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A Fun Quiz to Help You Choose Your Perfect Grandma Name

By Cathy Livingstone  |  Every grandmother is unique. So why shouldn’t your “grandma name” reflect your personal style? This fun quiz will help you choose a grandma name that fits you to a T.  |

Traditional grandma

The Grandma Name Game

For each question, choose the one answer that best describes you. Jot down your answers. When you’re done taking the quiz, check out the Answer Key, below, for a few grandma names that might suit you. 

Which type of vehicle do you drive?

A) Convertible or sports car

B) SUV or station wagon

C) Hybrid, Toyota Camry, or Volvo

D) Cadillac, Buick, or 4-door sedan

What do your best friends say is your strongest sense?

A) Sense of style

B) Sense of responsibility

C) Sense of humor

D) Sense of direction

gardening grandmaWhat do you usually do in your leisure time?

A) Play Bunko, lunch with friends, or do yoga

B) Shop, garden, or jog

C) Volunteer, meditate or walk

D) Knit, craft, or read



What is your everyday dress style?

A) Sexy or sporty

B) Preppy or dressy

C) Jeans, vintage, or “gently worn”

D) Conservative or comfy with elastic waists

What is your favorite vacation?

exercising grandmaA) Tropical beach or health spa

B) Downhill skiing or camping & hiking

C) Bed & breakfast, arts & crafts fair

D) Sight-seeing and wine-tasting in Europe

When did you last see a movie in a theater?

A) Within the last month

B) Last year

C) Not in this decade

D) With my first boyfriend

career grandmaWhich style of shoes is your favorite?

A) High heels, hot off the runway

B) Sneakers

C) Clogs or flip-flops

D) Easy Spirit or “sensible”

What would you do at an amusement park?

A) Skip the rides and go directly to the karaoke

B) Ride the Ferris wheel because you like to be up high

C) Shoot the ducks for a prize

D) Enjoy the carousel ride only

Hippie grandmaWhich song would you sing in a music competition?

A) “Good Vibrations”

B) “Born in the USA”

C) “We All Live in a Yellow Submarine”

D) “Over the Rainbow”

Who would you play in the movie of your life?

A) Raquel Welsh

B) Martha Stewart

C) Whoopi Goldberg

D) Barbara Bush

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Answer Key

shopping grandmaMostly A: You are social, outgoing, and a born leader. Possible grandmother names: Bibi, Dede, Gigi, Mimi, or Glamma.

Mostly B: You are active, adventurous, and enjoy the outdoors. Possible grandmother names: Birdie, Bubbe, Coco, Galini, or Vovo.

Mostly C: You are a comedian who loves telling stories and cheering people up. Possible grandmother names: DaMa, Manita, Sassy, Snookie, or Toot.

Mostly D: You are serious, trustworthy, and a peacemaker among family and friends. Possible grandmother names: Gram, Lilly, Nana, Nonna, or Vela.

Cathy Livingstone author


Excerpted and adapted from Bubbe, Mimi & Gigi: The Best Grandmother Name Book Ever, by Cathy Livingstone.


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Christine Crosby

About the author

Christine is the co-founder and editorial director for GRAND Magazine. She is the grandmother of five and great-grandmom (aka Grandmere) to one. She makes her home in St. Petersburg, Florida.

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