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

LanguageGrandmaGrandpa
FrenchGrand-mèreGrand-père
ItalianNonnaNonno
GermanOmaOpa
SpanishAbuelaAbuelo
PolishBabciaDziadek
GreekGiagiáPappoús
PortugueseAvóVovô
IrishMhamóSeanathair
HungarianNagymamaNagypapa
SwahiliBibiBabu
DanishMormorBedstefar
JapaneseO baachanO jiichan
RussianBabushkaDedushka
HawaiianKuku wahine (or Tutu)Kuku kane (or Tutu)
KoreanHalmeoniHal-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

Grandson on grandfather's shoulders | thegoodstuff

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

Granddaughter and grandmother reading together | thegoodstuff

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

Grandfather kissing granddaughter on forehead | thegoodstuff

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)

Grandparents playing with baby | thegoodstuff

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

Grandson playing with grandmom | thegoodstuff

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

175 replies on “26 Cute Names for Grandma and Grandpa”

My grandparents were memere and Pepere…. ♡♡♡ rest their souls. ♡♡♡

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

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!

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!

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,

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!

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!

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!

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 !

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!

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

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.