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Grandparents are some of the best people we can have in our lives. As our parents, they help us rear our children, offer to care for them while we’re away and spend lots of time with our children while cherishing every single second. Like our grandparents, they sent us home with a full belly (of sugar), hosted all of the best family gatherings, and gave the very best hugs you could ever experience!
One thing about grandparents is that there is no right or wrong name to call them by. While many people stick with the traditional “grandma” and “grandpa,” there are many other nicknames for grandma and grandpa out there. When you have children, one of the questions that will always come up is “what are they going to call my parents?”
Nicknames for Grandmothers
|Abuela ("A-bway-lah" Spanish)||Mamaw|
Busia ("Boo-sha" Polish)
Vovó ("Vo-vaw" Portuguese)
Nicknames for Grandfathers
|Abuelo ("A-bway-low" Spanish)||Nonno (Italian)|
Dzedo ("Gee-doh" Serbian)
Dziadzia ("Jaw-jaw" Polish)
Vovô (Vo-voh Portuguese)
Choosing the Perfect Nickname
Although the right thing to do is to leave it up to the grandparents-to-be as to what they wish to be called, it never hurts to give them a few fun, unique, and cute ideas! After all, they are the ones who are being called the name. Would you want to be called by a nickname that you found annoying or simply didn’t like? Nope! So your parents should have a say in it!
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Perhaps you are the grandparent-to-be who stumbled upon this article, perfect! You’re likely here for a few good ideas, right? Hopefully you've found a couple so far, just in case you're still trying to figure out the perfect name, here are some ways to help figure out nicknames for grandma and grandpa!
- Other grandchildren: Do the grandparents have other grandchildren? If so, what are they called by the other grandchildren? It’s usually a favored idea for the grandparents to stick with a single name for all grandchildren across the board to avoid confusion.
- Ease of pronunciation: Some nicknames will be hard for a child to enunciate from an early age, and to some this might not matter. To others, it can lead to the grandparents taking on a whole different name if they find the “new name” cute!
- Culture: Certain cultures have a norm when it comes to how grandparents are referenced so if you like to keep things rather traditional, explore your cultural nickname possibilities!
- Family history: What did you call your grandparents? What did your kids call your parents? Many families like to keep names uniform within the family, so if there is a name that is traditionally used within your family, consider it.
- Personality:Take into consideration of the grandparents to be. Do they like to keep things pretty traditional? Are the fun, outgoing, and bubbly? Are they serious and set on discipline? Considering their individual personalities can certainly help you narrow down that list!
Helping grandparents to decide on what they should be called by their grandchildren should be a fun time of exploration! Not only is it an important and necessary stepping stone in them becoming grandparents, but it will make them feel important to be included in such a decision.
And again, they should have the most say, so don’t be afraid to ask what they’re thinking and if they have any ideas! It’s also probably a good time to discuss help with childcare and date nights as well because you’ll definitely need the time. (Wink wink)
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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
Shelby on August 31, 2018:
My granddaughter calls me Nana and Nanny and calls her Papa Papa and Papi.
Donna Leighton on December 20, 2015:
My granddaughter calls mema