Grandparent Names

Grandparent names by Family Line VideoAs a Legacy Videographer I love discovering what names my older clients called their grandparents and great-grandparents. Not surprisingly, as every family can trace their lineage to another country, many of the grandparent names reflect their heritage.

Below are a few of the names for Grandma and Grandpa I came across and many others I had to look up. Do you know what names did your parents called their grandparents and great-grandparents?

~ Grandparent Names ~

  • Nonna & Nonno – Italian
  • Oma & Opa – German
  • Maimeó & Daideó – Ireland
  • Abuela & Abuelo – Spanish
  • Nana and Nani – India (Maternal Grandparents)
  • Dada and Dadi – India (Paternal Grandparents)
  • Baba & Gigi – Ukrainian
  • Babcia & Dziadek – Polish
  • Busia & Dziadzia – Polish
  • Mormor & Morfar – Swedish (Maternal Grandparents)
  • Farfar and Farmor – Swedish (Maternal Grandparents)
  • Babushka & Dedushka – Russian
  • Savta & Saba – Hebrew
  • Bubbie & Zadie – Yiddish
  • Grand-mere and Grand-pere – French
  • Memere & Pepere – French Cajun
  • Geema & Geepa – Flemish
  • Bomma & Bonpa – Flemish
  • Pepee or Petje – Flanders
  • Pake and Beppe – Friesland
  • Amma & Afi – Iceland
  • Yaya & Pappoús – Greek
  • Lao Lao or Wài pó & Lao Ye or Wài Gōng – Chinese (Maternal Grandparents)
  • Nǎi Nǎi & Yé Yé or Zu Fu – Chinese (Paternal Grandparents)
  • Oma & Opa – Dutch
  • Lola & Lolo – Filipino
  • Ouma & Oupa – South African

What names did (or do) you call your grandparents and great-grandparents?

If you are a grandparent, what names do your grandchildren call you?

Let us know in the comment section below!

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