Where would we be without our grandmothers? From tender-hearted to spirited, and everything in between, the grandmas in our lives—whether our own or our children’s—have shown us the true limitlessness of love. For this, they deserve a proper name of honor in our families, one that’s at once endearing, reflective of our culture, and easy for little ones to say.
For inspiration, we asked The Everymom readers to share the names their kids have bestowed upon their family’s beloved matriarchs. Below are their responses—nicknames full of heart, history, and a dash of humor—that they’ve given to their grandmas.
Children across English-speaking countries often refer to their grandmothers as “nana.” Short and sweet, the repeat syllables are easy on little ones just learning to speak.
Many readers shared that their mothers and grandmothers go by “lita,” an adorable short-form of abuelita, the less-formal Spanish word for grandmother.
For beginning talkers, “grandma” can be quite a mouthful. Lucky for them, this funny, little nickname makes a perfectly simple substitute.
Our readers of Japanese heritage shared that the grandchildren in their families use the sweet “baachan” to honor grandmothers.
In Polish families, grandmothers around the world often take the name of “baba” or “babcia.”
For readers with German ties, the tender-sounding “oma” is a popular stand-in for “grandma.”
For French flair, the charming “maemae” leads the pack in stylish nicknames for grandmother.
8. Pó Po
For Chinese families who speak Cantonese, there’s a dedicated name for each grandmother. “Pó po” is meant to distinguish each family’s maternal grandmother.
“Gran” gives off distinctively British vibes, though anyone the world-over can claim this cute-as-can-be name for grandma. Here, we’ll also lump in all the similar variations: “granny,” “gram,” “grammy” and “grams,” as well.
In the Tamil language, spoken in India, Singapore, and Sri Lanka, families use “aachi” as an endearing term for grandmothers.
Readers may be familiar with the stately “grandmama,” used most often across the southern US.
A simple name with a repeated syllable, this nickname rolls off even the smallest of tongues.
Readers shared that their little ones use the name “nonnie” in their families, which may be a play on the Italian nomna.
14. Bà Nội
Our Vietnamese readers chimed in to share “bà nội” as a name for their family’s paternal grandmother. “Bà ngoại” is used widely to refer to maternal grandmothers.
When only the simplest name will do, “g” makes the perfect substitute for grandmother. Though finding an equally easy name for grandpa might be a tall order.
Jewish readers shared this sweet-sounding name for grandmothers which, according to Kveller, is a good pick for a young-at-heart grandma. A common variation on the name is “savta.”
A grandmother swap-in with roots in England, “nan” is adorable on its own—or as an accompaniment to “nana.”
Often used to shorten great-grandmother for beginning speakers, this charming nickname makes for a chic alternative to grandma, too.
Another short form of the Spanish abuelita or abuela, “aba” is a cute name that little ones can easily pronounce.
For Greek families, “YaYa” or “YiaYia” is a common nickname for grandmothers.