Holy Pop! 373 great names for grandparents

Kinderling News & Features

What do your children call your parents? Have you opted for the traditional Grandma and Grandpa? Or something a bit more unique?

Here’s a multitude of cute names for your kids’ grandparents, from all across the globe.

Grandmother:

A
Aanaga (Aana commonly) (maternal Inupiaq Eskimo)
Abuela (maternal Formal Spanish)
Abuelita, Uelita, Tita, Abby, Abbi, Lita (maternal informal diminutive Spanish)
Aggie
Ajji (maternal Southwestern – India)
ama sani (maternal grandmother Navajo)
Amatchi (maternal Basque (region in NE Spain/SW France)
Ambuya (maternal African Shona dialect)
Amma (maternal Icelandic)
Ammamamma (maternal India)
Ammaw
Amona (maternal Basque)
Anneanne (maternal Turkish)
Anya, Yanya (maternal informal Hungarian)
Anyoka, nagyanya (maternal Hungarian)
Anyu
Aperle (paternal Arrernte, NT)
Apohang babae (maternal Formal – Filipino Cebuano)
Audie
Àvia, Iaia (maternal Catalan Spain) (used by small children)
Avino (maternal Esperanto)
Avó (maternal Portuguese)
Avoa ( maternal Galician)
Awa (maternal Hindi)

B
Ba (maternal Vietnamese)
Baadhiin (paternal Wiradjuri, NSW)
Baba (maternal Ukranian. Also Macedonian.)
Baba, Mica (maternal Serbian)
Babaanne  (maternal Turkish)
Babicka, Babi (maternal Slovakian)
Babka, Babcia, Babcia, Baba, Boucha, Busia, Busha (maternal formal Polish)
Babs
Babushka, Busha, Buka, Baboo (maternal Russian)
Baka (maternal Croatian)
BB, BeBe
Bé già, Ba (maternal Informal Ba Vietnamese
Bebia (maternal Georgian)
Bedstemoder (maternal Formal Danish)
Beppe (bep-ah maternal Frisian)
Bestemor, Godmor (maternal Norwegian)
Bibi, Nyanya ( maternal African Swahili)
Blossom
Bo
Bomma (maternal Flemish)
Bubby, Bubbe, Bube, Bubbie (maternal Yiddish)
Bunica, Bunical (maternal Romanian)
Bunny
Buyuk Anne (maternal Turkish)

C
CeCe, ChiChi
ChooChoo
Cookie
Cuppa

D
Da
Daadi (paternal Grandmother Urdu India)
Daadima (maternal Hindi – India)
Danh tá (maternal Formal Vietnamese)
Deeda
DeeDee, DiDi
Dida, Didima (maternal Grandmother Bengali  – India)

E
Elisi (pronounced similar to ay-lee-see) (maternal Cherokee)
Enisi (ay-nee-see) (paternal Cherokee)

F
Fafa (paternal grandmother Danish)
Farmor (paternal grandmother Sweden)

G
Gabba
Gaga
Gamma
Gam Gam
Gee, Gee-ma, Gee-Mama, Gege
GG, Giggy, Gigi
Gigia, YaYa (Greek)
Gima
Gjyshe (Albanian)
Glama
Godmor, Bestemor (Norwegian)
Gr-mere, Meme (informal French)
GraGra
Gram
Grammie, Grammy
Grambo
Grand-mere (formal French)
Grandma
Grandma Nana
GrandMaman (semi-formal French)
Grandmama
Grandmommy
Grandy
GranGran
Granny
Granna (combination of Grandma and Nana)
GrannyMama
Grenni
Grootmoeder (Dutch)
Grossmami (Formal Swiss)
Grossmutter (Formal German)
Gummy

H
Hajurmua – shortens to Mua  (Nepal)
Halmoni (maternal Korean)
Henna (maternal African Berber dialect)
Honey

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I

Ipmenhe –(paternal Arrernte, NT)

J
Jadda, Teta (Syrian)
Jaddah, Jiddah (maternal Formal Arabic)
Jaja, Zsa-Zsa, Busha, Gigi (maternal informal Polish)
Jaryi (maternal Guarani)
Juju

K
Kapuna Wahine (maternal Formal Hawaiian)
Kai (Tukai, meaning old man in Fijian)
Kimba
Kuku, Tutu Puna (maternal Informal Hawaiian)

L
Lala, Lela
Lola (Tagalog Philippines)
Lolly, Lolli
Lolo (maternal informal Filipino)
Lovey

M
Ma-Gar
Ma-maw
Ma-meg
Ma’saani (maternal American Indian Navajo)
Maataamahii (maternal Grandmother Sanskrit)
Madar Bozorg (maternal Farsi)
MaeMae, Mah-meh
Maga
Maimeo (maternal Informal – Irish/Gaelic)
Makhulu (maternal African Venda dialect)
Mamaay (paternal Grandfather Gamilaraay language in NSW)
Maman
Mamar
Mamgu (maternal Southern Welsh)
Mami, Mamie
Mamm-Baour (Breton NW France)
Mamm-gozh (maternal Breton)
Mamo, Mamoo
Mater
Mavoureen (maternal Informal – Irish/Gaelic)
MawMaw (maternal Cajun)
Meema
Meepa
Mémé (maternal Informal French)
Mem/Memmie
Metzmayr (maternal Armenian)
Mimi (Yawaru, WA)
Mimiere (maternal French Canadian)
Mimzy
Mociute (maternal Lithuanian)
Momo
Momu (paternal grandmother Yolngu Matha, NT)
MooMaw, MooMoo
Moosie
Morai (maternal Informal – Irish/Gaelic)
MorMor (maternal Grandmother Danish, Norwegian & Swedish)
Mummo ( maternal Finnish)

N
Nagyanya (Formal Hungarian)
Nahnee
Naini, Nain (maternal Northern Welsh
Nali’ (paternal Grandmother American Indian Navajo)
Nami, Nan, Nani
Nana, Nanna
Nanni (maternal Grandmother Urdu India) Nannie, Nanny
Nanu (maternal Bengali)
Narnie
Nei Nei (Neiko, meaning lady in Kiribati)
Nenek (Indonesian)
Nenibe (Malagasy)
Neske’e (maternal American Indian Cheyenne)
Ngin (paternal Grandmother Cantonese)
Nina
Nini
Ninny
Nkuku (maternal African Botswanan)
Nona, Nonna (maternal Italian)
Nookmis (American Indian Ojibway)
Nookomis (American Indian Ojibway)

O
Oba-Chan (maternal Formal – Japanese)
Obaasan (maternal Formal – Japanese)
Obaba (maternal Informal – Japanese)
Oma (maternal informal German, Dutch)
Ommy
Ouma (maternal Afrikaans)

P
Pathi (maternal Tamil)
PoPo (maternal Cantonese)

R
RahRah
RooRoo

S
Safta (maternal Hebrew)
Savta (maternal Hebrew)
Seanmhair (maternal Formal – Irish/Gaelic)
Senele (maternal Lithuanian)
Sitti (Lebanese)
Sobo (maternal Formal – Japan)
Stara Mama (maternal Slovenian)

T
Tata
Tatik (maternal Armenian)
Teta (informal Arabic & Syrian)
Thakur-ma (Bengali Paternal – India)
Tipuna Wahine (Te Aka Maori dialect)
TuTu (Informal Hawaiian)

U
Ugogo (African Zulu dialect)
Umakhulu (African Xhosa dialect)
Una

V
Vanaema (Estonian)
Vecmate (Latvian)

W
Wài pó (maternal Grandmother Mandarin)

Y
Ya (maternal Grandmother Thai)
Yai (paternal Grandmother Thai)
Yanya, Anya (Informal Hungarian)
Yaya, Yia Yia, Gigia (maternal Greek)

Z
Zeidy
Zhi-Zhi
Zsa-Zsa, Busha, Gigi, Jaja (informal Polish)
Zumu (paternal Grandmother Mandarin)

Grandfather:

A
Aba (paternal Guarani, South America)
Abuelito, Tito, Lito (paternal informal diminutive Spanish)
Abuelo (paternal formal Spanish)
Afi (paternal Icelandic)
Agiduda, E-du-di (paternal Cherokee)
Aitona (paternal Basque)
Ajja (paternal Southwestern India)
Ampa
Apohang lalaki (paternal, formal Filipino)
Ataataga (paternal Eskimo, Inupiaq dialect)
Aviah (paternal Catalan)
Avô (paternal Esperanto, Galician, Portuguese)

B
Baba (Turkmen)
Babagjysh (paternal Albanian)
Babakoto (Malagasy)
Babu (Georgian & paternal Swahili)
Bamper
Bedstefader (paternal formal Danish)
BeeBop
Beepa
Bestefar (Norwegian)
Big Bear
Bobo, Doda (Uzbek)
Bonpahttp, Bonpa  (Flemish)
Boom-pa
Boopa
Boppa
Bpoo (paternal Grandfather Thai)
Bumpie
Bunic, Bunicut (Romanian)
Bunky

C
Cebuano (Filipino)
Chei (maternal Grandfather Navajo)
Commander in Chief

D
Da
Daa-daa-jee (paternal Hindi India)
Daada (paternal Grandfather Gujarati India)
Daadaa (paternal Grandfather Urdu India)
Daadi (maternal Grandfather Urdu India)
Dadju (paternal formal Ukranian)
Dadu (paternal Grandfather Bengali India)
Daidoe, Daddo (paternal informal Irish/Gaelic)
Ded (Slovenian)< br />Deda (Serbian)
Dede (paternal Turkish)
Dedo (Macedonian)
Dedek, Dedi (Slovakian)
Dedushka (paternal Russian)
Dido
Djed (paternal Croatian)
Dyado (paternal Bulgaria)
Dziadek, Dziadzi, Dziadziu, Jaja (paternal formal Polish)
Dziadzio, Dzia Dzia (paternal informal Polish)
Dzied (paternal Belarusen)

E
Edudi, Agiduda (paternal Cherokee)

F
Farfar (paternal grandfather Swedish, Danish)

G

G
G-pa
GaGa
Gampa
Gampy
Garrimaay (maternal Grandfather Gamilaraay language in NSW)
Gido
Gigi (informal Ukranian)
Gimmpy
GongGong (maternal Grandfather Cantonese)
Gop/Goppy
Grampie, Grampy
Grampo
Gramps
Grampy
Grand-papa (semi-formal France)
Grand-pere (paternal formal France)
Grandaddy
Granddad
Grandpa
Grandpop
Grandy
Grapa
Grootvader, Opa (Dutch)
Grosspapi (Swiss)
Grossvader (Formal German)
Grossvader (Formal German)
Grumpa/Grumps/ Grumpy
GumGum
Gumpy
Gung gung (Cantonese)

H
Hajurbua – shorten to Bua (Nepal)
Halabeoji (Korean)

J
Jadd (paternal formal Arabic)
Jid (Lebanese)
Jidu (Syrian)
Jamuny (Yawaru, WA)

K
Kupuna Kane (paternal Formal Hawaiian)

M
Maataamaha (maternal Grandfather Sanskrit)
Mamaba (maternal Wiradjuri, NSW)
Metzhayr, Papik (Armenian)
Mishomis (paternal Ojibway)
Mmakhulu (paternal African Venda dialect)
Morfar (maternal Grandfather Danish, Norwegian, Swedish)

N
Nagyapa (formal Hungarian)
Nali (paternal Grandfather Navajo)
Nannu (Maltese)
Nanu (maternal Grandfather Bengali India)
Ngapa (Wergaia, VIC)
Nonno (Italian)
Ntatemogolo (Botswanan Africa)

O
Ojiisan, Sofu (formal Japanese)
Ong (formal Vietnamese)
Ong Noi (informal Vietnamese)
Opa (informal German)
Oppy
Oupa (Afrikaans)

P
Pa
Pampa
Panka
Papa
Papa Bear
Papi
Papik (Armenian)
Papo
Pappous (Greek)
Parpsie
Pater
PawPaw  (Cajun)
Pe-Pa
Pedaer Bozorg (Farsi)
Pepe (French Canadian)
Pépère (informal French)
Petulu (Indonesian)
Pitaamaha (Sanskrit)
Pop-Op
Popaw
Popeye
Poppa
PopPop
Poppy
Pops
Popsie

S
Saba (Hebrew)
Seanathair (formal Irish/Gaelic)
Seedo (informal Arabic)
Sekuru (Shona dialect)
Senelis (Lithuanian)
Shi’choo (Cheyenne)
Sofu (informal Japanese)

T
Tad-cu, Taid (northern Welsh)
Tad-Kozh (Breton)
Taidie (southern Welsh)
Tamazight (African Berber dialect)
Tata (informal Hungarian)
Thatha (Tamil)
Tipuna Tane (polynesian Maori dialect)
Topa
Tutu Kane (informal Hawaiian)

U
Ubabamkhulu (African Zulu dialect)
Utat’omkhulu (African Xhosa dialect)

V
Vaari (Finnish)
Vanaisa (Estonian)
Vectevs (Latvian)

W
Waayamaa (paternal Grandfather Australian)
Wài Gong (maternal Grandfather Mandarin)

Y
Yeh Yeh (paternal Grandfather Cantonese)
YeYe (paternal Grandfather Mandarin)

Z
Zaide, Zeydeh, Zeyde, Zeide, Zede (Yiddish)