Grandma- And
Grandpa-To-Be

One of the most important roles a parent can take is becoming a grandparent, so what title should mark such an important role? From traditional names for grandma like Grams, to fun nicknames for grandpa like Hee Haw, here are 120 top nicknames for grandparents.

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grandfather-grandchildInternational nicknames for grandma

91. Australia -- Maayy and Momu

92. African -- Henna, Bibi or Ugogo

93. Cajun -- MawMaw

94. Chinese -- Zumu or Wai Po

95. Dutch -- Grootmoeder

96. Eskimo -- Aanaga

97. French -- Meme

98. German -- Oma

99. Greek -- Yaya

100. Hawaiian -- Kuku

101. Irish -- Maimeo

102. Italian -- Nonna

103. Russian -- Babushka

104. Spanish -- Abuelita

105. Yiddish -- Bubby

International nicknames for grandpa

106. Australia -- Waayamaa or Garrimaay

107. African -- Babu

108. Cajun -- PawPaw

109. Chinese -- YeYe or Wai Gong

110. Dutch -- Grootvader

111. Eskimo -- Inupiaq

112. French -- Pepere

113. German -- Opa

114. Greek -- Pappous

115. Hawaiian -- Tutu Kane

116. Irish -- Daidoe

117. Italian -- Nonno

118. Russian -- Dedushka

119. Spanish -- Abuelito

120. Yiddish -- Zaide

What will your baby-to-be call your parents? Do you have a favorite nickname for your Grandma or Grandpa?

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Comments on "120 Top nicknames for grandparents"

Deniece April 06, 2014 | 3:44 AM

My kids (who are now adults) call my dad, "G-Dawg." LOL I called my beloved paternal grandmother "Nana." I would like my grandchild(ren) to call me "Nana" but after thinking about it, there was only ONE "Nana" in our family. She could never be replaced and it seems wrong for me to try to go by her name. We're Italian and the Italian word for grandmother is "Nonna." That's what I choose to go by. To the lady named Nancy who was looking for a unique nickname. I'm not sure if she will see this since her post was so long ago. I thought since her name was Nancy, GranNan would be very cute.

linda March 19, 2014 | 7:25 PM

When my grandson was around 2 he started calling me Grandbaby . We figured it was because I used to call him my little grandbaby . Now he calls me Me-Me which is cute but I do miss the name Grandbaby because it was so unique .

kristina Billotti February 28, 2014 | 11:11 AM

my grandmothers were called Gammy and Mammam(this name was also put on her gravestone because that's who she was to the entire family). My inlaws are called, MamMa and Pappap or Pappy. My father is PopPop and my mother Gaga. I teased my daughter that i wanted to be called G-Mommma but she isn't going for it. Hoping to shorten it to G-ma, got my son in law's approval but still not my daughter.

Pam January 14, 2014 | 1:37 PM

Two of my grandson called me Harcuttin Nana until the other grand kids called me nana !

Donna January 14, 2014 | 4:26 AM

Our grandbabies call us Nana & Papa. They say we are the Best grand parents Ever!!

roxanne spatola January 14, 2014 | 3:39 AM

I have a granddaughter grandson 2 years old they call me gg for grandma girl and grandma guy I love ggi call them gg too

Mary January 13, 2014 | 10:24 PM

Our granddaughter calls my husband and I....Apa and Ama

Deana Williamson January 13, 2014 | 6:55 PM

My Grandson Tristan call us DiDi and Poppy!

Sherry January 07, 2014 | 11:29 AM

My maternal grandmother's name was Mamie Sue, and all of her grandchildren called her Mama Sue. I don't really remember who started the name. My grandfather was Granddaddy. I would like to be Grand or Granny to my first grandchild, but I would settle for Mammy.

Kendra January 02, 2014 | 2:13 PM

My kids call their grandparents g-pa and g-ma.

Teresa December 31, 2013 | 11:06 AM

We have 4 grandkids and we choose papaw and mamaw.

Joan December 12, 2013 | 8:24 AM

My grandson when he was little called my husband Pop Pop but eventually started calling him Bud. He is almost 13 now and still calls him Bud to this day. I have always been Grammy. My granddaughter (his little sister is going to be 3 and also calls me Grammy and my husband Grandpa, (somtimes she calls us my our first names.

Anamiles November 18, 2013 | 9:17 AM

My kids are lucky enough to have 3 sets of grandparents so we needed to come up with some alternatives. My mother goes by Gandmom. It was Grandma but the kids made it Grandmom. My Dad is Grandpa Grandpa to distinguish him form my stepfather who is Grandpa Norman and my stepmother is Grandma Charlotte. My mother-in-law is Nan but the best is my father-in-law. His name is Bernard but one side of the family calls him Uncle Buddy so when we had kids he became GrandBuddy. I love it because it is original. Sometimes the kids call him Grand Poo Ba. Funny how much you can plan but the nicknames come out of pure love and you can't stop them no matter how silly they are.

Bridgie November 15, 2013 | 4:02 AM

We called our German maternal grandmother Omi, maternal grandfather was Opi. Our paternal grandmother was called Oma and my paternal grandfather Opa.

Don November 03, 2013 | 11:46 AM

My granddaughter started to call me BeePa and it has stuck. Somtimes she sys BeePa Beep. I think this is an original.

Nancy October 12, 2013 | 11:54 AM

I just found out I am going to be a first time grandmother. So Excited. But what name do I use? I can't decide. All of my friends are already grandparents and have taken all the good names. My mother is Gingy to my children. My dad was Grangran. My sister is Mimi, my best friends are GranTee and Nana. I want something different. I looked at ethnic words for our heritage background and I don't really get these names. Oh well, may just let the grand figure it out.

Tirza Ward September 10, 2013 | 2:21 PM

My grandmother wanted us to call her Mother Dear when we were little but it became "Dear Dear"...

Jackie August 30, 2013 | 11:17 AM

I have two grand boys, I told them to call me Mimi, they started too at first but I always call them Pumpkin so they flip the name to me and started calling me Pumpkin now I am Pumpkin to them.

Mary June 28, 2013 | 7:42 AM

My sister and bro in law are grands of two girls, my bro in law is Ba and my sister is nana. So they are Ba-Nana!

Laura June 27, 2013 | 7:46 AM

My granddaughter calls me "Mamou" but not sure how to spell it. The "ou" is pronounced like the ou in ouch

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