What is an alternative name for grandmother?

Becky - posted on 05/25/2009 ( 842 moms have responded )

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We have a Grandma, Mamaw, and a Grammy and a Nana. I am her "step" grandmother, but since I have been with my husband since the mom was four, I really do feel like she is part mine (and so does she). Since I don't want any confusion or to step on any toes I was wondering if anyone had any other suggestions?

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Amy - posted on 06/06/2009

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What nationality are you? Try using the name for grandmother in that language, like abuela, memere, yaya.

PAULA - posted on 06/05/2009

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MY NEIGHBORS USA GIGI AND THE OTHERS US GEEGEE. MY FAMILY CALLS MY MOTHER NANA AND IN LAW GRMA TOOTSIE

Angie - posted on 06/02/2009

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Mimi; is my mother's. Or, could go with "SG"...step granma...lol

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Kate - posted on 01/04/2010

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ha this is what my daughter and her two cousins call their grandmother too!



 



Quoting kathleen:

Though i'm a grandmother of 2 I feel as though my age doesn't qualify me for that title so i'm called GiGi (Gorgeous Grandma).





 

Rhionna - posted on 06/25/2009

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My kids call my mum NannaLynne, that's cause she says she doesn't feel old enough to be just a nanna!

Heidi - posted on 06/25/2009

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Granny!! My Granny hated the name at first but ended up loving it. She got the name because my mom never knew what "Grandma" we were talking about so we call one just Grandma and picked Granny for the other. There was no longer a confusion on who we were talking about. My Granny passed away 1 year ago and there is something special about a Granny, she wasnt just a Grandma but a Granny. In the last 10 years (since I became a mom) she was known as either Great-Granny or Granny-Great. Its funny how your name changes as you get older, I rarely call my Mom Mom. She is Grandma and my Dad is always Papa. My sisters and brother never get called by their first names only either. Even when I call them on the phone I ask for Grandma, Papa, Aunt Hollee, etc.....

I would let her call you what ever she wants, in the end what ever is is you will love it because you love your grandkids.

Coley - posted on 06/25/2009

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My kids call my mom Grandmomma but some other ideas..."G" ma...Nanny...MaeMae

Maureen - posted on 06/24/2009

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I know what you mean. I am a step-grandmother to nine. I will always be called "Auntie" because of the loyalty to their biological grandmother. It causes the least friction, so I go along with it.

Amber - posted on 06/07/2009

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My mother's first 2 grandchildren are not her actual biological grandchildren so she too was in search of an alternative name. I came up with Nini (pronouced like knee-knee) she loves it, children find it easy to say, so they say it early. And now that I have a child it works for her too. The older grandchildren are now 5 and 6, they love that no one else they know has a Nini. My daughter is quite imaginative and she changed my husband's parents grand names on her own, she calls my husband's mother Nama, also another suggestion.

Tonya - posted on 06/06/2009

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My grandson calls me Oma and my husband Opa, it is a German Term for Grandma and Grandpa

Mallory - posted on 06/06/2009

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My daughter started calling my mom Yaya. I just thought she didn't know how to properly say grandma. Come to find out, it actually means grandma in Greek ( and no, we are not Greek) The actual Greek spelling is yia-yia. But we just spell it yaya. It is adorable and all of my daughters little girlfriends call her yaya!

Corina - posted on 06/06/2009

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As I am the middle of our 5 generations, it too was a difficult decision as to what I wanted to be called. My maternal GM is called Nanny Nell by all youngsters, Gran as we got older. My mother and father are called Nanny and Poppy Hebbard (as coincidentally that is what we called our Paternal GP's). My Mother in law is Nana Jill and her parents were Nanna and Pa Kelly. While I didn't want Grandmother as I was only 39 at the time and it felt an 'older' name, I also felt it an honour to be part of the 5 generations, so we adopted Grandma. Hope this helps.

Latesha - posted on 06/05/2009

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My 3 yr old calls her step grandmother "GG" when she started talking that was the only thing she could say that was near grandma, so now that she can talk, she says "GG" for step grandma and "Grandma" for my mother

Megan - posted on 06/05/2009

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Oma. It's German for Grandmom. I don't know what nationality your family is, but being half German myself, I think I will like to be called Opa if the time comes. =)

Michelle - posted on 06/05/2009

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what about GG. easy for them to learn and it is your speacial name. ( The Greasteast Grandma...LOL!)

Michelle - posted on 06/05/2009

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what about GG. easy for them to learn and it is your speacial name. ( The Greasteast Grandma...LOL!)

Emma - posted on 06/05/2009

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my mum didnt want to be called granny or granma (which she said made her sound old lol) so she christened herself gran-Ann (her first name) and its stuck !!!!!

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My mum didnt want to be called nanna or grandma so i did a google search on names for grandmother in other languages.... I cant remember which language it is but my mum is called MIMA :) she loves it lol

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My mum didnt want to be called nanna or grandma so i did a google search on names for grandmother in other languages.... I cant remember which language it is but my mum is called MIMA :) she loves it lol

Patty - posted on 06/05/2009

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What ever she wants to call you? might work. There are 3 grandmothers for all three of my grandchildren. The oldest of the 2 call their faternal grandma-grandma, bedause that is what she wants to be called. They call the step grandmother , grandma or mamaw, I am their maternal grandmother and they call me me-me-memaw- or grandma. I really don't mind.

Laura Lee - posted on 06/05/2009

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How about MiMi? I love it and someday I hope to be called this- Hope it helps!!

Christina (Cricket) - posted on 06/05/2009

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My nephew calls my mom Mima it is so cute too! lol could work maybe?

Jenny - posted on 06/05/2009

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When I was little we called the grandparents mom-mom and pop-pop.. Now that I have kids of my own they call my parents nana and papa, my husbands parents are grammy and grandpa, and then great grandma they call gigi. My kids pretty much chose the names and they have stuck..

Kristal-Ann - posted on 06/05/2009

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My son has 3 grand-mothers.... Nannie, Grannie and Nannie Ann. My Nana is called Omi. The German name for Grand-Mother is Oma, but my son has called her Omi since he could talk. My Nana isn't German, but liked the name.

Trish - posted on 06/05/2009

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hi there, my kids' grandmother is called "Granna" and she loves it. My nephew couldn't say Grandma and it came out Granna and it stuck. a younger version of grandma.

Charlene - posted on 06/05/2009

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My mum asked to be called Granny ..... It's very different and she feels quite unique and special I guess.

Charlene - posted on 06/05/2009

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My mum asked to be called Granny ..... It's very different and she feels quite unique and special I guess.

Suzanne - posted on 06/04/2009

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for a grandma........Nana....

for great grandma....GG....

or Grandma "Tammy"

you know just enter the first name after the Grandma Title..

Make it simple for the kids, adults just have to get over it!

Or at least that's what I think!

I asked my hubby's Step mother what she wanted to be called, of course she IS considered a real Mom, but it all depends on how close you all are if you can do this or not. Take care! And GOOD LUCK! = )

Stacy - posted on 06/04/2009

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Quoting Stacy:

Growing up my Mother's Mom was Nann or Nannie to us kids. Once I had my son we batted around names for my Mom - she wasn't quite comfortable with grandmom and didn't want Nann or Nannie since it was what we called her mother so we did a variation. Nonnie.



Oh and I wanted to add - now that my son is older (he will be 18 this month) we try to wrap his brain around this.. "Mommy's Nannie was Nonnie's Mommy".  :)

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