Bye, ‘Gran’ — These Grandparent Nicknames Are Anything But Boring

Nicknames for grandma in other languages & dialects

  • Cajun — MawMaw
  • Chinese — Zumu or Wai Po
  • Dutch — Grootmoeder
  • Eskimo — Aanaga
  • French — Meme
  • German — Oma
  • Greek — Yaya
  • Hawaiian — Kuku
  • Irish — Maimeo
  • Italian — Nonna
  • Portuguese — Avó
  • Russian — Babushka
  • Spanish — Abuelita
  • Yiddish — Bubby

Nicknames for grandpa in other languages & dialects

  • Cajun — PawPaw
  • Chinese — YeYe or Wai Gong
  • Dutch — Grootvader
  • Eskimo — Inupiaq
  • French — Pepere
  • German — Opa
  • Greek — Pappous
  • Hawaiian — Tutu Kane
  • Irish — Daidoe
  • Italian — Nonno
  • Portuguese  — Vovô
  • Russian — Dedushka
  • Spanish — Abuelito
  • Yiddish — Zayde

A version of this article was originally published in November 2015.

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