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In my family, we've always just called the grandparents grandma & grandpa. To tell them apart, we'll call my mom, for instance Grandma Linda. I was kidding with my kids that since my parents live in the south, that when my parents visited us last month, we should call them meemaw and pawpaw. The kids thought that was hysterical and called them that the whole trip. My parents, who actually hear people called that all the time, didn't get why my kids thought that was so funny. I had a friend whose family called the grandfather "pop pop" which I always loved.

So, what do you call the grandparents in your family?
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Well...I only knew my mom's parents and we call(ed) them Grandma and Grandpa. My kids call(ed) them Nana and Papa. My grandma is still with us and my grandpa passed in 2012.

My kids call my mom Mamaw (my daughter started that) but the rest of the grandkids call her grandma.
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I had a Nana and a grandpa.

My kids have a grandma and an abuela.
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My kids have a grandma and an abuela.
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My mom is just Grandma Karen but my dad is Puppa b/c my niece couldn't pronounce Grandpa. It just stuck with the rest of the kids.

My MIL's name is JoAnn so my daughter calls her Grandma Jo-Jo (another pronunciation struggle) and her husband is just plain Grandpa.
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We called my dad's parents Vavô (pronounced vavoo) and Vavó (pronounced vavoe) which are Portuguese for Grandpa and Grandma. We didn't know my mother's parents but, when talking about them, we called them Vavô and Vavó my mother's maiden name.
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her husband is just plain Grandpa.
I know some people whose children call their grandpa "plain grandpa." They were trying to explain which grandpa and it came out "plain grandpa" and that just stuck. LOL!
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I know some people whose children call their grandpa "plain grandpa." They were trying to explain which grandpa and it came out "plain grandpa" and that just stuck. LOL!
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My son calls all three sets Grandpa & Grammie. I tried to get him to pick different ones for each set, but he insisted. The rest of my nieces and nephews call my dad and my step-dad (two different sets of kids) Papa, but not my kid. When he wants to differentiate he says the 'ones from the motel' (cause they always rent a room when they visit us), the 'ones with the cows' and the 'ones who are daddy's mommy and daddy'. No joke. Seems like it would have been easier to pick their own names. I called mine Grandma & Grandpa and their last names.
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My parents are Mamaw & Papaw. Hubby's parents are Grandpa (first name) and Grandma (first name).

My sister and her husband are Mimi & Poppy.

No idea what we'll be when the time comes, but I definitely want something different than just Grandma & Grandpa.
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My kids call my husband's parents Grandpa Mike and Grandma. My mom insisted on being Nana (fine with me!) but my dad insisted on being Grandpa too. Oh well.

When I was a kid I had three sets of grandparents (dad's parents were divorced) and they all had different names. One set was Grandma and Grandpa, one was Me-Maw and Pa-Paw (I never until now realized that was just a southern thing! haha), and one was Gam-Gam (a pronunciation issue that just stuck, later shortened to Gam) and Papa.
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I know some people whose children call their grandpa "plain grandpa." They were trying to explain which grandpa and it came out "plain grandpa" and that just stuck. LOL!
That's funny! I love when silly little things have a story to go with them.
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In Norway you would usually call a grandmother either mormor (mother's mother) or farmor (father's mother) or bestemor (grandma). We call my mil farmor and my mum is nan. My dad is grandad (or grumpy as I like to call him). My grandfather is oldefar (anchient father) to my kids and my grandparents in England are nan and grandad to me and oldemor and oldefar (ancient mother and ancient father) to my kids. I know my mother used to call her grandparents (from France) Meme and Pepe.
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Mine are Mamaw & Papaw and Granny & Papaw.

My kids' grandparents are Joodge (because my dad was the county judge at the time and my son couldn't say judge correctly) and Baba and Doc & Mimi.
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My son calls my mom Grammy and my dad is Grandad. His grandparents on his dad's side have both passed but they were Grandma and Grandpa.

I called my mom's parents Nanu (I mispronounced Nana) and Grandad, whereas my dad's were Granny and Grandpa. They all lived in England so only saw them 3 times in my life.
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My kids call my parents in Cantonese and my husband's parents in Korean. In Chinese (and Korean) culture the grandparents on dad and mom's sides have different names so there's no need to differentiate it.
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Our case is similar to Grace.
I call my dad's parents Opa & Oma (because of the Dutch influence) and my mom's parents Engkong & Emak (Indonesian & Chinese mixed influence).

My son calls my parents Laoye & Laolao and my husband's parents Yeye & Nainai, following the proper Chinese tradition according to my husband. So there's never been a mixed up
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I had a Grandma and Grandpa and a Grandma and Papa growing up.

My ILs are Grammy & Pops (they were grandparents before I married DH so I don't know the story behind those names) and my parents are Grandma and Grandpa. My kids also have a Great-Grandma [last name] and a Great-Grandpa [first name] on my side.

I've already decided that I'm going to be a Nana.
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We call our grandparents Lolo (grandpa) and Lola (grandma).
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His parents: Grandma & Grandpa

My parents: Gee & Papa
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My parents are Nana and Gramps to our children. My husband's parents are Oma (German influence) and Grandad.
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My parents were grandma and grandpa. My inlaws were Yia Yia and Papou which is Greek.
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Love all the variety! I especially love that so many people use names that are unique to their family because something just "stuck"!
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In the netherlands we call them opa ( grandpa) and oma ( grandma).
En the boys say then their name behind it
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When we were kids, we called our grandparents Grandma Hunt or Grandma Royal (their last names). But then when my sisters and I started having children, they called their grandparents mamaw and papaw...they called our Grandma Hunt Grandma HooHoo. Now that my oldest daughter has children, they call us MomMom and Pops because that's what my grandson could pronounce...I have to admit, I really love being called MomMom...I didn't want to be a mamaw...because that is my mom and my mil's title So every one is happy!
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When we were kids, we called our grandparents Grandma Hunt or Grandma Royal (their last names). But then when my sisters and I started having children, they called their grandparents mamaw and papaw...they called our Grandma Hunt Grandma HooHoo. Now that my oldest daughter has children, they call us MomMom and Pops because that's what my grandson could pronounce...I have to admit, I really love being called MomMom...I didn't want to be a mamaw...because that is my mom and my mil's title So every one is happy!
MomMom is adorable and is fitting for a grandmother name (mom of the mom!).
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Rachel calls my parents NiNi (Nee-Nee) and Grandpa. My in-laws were both dead long before I even met my husband, so she usually refers to them as "my dad's mom/dad."
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My father's parents were always referred to as "Grandma and Grandpa". My mother's parents were "Nana and Grandpa". My Nana's mother was Grammy Dow (Dow was her last name.)
When I had children, my mom did not want to be "Grandma" and since her mom was still alive, Nana was out... Grammy Dow was also still alive - so Grammy was out - though my mom really wanted to stay away from anything that denoted her as a grandparent, lol, so she wouldn't have used Grammy anyway.
My mom finally decided on the German "Omar" we pronounce it "oo-ma". I am not sure how it supposed to be pronounced. My dad went with the traditional Grandpa. My in-laws were Grammy and Grampy.

When I finally became a grandmother, I also looked for something different. My husband and I chose the Italian versions... I am Nonnie and he is Poppie. My husband is French Canadian, so his parents are "Pepre" and "Memre" - I think that's how it is spelled... they say it "pep-ay" and "mem-ay".

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I always wanted cool names for grandparents! Both sets are called Grandpa & Grandma (last names). I have 3 grandparents still alive so they're all called Grandpa/Grandma (first names). We can tell everyone apart that way. All grandparents live within 30 minutes of our home so we see them all the time.
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My maternal grandparents were Bobe (grandmother) and Zeyde (grandfather), which are Yiddish (my mom was born in Germany just before her family fled Germany during the Nazi reign).

My paternal grandparents were also from Germany and we called them Oma/grossmutter (pronounced gross-mooter with a rolling of the first R ) and Opa/grossvater (pronounced gross-votter with the same rolling R). The Oma and Opa were informal but there were times when we used the more formal out of respect.

Cheyanne called her paternal grandmother Nana (DH's father died long before she was ever born). She calls my parents Grammie and Grampie.
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I had a Grandma & Grandpa and a Nanny & Papa.

My son has a Nana & Papa and a Gram & Daddy Dave (he decided that before my son was born because that was what he called his grandfather).
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We have Grandma --last_name-- and Grandpa --last_name-- for both sides of the family. It is what my husband and I called our grandparents growing up. I think other names are funny unless they come naturally. My MIL wanted to be called Mimi or Nana (I can't remember, I think it was Nana), but I have an Aunt whose actual name is Mimi and the other names didn't stick because my son just always called her Grandma. I'm sure we probably hurt her feelings about that. But, thankfully for her... their youngest grandchild calls them Mimi and Papa. They do call themselves that even with us and to my children now, which actually hurts the kids because it makes them feel like their names for them have been replaced... my daughter especially gets very hurt when MIL calls herself Mimi. LOL sigh. Why this is even a THING baffles me. LOL!
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My parents:
Mee-Mom/Mee-Maw (depending on which child) and Grumpy

His parents:
Mammie and Papa

My grandparents: (deceased)
Grammy and Pappy
Mum-Mum and Pop-Pop

His grandparents: (deceased)
Mother and Uncle Chet
Grandma Leila and I can't remember his name (sorry)
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My parents:
Mee-Mom/Mee-Maw (depending on which child) and Grumpy

His parents:
Mammie and Papa

My grandparents: (deceased)
Grammy and Pappy
Mum-Mum and Pop-Pop

His grandparents: (deceased)
Mother and Uncle Chet
Grandma Leila and I can't remember his name (sorry)
Wow! You pretty much have a mix of everything.
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I called my grandparents Grandma B and Grandma S (last names lol), and Poppa and Uncle Carl (my mom's stepdad - now I call him Grandpa but until I was about 10 that's what we called him, I never knew my mom's dad, he died when I was a baby).

My girls call my mom Granmom and my dad Grandpa.
Hubby's mom is Gramma and his step-dad is Papa

We don't have anything to do with dh's father, the name he is called isn't appropriate for children or this forum lol (I've never met him in the 13 years we've been together)

My girls have 2 great grandpas, and they're both Great Grandpa (insert first name here). Great grandmas were Gigi and Great Grandma S.
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I had a granny and grandpa for my moms parents and a nana and a pa Lorne for my dads parents.

Holly has trouble with grandpa so she calls my dad Bebop. I really hope it sticks as she gets older. She also has a granny and a grammy I usually confuse them so I have started saying "granny with an n" or "grammy with an m" when I talk about them.
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Love this one!

I was talking with my parents about this topic and my stepfather told us a story about his grandmother and how he used to call her Beebee. My mom -- who has been married to him for like 40 years now -- said, "I've never heard that story." It was a sweet moment -- all because of weird grandparent names.
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All of mine were just Grandma and Grandpa. My husbands mom was me-me and dad was pa-pa. My mom was na-na (said kinda like banana but without the ba LOL) and stepdad was paw-pop. Now that I have two grandkids and another on the way I am Ga-ga. My husband is pop-pop. The girls other grandparents are me-maw and pa-pa.

My daughter did not want another me-me. She did not want a nana. She used to call me Ga-ga when she was little because all of my nieces and nephews called me Aunt Ga-ga. So she asked if I wanted it to be my name for them to call me. I said whatever they want to call me. They sometimes say just Grandma but its mostly Ga-ga.
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We have Nana, Tata, Abuela(o), Grandma, and Pepe ( because my nephew couldn't say grandpa )
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My grandparents where grandma and grandpa on my dad's side... granny and grandpy on my mom's side... my great grandparents were big grandpa and little grandma.

For my son - my mom is Grammy and step dad is Grandpa D (name is Dave)... my dad is Grandpa Johnny... on my husband's side... it's just Grandpa Kuch... my husband's step mom refused from day one to be called grandma - but we call her babushka behind her back (she is from Russia) haha... now that she has grandkid, she wants him to call her grandma... my son won't, just calls her by her name, Marina.
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I called my grandparents Mamaw & Papaw (mother's side) and Granny & Pa (dad's side).

When my daughter became pregnant I wanted Mamaw but my son-in-laws mother already had grandkids and was called Mamaw so not to confuse I am Grandma.

My husband kept saying he wanted to be called Elder Dad but that went away when little one (Abby) was born and he said "I am your Grandpa".

My mother-in-law was GG to her great grandkids (Great Grandma).
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I grew up with only one grandparent in the picture, my grandma who raised me. I called her Mom most of the time. If it was something besides Mom (like when my mother was around and I needed to differentiate) it was Gram or Grandma, the same as the rest of the grandkids called her. When my kids came along, she became Grandma Great.

My husband called my grandma 'Grandmom'. His grandmas were Nana and Nannie. His grandfathers were gone before I met him, I don't know what he called them.

My kids' grandparents on my husband's side are both MomMom and PopPop. We differentiate by using the first name, except for one MomMom who goes by MomMom Pumpkin. On my side there is only my mother. She goes by Grandma Bonnie. The kicker is that her name is Cheryl. LOL When she moved close to us when my daughter was little she had 3 ferrets. One of them was named Bonnie, and that was the sweet one that let my daughter hold and pet it. My daughter would ask to go see Grandma Bonnie when she wanted to see either my mom, the ferret or both. It stuck. She doesn't love it, but my kids are 11 and almost 15 now (2 more days!) and they still call her that.

Do people really decide what they want to be called, or does it just sort of happen? My inlaws already had grandchildren when my daughter came along and my kids just called them what their cousins do.
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My 2 living grandparents when I was younger lived more than 800 miles from us when we were growing up. We referred to them as grandma and granddaddy. My great-great grandmother lived next door to us until she passed when I was 9 years old and we called her Big Ma or Big Mama. Funny thing was that she was about 4'10" and weighed about 90lbs, but her presence was always known when she came in the room.

My kids and my sisters kids all call our parents (their grandparents) Ma and Da, just like we do. We call my brother-in-law's father Paw-Paw.
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I called my grandparents Grandpa and Grandma. My kids call my parents grandma and grandma, and call my in-laws Grandma Jan and Grandpa Paul.


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My kids just call their grandparents Grandma Lynne, Grandma Jan, and Gandpa Spence. We're west coasters, so hearing "meemaw" and "pop pop" is weird to my ears, lol
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My parents:
Mee-Mom & Grumpy

My grandparents (both sets deceased)
Grammy & Pappy
Mum-mum & Pop-Pop

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His parents:
Mammie & Papa (sometimes Papa John)

His grandparents (both sets deceased)
Uncle Chet (he is not their uncle) & Mother
Grandma and Grandpa
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I call my mom's parents "moemoe"and "vava". That's Dutch and the dialect for "oma" and "opa". (Grandma and grandpa)
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In my family, we've always just called the grandparents grandma & grandpa. To tell them apart, we'll call my mom, for instance Grandma Linda.
This. But my MIL doesn't like it but if we don't add their name the Kids get confused.
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