How grandparents get their nicknames

Grandparents recieve unique nicknames.

From Mimi to Baba, grandparents have recently been bestowed with more unique names than the traditional Grandma and Grandpa. Oftentimes, when there are multiple sets of grandparents, families tend to delegate nicknames to each set in order to differentiate them. Along with wanting to differentiate, these new names have popped up for a variety of other reasons, too. 


One of the biggest explanations for interesting grandparent nicknames is culture and heritage. For example, in Italian grandparents are called Nonna and Nonno. Another set of grandparent names comes from Russia: Babushka and Dedushka.

When kids are little, they might have trouble pronouncing certain words or names and end up mispronouncing them. Those mispronunciations sometimes end up inspiring a new nickname for their grandparent. Nana and Papa are a prime example of shortened nicknames that are easier for the grandkids to say. 

 

 Kids also tend to make connections to the world around them, which can result in creative or specific names for their grandparents. Whether it’s where they live, the candy they like, or something they do often, grandkids pick up on this and might even nickname their grandparent with something related to them in particular. 

 

 

Some families are big on tradition which may influence the names they call their grandparents. As a tradition, nicknames are passed down from generation to generation and used for a long time. 

Whether you call your grandparents by the traditional terms Grandma and Grandpa, a spin-off like Grammie and Grampie, the southern Mawmaw and Pawpaw, a culture name like the German Oma and Umpa, or a grandparent specific name like Granny Pearl, there is often a reason for the name. 

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