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My son and his wife just found out they are pregnant. Yay! I've been wanting to become a grandmother for such a long time that I am over the moon excited. Now to decide what I want to be called. What are the different names out there for grandmother?

 

I can't wait for them to tell my parents on Sunday. I think my dad my explode.  :lol:

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My mother is Nana and MIL is Mimi. Neither wanted a traditional "Grandma" or some such... although around here, names like Ma-maw still predominate. Don't think I ever see myself as Ma-maw!

 

I called my grandmother Gigi (pronounced with a hard 'g') because I couldn't say her preferred name, "Granny."

 

Congratulations!!!!!!!

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My kids have a Grandma & an Oma.

 

I had a Mema & a Grandmother.

 

Congrats!

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I know a couple that go by Honey. 

 

A few that are variations on their name, like Jojo and RaeRae. 

 

Gigi (gee gee)

 

Mawmaw

 

Mimi (mimmy) 

 

Granny 

 

 

 

 

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My mom is Grammy, while MIL is Nina. (short i, matches the main vowel sound in her name.)

 

One of my friends is Honey. First grandchild heard my friend's dh call her "Honey" and it stuck.

 

Others in our family: Gran, Meema.

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My mom planned to be called Gramma; that is what I had called my grandmother.  Then my oldest (and subsequently the next three children) had a severe speech delay.  None of them even said Mama until they were almost 2, and they couldn't even approximate Gramma until they were approaching 4.  When my oldest started spontaneously saying Nana when he was not quite 3, my mother was over the moon, and perfectly happy to go by that name.  Shortly thereafter, my father was dubbed Papa.

 

My in-laws call themselves Gramma and Grampa, but even now only my oldest can articulate those.  I encourage my younger kids to call them Gee-Ma and Gee-Pa.  Even those are too hard for my toddler, so she doesn't call them anything yet.

 

Wendy

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Congratulations!

 

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When

my

time

comes

I

will

be

unique

because

I

will

be

the

last

"Grandma"

left

in

America.

In 

sea of

Gigi's

and

Mimi's

and

MomtheSequels

will 

just

be

Grandma.

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My grandmothers were Grandma LastName--both of them.

 

My mom was Nana Sally and my MIL is Grammy.

 

I kind of like Granny.

 

My kids call my dh Puppy and I can see that name sticking for grandparenthood.

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We have a Nonni, a Nama, two Grandmas, and my mom is Uma. That sounds like a lot, but we have stepparents and birthgrandparents in the mix.

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I think it is the Scandinavians that figure out this set:

 

MorFor-my mom’s dad

MorMor-my mom’s mom

ForMor-my dad’s mom

ForFor-my dad’s dad.

 

:0)

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Both sets of my grandparents were "Grandma & Grandpa Last Name."  Dh's grandparents were "Grandpa & Grandma First Name."  He said my family was so formal, but it never felt that way to me.

 

My kids call Dh's parents "Grandma & Grandpa First Name," and somehow my parents ended up as Grammy & Grandpa Eeyore (Earl)

 

Now that my dd is married to a lovely young man from the UK, they have let us know that his parents will be Nana & Grandad, and they would like to use Grammy & Grandpa for us.  Of course I said that would be fine even though I am not thrilled with Grammy.  I am sure I will love hearing it from little voices :)

 

Around here we have many Mimis & Gigis & even a Glam-ma or two.

 

Amber in SJ

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space,bar,doesn't,work,here,so,here,is,a,free,verse,poem:

 

 

Ha, that's actually a really good poem.  :D

 

My kids think it is weird that I have put thought to what I want to be called when a grandmother, so I don't talk about it anymore. 

 

Signed,

milovany (coughgrammytobecough)

 

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I called my grandparents Grammy/Grandpa [First Name]. My kids call my parents Grammy and Grandpa and my IL’s Mum-Mum and Pop-Pop.

 

My aunt is called something Polish by her grandkids that sounds like Bop-she but I’m not at all sure of the correct spelling

 

 

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My kids call me Farrar so I have zero hope that I'll even get to have a grandmother name. Maybe they won't even have kids. It's so far in the future for me.

 

One of my grandmothers wanted to be "Granny." But the oldest grandchild couldn't say it right and she became Banny. She's still called Banny, not just by us and the great grands, but by a lot of the "young people" - aka, the under 40 crowd.

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Mom-Mom, Mammy, and Oma.

 

When the first grandchild was born, my dad was adamant about being called Grandfather. He did not want to be called PopPop or Grampa or anything silly like that, he wanted a dignified name like Grandfather. Well the first grandchild mangled Grandfather into FarFar, and she and her brother still call him that, even though they're in their 20s. The second grandchild mashed together Grandfather and PopPop (his other grandfather) and called him Podputter for years.  So much for dignity!  :laugh:

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My great grandmother was Lola (the baby name I didn't get to use  :crying: ), and everyone called her Bowa.  I love that.

 

Just pick something.  I was the oldest grandchild on my dad's side of the family, and I was supposed to come up with some cute toddler speak (like "Bowa") for my grandmother, so we all just called her by her first name, not even Grandma FirstName.  If grand baby comes up with something, you'll love it, of course.  Otherwise you'll at least have a name you like.

 

My step-mother is Sisi, which her best friend's kids have called her for years.  My mom is G.G., which is short for Grandma Lastname.  My MIL is Nana.

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Dh’s parents said they wanted to be Nana and Papa. My parents were Grandma and Grandpa (which is what I called both sets of my grandparents).

 

Then when my son was about 8, Nana and Papa told us they wanted to be Gramma and Grampa. So ds called them that.

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I am not making any preemptive selections. If I have two grandchildren near the same time, I might, but otherwise I'll likely end up going with whatever the first grand lands on. Unless it's completely unspellable.

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My son and his wife just found out they are pregnant. Yay! I've been wanting to become a grandmother for such a long time that I am over the moon excited. Now to decide what I want to be called. What are the different names out there for grandmother?

 

I can't wait for them to tell my parents on Sunday. I think my dad my explode.  :lol:

 

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!

 

:grouphug:  :party:  :biggrinjester:

 

From what I hear, you're about to feel more love than anyone has ever felt before.  :001_wub:  I wouldn't know, I just have these rugrats around who apparently I don't appreciate at. all.

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We are Happy and Pappy to our grandgirl. I worked pretty hard for her to learn to say Happy--for years it was 'appy, 'appy, 'appy. :) 

 

 

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If I am ever so blessed to have grandchildren, and survive the shock, the wee ones can call me whatever they like except Granny. If they call me Granny I will just say, “Well then...come here you little punkin’ eater!!!†And hug them.

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Oh, I forgot to mention this. My MIL's name is Rita. When I was pregnant with DD#1 (first grandchild), BIL suggested that MIL choose "Senior Rita" as her grandmother name. For some reason, she didn't go for it. ;)

 

Also, I remembered that another friend's kids call one grandmother Lady. 

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Here's there's Grandma and/or Grandma First Name and Gamma on the other side of the family. I called my own "Grandma First Name" and "Grandpa First Name." 

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Granny

Grandma

Grandmama

Grandma/Grandmother Lastname

Grandma/Grandmother Firstname

Gran

Meemaw

Nana

Nanny

Your Majesty

Nene

Grammy

Grams

Empress Firstname

Rockstar

Fantastic Gran

 

I mean, honestly, go with whatever you like, but it'll probably end up mangled by babytalk.

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Thirty-five years ago, my oldest niece named my mother: "Granno". That's what twenty people call her to this day. It's even on her license plate, so I suppose it is somewhat unique...

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...mum-mum

 

My sister's grandson calls her this.

 

Growing up, we had two Omas.

 

My daughter had an Oma and a Grandmom.

 

Your Majesty

 

I rather like this!

 

My son and his wife just found out they are pregnant. Yay! I've been wanting to become a grandmother for such a long time that I am over the moon excited....

 

Congratulations!

 

Regards,

Kareni

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One of my grandpas played Santa for years, and without physical alteration other than the suit. His real-life initials were ELF.

 

We called him Grandpa Shorty; his friends called him Shorty.

 

My sister asked him if he minded being called Shorty. He said he was just glad they’d stopped calling him Fatty.

 

He was a most interesting man.

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My children call my mom Granna and my husband's mom Grandmama. Another sweet name that I've heard is Grandear.

Oh, no! This reminds me of my uncle , whose MIL wanted to be called DearMom. So he called her MooseMom. Don't do Grandear unless you come from a special family that would never think of doing that!
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I’m CeeCee to my grands and my dh is Granddad Robert/Bert/Burp (depending on the grandkid)

 

My mom was Granny, my dad and stepdad were Granddad Carl and Granddad Sam

 

My mil was Jojo and fil was Pappy

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Oh, no! This reminds me of my uncle , whose MIL wanted to be called DearMom. So he called her MooseMom. Don't do Grandear unless you come from a special family that would never think of doing that!

Yes, sorry to say, I automatically pictured a granny with antlers.

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My parents are Nana and Grandpa to all grandchildren and great grandchildren.

 

I am Gram and my dh is Grandpa to our grandchildren.

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Big (FIL first name) and Grand (MIL) first name. I hate it, but that is what they chose.

 

I have a friend who called her mother's mom, "My mama," for the grandmother name. That came about because friend's mother would say, "We're going to my mama's house," when going to visit! :D

 

Dh wants to be Big Daddy. I'd be fine with Big Mama or Queenie. First, Ds needs a date. So, it'll be awhile,

Edited by Hoggirl

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To the OP, thank you for posting this.   I thought about starting the same thread a couple of weeks ago, as I, too, have the same question. My dd's first babe is on the way in mid-August.

 

One I've heard but can't use (in use already by two ladies in my office) is Bi-bi.  (bee - bee)  Apparently, this is common somewhere in Africa, parts of Kenya, I think.  One of the ladies has close ties with an orphanage there, so for her it's a natural choice. 

 

I don't really care for any of the choices, and nothing in my real name is tweakable.  

 

Still thinking.....

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We have a Grandmary.  Grandma's name is Mary and the children shortened it from Grandma Mary to Grandmary.  

 

Also, I had Mimi and a Grammie.

 

The rest go by Grandma (last name) or Grandma (first name).

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My kids have a Grandma and an Omi

 

I have a Nan. My kids when they were little called her Great Pumpkin ( my Dh's doing)

 

When I was younger my Nan's father was alive and we called him Dadda, that is what my mother called him and we just copied.

 

I never had any relatives on father's side to call anything

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I'm Nonna (not Nana - it's pronounced like Donna). It's Italian for Grandma. My mother was also Nonna.

Some other relatives who have grandchildren are called G-ma, Mamaw, Mimi, and of course Grandma (also Gramma).

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We have Grammy and Grandmom (and Grandpa and Grandpop). Sometimes we add their first names too, especially for the men, because the little guys tend to say Grandpa and Grandpop about the same and will forget which is which, but when we say first names, they know who we mean.

 

My grandmothers were Grandmom and Grandma. DH’s were both Mommom.

 

I want to be Grandma. That’s always just seemed right to me.

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Thank for all the replies and the funny stories. When we were small, we called my great grandmother GeeGee but that was primarily because her name was Genevieve and was often called Gee or GeeGee (their spelling, not mine) by others.  As I was having a children, I really wanted to name my daughter Genevieve after her but, alas, no daughters arrived. So now I'm thinking I could use GG or GiGi or GeeGee in her honor. I have lots of months left to ponder this but what a great thing to put my mind to work on. I am so bloomin' excited!

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It's pretty much always been Grandma and Grandpa in our family.  (In conversation, mine are Grandma/pa Lastname, my kids' are Grandma/pa Firstname.)

My mom was really pushing for the title of Aunt Dawn when I had her first grandchild, lol.

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I called one of my grandmothers mom-mom.

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