I’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?