Spinoff: Names for Grandparents

posted 2 weeks ago in Parenting
Post # 2
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2016

My niece calls my mom “Yaya” which I’m pretty sure my mom  chose herself. I vaguely remember there being some conversation about it when my SIL was pregnancy.

My husband calls his grandpa “Pops”

Post # 4
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2020

People in my family live a long, long time (I still have four great-grandparents in my mid-twenties and had a great-great until I was in high school) so we’ve had to cast a wide net for grandparent names! Nana and Papa, Mimi and Papaw, Granny, Grandmother, Grandma, Granddaddy and probably our oddest, Mamou (“May-moo”). 

My dad’s mom tried changing hers from Mimi to Chick when all of the grandkids got a bit older, and we were absolutely not having it.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2019

My maternal grandmother was “Maw-Maw” pronouced Mawl-Mawl and she always signed with the the dash <3, my grandfather was Paw-Paw, pronouced Pawl-Pawl. My paternal grandmother was simply Grandma and she was my best friend. 

My Mother-In-Law and Father-In-Law go by Nonna and Pepe, nonna is italian and funny enough my Mother-In-Law is not italian but my Father-In-Law is half. Pepe is a family name after our family vacation to Italy. 

My mom would love to be called Maw-Maw by my future kids, so that’s what we’ll do! 

Post # 6
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2016

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@ecrisrien:  Hmm…I think distantly on my dad’s side. I have no idea how my mom came up with that, it’s never been used in our family as far as I know.

Post # 7
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Helper bee

My moms parents were always ‘grandma and poppy’, though I don’t use ‘poppy’ so much anymore.

My dads parents were always ‘grandma and grandpa’.

My parents are not grandparents yet. 

My husbands parents are ‘mee mee and gog’, which I am not a fan of AT ALL. His dads name is ‘Greg’, which is where the ‘gog’ came from.

Post # 8
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Helper bee

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@oxfordpink:  lol at ‘chick’. I mean, what even is that?

Post # 9
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Wannabee

My son is 2 and he started calling his grandma Gaga and his grandpa Baba. 

I’m sure it’ll evolve as he gets older though.

He calls my husband’s parents Nana and Papa, which is what they call themselves when talking to him. 

Post # 10
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Helper bee

in my family we always just called everyone grandma or grandpa.  i am expecting my first baby, which is the first grandchild on my side of the family, but on my husband’s side, my nieces already call my in laws lala and pappy.  i feel totally ridiculous saying those names out loud, and i feel weird encouraging my son to use those names, but i feel like my inlaws expect it at this point!

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I had Grannie and Grandpa on my dads side and Grandma and Grandad on my mums.

i tried to do something similar with my kids but it hasn’t stuck. We have Granny and Grandpa and Grankie and Grandpa Ragbag.

my kids have 1 great grandparent left and she is Granny (her name) 

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2020

French grandparents were Memère (meh-mair) and Pepère (peh-pair). Dad’s have always been Grandpa and Granny. 

I think it evolves with some of the other cousins, because I don’t think we chose any of those names!

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2018

We had Nana/Papa on one side and Mama/Grandad on the other. My maternal grandmother was supposed to be  “Grandmom” but my older brother just started calling her Mama and that ended up sticking for all five of my siblings and I for the rest of her life! Sometimes the kids pick the name haha.

My parents are going by Mimi and Poppy for my nieces and nephews.

 

Post # 15
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 1997

I grew up calling them Grandma & Grandpa, but my kids always called them Nana & Papa. My kids only have one Nana and one Papa, as Dh’s mum and my dad passed before the wedding. Father-In-Law was kind of upset, as he wanted to be called Grandpa, but we didn’t know that until the kids were already calling him Papa, and by then it was too late to change it!

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