Modern, offbeat, ethnic, or traditional – we love these grandmother names
The modern grandmother has more options than ever before when choosing their grandmother name. You can go traditional. You can choose an ethnic name. Or a name associated with your nationality or another group you belong to.
You can choose from many location-based grandmother names. Or invent a new name completely.
It’s good to run the name by the parents, of course. And don’t worry, you have some time. It’s not like your newborn grandson or granddaughter is going to come out of the womb speaking and demanding to know your name.
But if you don’t pick a name – your grandchild will have no issues inventing one for you. That’s almost always perfectly fine with the grandmother.
Traditional grandmother names
Many families use the same traditional grandmother name from generation to generation. Others include slight variations. Such variations are useful if you’re lucky enough to need to differentiate between a grandmother and a great-grandmother.
Many of these grandmother names have been around for generations.
Gram or Grams
Grammy or Grammie
Grannie or Granny
Gran or Gran-Gran
Marmee or Marmi
Mema or Mima
Regional or ethnic grandmother names
Other grandmother names are especially prevalent in a geographical region or within one specific ethnic group. Here are some location- and ethnicity-specific grandmother names.
Modern grandmother names
If you’re younger than the average grandmother, you may want a grandmother name that fits better with your age. Or maybe you just prefer a grandmother name that fits your personality better.
“Cool” grandmother names are in the eye of the beholder. But they are becoming a trend among baby boomer grandparents. The following are some good examples.
Grancy or Grancie
Grandmother names in other dialects
You don’t need to live in Italy to be a Nonna!
In most countries, there are many terms for grandmother. Some are formal, and some are not.
Many of these grandmother names come in several variations. Here are some popular variations.
French Canadian: Mémé
When kids have more than one grandmother
Many children today have more than one set of grandparents. Some kids have families within families and have a handful!
For grandchildren who have more one grandmother, many families add the last name to the grandparent name.
Grandparent names can lead to family disagreements, so think about your choice wisely.
There’s nothing wrong with waiting until after the baby is born or later if you are unsure what grandmother name to pick. Or maybe you’re more comfortable with your new grandchild picking your name out for you. Of course, if you wait long enough, your grandchild may pick out your nickname.
Either way, we hope you find the right new grandmother name for your new role in your grandchild’s life.