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My grandmother and grandfather want my son to call them grandma and grandpa. Which is ok, but it makes it confusing when my parents are around. I think my grandmother 'only' in her 70's is having a hard time trading in her grandma status for great-grandmother hood.

Just curious what names your kiddo's have!

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My kids only have one and they call her Oma, same as I do. No one else in my family is refered to as Oma so it works for us. It I called her grandma then it would be REALLY confusing. Poor kids already have to differentiate between Grandma, 2 Grandpas, Abuelo and Abuelita lol.
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They refer to all grandparents and great grandparents as grandma and papaw, and usually that is followed by the last name of the grandparent...Grandma Smith, Grandma Johnson etc etc.
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I don't know about great grandfathers but we call our grandmothers G.G. and Nana.

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I don't know about great grandfathers but we call our grandmothers G.G. and Nana.
That's what we use too...G.G. and Nana. We have only one great grandfather left, and we refer to him as Pa.
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The great grandparents in our family are known as:
Great Grammy, Great Grandma Jean, Great Grandpa Adrian--They all get "greats"
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We call DH's Grandmother, Grandma and my DD calls her that too because there DH's mother is Nana.

My mom is Nanny and her mom was Nanny to us so DD calls her Great Nanny.

I called my great grandmother "Old Nanny".

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In my family, grandparents in general tend to end up with 'grandma names'--for instance, my maternal grandmother is Maga. Great-grandkids just use the already existing 'grandma name' for the great-grandparent.

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our grandparents are called Grandma + first name

We went with this so that they and we could distinguish a specific person more easily in conversation. There were so many grandmas and adding the last name didn't add much clarity.

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Dd's only really met one great grandparent, dh's grandmother. Who is her savta-raba and is called that. The grandma name is "Savta" but everyone of the generation to use that just use it with that generation. (E.g. dh's mom will tell me "Savta is doing thus and such" and then I might tell dd "Savta says that Savta-raba is doing thus and such.")

As for your issue, if you just include a name with the grandpas and grandmas it'd sort things out nicely for your kids. Grandpa Mark is daddy's daddy, Grandpa John is Grandpa Mark's daddy. That sort of thing.
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That's what we use too...G.G. and Nana. We have only one great grandfather left, and we refer to him as Pa.
Another one here who uses G.G. and Nana.

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All the grandparents chose different grandparent "names" for themselves (etc: Mimi, Nana, Papa, Grandpa, etc), so DS will refer to his great-grandparents the same way that we (DH & I) referred to them growing up because there's no overlap in those names. But there is some overlap in grandpas, so we'll do the Grandpa FirstName there.

As a child, all my grandparents went by the same "name"--ie, the equivalent of grandma & grandpa--but they all lived in different cities, so I distinguished them by city instead of by first name.

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Great great grandma has not been me yet, but she is "Tatarra-buela". Great grandma is "Awa" (Abuela, but Awa stuck) and Great Grandpa is "Bisa" (Bisabuelo).

Grandparents are Grandma and Grandpa now
(DD used to call them by their names as a result of MILs coaxing)

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While she was alive, my kids called my grandmother "Pra" which is the "great" part of Great-grandmother in Russian.
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There's a show called "Little Bill" where the kids called their great grandmother Alice the Great. I always thought that was cute.
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GiGi (That's the way we spell G.G., short for great-grandma.)

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We do grandma-lastname and grandpa-lastname. We have one set of greats and 2 regular sets. However, since my parents visit more frequently they go by just Grandma and Grandpa during visits. I only use the grandma-lastname when talking about them.

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Another GiGi here - and the other one, the one that all the adults involved (us, grandparents) actually have a comfortable relationship with, is called by her first name and loves it.
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Grandpa Walter is one left on one side and my grandmother announced one day she was now "Nana". It was what we called her mother.

There's always "Gangee" and "pop-pop"!

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abuelita firstname, granny and grandpa for the three greatgrandparents (which is what i call them as my grandparents). grantparents are referred to by first name, as am i.

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All the grandparents chose different grandparent "names" for themselves (etc: Mimi, Nana, Papa, Grandpa, etc), so DS will refer to his great-grandparents the same way that we (DH & I) referred to them growing up because there's no overlap in those names.
Same for us. My grandparents are Mom and Pop, Granny and Pawpaw. Dh's are Poppy and Memaw and Gram. That's what we called them growing up so that is what our kids call them.

Dh and my parents became Grumps and Nauna, Ama and Papa Chuck, Oma and Opa, and Granpa [ourlastname].

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our extended family named themselves so we have:

grandma and grandpa (my parents)
oma and opa (dh's parents)
gigipa and gigima (my maternal grandparents)
nana and poppa (my paternal grandparents)
great grandma peters (my dh's maternal grandmother)

my kids have not seemed to have any issues keeping all these folks straight!

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My ILs are Mawmaw and Pawpaw, so my parents are just Grandma and Grandpa. When I was little I called all my grandparents Grandma/Grandpa Firstname (three sets of them!). DD1 calls them the same thing.

I think the cutest grandparent names I ever heard were Grandlady and Grandman.

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My DD is too young to call them anything, but I call my grandparents Grammy, Grampy, and Gran so I assume that she will call them the same thing.

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Nana and Papa (my parents)
Grandma and Grandpa "LastName" (dh's parents)
Grandma "LastName" (my maternal grandma)
Mimi (my paternal grandma)
Great Grandpa and Granny (his paternal grandparents)
Grandma Lastname (his maternal grandma)

My great grandparents were Mama (proncounced mum-all) and Papa (pop-all)

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There's a show called "Little Bill" where the kids called their great grandmother Alice the Great. I always thought that was cute.
Now I feel like a big goof! I forgot to add that MY great grandmother (so the kiddos great-great grandmother) we all refer to as Jackie the Great. I called her that growing up (as did all the great grandkids - which is a lot...she had 16 children, all of which had 3+, who in turn had I don't know how many...). Now I feel rotten for leaving her out in my original post.
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My DD is too young to call them anything, but I call my grandparents Grammy, Grampy, and Gran so I assume that she will call them the same thing.
we run into this as well... it's hard for me to call grandma anything else-- I mean, it's her name, after all. That being said, she was really insistent that my mom be called the equivalent of 'big momma' which neither my mom or I liked. So they both ended up being called grandma. We tried 'super grandma', but I have a hard time remembering that myself.

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My grandmother and grandfather are "Gigi" and "Fafi"-- Gigi is for G.G., and Fafi is because when my generation was young they insisted on a very formal "Grandmother" and "Grandfather." Fafi was the best some of the babies could do with Grandfather.
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We are blessed in that my kids have a great great grandma that is still alive. She has always been known as just Grandma by everyone, I guess I grew up hearing my Dad call her Grandma cause she was his Grandma and so that's what all us great grandkids call her too.
We insert last names after the Grandma to make it clear who it is. It would be a mouthful for the kids to have to say " great great grandma" every time. LOL

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My kids only have two surviving great-grandparents, and they've only met one of them - twice. They call her "Nana", just as I always did.

I had two living great-grandmothers when I was a child. My mom's paternal grandmother was "Great Granny" (and she loved that - she was like a grandma from a storybook - bun, apron, rocking chair, baking, etc.). My dad's paternal grandmother was "Great Grandma *lastname*".

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