Grandma alternatives

So my mum doesn’t want to be known as Grandma, Granny, [name_f]Nanny[/name_f], [name_f]Nan[/name_f], etc. and I’m more than on board with that. However, we’re really struggling to come up with something she can be known as instead.

Does anyone have any ideas? What did/do you call your grandparents? What do your children call your parents?

Some things about her to help: she’s very outdoorsy, loves gardening, reading, very loving and friendly.

Thank you!

[name_f]My[/name_f] mom goes by [name_f]Mimi[/name_f] and my dad is [name_m]Buddy[/name_m]. :blush: [name_f]My[/name_f] sister’s MIL is [name_f]Gigi[/name_f].

Growing up, we called all of our grandparents Grandma or Grandpa LastName. Not creative but it was what was proper. I never knew my great-grandfathers but great-grandmothers were Grandmama and Nuni.

[name_f]My[/name_f] mom goes by Mamaw for my nieces and nephews. [name_f]My[/name_f] MIL my son hasn’t seen more than a couple of times but she mentioned wanting to be called [name_f]Gigi[/name_f] or Glamma. I wanted my son to pick his grandparents’ names more organically since you can request something all you want but they won’t necessarily be able to say it. The names they come up with are super cute… a friend called her grandpa Bumpa her whole life and it was adorable.

Others I have heard where I’m at: [name_f]Mimi[/name_f], [name_f]Nini[/name_f], [name_u]Nana[/name_u], Ma, [name_f]Mama[/name_f] (don’t like this for obvious reasons), Grandmom, Gramma, [name_f]Oma[/name_f]

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[name_f]My[/name_f] MIL is known as Nenere. How you described her is similar to how I’d describe my MIL.

[name_f]My[/name_f] outdoorsy MIL goes by [name_f]Gigi[/name_f]. Other slightly more unusual grandma names in our circle are [name_f]Mimi[/name_f] and [name_f]Nonna[/name_f].

I call my grandparents Grampa, Papa, [name_u]Nana[/name_u], and Nane (pronounced Nah-nee, has been spelt in the family for various grans as Nonee and Nanee as well!)
Some ideas for inspiration…

I call my grandmas [name_f]Mimi[/name_f] and [name_f]Mia[/name_f]!

I have no idea where [name_f]Mia[/name_f] came from, but she chose it for herself! I think it may have been a shorter version of Meemaw?

Maybe she could go by a shorter version or alternative to her name? [name_u]Or[/name_u] something cutesy like [name_f]Franny[/name_f], [name_f]Gigi[/name_f], or [name_f]Bunny[/name_f]?

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[name_f]My[/name_f] mom has said she wants to be called either Mimsy or Mumsy by my future kids


I couldn’t say Grandpa as a little one, so I have a Bumpa as well!

Cute! [name_f]My[/name_f] mum’s father is my Bampy☺️ It’s a so say ‘common’ one where I live, but I only know of one or two others who have had a Bampy in their families. Out of the three grandchildren, he was Bampy, Bumpy and Bompy😁

[name_f]My[/name_f] daughters grandmother (husbands mum) didn’t want any of those either. Her name begins with J so she goes by Janny which I think is really sweet.

I like…
[name_u]Nana[/name_u] [name_f]Nonna[/name_f]

‘Lovey💕’ -
Ok hear me out on this one. I don’t ‘follow’ the Kardashians, but I heard somewhere (I think on a talk show) that [name_u]Kris[/name_u] [name_m]Jenner[/name_m] goes by [name_f]Lovey[/name_f]. And I just think that would sound adorable for a grandchild to call there grandmother.

[name_f]My[/name_f] son started calling my Mom Gaga and from then on that has been her name! He is 6 now and still calls her that.

My mum was the same way! She’s decided to go as Mimi :two_hearts:

ETA: my mum also considered Lola, Lolly (my dad is going to be Pop/Pops, so Lolly and Pop :joy:) and Grandmama (like the Addams family).

[name_f]My[/name_f] mom goes by Bubbie
I’ve also heard G-ma which I think are super cute

Some I have heard that are pretty unique ones I have heard are
And seconding the idea of [name_f]Lovey[/name_f] as PP said!

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We have a [name_f]Mimi[/name_f] and a Mamaw for our kids grandmothers…
[name_f]My[/name_f] dad never picked a name, so my brother’s kids called him his first name. And it’s stuck and been cute! [name_f]My[/name_f] kids have called him some variation of it too, However, none of them have pronounced it the same! [name_f]My[/name_f] youngest son calls him Mop!
[name_f]My[/name_f] nephews also call their other grandmother [name_f]Juju[/name_f] a play on her first name.
Some others I have heard that I haven’t seen mentioned yet are Meems, [name_f]Nona[/name_f], Boom, and Gaga.

We have a lot of ‘oma’s’ and ‘Wella’s’ (short of abuela) 8n our area