26 Cute Names for Grandma and Grandpa


26 Cute Names for Grandma and Grandpa | thegoodstuff

While the act of grandparenting has a lot to do with tradition, that doesn’t mean the terminology has to, as well. In honor of Grandparents Day on September 11, check out these fun, adorable, and interesting alternatives to “grandma” and “grandpa.”

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Some are the result of happenstance, while others are borrowed from other cultures and languages. Whether you’re a grandparent or parent of a grandchild, you might be inspired to adopt one of these new names for grandma and grandpa as your own.

We received so many of your comments with the most adorable names for grandma and grandpa that we decided to add them all to the list! Thank you to everyone who commented — please keep sharing fun nicknames for your children’s grandparents with us in the comments below!

A Quick Guide on How to Say Grandma & Grandpa in Other Languages

Language Grandma Grandpa
French Grand-mère Grand-père
Italian Nonna Nonno
German Oma Opa
Spanish Abuela Abuelo
Polish Babcia Dziadek
Greek Giagiá Pappoús
Portuguese Avó Vovô
Irish Mhamó Seanathair
Hungarian Nagymama Nagypapa
Swahili Bibi Babu
Danish Mormor Bedstefar
Japanese O baachan O jiichan
Russian Babushka Dedushka
Hawaiian Kuku wahine (or Tutu) Kuku kane (or Tutu)
Korean Halmeoni Hal-abeoji

1. Baba & Gigi

The Ukrainian names for grandparents come naturally to most babbling babies.

2. Yaya & Pappoús

Not only does Greece have beautiful beaches, they have lovely words for grandparents (pronounced “yah-yah” and “pa-poosch”).

3. Nana & Papa

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There’s some debate about the origin of these classic terms, but they’re likely the result of childhood babbling; the repetition of a single syllable is easiest for little ones to pronounce.

4. Mawmaw & Pawpaw

These endearing terms are popular in the south and are Cajun in origin. In southern Louisiana, they’re almost exclusively used.

5. Savta & Saba

For names that are more cool than cutesy, try these Hebrew terms of grandma and grandpa.

6. Geema & Geepa

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These terms, fairly popular in the U.S., probably stemmed from common mispronunciation of grandma and grandpa.

7. Bomma & Bonpa

These Flemish words are used in Belgium. They stem from French and Dutch, meaning “good dad” and “good mom.”

8. Nonna & Nonno

The Italian words for grandma and grandpa are just as fun and lively as their country of origin. The term for both grandparents is — you guessed it! — “nonni.”

9. Mormor & Morfar (or Farmor & Farfar)

The Swedish terms for grandparents are both adorable and practical, distinguishing between sides of the family. “Mormor” literally translates to “mother’s mother,” while “morfar” is “mother’s father” — you get the idea!

10. Oma & Opa

These words are derived from either German (Großpapa and Großmama) or Dutch (Grootpapa and Grootmama). Either way, they’re a sweet alternative in any language.

11. Amma & Afi

In Iceland grandchildren use these endearing terms, which sound a bit like “mama” and “poppy.”

12. Lola & Lolo

The FIlipino terms for grandma and grandpa are easy to say and perfect for playful grandparents.

13. Meme & Pepaw

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This is another combination that that’s similar to “mama” and “papa,” but with a twist. These names are popular in the southern U.S.

14. Ouma & Oupa

The Afrikaans terms for grandparents are a both affectionate and regal sounding.

15. Gramms & Gramps

Don’t forget tradition! These names are still quite popular in the United States, likely due to their endearing nature and ease of pronunciation.

16. Nai Nai & Ye Ye (or Lao Ye & Lao Lao)

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Grandparents play an important role in Asian culture, and the Mandarin terms are unique and practical, distinguishing between sides of the family. Nai nai and ye ye are used for paternal grandparents, while lao ye and lao lao are used for maternal grandparents.

17. Banma & Banpa

Likely another case of mispronunciation gone right, these English variations are unique but within the realm of tradition.

18. Busia & Dziadzia

Pierogis aren’t the only brilliant Polish invention; their words for grandparents are one-of-a-kind (and though it may look intimidating, “dziadzia” is simply pronounced “jah-jah”).

19. Mémé & Pépé

The formal names for grandparents in French are “grandmére” and “grandpére,” but these shortened versions are easy enough to pronounce in any language.

20. Lolly & Pop

For grandparents with a sense of humor, pairing the commonly used term “pop” with “lolly” is a clever combination.

Your children’s grandparents deserve names that are as unique and fun as they are. So while “grandma” and “grandpa” are all well and good, don’t be afraid to break tradition and draw inspiration from other customs and cultures. Or better yet, invent your own!

21. Memere & Pepere

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Allison pointed out that these popular French Cajun nicknames for grandma and grandpa weren’t on the list yet!

22. Apa

Jae Bee’s grandkids call their other grandpa by this affectionate and unique nickname.

23. Grammie & Grampy

Jae Bee also shared with us the nicknames their grandchildren call them. How sweet!

24. Grumpa, Tutu & Mimi

Wyncotejoan’s story just goes to show nicknames for grandparents can be as unique as the grandkids who use them!

She wrote that the nickname “Grumpa” was invented by some of her grandbabies as a nickname for their grandpa. As for her nicknames, a few of her grandchildren call her Mimi and her daughter-in-law’s children call her Tutu! She also shared with us that Tutu is Hawaiian for “grandmother.”

25. Gpa & Gma

Lin Sue told us their grandkids call them Gpa and Gma. Talk about short and sweet!

26. Goma & Gompa

Marco Torres’ cousin uses the affectionate Goma and Gompa as nicknames for their grandparents!

Your turn! What do your children call their grandparents — or what do your grandparents call you? Tell us in the comments below!


Comments

  • Allison

    And you forgot Memere & Pepere – French Cajun origin.

    • couponscom

      Hi Allison,
      So we did! Thank you for adding on to our list. :)

  • Jae Bee

    My grandkids call their other grandpa…”Apa”……different and not on the list

  • Jae Bee

    Were called Grammie and Grampy…..

    • couponscom

      Hi Jae Bee,
      Wonderful! Some of us also call our grandparents “Grammy and Grampy.” :) We have not heard “Apa” yet, though. Thank you for adding these wonderful names to our list!

  • wyncotejoan

    I have two names Tutu and Mimi and my husband is Grumpa because he is

    • couponscom

      Hi Wyncotejoan,

      How cute! We love Tutu and Mimi as names for grandparents! And Grumpa sounds so fun, too. Thank you for sharing with us!

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      since you responded here’s the background, we have 6 kids and when the 1st grandbaby came along it was our kids they came up with Grumpa, fits SO well but all the grandchildren (6 now) love him. Grumpa kept saying Gran-MAW, which I am NOT, years ago I thought that I’d like to be a Nana but our son-in-law’s mom wanted to be Nana, he’s her only child and this would be her only chance to be Nana so I deferred knowing I’d have other chances, so I decided on Mimi, two grandchilden call me Tutu, my daughter-in-law spent her childhood in Hawaii and Tutu is Hawaiian for grandmother,and it turns out that her aunt that raised her wanted to be Mimi, it’s a bit confusing when all the kids get together but it’s nice having a special name for the two that I only see a half a dozen times a year and thankfully my husband has stopped calling me GranMaaaw,

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      Hi Wyncotejoan,

      Oh my, it must be confusing, but what sweet names! We didn’t know Tutu is Hawaiian for grandmother, how fun. :) It’s always so interesting to learn the stories behind grandparents’ names for each family, thank you for sharing yours!

  • Lin Sue

    Our grandkids call us Gpa and Gma

    • couponscom

      Hi Lin Sue,

      How short and sweet! :) Thank you for sharing!

  • Marco Torres

    My cousin says goma and gompa haha

  • http://www.bigdatoid.xyz david cloud

    Our 15 grandchildren call us Nana D and Granddad. I’ve never liked being called Grandma, Granny, or Grandmother because I don’t like them. I’m only 52 and particular I guess!

    • http://www.bigdatoid.xyz david cloud

      Hi Mamadee,

      There’s nothing wrong with not being called “grandma!” :) We love “Nana D,” it sounds so sweet.

      Thank you for sharing with us!

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    I am known as Grand ! My oldest daughter started it with my first grandchild, and although it starts out as Gan, eight grandchildren later….I am Grand !

    • http://www.bigdatoid.xyz david cloud

      Hi Kathy,

      What a perfect short and sweet nickname. And we’re sure it could also mean that you’re a grand grandparent, too!

      Thank you for sharing!

  • Kathey Hunt

    Our two granddaughters call their paternal grandparents “Nani & Papa”. My husband and I are “MomMom (or MaMa) and Papi”. The terms “Grandma and Grandpa” were already taken by my mother and father, the girls’ beloved great grandparents.
    The girls live with in our home along with their mother, an Aunt, and two Uncles who call us “Mom and Dad”. The girls started calling me “Mom” which didn’t sit well with their mother! So I became MomMom and my daughter is “Mommy”. Works great.
    Photo of “Papi” and the girls

  • J Byrne

    When asked, I told my son (soon to be new father) that I was going to pick “one of tthose young sounding grandfather names”. I couldn’t find any. Later he would laugh and ask me “how’s that young grandfather name search going?” Fortunately he’s creative and came to the rescue. He suggested “he could call you G!” G is a wonderful name, easy to say, and I love to hear it. Now that we have 2 grandkids, it sounds even better when they yell “hi G” on unison.

    • Toni Francis

      Better than being called, Pud-G!

  • http://www.romanmestasphotography.com/ Roman Mestas

    Great content.. thank you!! My wife and I are expecting our first in February 2017 and we plan on letting all the grandparents choose their own names.

  • Grandmasue10

    My mother (now deceased) tried to get my niece (now 62) to say “Bapcia” which is Grandma in Bohemian. She became Baci and that’s what everyone called her till her death. My Aunt had her great grands call her Grandma Busha. Actually means grandma, grandma in Polish.

    • couponscom

      Hi Grandma Sue,

      Oh, we love these nicknames! How unique, thank you for sharing with us!

  • Heather

    My grandson calls me mamaw n my husband papa
    He calls my parents gigi n tapaw
    My in laws are grandma n grandpa
    Thank God everyone is different names…lol

    • couponscom

      Hi Heather,

      Wow, that sounds like a lot of nicknames to keep track of! What a wonderful combination of different names, too. :)

  • Rhonda

    My 4yr old twin grand daughters call me Bumma. Started off calling myself gramma, but bumma was easier I guess for them. If ayone calls me gramma, they have no clue who that is…they correct them and say no that’s bumma! I have a 3 month old grandson, curious what he will call me!

  • cat

    Bumpa for gramps. I’ve known quite a few “Bumpa”s in Canada and UK. I’ve seen cards made for Bumpa as well.

  • Dretdude

    I call my grandma and grandpa wewa and wewa because when im latino and when i was a baby i could not say abuela and abuelo so i called my grandma wewa then The name caught up with my grandpa and i call him wewe

  • Tammi S.

    I will be a first time grandma in July and trying to decide. My mom is Grandy which I don’t see on your list! :) I may go with a Norwegian version. Either Beste (“besta”) or Bestemor (best mom!) When my husband’s grandpa became a great grandpa, his name changed to “Grander”!

  • zemel

    We’re GiGi and Pop Pop, our first grandchild couldn’t say grandma and the GiGi stuck, and Pop Pop followed.

  • Chelsea Anne

    We are Grammy & Grumpy we have 3 grandchildren…the youngest is only 4 months so it will be nice to hear him say those names one day :)

  • Gena Oliver Main

    My grand children call me Goggie. Papa bear was trying to get my Grandaughter to call me granny. She said Goggie instead and it stuck.

  • http://fb.me/rondenenea Ron Denenea

    MawMaw and PawPaw were my dad’s parents. (definitely southern, not Cajun)
    GrandBob and GrandBetty just had iconic names. (Mom’s parents)

    MamMaw and PapPaw is a good variant. Mimi and Pepaw. Those are north Louisiana and New Orleans, respectfully.

  • DeeAnn

    My 2 year old grandson calls me Mamma, he has ever since he started talking and I love it. its not on the list either

  • willa kaulitz

    I call my grandparents on my mom’s side Mawmaw and Pappy (we’re in the south) and on my dad’s side they’re Papaw&Mamaw Teeth. Teeth because one day as a toddler I saw her take her dentures out and I said Mamaw TEETH!!! It stuck.

  • Renetta Taylor-Pearson

    My husband and I have 6 children between us and 10 grandchildren. They call me Bammaw and he’s PawPaw. I see so many cute names these days for grandparents that I’d wished I’d used, but they’ve gotten used to Bammaw, so Bammaw it has been for the last 15 years!

  • erbarnette

    I call my grandmother “Grandmala.” I’ve never heard anyone else use it before. It stemmed from me trying to say Grandmama and I said Grandmala instead. She liked it and it stuck!

  • bether

    My kids called my Mom Neeni. My grand-daughter calls me Plum. I chose that because my daughter started called me that sometimes when she was younger just because it rhymes with Mum and she is silly. My new grandson will call me Plum when he learns to talk. :)

    • suse

      You hope. They have a way of skewing it – hopefully, to something even cuter.

  • SCB L.

    My grandchild calls me Mamma and Pappa for her grandfather on our side of the family. On her dad’s side Pawpaw and Granny. My parents she calls Grandma and Grandpa. My grandmother she called Granny. I grew up in north Louisiana. My aunt’s grandchildren call her “Cookie”.

  • Dawn Clifford

    My son couldn’t say grandma or grandpa. It came out Duma and Dumpa. Pronounced Dooma and Doompa.

  • Cindee Klein

    Gey- Gey and Poppy came into play when my kids grandmother used to jingle her keys if they started to cry. Then they would say key-key which developed into gey gey. As they got older they called her Gey or Geygala

  • Brenda J Campbell-Payne

    Gertie

    • suse

      I have a friend from high school whose initials are PJ (no middle). Her parents intended to call her that, but didn’t. Anyway, her gkids call her “granny” (yuck). I told her she missed the golden opportunity to be called their PJ. :/

  • Waheeda Othman

    How about Nena and Deyda? Cute isn’t?

  • Kathy Badowski

    Our 2 year old granddaughter calls me Gaga and my hubby Grampsy and we love both of them — always wanted her to come up with names on her own and she sure did it!!

    • Madeleine Anne Griffin

      Gee I thought I was the only one to call my paternal grandmother Gaga, love it!

    • suse

      Nope, my kids called my mother MIL that. It’s grandma, but easy to say.

  • Darlene Martin

    My nickname is Monk so I am Grandmonker. My husband was GrandDon.

  • MELODY

    My grandmother is called Meemaw by all grands, and great brands? Her husband was called pawpaw.we also have Big Mamma and Big Great *was originally suppose to be great big mamma but kid came up with variation at young age.

  • Tracey L Ornelas

    My first grandson got to calling us GaGa and PaPa, he is 2 and a half and I don’t know if he will continue. But I really love that he just picked what worked for him. Just wonder too, what it will be like for a 16 year teenager taller than me still calling me GaGa will be like.

    • Madeleine Anne Griffin

      It will be great! Born in Scotland, so my Mum’s Mum was traditional Granny. But my Dad was an only child whose parents lived in Ireland. His Mum was then Granny Ireland but I couldn’t say that so called her Gaga Ireland, shortened to just Gaga. The name stuck and was used by my siblings. She loved it and was Gaga til the day she died. Now that I’m a Grandma I considered being Gaga G but then thought no, there is only one Gaga (til now lol).

    • Tony Gibbs

      I wondered what to be called by my new grandson. I wanted something “different”. My son said “Ya know…I had a Papaw, and you had a Papaw. Everybody needs a Papaw.” So I’ll be a Papaw.

  • Trinity Pickelhaupt

    I’ve got three pairs of grands. I call one oma and opa, g-ma and g-pa, and one gram-cracker and gramp-cracker. XD That way we know who is who lol.

  • Jean White

    My gbabies call me their Maymay and my husband they call Pa!

  • Betty Patton

    NAN and GRANDAD. I just think these names don’t sound as lame for teenagers to use. Baby talk is only cute when they’re babies :)

  • Ash

    My Daughter calls my mom MeeMaw and my son calls her MoMo!

  • Debra RN

    WaaWaa and Pop Pop

  • Destinee Weaver

    I don’t have children yet but when I do my dad will be called punk. He was in the Navy but didn’t want to be called Sarge or Captain and he’s too young at heart to be grandpa. Growing up my cousins called him Uncle Punk so it has stuck. My mom wants to be Gigi but I like Nona so we will see lol stay tuned.

  • Kasey Chirstian Terral

    My stepkiddos call my fiance’s parents nanny and grandpa and they call my parents Mimi and pepaw or as the youngest says poppop

  • Tabitha Gutierrez

    My oldest daughter first pronounced Grandma as “Gramber.” My mom loved it so much it stuck. I now have younger children & nieces that pronounce it as either “Bamber” or “Bamboo” but it’s still mostly Gramber.

  • D. Rawlins

    We have a blended family of 6 kids and 11 (so far) grandkids. I am Noni (pronounced nawnee) and he is Grumpy.

  • ljbtrfly

    My mom is Momo…got shortened from Grandmother (play on her name Mollie) my dad is Papa. They both love it when my daughter comes running calling their names.

  • Jamie Poland

    I’m the only one that has a special name in my family, they call me Glam’ma and my husband is Papa. I couldn’t go with the traditional Italian Nona, people say I was a young first time grandparent at 38.

  • R Davis

    I have a brand new Grandson. I love cute little names and wanted to step outside the “norm” I am Mam and my husband is Pap, the other grandparents are Grandma and Grandpa. Great Grandparents are Grandnanna and Grandpappa and Pa and Nanna.

  • Tammy P

    My mother was called “Muv” by her grandchildren.
    Not sure what we would have called a grandpa.

  • Ana Miller

    On my side of our little family, my grandparents are called Grandma and Grandpa- on my boyfriend’s side they’re Nan and Gramps… Idt I’ve seen these on your list of names…

  • Larry Martinez

    First grandchild is here…and she is adorable…like an angel. With that being said my stepdaughter is trying to work out the grandparents “names”. Her father & stepmom: grandpa & possibly grandma. I will be POPS and her mother is still trying to decide what she wants to be called. Such a dilemma…she likes Nana, but is struggling because her mother, whom we lost last Christmas, is the “Nana” of the family. I tried to explain it should be like an honor for her to carry on the name…but, she is torn. Any kind words, advice or suggestions i can pass on to my wife…would be more than welcomed. God bless~

    • suse

      Both my girls were sorta “coached,” but then the pronunciation is what stuck.

  • Jeff Smith

    My kids call their grandmother GROMMY.

  • Lisa Freeman

    My boys call my mom and dad mama and Papa and they call my in-laws Guma and Peepaw don’t ask me where they come up with those last two

  • Sarah E

    My dad wants to be called Grandda (purposely dropping the ending d) because it sounds Gaelic and here’s fixated on the fact that his grandparents were from Ireland. I think it sounds stupid because he’s only Irish when he sees a cool cross or poem or is talking to someone who is actually Irish and he starts waxing on about hearing the call of the “green mother land.”

    Should I just let it go, even though I think everyone is going to be correcting my kids for saying Granddad wrong?

  • Ginger

    Glamma and Pops!

  • Claudia Carlisle

    Nana & Bompa – our first and oldest grandchild called his granddad Bompa and the ones after naturally followed suit. My heart didn’t know how much love it could hold until my grandson called me Nana the first time.

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  • dlandrews

    My kids called their Grandma Nanny. I called my grandmother Granny.