You don't always get to choose your grandparent name; sometimes it chooses you. Here are some of our favorite grandparent stories about how their grandchildren chose names for them. They are often hilarious and always beloved. Do you have a story to share about being annointed by your grandchildren? Share it in the Comments section below!
I always thought I would be just grandma but my granddaughter started calling me Bebe (pronounced Bay-bay) and I wouldn't change it for the world now! — Bebebob
I read my grandson a Winnie the Pooh story, which said Eeyore was "gloomy." He thought the word was hilarious, so he called me Goomi, instead of Omi. — Goomi
My oldest grandson started calling me Pama when he was about 1 1/2. Now EVERYONE calls me Pama. Can't think of a better thing to be than a Pama. I love being a grandmother. — pamakat
My Grandchild calls me Bau Ba after his bottle. — ladonnajr
Am I the only Momo (rhymes with yo-yo)in the world? He named me; I had no choice. But the first time he uttered the word, I melted! — MomoG
My granddaughter calls me Maw and my husband Paw! We love it! We sound like the Waltons at bedtime: "Nite Maw ... Nite Paw." — nyterry
My granddaughter calls me Oowah. When she would come to the house she would want me to play the Laurie Burkner song Walk Along the River. She would say to me "oowah" (words repeated in that song) and the name stuck for me. I don't think that name can be found on any list. — harchuba
When my oldest grandson was 18 months old, my daughter was trying to get him to say Grama Kathy. He tried and tried, but that was a mouthful for the little guy! One day he grinned at me and said, "APPY!" I have been Appy ever since! — HappyAppy
My grandkids call me Bebop. I have no idea why. It started with Patrick and now all 12 call me that. — bebop1958
All my step grandchildren call me Grandma Smurf. I am under five feet tall and my favorite color is blue. I thought this was really creative, and it made me feel special and loved. — gmasmurf
Our grandchildren distinguished their grandmothers by the names of their dogs. They called them Grandma Shotzy and Grandma Snowflake. — KathleenE
My son started my granddaughters calling me "Grandma Rosie." I only have one good friend that is allowed to call me Rosie with affection. Otherwise, it's a name I detest. However, I love hearing my grandkids calling me by this special name. — GrandmaRosie
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