(Closed) What do you call your grandparents, what will your parents be called?

posted 7 years ago in Parenting
Post # 107
10351 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2014 - Chicago, IL

@allyfally:  I call mine grandma and grandpa. We have dogs (no real babies yet, if ever) and refer to FH’s mom as their grandma and my mom likes to be called their Gigi. I think Gigi is suuuuper cute and if we have real children she will be Gigi to them 😀

Post # 108
1348 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2019

I literally thought my grandmother’s name was Nana until I was about 8 years old, lol, because everyone–including my grandfather–calls her that.

My grandfather on the other hand was very insistent that he be called by his first name. And nothing else. No grandpa, no pops–nope.

Post # 109
283 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

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@MsJ2theZ:  It’s what the Swedes use, too. But both grandparents had lived in many different Scandanavian countries, also. 

My ExH’s grandmother was Gigi. 


Post # 110
1723 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@allyfally:  When I was growing up my bio dads parents were my oma and opa, my moms parents were grandma and grandpa and my dads parents were grandma (name) and grandpa(name) now i only have my dads parents left so I just call them grandma and grandpa.  My mom has told me she wants to be called Deedee, which is what she used to call her grandmother. My bio dad trys to get his grandson (stepsisters son) to call him Opa…but i already told him there’s no way our kids will call him that.  My opa was not a nice or good guy..and I have ZERO good memories of him. My FI’s nephews call his mom Grandma (name). I figure you can always refer to them one way…but as the kids grow, they kinda come up with their own names anyways. LOL  

Post # 111
1409 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I called both my grandmothers Grandma, and distinguished between them when necessary by adding their first names. My grandfathers were Grandpa and Papou, because he’s Greek.

My parents have pretty much been going with Grandpa and Yiayia. FI’s parents go by Nonnie and Pop-pop. So I think we’ll stick with that 🙂

I think it’s funny that Nonnie is a word people use for Grandma, because nani is a Greek word for sleep, and though my mom is far from a fluent speaker, when we were little she used a couple of Greek words around us, so when I was tired I’d say I want to go nani. I might keep up the tradition because I think it’s adorable otherwise, but with a Nonnie it’d be too confusing!

Post # 112
435 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

On one side I’ve got Gramma and Grampa, and on the other side Bubie and Zaida (they’re Jewish). My mom refuses to be “Gramma” or “Bubie”, and I think she’ll wind up being just “Grandma”. SO only has once set of grandparents since the others died before he was born. He calls his living grandparents Grandma and Grandad.

Post # 113
5870 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

On both sides my grandparents are/were Nonna & Nonno which are the italian words for grandma/grandpa.

When we have kids my parents will be nonna/nonno…not sure what DH’s parents will be, but certainly something normal in the English language.

Post # 114
722 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I call mine Grandma and Grandpa. But I do like Nana and Papa

Post # 115
2585 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I call the grandparents I am closest to Gramma and Grampa. The rest are “Gramma Firstname”, “Grampa Firstname”, etc. The latter is probably what our kids will call their grandparents, unless they come up with something else on their own.

Post # 116
2268 posts
Buzzing bee

My maternal grandparents were Grandad and Nana; my paternal grandparents are Grandma and Granddad.

SO’s maternal grandparents are Nana and Poppa and I think his paternal grandparents we’re also Nanna and Poppa.

My Mum wants to be ‘Grammy’ and I am happy to let SO’s parents choose what they want to be called.

Post # 117
1153 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Mine were always grandpa (mom’s dad) and grandpa last name, grandma last name (dad’s parents). 

My mom and her DH are Gammy & Papa Luther and my dad is grandpa first name.

DH’s parents are super formal and i think they should be called grandma & grandpa but my Mother-In-Law says her parents were grandma/grandpa so she wants a different name. I said she could have anything but Grammy but i really just want them to be grandma and grandpa. we shall see…

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