25 Grandmother Name Ideas We Love

If you think the traditional titles "grandma" or "grandmother" sound stuffy, then choose one of these alternative nicknames that kids will love.

Grandma Smiling with Grandchildren
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25 Ideas for Grandma Names

  1. Abba
  2. Abuela
  3. Baba
  4. Bella
  5. Bibi
  6. Cookie
  7. G-Ma
  8. Gigi
  9. Glamma
  10. Gram
  11. Grand-mère
  12. Kitty
  13. Lola
  14. Lolly
  15. Lovie
  16. MawMaw
  17. Minni
  18. Momsie
  19. Moo-Moo
  20. Nanna
  21. Nonna
  22. Oma
  23. Tootsie
  24. TuTu
  25. Yia Yia
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Abba

Abba Grandma Name

Grandparents can be an important part of your child's life. They offer unlimited hugs and cuddles—and sometimes there's free babysitting thrown in, too.

Whether or not you're a fan of the Swedish pop group, which released 1970s hits like "Dancing Queen" and "Mama Mia," the cutesy "Abba" is a unique nickname for a grandmother.

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Abuela

Abuela Grandma Name

As any Spanish-speaking family knows, "abuela" or "abuelita" translates to "grandmother" in Spanish. You can also call grandma by a shorthand version, including "tita," "abbi," and "lita."

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Baba

Baba Grandma Name

"Babusia," the formal name for grandmother in Ukrainian, may be tough for little ones to pronounce. But the nickname version, "Baba," is equally charming!

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Bella

Bella Grandma Name

'Bella" means "beautiful" in Italian—perfect for a sweet, loving, and kind-hearted grandmother!

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Bibi

Bibi Grandma Name

Swahili is commonly spoken in East Africa, and "Bibi" translates to "grandmother" in the language.

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Cookie

Cookie Grandma Name

Does grandma's home always smell like freshly-baked chocolate chip cookies? Then name her after the crowd-pleasing dessert!

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G-Ma

G-Ma Grandma Nickname

Pronounced "gee-ma," this nickname is simply a shorthand version of "grandma."

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Gigi

GiGi Grandma Name

This grandmother nickname doubles as a real-life moniker – think of American model Gigi Hadid. The two-syllable name, pronounced "gee-gee," is also fun for little kids to say.

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Glamma

Glamma Grandma Name

Whenever people ask about this unusual nickname, tell them "Glamma" is short for "glamorous grandma." Along the same lines, grandma can also go by "Glammy."

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Gram

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"Gram" and "Grams" are common nicknames for a grandmother. They're based off the traditional terms, but they're more casual and laid-back.

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Grand-mère

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Many French children call their grandmother by the elegant "Grand-mère," which can also be shortened to "Mémé."

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Kitty

Kitty Grandma Name

Not only does this nickname evoke thoughts of a grandmother's favorite animal, it's also modern and trendy to boot.

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Lola

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"Lola" is a popular grandmother nickname in the Philippines— but you don't have to come from the Southeast Asian country to use it.

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Lolly

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What's more adorable than a grandma who goes by "Lolly?" A grandfather who goes by "Pop!" Put the two named together for a play on a favorite childhood candy: the lollipop.

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Lovie

Lovie Grandma Name

Back in 2013, Kris Jenner reported that her grandchildren call her "Lovie," because she doesn't like the way "grandma" sounds.

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MawMaw

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With its French Cajun roots, "MawMaw" is widely used throughout Louisiana. Also consider the similar-sounding "MeeMaw" as a traditional Southern grandma nickname.

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Minnie

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Calling all Disney lovers! Give grandma the nickname "Minnie," which is especially cute if grandpa goes by "Mickey."

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Momsie

Momsie Grandma Name

If your grandmother acts very motherly, consider calling her "Momsie" (or "Mumsie" if you have origins in the United Kingdom).

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Moo-Moo

Moo-Moo Grandma Name

"Grand-moo" is an lovable term for any grandma, especially one who loves animals. You can further shorten this nickname to "moo-moo." How cute!

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Nanna

Nanna Grandma Name

Not only is "nana" sweet and affectionate, it's also easy for little kids to pronounce.

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Nonna

Nonna Grandma Name

If grandmother has Italian origins—or simply a talent for making mouthwatering pasta dishes—then her call by this endearing term. It means "grandma" in Italian.

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Oma

Oma Grandma Name

The German word "großmutter" translates to "grandmother." But the short and sweet "Oma" is a common nickname for a female grandparent.

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Tootsie

Tootsie Grandma Name

This name first came to prominence from the 1982 film "Tootsie"—and also from the taffy-like Tootsie Roll candies.

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TuTu

TuTu Grandma Name

Does grandma dream of serene beaches, tropical palm trees, and fun-loving luaus? Then dub her "TuTu," which is the Hawaiian version of "grandma."

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Yia Yia

Yia Yia Grandma Name

Pronounced "Ya Ya" (and sometimes spelled that way too), this happy-sounding name means "grandmother" in Greek.

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