Grandparents Names for Grandparents

GrandparentsI’ve been searching for grandparent names and names for grandparents with various search terms, but I can honestly say that the typical grandparent names are just too old-fashioned for someone like me. Grandmother? Grandfather? Grandma? Grandpa? Bleh! Seriously, where are the cool grandparent names for us hip grandmas?

You may recall my announcement about becoming a grandparent several months ago. I’ll be visiting my grandson James in February for his 1st Birthday, and I still don’t have a grandparent nickname yet, so if I don’t choose a nickname soon I’ll be in big trouble.

Considering the fact that the chosen name or nickname will stick with me throughout my life and beyond, I figure I need to have some say over what I’m going to be called. I’ve searched for “grandparent nicknames”, “nicknames for grandma”, “names for grandmother”, “alternative names for grandparents”, “unique cute names for grandparents” and various other terms to find different names for grandparents to choose from, but the results have been disappointing to say the least.

Do an online search for “grandparent names” and you will find such hideous names for grandparents like Big Mama, Bucket Head, Butter Butt, Chicken Nana, Grumpy, Chippy, Blah-Blah, Dodo, MooMoo/PooPoo, and Peaches and Pitts. Are you kidding me?!

If anything, such nicknames for grandma or grandpa would make my list of the worst grandfather and grandmother nicknames anyone could ever name their grandparents. I can honestly tell you that any child or grandchild who calls me Butter Butt or Big Momma is out of the will. And don’t call me Grandma!

Right when I was about to give up hope of ever finding a great nickname for grandmas to use, a friend told me about this newly released book called “You Can Call Me Hoppa! The Grandparents’ Guide to Choosing a Name that Fits” by Lauren Charpio, written specifically with the baby-boomer grandparents in mind. With somewhere around three hundred grandparent names found in this book, surely us grandparents can find a cool nickname that doesn’t make us feel so incredibly old before our time.

Come to think of it, the nickname “Chief” sounds pretty good to me right about now. No? How about “The Boss”? G-Ma? Okay, the grandparent book of names is on its way to me, so surely I’ll have something picked out soon enough. Are you a grandparent? What do your grandchildren call you? What were your grandparents names?

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  1. Lin says:

    Married Mom, it’s really not that I’d be offended per se. Grandma is a very nice grandparent nickname, but I would just prefer something else. If my grandchildren decide to call me Grandma and not some other grandparent name, I really wouldn’t care one way or the other. I’d just PREFER something else.

  2. Jennifer says:

    I’m only just 40 and my granddaughter is 18 months and she calls me Mema and my husband Papu we have both of our parents and one great great grandma so names were a problem and my son suggested these names for his child to call us they fit us very well

  3. Lin says:

    Jennifer, you’re only 40 and you’re a grandma? Wow! Mema is really cute and I like it, but it’s already used in the family. Darn it! 🙂

  4. Italians call their grandmothers simply and lindly: nana. I don’t know how it’s spelled in Italian but sounds very cute.

    • Lin says:

      Hi George, Nana is good grandparent name but it’s already taken in this family, so I’ll have to pick something else more unique. Thanks for your input!

  5. Dori - probably DeeDee says:

    I’m a soon too be Grandmother – I don’t understand the people that say the grandchild should come up with the name. If that was the case each grandchild would call us a different name. If all the rest of the kids learn the name we should be able to tell the first one what we prefer too. Now if you like their version and want to change thats okay. But the name everyone has picked in our family has worked for all grandkids.


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