Modern parenting has broken all kinds of traditions, expectations and gender norms, and we can say the same about the modern grandparent. Out of the 70 million grandparents in the U.S. today, 72 percent find being a grandparent to be the most satisfying thing in their life, and 63 percent view it as a "second chance." These hands-on grandparents are also younger and more active than they've ever been before, and they spend a lot of time online.
It's no wonder they're looking for new names too. Gwyneth Paltrow says mom Blythe Danner wanted to be called Woof (although she settled for Lalo), while Kris Jenner prefers "Lovey."
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If conventional grandparent names for those special adults in your kids' lives no longer do them justice, we've got you covered. These alternate grandparent names can also be helpful when you have more than two sets of grandparents in the mix. From traditional names for grandma like Grams, to fun nicknames for grandpa like Hee Haw, here are 130 top nicknames for grandparents.
Traditional names for grandma
- "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.
Traditional names for grandpa
- "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.
Fun nicknames for grandma
- "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.
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