Since I was a kid I’ve had so many names I call my family members. Mom and dad are standard, but my family is very nickname-y and silly, so almost all the time in casual conversation I call them everything else.
Ya’ll I’m in my mid-20s & I don’t think I’ll stop using cutesy nicknames any time soon lol
I would love if my kids called me momma someday, I think it’s so cute. I think äiti or mama would be nice too if I move to Finland like I want to.
Based on my family, I think my kids will probably call my parents something like Gram/gramma for my mom, grandpa or pappa (grandpa in Finnish) for my dad, and nonno (grandpa in Italian) or pop-pop for my step-dad.
What about you guys? I’m curious to hear your family nicknames and learn about the cultural influences!
momma - my maternal grandpa came from the [name_u]South[/name_u] (Appalachia) and there’s a lot of influence on my family, so that could be why I chose momma over mama. Also I live in the Northeast and mama is more common among the Italian and Hispanic communities. We’re of British-Irish descent so I wonder if ethnicity plays a role.
muer/mujer - mujer is “woman” in Spanish because we both learned it as a foreign lang, and I drop the -j/h- sound often. I use this one A LOT. I’ve been calling her muer for years.
Silly - self-explanatory lol she’s very silly. I ended up naming my parrot this after her!
momlet - stems from my parents’ nickname for me, which has -let at the end.
isä - my dad is Finnish, so I call him isä A LOT. In Finland, your parents are usually isä and äiti. That’s what his parents were to him and what he is to me.
pa - probably some [name_u]Southern[/name_u] influence coming out. [name_f]My[/name_f] mom’s family also uses a lot of old-fashioned vocab, so that could be it too. It feels wholesome like momma does!
fuer - comical take on “muer” but for my dad
dadlet - this also stems from my parents’ nickname for me.
[name_m]Gram[/name_m] - this is what all of us grandkids call her. I love it, it’s very casual.
grandmuer/grammuer - lmao see above nicknames
[name_m]Sir[/name_m] [name_m]Richard[/name_m] - like I said, we’re a very ridiculous and silly family and we love nicknames his name is [name_m]Richard[/name_m] and it sounds very dignified to me, so I always call him [name_m]Sir[/name_m] Richard, but he’s very a down-to-earth OG Italian guy called [name_m]Rich[/name_m]
step-fuer - this trend caught on to the rest of my family as you can see lol