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
Our family originates from Germany, and I emigrated to the US in
the 60's. Somehow, having my grandchildren call me "Oma"
(which means Grandma in German) helps connect us all with our heritage.
It's a special thing.
- Erna Schikschnus (IL)
I thought GrandMommy would be nice, but Ashlynn came along &
she calls me 'Ommy'. How precious when they come up with their own
version of GrandMommy!!
- Sherryl (FL)
Although my "little professor" grandson at age 2 can Enunciate
$5 words he insists on using his own special name for me. I am "Nonna
"a full blooded Italian American Grandma to the other 9 grandbabies!
- Dena-Nonna Grandma! (Sedalia, CO)
First time my granddaughter said grandpa it came out Oompa so I
My three teenage grandsons love to play football, baseball and workout.
They always (gently) include me in their activities and because
I participate - they proudly gave me my new nickname!
My granddaughters saw their grandmothers together most of the time.
So, depending on which grandmother they were speaking to first,
the second grandma was always "Other Grandma" They kept
it straight in their minds but the grownups seldom did.
- Kathy (CT)
No amount of coaxing my first grandchild produced a name for me.
As we walked together one day, an exuberant older woman at church
greeted me "hiya Wee-zee!" Immediately, Ainsley christened
me and have remained so named for my grandchildren.
- Louise (Lackawanna, NY)
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My step grandson started calling me grandpa till he met my father.
Since then he calls me Pa and calls my father Grandpapa and my mother
My husband's grandfather was named "PamPa."
- Eva (Bakersfield, CA)
|Pankra and Panka
Somehow the word grandpa came out of my mouth as Pankra and grandma
came out as Panka. That's what I called them the first three years
of my life. Now, I'm 11 and still do every now and then to make
My grandson,who is now 6, was confused when talking about his Papas.
He would always ask "which one?" So he started calling
me Papa Charlie and his other Papa is Papa Alec.
Since grandma and grandpa were already taken,by her husbands parents.
Some latino friends convinced me that in Spanish, papi meant lively
and youthful. Whenever I'm called papi, I chuckle since I know it
refers to young and not elderly.
- Norman (webster, ma)
Sometimes we pronounced it Pappaw and sometimes PawPaw. He taught
me an old song about "picking up paw paws - put em in your
pocket' which would start me giggling that he wouldn't fit in my
pocket! My grandmother was Mammaw so I guess Pappaw fit.
My husband was determined that he would only be called Grandpa.
We kept saying Grandpa to our Gandson and as he began to talk it
went from pazs to Pazzi ! My Husband loves it.
- Blair (Toms River, NJ)
While pregnant with Vinnie, my dad said he would call my son "wiener"(Vienna
Weiners)He wished to be called Grampee. My son used the last syllable
and doubled it. Pee-Pee, Serves him right! My mom is called Me-Me.
- Keri (OH)
The other grandparents have the "grand" title and my better
half is MeeMaw. I think our son and daughter conspired for this
title. I sign notes with a capital P and a paw stamp.
- Pete (San Antonio, TX)
Instead of calling me Grandpa my grandson Jonathan started to cal
me Pie. We love it! Ozzie from Connecticut.
- Ozzie Spezzano
Actually, my dear husband is now known as "Pops". My grandbabies
call me "Mimi" (which is way better than Grandma) but
my husband didn't see the humor in the "matching" Pipi
name. So we call him Pops, after my own grandfather.
- Kathy (Spring Hill, FL)
Where our son came up with this for my Dad I haven't a clue, "pom-pom"
always called his grandson, my little guy.
- Jan (MT)
I don't know how it happened, but I'm "Poopah" to our
grandsons. Actually, I prefer "Grand Poopah!"
- Gary (TX)
This is what my daughter and her cousins called their Grandfather,
so this is also what my daughter taught my grandbaby to call me
and I wouldn't have it any other way.
My grandpa was my best friend. When I was a kid my uncle would call
him pop an my grandma would call him pete. Cause his name is Pedr.
So I guess I put the two together and got popete. My 2 cousins call
him popete too.
My boys called my stepdad Pops. But when my daughter was about 2
we went to visit and she ran up to my stepdad hollering "Popeye,
Popeye." He has been Popeye ever since and my daughter is now
My grandson, Caleb, had a hearing loss that caused a speech delay.
When he finally began talking some words came out unclear or in
reverse order.I am now called "PopGA" thanks to our dear
- George (FL)
All 5 grandkids call me this.
- Norman (KY)
Our first grandchild, Kimberly, attempted talking early and in trying
to enunciate "grandpa", came up with "Poppo".
It never changed to grandpa. All the grandchildren followed suit.
- Tom (MI)
We have found over the years that our childrens' and grandchildrens'
mis-pronounciations become part of our "family" vocabulary.
- Warren (PA)
My father was going to have the grandchildren call him Pappy, though
my nephew had trouble with this pronunciation, hence, "Poppy".
My 11 year old niece calls my father papa so when my 3-year-old
son started speaking we tried to teach him papa, it came out as
Popup and that's been his name ever since.
When my grandson was very young, grandma sounded like "puma"
coming from his little mouth and that is what he still calls me.
It's so cute and different and we are all so used to it, I'm just
My oldest granddaughter started calling me Pumpkin at a very early
age...we are not sure why...but it stuck. When Abigail was very
small I made her a dress. A friend ask her if grandma made it for
her. She replied, "No, my pumpkin did."
- Betty Jo
When my Granddaughters went to to my mother-inlaw's house, it just
happened to be Halloween and she was harvesting the seeds from a
large pumpklin to bake in the oven. Ever since, she has been Grandma
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