Do you have a favorite name for your grandparents? Maybe it
was Maw Maw and Paw Paw, or Nana and Pop, or the classic Grandma and Grandpa. While
many families have their own unique names for their grandparents, here some
common names people around the world call their grandparents.
Grandmother: Maimeó (pronounced Mam-o)
Grandfather: Daideó (pronounced Daddo)
While maimeó and
daideó are the words used to address a
grandmother or grandfather, there are a few different words for
grandparents in Irish. For example, there are máthair chríona, which translates to “wise mother,” and athair críonna which translates to “wise
Grandmother: Yaya (yah-yah)
Grandfather: Pappoús (pa-poos)
Many Greek children are named
after their grandparents. These names often correspond to a saint’s name,
and along with celebrating birthdays, families also celebrate a child’s name day.
The name day is the saint’s feast day.
Grandmother: Obaasan, Sobo (obaa-san, soh-boh)
Grandfather: Ojiisan, Sofu (oh-gee-sahn, soh-foo)
Though most Japanese
homes house only immediate family, extended family often live close by and
visit frequently. In Japanese culture, elders are highly respected.
Grandmother: Babushka (BAH-boo-shka)
Grandfather: Dedushka (DYZE-doo-shka)
Both of these terms are used to address one’s grandparents
as well as someone of grandmotherly or grandfatherly age. Babushka is also the name
of colored, light wool headscarves worn by older women in Russia.
Grandmother: Nani (maternal), DaaDee Jii (paternal)
Grandfather: Nana (maternal), DaaDaa Jii (paternal)
over 22 major languages, and depending on the region you are in, you might
hear a variety of names for grandparents. For example, in one of India’s languages,
Telugu, grandma is am’mam’ma, and grandpa
Grandmother: Jaddah (juddah)
Grandfather: Jad (jud)
common Arabic proverb about grandparents goes, “Only your grandchild is
dearer to you than your child.”
Grandmother: Grand-mère (gran-mare)
Grandfather: Grand-père (gran-pear)
French-Canadian versions of grandma and grandpa are slightly
different, with many people using the terms mémère
Grandchildren may also call their grandmothers Bubbe or Bubby and their grandfathers Zayde
or Zayda, the Yiddish words for these
Grandmother: Mormor (maternal), Farmor (paternal)
Grandfather: Morfar (maternal), Farfar (paternal)
Swedish last names often employ patronymics,
the tradition of adding a suffix or prefix to the father’s name and passing it
on to the child.
Grandmother: Avó (ah-vah)
Grandfather: Avô (ah-voah)
uncommon to find three generations living under one roof. The word for
“family” (parentela) often refers to
extended family as well, not just immediate family.
Spaniards have the highest life expectancy in Europe, living
on average for 85.8 years. This long life means more time with
Grandmother: Bibi (bee-bee)
Grandfather: Babu (bah-boo)
In Kenya, according to tradition,
the youngest son is responsible for caring for his aging parents.
Grandmother: La Nonna (non-na)
Grandfather: Il Nonno (non-no)
In Italian culture, people have a deep respect for elderly family members. These senior members are deeply invested in their children and grandchildren’s lives, and this care comes with the expectation that their children and grandchildren will likewise care for them throughout their old age.
It’s fun to know what other people call their grandparents, but it’s even better to actually call and talk to your grandparents! When you call, ask your grandparents to share some of their stories with you. Need some ideas? Check out this article about how you can preserve your grandparents’ stories!
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