Being a grandma or grandpa will never go out of style — but those names? They might soon be extinct. Turns out lots of people are totally in love with being grandparents, but are ditching the traditional "Grandma" and "Grandpa" labels in favor of something more creative.
And we're not making this up! Here are some real-life examples from people we talked to:
- "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.
- "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.
- "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.
- "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.
- "My daughter Avery calls her grandmother Glamma," reveals Kaarsten Weber Arrowbear of Lake, California.
- "Our grandkids call my husband DADA. Sounds funny now coming from a 12-year-old," says Pamela Haven of Bentonville, Arizona.
Super cute, right? If you're looking to get in on the trend, we rounded up even more names you can use in place of the old standards.
Traditional names for grandma
Traditional names for grandpa
Fun nicknames for grandma
Next Up: Fun nicknames for grandpa
Originally published November 2015. Updated June 2017.