Alternative Names to “Grandma”: Cute, Sassy and Trendy Nicknames

Looking for an alternative nickname for grandma? Look no further. 

I am not sure about everyone else’s mother (or mother-in-law), but mine really didn’t want to be called “Grandma”. There is nothing wrong with the name “Grandma” – heck both my grandmother’s were “Grandma” and loved it. But for some new Grandmothers the name feels off for a variety of reasons. I realized this wasn’t unique to my mom (maybe it’s a baby boomer thing) in talking to other families. My own family is now full of non-grandmas! My aunt is called Mooney, my mom is called Ama, and my mother-in-law is called Gammy. 

With this in mind, I began asking other people what they called their Grandmothers or what their children call their grandmothers and this is the non-horrible list I came out with in the end! 

Grandmothers nicknames, other names for grandma
  • Granny
  • Grammy
  • Gammy
  • Gams
  • Gamma
  • Grams
  • Mahma
  • Ama
  • Marmey
  • Ami
  • Oma
  • Mema
  • Nana
  • Nanny
  • Nani
  • Honey
  • Babi
  • MawMaw
  • Mamie
  • Buba
  • Babu
  • Teta
  • Tutu
  • Lolly
  • Lulu
  • Looloo
  • Lovie
  • Shimmy
  • Rue
  • Rooney
  • Wammie

Whether these names were intentional by the adults in the room, or unintentional by the children’s developing speech – they are mostly pretty cute. Have something to add? I’d love to hear it!

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