GRANDparent Names – A Matched Set
When you are informed that you’re going to be a grandparent, your first thoughts are all over the place, right? Will my daughter (daughter-in-law) be healthy and have a healthy baby? Can the parents afford to have a baby? When and where will the baby be born? What can I do to help? Yikes! Aren’t I too young to be a grandparent! Who can I tell? etc., etc. However, the BIG question is, what will be my grandparent name?
Today’s grandparents are seeking unique and fun names. So while “grandma” and “grandpa” are all well and good, they are not hesitant to break tradition and get inspiration from other customs and cultures. If you are real creative invent your own!
According to The Good Stuff, some grandparent names are the result of happenstance, while others are borrowed from other cultures and languages. Whether you’re a grandparent or parent of a grandchild, you might be inspired to adopt one of these new names for grandma and grandpa as your own.
First of all, if your heritage is a big thing in your family, you may want to consider the grandparent name of your culture. I’m part French, so I selected Grandmere. Coincidentally, my first grandchild’s name was French, so that was a no-brainer for me.
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A Quick Guide to Grandparent Names in Other Languages
|Japanese||O baachan||O jiichan|
|Hawaiian||Kuku wahine (or Tutu)||Kuku kane (or Tutu)|
Baba & Gigi – The Ukrainian names for grandparents
Yaya & Pappoús – Greek for grandparents
Nana & Papa
Mawmaw & Pawpaw -Popular in the south and are Cajun in origin
Savta & Saba – Hebrew for grandma and grandpa
Geema & Geepa
Bomma & Bonpa – Flemish words that originate from French and Dutch, meaning “good dad” and “good mom.”
Nonna & Nonno – Italian words for grandma and grandpa The term for both grandparents is “nonni.”
Mormor & Morfar (or Farmor & Farfar) – Swedish for grandparents are practical, distinguishing between sides of the family. “Mormor” literally translates to “mother’s mother,” while “morfar” is “mother’s father”
Oma & Opa – German origin
Amma & Afi – What the children in Iceland call their grandparents
Lola & Lolo – In the Philippines commonly name for the grandparents
Meme & Pepaw – Very popular in the southern United States
Ouma & Oupa – An Afrikaans terms for grandparents
Gramms & Gram
Nai Nai & Ye Ye (or Lao Ye & Lao Lao) – In the Asian culture these names are practical. They distinguishing between sides of the family. Nai nai and ye ye are used for paternal grandparents, while lao ye and lao lao are used for maternal grandparents.
Banma & Banpa – No specific origin
Busia & Dziadzia – Polish for grandparents “dziadzia” is pronounced “jah–jah”
Mémé & Pépé – French – Shortened versions for Grandmere and Grandpere
Lolly & Pop
Memere & Pepere
Grammie & Grampy
Mimi & Grumpa
Ma & Gompa
Dumpy & Dodo
Lovey & Sweetie
FOR MORE GRANDPARENT NAMES
What Do Your Grandkids call you?
What Will Be Your Grandparent Name?