We were having dinner with our oldest daughter and her husband when she casually announced that they were selling the queen-sized bed in their guest room. I asked her why in the world they were doing that (we had slept many nights on that comfy bed as guests). She said with a grin, “Because we are going to put a crib in there!”
It was that magical moment that I saw myself as a grandma for the first time.
One of the first things we discussed was what my husband and I would be called by this new grandchild. Grandma and grandpa? No, my son-in-law’s parents would probably be called that. My husband wanted to be called Papa J (which sounded suspiciously like a rapper), but I had no idea.
And so began my quest for the perfect grandma name that would essentially stick with me for that child and all the grandchildren to follow. I did quite a bit of research (the benefits of which you will read below in the Grandma Names List).
I eventually chose the name Grammie (spelled like that). I had heard that my friend who lives in Qatar has all her bazillion grandchildren call her Grammy, and though it wasn’t that flashy, I felt it fit me, too. And so Grammie was born.
Women choose their grandma names for different reasons. My mother had her grandchildren call her Nanny because she felt she was too young to be called grandma. One of my friends is called Guggy, mainly because that was how her first grandchild pronounced “grandma” and it stuck. Gwyneth Paltrow says mom Blythe Danner wanted to be called Woof (although she settled for Lalo), while Kris Jenner prefers Lovey.
So if you are in the market for a grandma name, check the list below (which are actually names I came across in my quest to find the perfect one for me!!).
- Amma (Icelandic)
- Baba (Ukranian)
- Babka (Polish)
- Gram/ Grams
- Grammy (or in my case, Grammie)
- Lola (Phillipines)
- Mama Bear
- Popo (Cantonese)
- Yaya (Greek)
- Zsa-Zsa (Polish)
What do your grandchildren call you, and how did you get the name? Let us know in the comments below!