet sets of name for grandparents so each had their own identity. We followed suit and I took after my mother and our little one calls me
"my nana".
- Yvonne (Huber Heights, Ohio)
NamaHun and GrandpaDear
My daughter started calling my mom and dad these names becouse she would hear them call each other hun and dear.
- Michelle
Nama-Jo
All other Grandparents in our family are named Grandma Z, Grand-Pa Kurt,or Great Grand-Mother Ruth. Mine was shortened by my 4-year-old Grandson Joey to "Nama", or Nama-Jo.
- Jo-Ann
Nana
I wanted to be called Nana by my grandchildren. I have four wonderful grandchildren and even the youngest one age 14 months can say Nana.
- Jeanette
Nana Nana
This what we called our maternal grandmother. Out of respect for my Nana I wanted to be called Nana.
- Peggy (Pleasanton, CA)
Nana
Since I'm not DNA related and there was another grandma, we chose the Italian name for grandma - Nana. My husband called his grandmother "Nana" and this distinquishes me from the other grandparent, who is not involved with these beautiful children.
- Anne (CA)
Nana Mamas
My daughter and son-in-law have called me Mamas and so now that they have an 8 month old baby boy (Nico) I'm called Nana Mamas. Months from now we will see what Nico will actually call me. I'm looking forward to hearing his little voice.
- Marta (Aguanga, California)
Nana or Grandma Nana
My first grandson learned how to say Nana early on. It was easy for him and since my name is Nancy I thought that would be fine. Now they are older they sometimes call me Grandma Nana.
- Nancy (Cypress, CA)
NanaBanana
I loved baby food bananas so much I would feed my baby first and when i thought no one was looking i would steal one.
- Pamelia west (AR)
Nana-boo and Popi
My parents are called this by my neices and nephews. When I have kids this is what they will be called. I think it is so cute.
- Jessica
Nanalin
My stepson came into my life when he was 2 and just started calling me Mamalin. Now his precious daughter Ivy calls me Nanalin and I love it! Another grandchild calls me a combined form of Grammy and Nana Nammy.
- Linda (Garland, ME)
Nanee
I chose "Nanee" because it spells "Neena" backwords which is Italian for grandmother.
- Carol
Nanna by the Seaside
I live some distance away from my grandchidren and am known as Nanna by the seaside for obvious reasons. His other grandmother is known as Nanna in the country.
- Patricia
Nannah
My mother's name is Hannah. Though she is now in heaven, she loved her two grandsons very much and would be so happy with her great grandchildren. So, in her honor and memory, I'm called Nannah and my husband, Granddad!
- Sue Ann
NaNo
My Grandchildren have a few grandmothers so I took the Na (which stands for Nana) and the No (which stands for Nova) and created NaNo, so they could identify me individually.
- Nova (Havertown, Pennsylvania)
Nanoi
I wanted to be called Nonnie,but my first grandson wanted me to be called Nanoi. He was 1 1/2 years old. He kept saying Nanoi my daughter said no Nonnie, by the third time he put his hands on his hips with a stern look on his face and said Nanoi.
- Debra (Taft, CA)
Nappy
I carefully instructed my family to call me "abuela" so my grandson would learn to call me abuela too. But because my primary function (he decided) was to read to him before bed and naps he began calling me "Nappy!"
- Sharon (Anderson, IN)
Nea-Nea
Our son had a beautiful plaque made, "The best grandparents in the world live here Oma and Opa". Our granddaughter, decided to call us Nea-Nea, and Pa. I worked with her, "say Oma, Oma", and she would say, "Nea-Nea! So it stuck, and I love it!
- Debra (Murfreesboro, TN)
Neema
My 1st grandson gave me my special name. He and his brother continue to call me Neema. It's very special to me. I have it on the license plates of my car. One of the two youngest grandsons calls me Nana. Whatever they call me is "special".
- Lynn
Neena
My best friend from Junior High had grandchildren first and she was Neena. She told me that was what I should be and I liked it. First grandchild called me Heen at first but it evolved into Neena. We are now awaiting the birth of our 3rd in April.
- Doris (TX)
Nina
My first son could not pronounce my name right which is Tina so he called me Nina for a while as a child. It has meaning and it younger sounding.
- Tina (TX)
Ninny
I have 6 grand children. When the oldest was starting to talk, I think she tried to say Nanny and Ninny came out but it stuck and they all call me that. My grandchildren are ages 13, 10 1/2, 8, 4 1/2, 4, and 2.
- Stephanie
Non
My 13 & 15 year old grandchildren cut "Nanni" short by just saying "Non".
- Barbara (OH)
Nona
My grandaughter is my precious-angel. The light of my life. I love viewing the world through her eyes. Everything is brand new and she is in awe of everything. Her curiousity and honesty is refreshing. She lives with me now.What a joy.
- Patricia
Noni
All but one of my grandchildren call me by this name. My youngest, my grandson, thought it much to complicated and shortened it to just "Non"
- Sharyn (Ellicott City, MD)
Nonna
I am second generation, full-blooded Italian. My grandmother was nonna and my mother was nonna to my boys. I chose "Nonna" to carry on a reminder of Italian heritage to my now multi-nationality family.
- Dee
Nonny
My mom wanted her grandchildren to call her "Nana". Jessica, my first grandchild, started calling her Nonny from the start. Now, 7 grandchildren, 6 greatachildren and a vast extended family later, she's still our Nonny.
- Kathy (Spring Hill, FL)
Nushka
My grandma name will be Nushka. just found out my daughter is pregnant & will deliver in January 2010. I'm not sure if there's an origin for the name Nushka, but it almost sounds like German.
- Tonya (Jamaica, New York)
Nunnie
My grandchildren are teenagers and still call me Nunnie.
- Ilene
More GRANDparent Names We Heard:
Nagga
Nama
NamaHun
Nan'a
Nana
Nana dad
NanaBanana
Nana-boo
Nanalin
Nanee
Nanie
Nannie
Nanna
Nannah
Nanni
Nannie
Nanny
Na-No
Nano
Nanoi
Nappy
Nea
Nea-Mea
Nee Nee
Neema
Neena
Nena
Nina
Nini
Ninny
Nita
Non
Nona
Noni
Nonna
Nonni
Nonnie
Nonny
Nornee
Nunner
Nunnie
Nushka