The Ultimate Guide to Grandparent Names

We have every name you can possibly think of, and then some. Pick yours!

By The Editors

Choosing your grandparent name — you know, the one you want your grandkids to call you — can be almost as challenging as it was to select your own kids' names. Coauthors Lin Wellford and Skye Pifer's book, The New Grandparents Name List, a Lighthearted Guide to Picking the Perfect Grandparent Name, could help ease the process. We organized the grandmother names and grandfather names into traditional categories, then into lists that cover trendy monikers, playful and personality-based designations, and international terms. So, start scanning and post a comment below to let us know if there's a different moniker you embrace.

Need some help? Read How to Choose Your Grandparent Name.

Or read how Grandparents.com columnist Sally Koslow recently chose her grandparent name in "Nana," "Grandma" or Just Plain "Gran?"

 

traditional grandmother names
Bamaw, Bammaw
Big Mama
Bubbie
DaMa
Dama , Dammaw
Eema, Eemaw, Ema
G
Gada
GadGee, Gadgi
Gadgy
GaMa, Gamma
Gammi, Gammy, Gami
Ganna
Ganni, Ganny, Gani
GanGan
G-ma
Gommie, Gommy
Gram
Gramma, Grama
Grammie, Grammy
Gramommie
Grams
Granana
Grananny
Grandama
Grandgran
Grandma
Grandmom
Grandmother Grandnan
Granma
Granmama
Granmom
Granna
Granny
Gumma
Jamma
Mamaw, Mamey
Mammaw
Mammy
Mams
Marmi, Marme
MawMaw
MayMay
MayMay
Maymee
MeMa, Meema
MeMaw, Mimaw
MeMo, MeeMo
Mimo
MeeMee, MeMe MiMi
Mima
Mimma
Mimmy
Mimsy
Minny
MoMa, MoMaw MoMo
MomMom
Momsy
Mum, Mums
Mumsy, Mumsey
Nama, Namma
Nan
Nana, Nanna
Nanny
Ne-ma
NeNe, NiNi
Ninna
Ninny, Ninni
Nona, Nonna
Noni, NoNi, NoNee
Nonni, Nonny
Ona, Onna
traditional grandfather names
Banfy
Banpa
Banpy
Bappa
Bappy
Beebaw
BoBo
BooBoo, Boo
Boompa
Boppa, Bop
Da
Da Pa
DaPaw
Drampa
Drampaw
G
Gampa
Gamps
Gampy
Ganpa
G-pa
Gram
Grampa, Grampaw
Gramps
Grampy
Gran
Grand
Granda
Grandad
Grandaddy
Grandiddy
Grandgramp
Grandpappy
Granpap
Granpappy
Granpop
Granpoppa
Gumpa
Gumpy
Gwampa
Pa
Pampa, PamPawPap
PaPa
PapPap
Papps
Pappy
PawPaw
PawPee
PeePaw
Pop
Poppa
PopPop
Poppy, Popi
Pops
Popsi
trendy grandmother names
Ama
A-May
Ami, Aimee
Ammy
Babe
Babo
Bacca
Bamba
Bama, Bamma
Bella
Birdie
BonBon
CeCe, CiCi
Coco
Dally
Dandy
Fancy
Fammy
Fo-Ma, Faux Ma
Foxy
GaGa
GandyMom
Gangy, GanGee
G-Dawg
GG
Gidget
Ginja
G-Mom
Geeda, Geda
GeezerGirl
Gita
GeeMa
Glamama
Glamma
Glammy
G.M.
Gogi
Go-Go
Grammar
Grandiose
Grandy, Grandi, GranDee
Granan
Granette
Granita
Grani, Granni, Granee
Granmanny
Graylor
Grea, Greah
Gummy
Hamma
Kitty
LaLa
Lally
Layla
Leelo, Lilo
Lela
Lola
Mami, Mammi
MamaMia
Manni
Mayna
MayMay
Maysi
M'dear
Meemer
MeMom
Memot
Mia
Miami
Minny, Mini
Modie
Momette
MoMar
Mombo
MomMom
Mommoo
Mooma
Momsy
Mona
Monee
Mumica
Mummers
MuMu
Muna
Nano
Nanima
Naunee
Necie
Neema
Nema
Noma
NotherMother
Nimo
OtherMother
Onie
Pama
Pebbles
Pippa
Pippy
Poma, Pomma
Salsa
Soosa
Sugar
Sugie, Shugie
Tama, Tamma
Tammy
Tamsy
TeeMa
Uma, Umma
Vanna
Womba
Wela
YaYo
Yama
Yana
trendy grandfather names
Ace
Adda
Baba
Babar
Badda
B.D., BeDe
BeeMa, BeMa
BigBop
BiggieD
Bobaloo
Bop
Bubba
Buck
Bud
Buddy
Buster
Buzz, Buzzy
Chief
Coach
Dabadoo
Daddor
Dadoo
Dandy
Dappy
DeDad
DeeDah
Dexter
Dodie
Doody
Doozy
G-Daddy
G-Dad, GeeDad
G-Dawg
G-Dog
Geezer Guy, Geez
G-Man
G.P., GeePee
Grand-D
Grando
Grad
Gradaddy
Graddy
Grady
Granda
Grandy
Granite
Grandoody
Grandude
Grindy
Grindiddy
G.P.
Mellowman
MoreDaddy
Odie
Napa
Nemo
Panda
Papi
Papster
Papadaddy
Pawser, Pawsey
PeePa, Peepaw
Peepers
Pepe
Pogo
Popeo
Pepo
Peppy
Podge
Pompa
Poppers
Popples
Poppo
PoPo
Puggles
P-Pop
PopZ
Puppa
Puppaw
Rocky
Skipper
Slick
Umpa, Ump
Ta-Pa
Wampa
Wompa, Wompaw
playful grandmother names
Abba
Bambi
Bamboo
Banana
Beemer
Big Gram
BiggieMa
BiggieMama
Booma
Boomie
Bubbles
Bunny
Cha-cha
Chatty
Ciaba (cha-bah)
Cookie
Dear, Dearie, DearMa
Dizzy
Dodie
Doodie, Dooty
Gabby, Gabbi
Gadget
Gitchey
GoGo
GoMa
Grammug
Grampoo
Grancie, Grancy
Grandmutter
Granny Mame
Grimmi
Grinni, Grinny
Happy
Honey
Huggy, Hugs, Hugme
Jamagramma
Jamma
Khakie, Kakie
Lolly, Lolli Lulu
Lovey
LoveyDovey
Lula
Mamabear
Mamacita
Mambo
MaxiMa
Mayzie
Mermie
Mini, MiniMa
Mommo
Momsy
Moogie, Moogs
Moo-Moo
MoreMom, MoreMama
Muddy
Muffer, Muffy, Muff
Mumpy, Mumps
Nanamy
Nanoo
Nooni
NuNu
Peaches
Pittypat
PomPom
Puddy
Pumpkin
Punky
QueenB/Queen Bee
Queenie
Sew-Sew, SewMa
SloMa
Snuggy, Snugs, Snuggums
Sunny
Sweetie
Sweetums
TeaMa
Tink, Tinky
Tinkerbell
Toots
Tootsie
Twinkie
Twinkles
Unni
Upsy
Uttermutter, Uddermudder
Wicky
playful grandfather names
Babaloo
Baboo
Bebop
Big Daddy, BiggieDad
BigD, BiggieD
Bo, Beau
Bobber
Bogie
Champ
Checkers
Coach
Dabba
Dabbadoo
Dadsy
Derby
DoDad, DooDad
Dodie
Domino
Doody
Doozy
Dozer
Faux Pa, Fo-Pa
GoPa, Go-Pa
Granpup
Grantie
Grinndy
Grumpy, Grumpa
Guapo
Hee-Haw
HoHo
Huggy, HugMe
Hummer
Jeepers
Paddles
Peppers
Podge
Pogo
Sarge
Skipper
SloPa
Splash
Tank
TeePa
Tug
UmPaPa
international grandmother names
Aborigine
Australian Formal - Garrimaay
Australian Paternal - Mamaay
Australian Maternal - Momu
Polynesian Maori dialect - Tipuna Wahine

African
Berber dialect - Henna
Botswanan - Nkuku
Shona dialect - Ambuya
Swahili - Bibi, Nyanya
Venda dialect - Makhulu
Xhosa dialect - Umakhulu
Zulu dialect - Ugogo

Afrikaans - Ouma

Albanian - Gjyshe

American Indian
Cherokee - E-Ni-Si
Cheyenne - Neske'e
Eskimo, Inupiaq dialect - Aanaga
Navajo (maternal) - Ma'saani
Navajo (paternal) - Nali'
Ojibway - Nookmis, Nookomis

Arabic
Formal - Jaddah, Jiddah
Informal - Teta

Armenian - Tatik

Basque - Amona

Belarusen - Babka

Breton - Mamm-gozh

Cajun - MawMaw

Catalan - Àvia, Iaia

Chinese
Cantonese Paternal - Ngin
Cantonese Maternal - PoPo
Mandarin Paternal - Zumu
Mandarin Maternal - Wài pó

Croatian - Baka

Danish
Formal - Bedstemoder
Paternal - Farmor
Maternal - MorMor

Dutch - Grootmoeder

Esperanto - Avin

Estonian - Va naema
Farsi - Madar Bozorg

Filipino Cebuano
Formal - Apohang babae
Informal - Lola

Finnish - Isoaiti, Mummo

Flemish - Bomma

French
Formal - Grand-mère
Informal - Gra-mere, Mémé
Semi-formal - Grandmaman

Galician - Avoa

Georgian - Bebia

German
Formal - Grossmutter
Informal - Oma

Greek - Yaya, Gigia

Guarani (South America) - Jaryi

Hawaiian
Formal - Kapuna Wahine
Informal - Puna, TuTu, Kuku

Hebrew - Savta, Safta

Hungarian
Formal - Nagyanya
Informal - Yanya, Anya

Icelandic - Amma

India
Bengali Paternal - Thakur-ma
Bengali Maternal - Dida, Didima
Hindi - Daadima
Southwestern - Ajji
Urdu Paternal - Daadi
Urdu Maternal - Nanni

Indonesian - Nenek

Irish/Gaelic
Formal - Seanmhair
Informal - Maimeo or Morai, Mavoureen

Italian - Nonna

Japanese
Formal - Obaasan, Oba-Chan, Sobo (one's own grandmother)
Informal - Obaba

Korean - Halmoni

Latvian - Vecmate

Lebanese - Sitti
Lithuanian - Senele, Mociute

Malagasy - Nenibe

Maltese - Nanna

Norwegian - Bestemor, Godmor
Paternal - Farmor
Maternal - MorMor

Polish
Formal - Babka, Babcia,
Informal - Jaja, Zsa-Zsa, Busha, Gigi

Portuguese - Avo

Romanian - Bunica

Russian - Babushka

Sanskrit
Paternal - Pitaamahii
Maternal - Maataamahii

Serbian - Baba, Mica

Slovakian - Babicka

Slovenian - Stara Mama

Spanish
Formal - Abuela
Informal Diminutive - Abuelita, Uelita, Tita, Abby, Abbi, Lita

Swedish
Paternal - FarMor
Maternal - MorMor

Swiss
Formal - Grossmami

Syrian - Teta, Jadda

Tamil - Pathi

Thai
Maternal - Ya
Paternal - Yai

Turkish - Buyuk Anne, Anneanne, Babanne

Turkmen - Ene

Ukranian
Formal - Babusia
Informal - Baba

Uzbek - Bibi

Vietnamese
Formal - Danh tá
Informal - Ba, Bé già

Welsh
Southern - Mamgu
Northern - Naini, Nain

Yiddish - Bubby, Bubbe
international grandfather names
Aborigine
Australian Formal - Maili
Australian Paternal - Waayamaa
Australian Maternal - Garrimaay
Polynesian Maori dialect - Tipuna Tane

African
Berber dialect - Tamazight
Botswanan - Ntatemogolo
Shona dialect - Sekuru
Swahili - Babu
Venda dialect - Mmakhulu
Xhosa dialect - Utat'omkhulu
Zulu dialect - Ubabamkhulu

Afrikaans - Oupa

Albanian - Babagjysh

American Indian
Cherokee - Agiduda, E-du-di
Cheyenne - Shi'choo
Eskimo, Inupiaq dialect - Ataataga
Navajo (maternal) - Chei
Navajo (paternal) - Nali'
Ojibway - Mishomis

Arabic
Formal - Jadd
Informal - Seedo

Armenian - Papik

Basque - Aitona

Belarusen - Dzied

Breton - Tad-Kozh

Cajun - PawPaw

Catalan - Aviah

Chinese
Cantonese Paternal - Yeh Yeh
Cantonese Maternal - Gong Gong
Mandarin Paternal - YeYe
Mandarin Maternal - Wai Gong

Croatian - Djed

Danish
Formal - Bedstefader
Paternal - Farfar
Maternal - Morfar

Dutch - Grootvader

Esperanto - Avo
Estonian - Vanaisahttp

Farsi - Pedaer Bozorg

Filipino, Cebuano
Formal - Apohang lalaki
Informal - Lolo

Finnish - Isoisa, Ukki, Vaari

Flemish - Bonpahttp

French
Formal - Grand-père
Informal - Pépère
SemiFormal - Grand-papa

Galician - Avo

Georgian - Babu

German
Formal - Grossvader
Informal - Opa

Greek - Pappous

Guarani, South America - Aba

Hawaiian
Formal - Kupuna Kane
Informal - Tutu Kane

Hebrew - Saba

Hungarian
Formal - Nagyapa
Informal - Tata

Icelandic - Afi

India
Bengali Paternal - Dadu
Bengali Maternal - Nanu
Hindi - Daa-daa-jee
Southwestern - Ajja
Urdu Paternal - Daadaa
Urdu Maternal - Daadi

Indonesian - Petulu

Irish/Gaelic
Formal - Seanathair
Informal - Daidoe, Daddo

Italian - Nonno

Japanese
Formal - Ojiisan, Sofu
(one's own grandfather)
Informal - Sofu

Korean - Halabeoji

Latvian - Vectevas

Lebanese - Jid
Lithuanian - Senelis

Malagasy - Babakoto

Maltese - Nannu

Norwegian - Bestefar
Paternal - Farfar
Maternal - Morfar

Polish
Formal - Dziadek
Informal - Dziadzio

Portuguese - Avo

Romanian - Bunic, Bunicut

Russian - Dedushka

Sanskrit
Paternal - Pitaamaha
Maternal - Maataamaha

Serbian - Deda

Slovakian - Dedek, Dedi

Slovenian - Ded

Spanish
Formal - Abuelo
Informal Diminutive - Abuelito, Tito, Lito

Swedish
Paternal - Farfar
Maternal - Morfar

Swiss - Grosspapi

Syrian - Jidu

Tamil - Thatha

Thai
Paternal - Bpoo
Maternal - Dtaa

Turkish - Dede, Buyukbaba

Turkmen - Baba

Ukranian
Formal - Dadju
Informal - Gigi

Uzbek - Bobo, Doda

Vietnamese
Formal - Ong
Informal - Ong Noi

Welsh
Southern - Taidie
Northern - Tad-cu, Taid

Yiddish - Zaide, Zeydeh, Zeyde, Zeide, Zede

 

Comments

I always called my Grandmother Grammy, and when I had children my Grandmother had passed on so Mother wanted that name. When my first Grandson came I wanted a cutesy name too, so I chose Gramsy. When he first began to speak he couldn't say Gramsy and instead he said Zee Zee, and that's the name that stuck. Similarly my daughter called her Dad Pops and the Grandchildren started calling him Papi (Poppy).

Kafe1 on 2013-09-05 09:42:37

Duke and Nana
My husband and my grandparent names are Mimi and Papa

tinkerbugaboo@yahoo.com on 2013-08-27 10:31:59

My great grandmother was called "Gargie" by her my mother; the grandmother on the paternal side was called "Pampa Gargie"; I do not think this name was made up; it was more like a traditional name for grandparents but I find no trace of it on internet. Has anyone heard of this name. Thank you, Brianda

bdomecq on 2013-08-09 02:18:24

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