Oh, honey, it's go time! You're going to be a grandma! So what's first? And then, what's after that? There is so much to do! But right now, it's grandma names!
Hey, this is a big decision. You're going to have someone calling you this name for the rest of your life. While, you may not get a whole lot of say in your grandchild's name, and you certainly didn't get any say in the one given to you at birth.
This time it is all yours, granny.
"Granny?" How does that work for you? No? Well, there are plenty of grandma names to choose from, so let's go try some on for size!
What's in a Name?
There is a lot riding on this decision. You have years of jewelry, wall plaques, and mugs hanging in the balance. Not to mention, think of all of the custom artwork, Mother's Day cards, Grandparents' Day gifts, and of course, hearing that name coming out of the mouth of that precious child.
Also, no sound is sweeter than the darling voice of the most perfect child who has ever walked the earth uttering your grandma name.
So, make it count!
For the record, according to Road Scholar, only 10 percent of grandmas are called "grandma," so plenty of women seek out alternative names to the traditional.
Process of Selecting a Name
So, how exactly do you go about picking your grandma name? Well, it seems there are two options. Either, you figure out what you want to be called and start wearing a name tag and telling everyone you know that you are now "Mimi." Then, as soon as that baby is born, you insist that everyone call you the grandma name anytime they are in the presence of your grandbaby.
You're gifted the name
You wait for a year or so and see what funny little mispronunciation comes out of the world's most gifted child, your grandbaby, and stick with that name.
My dad's mom was a young grandma. My father came from a large family, and she was in her 40s when I was born. She actually had a 3-year-old at home when I came along.
She was not fond of being called "grandma" and felt she was far too young to be called that. So, when I blurted out "ma'am-maw" when I was not even a toddler, she was just thrilled that she wasn't being called the g-word. I was the first of 17 grandchildren, so through the years, she ended up having an entire catalog of grandma names. But, I was the first, and she was always my "ma'am-maw."
In a similar fashion, my oldest son named my mother "gammy" because he couldn't pronounce the "r" in "grammy." However, hers stuck, and she has been gammy for all the grandchildren who followed.
If you decide to go the route of choosing your own name, which by the way is absolutely acceptable to do, then you're in for a treat. There are so many options!
There are traditional grandma names, and names for young grandmas. If you have a sense of humor, maybe you want to check out some funny grandma names. Who can't crack a smile when calling their grandma, "Boom Boom."
Are you a step-grandma? Are you worried about feelings of the other grandmas in the mix? If so, maybe there are some special names you can consider that respects all of those awkward boundaries that may be present in your situation. I know, I know, you just want to love on those grandkids. So, pick a unique name and be those kids' "Cookie."
Of course, if you are a daring grandma who likes to clear her own path and be the eccentric woman you are, there are plenty of grandma names for you, too! My goodness, the sky is the limit for you. Run with it, "Boopsy!" (No, not Boopsy? Don't worry. We'll find one!)
So, let's get to it. We've picked 50 grandma names just for you to consider and/or be inspired by. Remember, there are no wrong answers here.
In other words, this is like the grandma names fitting room. Some names will fit like a glove, others will need to stay right on that rack, and then there will be those few that try on and have to do several turns in the mirror before you decide if you like how it fits.
For the traditionalist
Maybe you prefer the more traditional route, but you still want something that is somewhat unique and not just the hum-drum "grandma." Well, there are many, many variations that fall into the traditional realm.
You can even consider grandma titles from links in your ancestry, and there are some beautiful names from some of the ancient languages like Hebrew, as well as terms from the spoke words that go along our family trees.
Have French ancestry? Try "la mémé" on for size. Have some Italian blood? Why not consider "Nonna?"
Or, you can stick to some of the variations of the traditional "grandma" with these:
- Nan, nana, or nanny
For the young grandma
So, you're young and hip. You still go to rock concerts, wear blue jeans, drive fast and take chances. Much like my paternal grandma, you really don't want to "feel" as old as the name "grandma" makes you feel.
In any case, you need a name that suits your youthful nature, while still paying respect to the fact that you've done some living. Enough living that your baby is having a baby!
Not to worry. There are a plethora of grandma names ripe for the picking of a young grandma.
For the funny grandma
You love to laugh. Everything can be funny, even when picking grandma names. You feel like people take life, and often themselves, way too seriously. Ready to have fun and pick that hilarious name that you just can't wait come out of that wee-babe's mouth?
Maybe you just can't wait to hear that sweet munchkin, with that cute little voice, say any of these names so that you can get a little giggle every time. I mean, who wouldn't want to giggle on a daily basis?
Well, check these out and then add to the list!
For the step-grandma
Those kids may not be related to you biologically, but nothing says you can't be a grandma to them, too. However, sometimes our familial situations limit the titles we can have, and in those situations, there are still plenty of grandma names for the step-grandparent. Sometimes it takes a little creativity and flexibility, but you'll land on just the right name, Grammy Beth.
Fortunately, there are also times when the family dynamic is just excellent and what you choose for your grandma name doesn't matter to anyone else but you and your grandchildren.
- Grandma Your Name
For the daring grandma
Oh lady, do I ever know you! You gave up your filter years ago, and you are proud of who you have grown to be. It took decades for you to break that shell and let your flag fly high. You're not about to give you any of that glorious freedom of being you.
Obviously, the traditional title of grandma is far too tame for a woman of your wild ways. You need something that matches that fire that is within you and most importantly, you're looking for something that is unique.
You're an individual, and the grandma names you select will reflect that. Well, try some of these on for size:
- Sugar or Shug
The Best Grandma Names Are Those Said with Love
So, there you have it, a list of over 50 grandma names that give you just a small sample of all the options available to you. Whether you've met your newest family member, or you're still waiting for that call telling you she's in labor, you're going into this grandparenting gig prepared for whatever this new stage in life throws at you. And you can't wait!
First, take it all in and enjoy every second. Then remember, even "the best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry."
You may stew over all of the grandma names you can find on the internet, narrow them down, and pick the perfect one, only to have little Billy butcher it while blurting out the cutest, most endearing name to ever grace your ears, and all of this planning be in vain.
Unquestionably, that then becomes your grandma name!
And, you know what? If that happens, you won't mind one bit because you're a grandma. And at the end of the day, that's all that really matters.
Congrats, Bibi, you're going to be a grandma!
(No, not "Bibi?", Still not right? Well, just keep on trying!)
Sometimes the best names are those that come from the mouthes of babes, sometimes they come from a friend. What are your favorite g-mama names? Let us know down in the comments, who knows, maybe another reader will love it, too!