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Posted on August 18, 2017 by Christine Crosby in babies, grandma, grandpa, grandparent nicknames

Creative Grandparent Nicknames

According to Cafe Mom, there are 33 Creative Grandparent Nicknames for soon-to-be-grandparents to choose from:

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  • Savta (grandma) and Saba (grandpa): An affectionate name for grandparents in Hebrew.
  • Mémère and Pépère: French and can also be shortened to mémé and pépé for a more informal title.
  • Abuela and Abuelo: The Spanish version, but can also be Abuelita and Abuelito (for extra special cuteness), or just Ita and Ito for short! Or go with Ela and Elo for another variation. Plenty of options with this one!
  • Vovó and Vovô: Pronounced (vo-vaw) and (vo-voh) and perfectly fitting for Portuguese grandparents.
  • Nonna and Nonno: Italian for Grandma and Grandpa. They’re both just Bellissimo!
  • Oma and Opa: The Dutch versions. Simple and easy to pronounce and write!
  • Busia and Dziadzia: The endearing Polish titles are pronounced “boo-shah” and “jaw-jaw”.
  • Amma and Afi: For all Icelandic grandparents (and even not), these are easy two-syllable names that are a little different but have plenty of spunk.
  • Yiayia and Pappou: The Greek titles for grandparents are perfect for whether you’re a “big, fat, Greek family” or not!
  • iStock_000009102250_MediumGrandparent Nicknames that come from the mouth’s of babes
  • “Originally, [my mother’s mother] wanted me to call her ‘Nana.’ When I was a toddler, I kept getting into things at her house and she’d tell me ‘no’ so often that I started saying ‘Na … No!’ and shaking my finger to imitate her. Somehow that morphed into ‘Nano‘ with the ‘Na-naw‘ pronunciation.” — Cafe Steph
  • “My girls call my mom Damma. It came from when my older daughter was about 2 and was trying to say ‘Grandma’ but it came out as ‘Damma.’ My mom thought it was cute and liked it, so it stuck.” — embrigmom
  • “My mom is my daughter’s ‘manga‘ and my grandma is her ‘gmanga.’ When my oldest was learning to talk, she couldn’t say grandma so it came out as manga. Whenever we (as a family) text and are talking about my grandma, we would use ‘gma,’ so she became gmanga for my daughter since it’s her great grandma. She’s 4 now and it’s just stuck.” — jacsmama022
  • “My kids call my mom Grams, but they call my step-dad King. It started when my eldest was born (she was the first grandbaby). My step-dad would talk about how she was his princess and he was the king and they would rule the house. It evolved into being his name as far as my girls are concerned.” FallMama
  • Nana and Papa: Two identical syllables that make it easy to pronounce for a growing toddler.
  • MomMom and PopPop: Same as above, but extra extra emphasis on the second syllable.
  • MawMaw and PawPaw: Similar idea, but this one is more popular in Southern states.
  • Grammy and Grampy: A casual version of “Grandma” and “Grandpa” that makes it easier for kids to say.
  • Gigi and Pops: Pronounced “gee-gee,” the two are another fun and easy peasy way to address the grandparents.

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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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