The Ultimate List of Grandma Names

by Nina Spears

The Baby Chick

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When I found out I was pregnant with my son, one of the many things I began to wonder was, “What are my parents and in-laws going to go by as their grandparent names?” Grandparents are not just going with the classic “Grandma and Grandpa” names anymore. Some are now getting creative and are coming up with new ideas. If your mother or mother-in-law is unsure of what they want their… Read More

When I found out I was pregnant with my son, one of the many things I began to wonder was, “What are my parents and in-laws going to go by as their grandparent names?” Grandparents are not just going with the classic “Grandma and Grandpa” names anymore. Some are now getting creative and are coming up with new ideas. If your mother or mother-in-law is unsure of what they want their special Grandma names to be, here is our ultimate list of over 100 Grandma names to choose from!

International Grandma Names

Many of the grandmother names we hear are from different cultures used all over the world and have been used for generations. Many of the newer names we’ve heard are inspired by these international Grandma names. Below this list you can find the traditional and trendy Grandma names that are popular now in the United States!

  • Aboriginie
    • Australian Formal – Garrimaay
    • Australian Paternal – Mamaay
    • Australian Maternal – Momu
    • Polynesian Maori dialect – Tipuna Wahine
  • African
    • Berber dialect – Henna
    • Botswanan – Nkuku
    • Shona dialect – Ambuya
    • Swahili – Bibi, Nayanya
    • Venda dialect – Makhulu
    • Xhosa dialect – Umakhulu
    • Zulu dialect – Ugogo
  • Afrikaans
    • Ouma
  • Albanian
    • Gjyshe
  • American Indian
    • Cherokee – E-Ni-Si
    • Cheyenne – Neske’e
    • Eskimo, Inupiaq dialect – Aanaga
    • Navajo (maternal) – Ma’saani
    • Navajo (paternal) – Nali’
    • Ojibway – Nookmis, Nookomis
  • Arabic
    • Formal – Jaddah, Jiddah
    • Informal – Teta
  • Armenian
    • Tatik
  • Basque
    • Amona
  • Belarusen
    • Babka
  • Breton
    • Mamm-gozh
  • Cajun
    • MawMaw
  • Catalan
    • Àvia, Iaia
  • Chinese
    • NaiNai
    • Cantonese Paternal – Ngin
    • Cantonese Maternal – PoPo
    • Mandarin Paternal – Zumu
    • Mandarin Maternal – Wài pó
  • Croatian
    • Baka
  • Danish
    • Formal – Bedstemoder
    • Paternal – Farmor
    • Maternal – MorMor
  • Dutch
    • Grootmoeder
    • Grootmama
  • Esperanto
    • Avin
  • Estonian
    • Va naema
  • Farsi
    • Madar Bozorg
  • Filipino, Cebuano
    • Formal – Apohang babae
    • Informal – Lola
  • Finnish
    • Isoaiti
    • Mummo
  • Flemish
    • Bomma
  • French
    • Formal – Grand-mère
    • Informal – Gra-mere, Mémé
    • Semiformal – Grandmaman
    • French Canadian – Mémé
  • Galician
    • Avoa
  • Georgian
    • Bebia
  • German
    • Formal – Grossmutter
    • Informal – Oma
  • Greek
    • Yaya
    • Giagiá
  • Guarani, South America
    • Jaryi
  • Hawaiian
    • Formal – Kapuna Wahine
    • Informal – Puna, TuTu, KuKu
  • Hebrew
    • Savta
    • Safta
  • Hungarian
    • Formal – Nagyanya
    • Informal – Yanya, Anya
  • Icelandic
    • Amma
    • Yamma
  • Indian
    • Bengali Paternal – Thakur-ma
    • Bengali Maternal – Dida, Didima
    • Hindi – Daadima
    • Southwestern – Ajii
    • Urdu Paternal – Daadi
    • Urdu Maternal – Nanni
  • Indonesian
    • Nenek
  • Irish/ Gaelic
    • Formal – Seanmhair
    • Informal – Maimeo or Morai, Mavoureen, Mhamó
  • Italian
    • Nonna
  • Japanese
    • Formal – Obaasan, Oba-Chan, Sobo (one’s own grandmother)
    • Informal – Obaba
  • Korean
    • Halmoni, Halmeoni
  • Latvian
    • Vecmate
  • Lebanese
    • Sitti
  • Lithuanian
    • Senelė, Mociute
  • Malagasy
    • Nenibe
  • Maltese
    • Nanna
  • Maori
    • Kuia
    • Te Kuia
  • Norwegian
    • Bestemor, Godmor
    • Paternal – Farmor
    • Maternal – MorMor
  • Polish
    • Formal – Babka, Babcia
    • Informal – Jaja, Zsa-Zsa, Bush, Busha, Busia or Gigi
  • Portuguese
    • Avó
    • VoVo
  • Romanian
    • Bunica
  • Russian
    • Babushka
  • Sanskrit
    • Paternal – Pitaamahii
    • Maternal – Maataamahii
  • Serbian
    • Baba
    • Mica
  • Slovakian
    • Babicka
  • Slovenian
    • Stara Mama
  • Somali
    • Ayeeyo
  • Spanish
    • Formal – Abuela
    • Informal Diminutive – Abuelita, Uelita, Tita, Abby, Abbi, Lita
  • Swahili
    • Bibi
  • Swedish
    • Paternal – FarMor
    • Maternal – MorMor
  • Swiss
    • Grossmami
  • Syrian
    • Teta, Jadda
  • Tamil
    • Pathi
  • Thai
    • Paternal – Ya
    • Maternal – Yai
  • Turkish
    • Buyuk Anne
    • Anneanne
    • Babanne
  • Turkmen
    • Ene
  • Ukranian
    • Formal – Babusia
    • Informal – Baba
  • Uzbek
    • Bibi
  • Vietnamese
    • Formal – Danh tá
    • Informal – Ba, Bé già
  • Welsh
    • Southern – Mamgu
    • Northern – Naini, Nain
  • Yiddish
    • Bubby
    • Bubbe

Classic & Traditional Grandma Names

We’ve all heard these traditional Grandma names. These are the classic names or names that have been inspired by them. You probably have heard many of these names from your friends’ grandparents. Some new grandmothers are carrying on these names today.

  • Abba
  • Amma
  • GamGam
  • Gammy or Gammie
  • Gigi
  • Gram or Grams
  • Gramma
  • Grammy or Grammie
  • Gran or Gran-Gran
  • Grandma or Grandmaw
  • Grandmama
  • Grandmom or Grand mom
  • Grandmother
  • Grannie or Granny
  • Ma or Maw
  • Mammy (and can go with Pappy)
  • Marmee or Marmi or Marmie
  • MawMaw or Mawmaw – popular in south Louisiana and are Cajun in origin
  • Meemaw or Meema (usually goes with Peepaw or Papaw)
  • Mema, MeMa or Mima
  • Memaw, MeeMaw or Mimaw
  • Meme
  • Memere
  • Mimi
  • Nana
  • Nanny (and can go with Poppy)
  • Nene (and can go with Papi)
  • Nonna
  • Yaya

    Trendy & Cool Grandma Names

    If the traditional names are not your type, that’s okay! We believe that grandparents deserve names that are as fun and unique as they are. So don’t be afraid to be creative and break tradition. Draw inspiration from the international names, traditional names ore even from these new trendy names. It should be a name that feels like a match!

    • Babe
    • Bamba or Bama
    • BeBe
    • Bella or Belle
    • Big Grandma
    • Big Mom or Big Momma
    • Birdy or Birdie
    • Bomma – stems from French and Dutch, meaning “good mom”
    • Bunny
    • CeeCee or Cici
    • Chacha
    • Coco
    • Cookie
    • Darling
    • Foxy
    • G
    • GG or GiGi
    • G-bomb
    • G-Ma or G-Mom (also spelled Gma, Geema or Geemom)
    • Gabby or Gabbi
    • Gadgy or Gadgi
    • Gaga
    • Gaggy
    • Gamma or Gams
    • Gammy
    • Gimmy (Like Kimmy, but with a G.)
    • Glamma or Glammy
    • GoGo or Gogi
    • Goma
    • Grammers (goes with Grampers)
    • Grancy or Grancie
    • Grand (and his or her name) – For example, Grand Martha and Grand Buddy
    • Grandma + First letter of name
    • Honey (and can go with “Bear” for a grandpa name!)
    • Kitty
    • LaLa
    • Lollie or Lolly (and goes with Pop – so cute, right? Lolly Pop!)
    • Lovey
    • Madam
    • Mambo
    • Maw Maw
    • MayMay
    • Mémé (and can go with Pépé)
    • Mia
    • Mims or Mimsy
    • Minny or Minnie
    • Momo
    • Mom-Mom
    • Momoo
    • Mom mom
    • Momsie
    • Nonnie
    • Naunie
    • Nani (instead of Nanny)
    • Neena or Nina
    • Pippy
    • Pippa
    • Queenie
    • Sassy
    • Sugar or Suga’
    • Sweetie
    • Teenie or Teeny
    • Tootsie
    • Two-Mama (like a second mama)

    Are there any Grandma names that we missed? Share with us what you call your Grandma or what your kids call your parents. 🙂