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
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 childrens cats and dog.
Debra, Salisbury, MA
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
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
- 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.
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.
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.
This what we called our maternal grandmother. Out of respect for
my Nana I wanted to be called Nana.
- Peggy (Pleasanton, CA)
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)
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)
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.
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
- Linda (Garland, ME)
I chose "Nanee" because it spells "Neena" backwords
which is Italian for grandmother.
|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.
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
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)
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)
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)
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)
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".
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)
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
- Tina (TX)
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.
My 13 & 15 year old grandchildren cut "Nanni" short
by just saying "Non".
- Barbara (OH)
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.
All but one of my grandchildren call me by this name. My youngest,
my grandson, thought it much to complicated and shortened it to
- Sharyn (Ellicott City, MD)
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
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)
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)
My grandchildren are teenagers and still call me Nunnie.
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