Wednesday, January 6, 2016

A Grandmother by Any Other Name

Growing up, I called my Grandma "Grandma."

When my stepdaughter had children, I became "Grandma Kathy" by my request.

When Jessica got pregnant, her mother-in-law, step mother-in-law and I started talking about what we wanted River to call us. I wanted something different than Grandma Kathy. As it turns out, we all had different ideas.

So we became (left to right) Gigi, Mimi and Nanny.

My question is, is this regional? Or do  people all over the US use those names? I don't remember hearing anything but Grandma when I was young and living in Indiana. But I don't know if it was because of the time or the region. What do you think? What do your grandchildren call you or what do you call your Grandmother--and Grandfather?

Happy Gigi shirt

My stepdaughter Ashley with her children, Phoenix and Griffin

Leave a comment below. What do your children call their grandmother? Is it the same as what you call yours?


  1. I grew up in Iowa, and my grandmothers were called Grandma_. I am Nana. One of my friends is Gigi. One is Ma'ma, and another is Granny. We talked it over with our daughter and son-in-law, and this is what they chose for me.

  2. My grandmother was/is "Grammy". My kids started calling my mother, Rene', "Grammy Ney" but it came out Dam-ee so we changed it to "Damie Ney", pronounced Dah-mee Neigh.