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The Ultimate List of Grandma Names

grandparentsUpdated July 13, 2022

by Nina Spears

The Baby Chick®: Pregnancy, Birth & Postpartum Expert

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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 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 worldwide and have been used for generations. These international Grandma names inspire many of the newer grandma names we’ve heard. Below this list, you can find the traditional and trendy Grandma names popular now in the United States!

Aborigine

  • 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

Belarusian

  • 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

Ukrainian

  • 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 grandma names or grandma names that they have inspired. 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 grandma names, traditional grandma names or even from these new trendy grandma 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. 🙂

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