Whether you choose a traditional name like ‘Granny’, ‘Grandpa’ or ‘Grandma’, or you opt for something a bit different like ‘Pops’ or even ‘Mimi’, there is plenty of choice when it comes to choosing your grandparent name from your first grandchild.
However, kids often have their own ideas – and whether they choose another name themselves, or they simply settle on a shortened version after struggling to pronounce it, grandparents can end up with some weird and wonderful choices whether they like it or not.
Now, grandparents have shared some of their more unusual monikers on grandparenting forum Gransnet with some amazing results.
One gran wrote: “I’m Mimi. My granddaughter’s other grandma is GiGi. Great grandmother is BaBa,” while another admitted they have very different names, adding: “My youngest grandchild age 19 has called me Bro since she was 5. Middle granddaughter age 21, calls me queen babe.”
Meanwhile, another gran has settled on a more traditional choice as she wrote: “I’ve always been Mamma, my husband used to be Gan Gan, but is now just Grandad,” while another member on the forum added: “My DGS [dear grandson] 2 has speech problems and can’t pronounce Granny so he calls me Dandy. He calls his Grandpa Dampa.”
Elsewhere, another gran wrote: “She [step-daughter] has two Grandpas (my father and her mother’s father), one Grandma (my mother), one Nanny (mother in-law), two Granddads (father-in-law and step father-in-law), one Nan Nan (stepdad’s mother) and one Pop Pop (stepdad’s father).
“I am only 20 years older than DSD [dear step-daughter] so I could be a young grandmother. I am thinking about asking if my grandchildren could call me Mimi or Nana. To me, ‘Grandma’ is somebody who is much older than I might be.”
Either way, whether you’ve had a ‘grandparent name’ for yourself in mind for years, or you’re happy to let the grandchildren decide for you, the way your beloved littlies address you can carry a wealth of emotional significance for years to come, making it important to many grandparents.
So, what to do when another grandparent wants the same name as you? Or if your grandchild doesn’t like your choice? Should you change it, or stick to your guns?
“This generation of grandparents takes the whole naming process more seriously than ever,” Lin Wellford, coauthor of The New Grandparents Name Book, told Starts at 60 previously, which is possibly no surprise. After all, as Wellford notes, “how many times in your life do you get to name yourself?”.