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What to Call Grandma and Grandpa: Great Nicknames for New Grandparents

Fifty names for your kids to call the people who raised you.

First-time grandparents have a lot to look forward to, and one of the first orders of family business is landing on the right nickname for Grandma and Grandpa. While many families follow tradition when choosing the names grandkids will call their grandparents, others are drawn to names that are unusual or unique or that borrow from entirely different traditions.

Did your grandma go by Mimi or Safta? Did your grandpa go by Poppy or Aba? There’s a wealth of inspiring names for grandparents from cultures and traditions around the world — and grandkids’ universally adorable struggle to pronounce complex names. Whether you need names for young grandparents hesitant to age themselves (here’s looking at you, Grandude) or grandparent names to distinguish one parent’s side from another, we’ve got you covered. No matter what, hearing the chosen nickname uttered by their children’s children will sound like the best thing ever.

Names for Grandma:

Granny

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Memaw

Nanny

Nana

Gigi

Mawmaw

Nonna

Ama

Abuela

Ajji

Avo

Baba

Bunny

Cookie

Dido

Glama

Lolo

Mimi

Mommom

Momo

Nini

Oma

Safta

Tata

Yaya

Names for Grandpa:

Aba

Abuelo

Avo

Beebop

Bubba

Dadu

Dido

Gramps

Grampy

Grandude

Grandy

Nali

Nanu

Nonno

Opa

Oppy

Papa

Papi

Pawpaw

Poppop

Poppy

Popsie

Saba

Sofu

Tutu