When ds was born, my in-laws already had a grandchild who called them "Grandma" and "Grandpa", so they got those names. I asked my parents to pick their own names. They chose "Grammy" and "Grampop".
I wondered if those names would be too similar and confusing for the kids, but that hasn't been an issue. Even the 2 year old knows who is "Grammy" and who is "Grandma" etc.
I know lots of you have much more interesting grandparent names! I'd love to hear your stories!
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My mom and dad are Savta (my mom) and Zaydeh (my dad). Zaydeh is Yiddish for grandfather, which my dad really liked and had warm connotations for him. Savta is Hebrew for "grandmother," and my mom wanted to be called by a Jewish name but didn't like identifying with the Yiddish word for grandmother ("Bubbe"), since that was what we called her mother, with whom she was not close. DD says both words pretty clearly, though she has taken to calling my mom "my little Savta" because my mom calls her "my little Nutchka" (a hodge-podge nickname that came from a Russian diminutive for her name...went from Ronni, to Ronnutchka, to Nutchka ).
My MIL is Bahbuk. No one, including her, knows why. She asked to be called Grandma, and from the time DD was old enough to point at familiar objects, she knew that MIL was Grandma. "Where's Grandma?" we'd say, and she'd point to her. However, when she started talking, she called her Bahbuk. MIL thought it was awesome that DD had made up a name for her, and we just decided that it was fine, so we call her Bahbuk, too. Now, DD will say things like, "I'm going to see my grandma. Her name is Bahbuk!" It cracks me up!
There are lots of other interesting names on this thread too!
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FIL is Papa Joe, because he is! His wife is Nana, she is definetly not a "grandma" type!
MIL is Grandma black hair...she has black hair! My Grandma is refered to as Grandma white hair!
My IL's wanted to be Grammy and Grampy as well. But when I talk about them to my kids, I call them Grammy Harriet and Papa Fred, or else they think I'm talking about my parents. So, that's what they call my IL's and of course that bothers my IL's, because everything I do bothers them. I love that my dd says Harriet a lot like hare-lip. But, it's better than a lot of what my kids could hear me mutter under my breath about them.
My Nana is called Nana by everyone. And her husband, who isn't my grandfather is called Pa. My kids are so lucky to have great grandparents!
My stepfather was named Jack, and he was going to be "Grand-Jack", but, alas, he died just days before dd was born after a long painful illness.
My maternal grandparents were called "Mam-maw" (sort of rhymes with ham-ha), and "Pap-paw" (again the first a is like ham). All their (many!) grandkids and great-grandkids, and even cousins who were not their own decendants called them this. The names were unique, and a matched set, and I think that's why the names lasted.
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DS calls DH's Mom "Nennie". All her other grandchildren call her Nettie or Mama Nettie, but DS couldn't say Nettie properly and Nennie has stuck! MIL loves it ~ she even signs all her cards "Nennie" now . Unfortunately, my FIL passed away many years ago and my children never had the honor of knowing him .
I like it best when there's a funny family name - one set of my great grandparents were Boo & Ban.
then there's *my* grandma...she insists on being called "gigi" and NOT great-grandma.
and the "extended family" (my friend for years and years and her parents). my friend is called nana, her father is papa, and her mother is mamuzzer :LOL
DS knows who these people are, but hasn't quite got the hang of saying their names yet. soon, though.
mil and fil are grandma and grandpa. DH's grandma and grandpa became great-grandma and great-grandpa.
My mother became nana (my maternal grandma was nana) and my father we're still not completely sure about, but he is probably pop-pop. The reason we're still undecided is because my maternal grandpa is still alive and he's pop-pop and "great pop-pop" just doesn't flow like "great-grandpa", so we're in this odd (at least for me and my mom) situation were the two pop-pop's are different generations. DD doesn't talk yet, so it's not really an issue, but we'll see what happens.
Dh's grandmother is Gaga to everyone
His mom is Grandma at the Farm (well, she lives on a "farm")
His mom's partner is Grandpa Doc (retired doctor and well, we all call him Doc)
My parents are grandma and grandpa
My grandmother on my mom's side is Gram
My grandmother on my dad's side is Bubbie
DH's mom is Nanny..I think??
Not too interesting here! When I was younger I only saw one set of my grandparents-but it was still Grandma (lastname) Grandpa (lastname).
my stepdad is Opa (he's austrian)
my dad is Boppa.. what i and my cousins called our grandfather,
my MIL is Grandma, and FIL is Granpa
My kids also have thier great grandparents, Gramma, Nonno and Rosa..
Icalled my grandparents "grandma ____ " and "grandpa _______" (first names) when referring to them DH did the same but with last names. when talking to them they are just grandma or grandpa.
my dad has other grandkids, they call him paw-paw and his wife nanny. Which I assume DS will also do. My mom and MIL,FIL don't have other grandkids. So, I assumed DS would decide what to call them...but my mom wants to be called granny or grammy . Would it be wrong to teach ds to call her Ninny?
My father is "Grandpa" (parents are divorced).
My FIL is "Pop-Pop".
After a lot of consideration, MIL decided she wanted to be called "Grammy". DN say is Mimi, but DH and I are trying to push DD to say "Grammy" b/c "Mimi" sounds too much like "Memere".
my parents were divorced and dad remarried. They are "by their own choosing"
Poppy and Ooma (like oma but with an ooooo sound).
My dh's father is Grampa and his wife (dh's stepmother) is just Janet. SHe's not a gramma type. like at all.
dh's mom passed when he was 18
We have lots of grandparents biological and "adopted" so that makes it easy
The only exceptions are my grandparents - my Dad's mom is Nana and we don't acknowledge my mothers parents at all.
My parents are grandma and grampa.
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so MIL is now Memmy and FIL is Pop-Pop.
but MIL now avoids seeing us for some reason so Rowan basically doesn't call her anything. whatever.
MIL is Grandma. FIL was supposed to be Grandpa, but every time he saw BeanBean he'd say "hey, Buddy-Buddy!" BeanBean started to call Grandpa "BuddyBuddy" so that's his name now.
One of my sisters is "Bananas" for the same reason that FIL is BuddyBuddy; the other sister is "Altacacca," a not very polite Yiddish word for an old person. (No, she's not old-- long story. :LOL)
We have a family friend who is older, and she's "Bubbe;" Mike's grandmother is Grandma Lastname (which is what all of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren call her). Mike's other grandparents have passed away, but MIL talks to BeanBean about "Grussmummy" and "Grussdaddy" all the time; that's how Mike & SIL referred to her parents when they were alive.