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130 cute alternative names for the grandparents

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Don't want to be called 'Grandma' or 'Grandpa'? Here are plenty of adorable choices

Most grandparents agree that having grandchildren is the most satisfying life experience you can have, but being called "Grandma" and "Grandpa"? Well, not everyone is so satisfied with those traditional names.

It's becoming increasingly popular for grandparents to try on alternatives — Gwyneth Paltrow says mom Blythe Danner wanted to be called Woof (although she settled for Lalo), while Kris Jenner prefers "Lovey," for example — and some of the names they have their grandchildren call them are seriously adorable.

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From traditional names for grandma like Bubbie, to fun trendy nicknames for grandpa like G-Daddy, here are 130 nicknames for grandparents.

Traditional names for grandma

  • Bubbie
  • Grandma
  • Gamma
  • G-ma
  • Gram
  • Grammy
  • Grams
  • Grandmother
  • Granna
  • Mamey
  • "I have a 1 1/2 year old that calls my mom, her grandma, Mee-maa," shares Dawon Bahtuoh of Minneapolis, Minnesota, author of Nap-Nap, Quack-Quack.
  • Mimsy
  • Nana
  • Nanny
  • Ne-ma
  • Noni
  • Ona

Traditional names for grandpa

  • Banpa
  • Bobo
  • "Years ago, my son couldn't pronounce Grandpa and called my dad Boppa instead. But my mom loved the nickname so much that she teaches all the grandchildren to call him Boppa, even if they can pronounce it!" says Julie Van Keuren of Billings, Montana.
  • Gramps
  • Grandad
  • Grandaddy
  • Grandpappy
  • Granpop
  • Gumpa
  • Pa
  • Papa
  • PapPap
  • Pappy
  • PawPaw
  • Pop
  • Poppa
  • PopPop

Fun nicknames for grandma

  • Bambi
  • "When my daughter was little, she called my mom Big Bubba because my mom's dog was named Bubba. After seven years of hearing this kid yell, 'Hey Big Bubba' in public, the nickname was changed to Darling," shares Melissa Rose of Scottsdale, Arizona.
  • Bunny
  • Cookie
  • Gabby
  • Honey
  • "My 97-year-old grandmother has always gone by Hu Hu (sounds like hoo hoo), stemming from her long-time custom of walking into a room and announcing her arrival by calling/singing out, 'Hu Hu,'" says Melissa Gieringer of Phoenix, Arizona.
  • Jamma
  • Mamabear
  • Mamacita
  • Momo
  • Momsy
  • Nooni
  • Pumpkin
  • Snuggums
  • Tootsie
  • Unni

Next Up: Fun nicknames for grandpa

Originally published November 2015. Updated January 2017.

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