The Ultimate Guide to Grandparent Names

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Choosing your grandparent name — you know, the one you want your grandkids to call you — can be almost as challenging as it was to select your own kids’ names. Coauthors Lin Wellford and Skye Pifer’s book, The New Grandparents Name List, a Lighthearted Guide to Picking the Perfect Grandparent Name, could help ease the process. We organized the grandmother names and grandfather names into traditional categories, then into lists that cover trendy monikers, playful and personality-based designations, and international terms. So, start scanning and post a comment below to let us know if there’s a different moniker you embrace.

Traditional grandmother names

Bamaw, Bammaw
Big Mama
Bubbie
DaMa
Dama, Dammaw
Eema, Eemaw, Ema
G
Gada
Gadgee, Gadgi, Gadgy
GaMa, Gamma
Gammi, Gammy, Gami
Ganna
Ganni, Ganny, Gani
GanGan
G-ma
Gommie, Gommy
Gram
Gramma, Grama
Grammie, Grammy
Gramommie
Grams
Granana
Grananny
Grandama
Grandgran
Grandma
Grandmom
Grandmother
Grandnan
Granma
Granmama
Granmom
Granna
Granny

Gumma
Jamma
Mamaw, Mammaw
Mamey, Mammy
Mams
Marmi, Marme
MawMaw
MayMay
Maymee
MeMa, Meema
MeMaw, Mimaw
MeMo, MeeMo, Mimo
MeeMee, MeMe, MiMi
Mimma
Mimmy, Mimsy
Minny
MoMa, MoMaw
MoMo
MomMom
Momsy
Mum, Mums
Mumsy, Mumsey
Nama, Namma
Nan
Nana, Nanna
Nanny
Ne-Ma
NeNe, NiNi
Ninna
Ninny, Ninni
Nona, Nonna
Noni, NoNi, NoNee
Nonni, Nonny
Ona, Onna

Traditional grandfather names

Banfy
Banpa
Banpy
Bappa
Bappy
Beebaw
BoBo
BooBoo, Boo
Boompa
Boppa, Bop
Da
Da Pa
DaPaw
Drampa
Drampaw
G
Gampa
Gamps
Gampy
Gran
Grand
Granda
Grandad
Grandaddy
Grandiddy

Grandgramp
Grandpappy
Granpap
Granpoppy
Granpop
Granpoppa
Gumpa
Gumpy
Gwampa
Pa
Pampa, Pampaw
Pap
PaPa
PapPap
Papps
Pappy
PawPaw
PawPee
Pop
Poppa
PopPop
Poppy
Poppi
Pops
Popsi

Trendy grandmother names

Ama
A-May
Ami, Aimee
Ammy
Babe
Babo
Bacca
Bamba
Bama, Bamma
Bella
Birdie
BonBon
CeCe, CiCi
Coco
Dally
Dandy
Fancy
Fammy
Fo-Ma, Faux Ma
Foxy
GaGa
GandyMom
Gangy, GanGee
G-Dawg
GG
Ginja
G-Mom
Geeda, Geda
GeezerGirl
Gita
GeeMa
Glamama
Glamma
Glammy
G.M.
Gogi
Go-Go
Grammar
Grandiose
Grandy, Grandi, GranDee
Granan
Granette
Granita
Grani, Granni, Granee
Granmanny
Graylor
Grea, Greah
Gummy
Hamma
Kitty
Lala
Lally
Layla
Leelo, Lilo
Lela
Lola
Mami, Mammi

MamaMia
Manni
Mayna
MayMay
Maysi
M’dear
Meemer
MeMom
Memot
Mia
Miami
Minny, Mini
Modie
Momette
MoMar
Mombo
MomMom
Mommoo
Mooma
Momsy
Mona
Monee
Mumica
Mummers
MuMu
Muna
Nano
Nanima
Naunee
Necie
Neema
Nema
Noma
NotherMother
Nimo
OtherMother
Onie
Pama
Pebbles
Pippa
Pippy
Poma, Pomma
Salsa
Soosa
Sugar
Sugie, Shugie
Tama, Tamma
Tammy
Tamsy
TeeMa
Uma, Umma
Vanna
Womba
Wela
YaYo
Yama
Yana

Trendy grandfather names

Ace
Adda
Baba
Babar
Badda
B.D., BeDe
BeeMa, BeMa
Big Bop
BiggieD
Bobaloo
Bop
Bubba
Buck
Bud
Buddy
Buster
Buzz, Buzzy
Chief
Coach
Dabadoo
Daddor
Dadoo
Dandy
Dappy
DeDad
DeeDah
Dexter
Dodie
Doody
Doozy
G-Daddy
G-Dad, GeeDad
G-Dawg
G-Dog
Geezer Guy, Geez
G-Man
G.P., GeePee
Grand-D
Grando
Grad
Gradaddy
Graddy
Grady

Granda
Grandy
Granite
Grandoody
Grandude
Grindy
Grindiddy
G.P.
Mellowman
MoreDaddy
Odie
Napa
Nemo
Panda
Papi
Papster
Papadaddy
Pawser, Pawsey
PeePa, Peepaw
Peepers
Pepe
Pogo
Popeo
Pepo
Peppy
Podge
Pompa
Poppers
Popples
Poppo
PoPo
Puggles
P-Pop
PopZ
Puppa
Puppaw
Rocky
Skipper
Slick
Umpa, Ump
Ta-Pa
Wampa
Wompa, Wompaw

Playful grandmother names

Abba
Bambi
Bamboo
Banana
Beemer
Big Gram
BiggieMa
BiggieMama
Booma
Boomie
Bubbles
Bunny
Cha-Cha
Chatty
Ciaba (Cha-bah)
Cookie
Dear, Dearie, DearMa
Dizzy
Dodie
Doodie, Dooty
Gabby, Gabbi
Gadget
Gitchey
GoGo
GoMa
Grammug
Grampoo
Grancie, Grancy
Grandmutter
Granny Mame
Grimmi
Grinni, Grinny
Happy
Honey
Huggy, Hugs, Hugme
Jamagramma
Jamma
Khakie, Kakie
Lolly, Lolli
Lulu
Lovey
LoveyDovey
Lula
Mamabear

Mamacita
Mambo
MaxiMa
Mayzie
Mermie
Mini, MiniMa
Mommo
Momsy
Moogie, Moogs
Moo-Moo
MoreMom, MoreMama
Muddy
Muffer, Muffy, Muff
Mumpy, Mumps
Nanamy
Nanoo
Nooni
NuNu
Peaches
PittyPat
PomPom
Puddy
Pumpkin
Punky
QueenB, Queen Bee
Queenie
Sew-Sew, SewMa
SloMa
Snuggy, Snugs, Snuggums
Sunny
Sweetie
Sweetums
TeaMa
Tink, Tinky
Tinkerbell
Toots
Tootsie
Twinkie
Twinkles
Unni
Upsy
Uttermutter, Uddermudder
Wicky

Playful grandfather names

Babaloo
Baboo
Bebop
Big Daddy, BiggieDad
BigD, BiggieD
Bo, Beau
Bobber
Bogie
Champ
Checkers
Coach
Dabba
Dabbadoo
Dadsy
Derby
DoDad, DooDad
Dodie
Domino
Doody
Doozy
Dozer
Faux Pa, Fo-Pa
Granpup

GoPa
Go-Pa
Grantie
Grinndy
Grumpy, Grumpa
Guapo
Hee-Haw
HoHo
Huggy, HugMe
Hummer
Jeepers
Paddles
Peppers
Podge
Pogo
Sarge
Skipper
SloPa
Splash
Tank
TeePa
Tug
UmPaPa

International grandmother names

Aboriginie
Australian Formal – Garrimaay
Australian Paternal – Mamaay
Australian Maternal – Momu
Polynesian Maori dialect – Tipuna Wahine
African
Berber dialect – Henna
Botswanan – Nkuku
Shona dialect – Ambuya
Swahili – Bibi, Nayanya
Venda dialect – Makhulu
Xhosa dialect – Umakhulu
Zulu dialect – Ugogo
Afrikaans
Ouma
Albanian
Gjyshe
American Indian
Cherokee – E-Ni-Si
Cheyenne – Neske’e
Eskimo, Inupiaq dialect – Aanaga
Navajo (maternal) – Ma’saani
Navajo (paternal) – Nali’
Ojibway – Nookmis, Nookomis
Arabic
Formal – Jaddah, Jiddah
Informal – Teta
Armenian
Tatik
Basque
Amona
Belarusen
Babka
Breton
Mamm-gozh
Cajun
MawMaw
Catalan
Àvia, Iaia
Chinese
Cantonese Paternal – Ngin
Cantonese Maternal – PoPo
Mandarin Paternal – Zumu
Mandarin Maternal – Wài pó
Croatian
Baka
Danish
Formal – Bedstemoder
Paternal – Farmor
Maternal – MorMor
Dutch
Grootmoeder
Esperanto
Avin
Estonian
Va naema
Farsi
Madar Bozorg
Filipino, Cebuano
Formal – Apohang babae
Informal – Lola
Finnish
Isoaiti
Mummo
Flemish
Bomma
French
Formal – Grand-mère
Informal – Gra-mere, Mémé
Semiformal – Grandmaman
Galician
Avoa
Georgian
Bebia
German
Formal – Grossmutter
Informal – Oma
Greek
Yaya
Gigia
Guarani, South America
Jaryi
Hawaiian
Formal – Kapuna Wahine
Informal – Puna, TuTu, KuKu
Hebrew
Savta
Safta
Hungarian
Formal – Nagyanya
Informal – Yanya, Anya

Icelandic
Amma
Indian
Bengali Paternal – Thakur-ma
Bengali Maternal – Dida, Didima
Hindi – Daadima
Southwestern – Ajii
Urdu Paternal – Daadi
Urdu Maternal – Nanni
Indonesian
Nenek
Irish/ Gaelic
Formal – Seanmhair
Informal – Maimeo or Morai, Mavoureen
Italian
Nonna
Japanese
Formal – Obaasan, Oba-Chan, Sobo (one’s own grandmother)
Informal – Obaba
Korean
Halmoni
Latvian
Vecmate
Lebanese
Sitti
Lithuanian
Senele, Mociute
Malagasy
Nenibe
Maltese
Nanna
Norwegian
Bestemor, Godmor
Paternal – Farmor
Maternal – MorMor
Polish
Formal – Babka, Babcia
Informal – Jaja, Zsa-Zsa, Bush, Gigi
Portuguese
Avo
Romanian
Bunica
Russian
Babushka
Sanskrit
Paternal – Pitaamahii
Maternal – Maataamahii
Serbian
Baba
Mica
Slovakian
Babicka
Slovenian
Stara Mama
Spanish
Formal – Abuela
Informal Diminutive – Abuelita, Uelita, Tita, Abby, Abbi, Lita
Swedish
Paternal – FarMor
Maternal – MorMor
Swiss
Grossmami
Syrian
Teta, Jadda
Tamil
Pathi
Thai
Paternal – Ya
Maternal – Yai
Turkish
Buyuk Anne
Anneanne
Babanne
Turkmen
Ene
Ukranian
Formal – Babusia
Informal – Baba
Uzbek
Bibi
Vietnamese
Formal – Danh tá
Informal – Ba, Bé già
Welsh
Southern – Mamgu
Northern – Naini, Nain
Yiddish
Bubby
Bubbe

International grandfather names

Aboriginie
Australian Formal – Maili
Australian Paternal – Waayamaa
Australian Maternal – Garrimaay
Polynesian Maori dialect – Tipuna Tane
African
Berber dialect – Tamazight
Botswanan – Ntatemogolo
Shona dialect – Sekuru
Swahili – Babu
Venda dialect – Mmakhulu
Xhosa dialect – Utat’omkhulu
Zulu dialect – Ubabamjhulu
Afrikaans
Oupa
Albanian
Babagiysh
American Indian
Cherokee – Agiduda, E-du-di
Cheyenne – Shi’choo
Eskimo, Inupiaq dialect – Ataataga
Navajo (maternal) – Chei
Navajo (paternal) – Nali’
Ojibway – Mishomis
Arabic
Formal – Jadd
Informal – Seedo
Armenian
Papik
Basque
Aitona
Belarusen
Dzied
Breton
Tad-Kozh
Cajun
PawPaw
Catalan
Aviah
Chinese
Cantonese Paternal – Yeh Yeh
Cantonese Maternal – Gong Gong
Mandarin Paternal – YeYe
Mandarin Maternal – Wai Gong
Croatian
Djed
Danish
Formal – Bedstefader
Paternal – Farfar
Maternal – Morfar
Dutch
Grootvader
Esperanto
Avo
Estonian
Vanaisahttp
Farsi
Pedaer Bozorg
Filipino, Cebuano
Formal – Apohang lalaki
Informal – Lolo
Finnish
Isoisa
Ukki
Vaari
Flemish
Bonpahttp
French
Formal – Grand-père
Informal – Pépère
Semiformal – Grand-papa
Galician
Avo
Georgian
Babu
German
Formal – Grossvader
Informal – Opa
Greek
Pappous
Guarani, South America
Aba
Hawaiian
Formal – Kupuna Kane
Informal – Tutu Kane
Hebrew
Saba
Hungarian
Formal – Nagyapa
Informal – Tata

Icelandic
Afi
Indian
Bengali Paternal – Dadu
Bengali Maternal – Nanu
Hindi – Daa-daa-jee
Southwestern – Ajja
Urdu Paternal – Daadaa
Urdu Maternal – Daadi
Indonesian
Petulu
Irish/ Gaelic
Formal – Seanathair
Informal – Daidoe, Daddo
Italian
Nonno
Japanese
Formal – Ojiisan
Informal – Sofu
Korean
Halabeoji
Latvian
Vectevas
Lebanese
Jid
Lithuanian
Senelis
Malagasy
Babakoto
Maltese
Nannu
Norwegian
Bestefar
Paternal – Farfar
Maternal – Morfar
Polish
Formal – Dziadek
Informal – Dziadzio
Portuguese
Avo
Romanian
Bunic
Bunicut
Russian
Dedushka
Sanskrit
Paternal – Pitaamaha
Maternal – Maataamaha
Serbian
Deda
Slovakian
Ded
Spanish
Formal – Abuelo
Informal Diminutive – Abuelito, Tito, Lito
Swedish
Paternal – Farfar
Maternal – Morfar
Swiss
Grosspapi
Syrian
Jidu
Tamil
Thatha
Thai
Paternal – Bpoo
Maternal – Dtaa
Turkish
Dede
Buyukbaba
Turkmen
Baba
Ukranian
Formal – Dadju
Informal – Gigi
Uzbek
Bobo
Doda
Vietnamese
Formal – Ong
Informal – Ong Noi
Welsh
Southern – Taidie
Northern – Tad-cu, Taid
Yiddish
Zaide
Zeydeh
Zeyde
Zeide
Zede

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