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Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4593)
Fri, 22nd Feb '08 6:52 AM


My son has been asking me what I want to be called for about 6 months and I still haven't come up with anything that feels right.

I figured Devon (just 9 weeks old) would come up with something by himself in time. But my son convinced me that Devon would pretty much call me what his parents call me when they reference me.

As a singer/musician who has no chance of winning the trophy kind, I was kinda thinking about "Grammy." (I heard that! Stop groaning!)

(BTW, I've never seen any other infant lie in his crib awake but with eyes closed, waving his arms high while classical music plays - hmmmmm, future conductor?)

Anyway, I'd love to read what your grandchildren call you or any ideas you have for names (those that are nothing like what my students call me! Watch it, Smaug!)

Smoke20  (Level: 62.6 - Posts: 2815)
Fri, 22nd Feb '08 6:56 AM

Nana. I taught it to the first one and he taught it to the rest.

Salzypat  (Level: 161.6 - Posts: 5414)
Fri, 22nd Feb '08 9:14 AM

My grandchildren who live in another town call me Grandma. The grandchildren who live in the same town as I do have other grandparents living here also, so my in-town grandchildren call me Grandma Pat

Seniorrita  (Level: 140.1 - Posts: 223)
Fri, 22nd Feb '08 9:29 AM

Our first grandson had two Grampa Bob's. So he named my husband Grampa Rita and the other one Grampa Janet! Today, at age 30, he still uses those names and it always amuses me! One of our granddaughters called Guacamole "Grampamole" cause Grampa was the only one she ever saw make it! Aren't kids wonderful!!


Lancaster  (Level: 228.1 - Posts: 176)
Fri, 22nd Feb '08 9:29 AM

Usually Grandma, after the first stopped calling me damma. Sometimes say yiayia.

Bigbird  (Level: 249.1 - Posts: 3337)
Fri, 22nd Feb '08 10:03 AM

My Grandson is almost 2 and a half, but is a lot more physical than verbal. So we're still not sure! At the moment I am Grandma, and my husband alternates between being "Grandma Pa" and "Pa". I think he is going to end up being Pa.

Whatever they call you, it's the best!


Texlewee  (Level: 34.1 - Posts: 601)
Fri, 22nd Feb '08 10:14 AM

I expect they'll call Smaug, "That freaky old man who wont leave us alone, and plays with all our toys."

Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3641)
Fri, 22nd Feb '08 10:17 AM

Personally, I think its a horrifying prospect. Shirley MacLaine in Terms of Endearment anyone?

Frannie  (Level: 96.2 - Posts: 68)
Fri, 22nd Feb '08 11:40 AM

The two oldest, 24 and 25, call me Grams. The 15 and 17 year olds call me Grandma. The 12 and 17 year olds call me Fran, but I just met them about 5 years ago. The two youngest call me Grammy. So it really doesn't matter, they all love me and I treasure all of them! Frannie

Geophile  (Level: 167.4 - Posts: 1545)
Fri, 22nd Feb '08 11:54 AM

I'm Nana, husband is Papa. We've become used to calling each other that name. We were in the camera store one day, looking for a camera bag. I said "Oh, Papa, this would be a nice one!" The clerk said to my husband, "Your daughter has expensive taste!" I gave him a look that said if you make a comment you'll get the silent treatment for a week. Our 6 year-old grandson spends summers in No. Ireland with his "Granny". He told me he was glad I was Nana because Granny "sounds old"!

Headylamar  (Level: 154.1 - Posts: 740)
Fri, 22nd Feb '08 12:24 PM

My one and only grandson calls me "Grammy". My daughter-in-law's mom is "Grandma". Her dad is "Grandpa Bailey". My ex is "Grandpa Ken". My husband is his "Papa". I started sending packages to my grandson while he was still in the womb (teensy little socks, rattles, etc.). Addressed to "My Sweet Grandbaby" and they were all signed from "Your Grammy". He's a big 7 1/2 now and still calls me Grammy.

Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4593)
Fri, 22nd Feb '08 12:36 PM

Seniorrita, what a hoot! hahaha

My sis calls me Jan, and since her baby daughter couldn't get her J's right (at least that's the reason I choose to believe), she used to call me "Aunt Dum." was only cute from my niece. But from my mother? Not so much.

My sis has the BEST grandmother name. All her grandkids call her "Grand-dear."

Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3641)
Fri, 22nd Feb '08 12:40 PM

I suppose when that day comes, it will be something non-typical. My own children rarely call me mom. Usually its "Maj" and one particular little snot has taken to calling me "Lois." Which isn't even my name.

Smokydevil  (Level: 163.0 - Posts: 5381)
Fri, 22nd Feb '08 12:43 PM

My grandma gets called grammalamma. Started so long ago don't remember why anymore.

1mks  (Level: 219.5 - Posts: 5925)
Fri, 22nd Feb '08 1:18 PM

I'm Mimi and Ben is Poppy. Austin is the oldest and has started callin Ben "Pops" which is what we wanted from the beginning.

Chyenn  (Level: 209.4 - Posts: 1332)
Fri, 22nd Feb '08 1:45 PM

my new little one will call me Granny-G, i guess, because that's what my son-in-law is teaching his other 3 kids to call me.

Kaelin  (Level: 49.2 - Posts: 1685)
Fri, 22nd Feb '08 1:53 PM

My mom's name is Mary Ann, and before my daughter was born, she was very specific about what she would NOT b called - and she is "Granny Annie" - the kids call her Granny -and she is so 'not' what you picture it - my Dad, was also very specific - he is "Grandad".

My own grandparents the kids were clever enough to name each of them differently - my dad's dad was "Papa", my dad's mom was "Mimi" - my mom's dad is "Poppy" and my mom's mom is "Gramma" --

My husbands daughter from his previous marriage call him Grandpa, and they call me Lorri, which I'm perfectly happy with (there is a previous thread here related to something else that would probably explain that well)...and since his ex-wife is nuts, it works out well - since she had told her daughter that it was dangerous for "her granddaughters" to be around her daddy (my husband) - although if I think about it, maybe she meant me??? MWHAAAAAAA

Cjar855  (Level: 134.2 - Posts: 838)
Fri, 22nd Feb '08 2:01 PM

To my Grandchildren here in the state I live I am Gram & Gramma,and for my Grandaughter who lives in Florida I am Grandma Cathy.

Ricksdusa  (Level: 22.6 - Posts: 69)
Fri, 22nd Feb '08 2:09 PM

"one particular little snot has taken to calling me "Lois.""...... Hmmmm....Maybe a reference to 'Malcom in the middle'?

Jeannette  (Level: 114.7 - Posts: 1735)
Fri, 22nd Feb '08 2:11 PM

im nanna or nanna jeannette . or nanna with motorbike lol ,although i dont have one now.

Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4593)
Fri, 22nd Feb '08 5:47 PM

Stout: "...grammalamma" Isn't there some song like that? "....grammalamma ding dong"?

Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3641)
Fri, 22nd Feb '08 5:57 PM

RE: Lois. Although I probably am very much like Lois from Malcolm in the Middle, she actually calls me that because of Lois from the Family Guy.

Specifically, she likes to re-enact this scene. Repeatedly.

Koota  (Level: 187.9 - Posts: 2114)
Fri, 22nd Feb '08 8:56 PM

I'm not a grandparent (or even a parent), but my own grandfathers were PaDad and PaCat. PaCat always had a cat on his lap. I've lost them both and miss them terribly.

My paternal grandmother was "Mom" because my aunts and uncles are barely older than I am and that's what they called her. (My dad was the oldest of 8.) When I finally realized that she was my grandmother and not my mother, it seemed silly to change it.

Papajensai  (Level: 201.6 - Posts: 1024)
Fri, 22nd Feb '08 10:09 PM

My oldest kid's kids have always called us Grampa and Gramma. My middle kid's kids, for some reason, started calling us Papa and Gramma. (Their other grandparents are Jewish and so they are called Bubby and Zaydie.) My youngest kid's kid is only about 8 weeks old, and isn't speaking to us for some reason. Maybe something we said.

Oogie54  (Level: 209.5 - Posts: 1120)
Sat, 23rd Feb '08 3:12 PM

I'm PaJones

Bushyfox  (Level: 174.4 - Posts: 2403)
Sat, 23rd Feb '08 8:12 PM

My three call me "Nan"....but that eldest TALL one has taken to calling me "Little Nan". I have reminded her of my karate training that can take out her kneecaps ANY time soon.


Sherilynn1962  (Level: 116.2 - Posts: 372)
Sun, 24th Feb '08 1:16 AM

I'm not a grandparent, but my children have always called my parents "Nana" and "Poppy".

Don't know why - don't remember anything. Guess they just fit at the time....

Duckysezso  (Level: 51.7 - Posts: 20)
Sun, 24th Feb '08 7:02 PM

I don't have any yet, though I can't wait to become a grandparent. Since I am now known to my nieces and nephews as 'Uncle Ducky', I have to assume I'll be Grampa Ducky. Can't wait!

Acofish  (Level: 59.9 - Posts: 98)
Mon, 25th Feb '08 8:19 AM

I am Papaw, my ex is Mamaw. I called my grandmothers "grandma" while my younger sisters called one Beep Beep, and the other Meema. Our one granfather was always grampa to all of us. Thanks for a great question, it sparked a great lil trip down memory lane......

Eileeny  (Level: 70.6 - Posts: 240)
Mon, 25th Feb '08 1:27 PM

Jim is poppa I am Nanny, me thinks a kind way of saying old goat,.. ahem shhh Smaug.. lol

Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4593)
Mon, 25th Feb '08 10:34 PM

Acofish - hahahaha - I wanna see my son's face when I tell him I shall be called "Beep Beep." I love that!

Actually, I really appreciate all the good ideas here. I have trouble naming pets, so you can imagine my problem naming myself.

At this point, I truly am leaning toward "Meema." Think I'll take that one out for a test run, kick the tires, see how smooth the ride. In other words, I'll ask my students tomorrow and see what they think. If they can screw it around and make it ugly (as they are professionals at that), I might reconsider. If they're all "whatever" I'll know it's a hit!

Bobbsey  (Level: 158.3 - Posts: 252)
Thu, 28th Feb '08 5:21 AM

eesus, i just watched that link, and im still laughing, but i watched the tourettes one as well, and that sort of reminded me of a step daughter i had. it wasnt funny at the time, but just looking at that little bastard going on and on, made me think of her.

Fairygirl  (Level: 38.3 - Posts: 1)
Thu, 28th Feb '08 6:34 AM

Names that are frequently used in our family

Female: MaMaw, Granny, Grandma, Nan, Nana
Male: PaPaw, Poppy, Grandpa, Pappy

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