International grandfather names

Check out what grandfathers are called in dozens of languages.

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Families are rooted in culture and traditions being passed down from generation to generation. And there is no better example of this passage of knowledge, customs, and heritage than the connection between a grandparent and a grandchild. Our list of international grandfather names will help you choose a name that carries a piece of your heritage. Find yours below!

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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