Jump to content

Grandparents names


  • Please log in to reply
31 replies to this topic

#1 readyandraring

Posted 28 November 2011 - 09:50 PM

So I just posted about this in the hormone thread but it does raise a good question that I would love to hear from all of you about.

My MIL (DH's Step Mum) has decided she is too young to be a grandmother (at 53) and that she does not want a traditional name so she wants to be Glam-Ma!  ohmy.gif   unsure.gif   blink.gif No chance!!!

We have suggested Granny D which she does not mind but then one of her friends said "oh I like that!" so she is back to wanting it.

So what names are your parents going with?

#2 teemoodesign

Posted 28 November 2011 - 11:06 PM

We ended up with grandma at the fishes house (mil) & grandpa. Then mum wants to be gran because her mum was gran but is known as gran gran to her great grand kids. So mum gets called grandma at smokeys house (their cat) & grandpa. Ey we just go with it.

#3 Becwb

Posted 29 November 2011 - 06:55 AM

My DS isn't the first grandchild, so it was decided with BIL, that they get called Ma & Pa. It was also because they thought they are too young to be called anything else....



#4 bubblynutter

Posted 29 November 2011 - 07:37 AM

My parents decided they want to be called Nar-Nar and Ah-Pah. Apparently my eldest nephew picked the names when he couldn't say nanna and pop properly, but I hate it and think it's ridiculously childish. I mean, what 13yo grandchild is going to want to call them that?!

The M/FIL are Nanna and Poppa. Nice and simple!

#5 erinmac

Posted 29 November 2011 - 07:59 AM

My parents are Mamma and Poppy - my mum was Grandma and my eldest nephew and niece used to just say mamma instead, it sort of stuck and we actually dont mind it.

The inlaws are going to be Nan and Pa.

Of note my grandmother (the nieces and nephews great grandmother) is just called Great now, which she particullary likes original.gif

#6 titch80

Posted 29 November 2011 - 08:22 AM

Hehe Ready my mum was the same when DD was born! So we have ..

Noni (my mum)
Pa (my much more accepting dad)
Nanny (DH's mum)
Grandad (Dh's stepdad)
Little Nanny (Dh's Grandma)
Nanny Beach (Dh's stepmum) -
Pa Beach (Dh's dad - his dad and stepmum live in Merimbula)
Pa Q (my half brother's dad)
Tina (my half brother's stepmum)

Yep...DD has a whole lot of Grandparent love!!



#7 starqueen_78

Posted 29 November 2011 - 08:30 AM

Well, my Mum is Nana, My Dad and his new fiancee are Grandpa and Grandma, and my MIL is Nanna and FIL is GRUMPAS!! He loves Grumpas so much and we started calling him that when we got the dog, and it stuck! It makes him sound grumpy when in fact it is my Dad that is the grump, but oh well.

#8 Guest_chocmudcake_*

Posted 29 November 2011 - 08:33 AM

My parents are Nanny(43 years) and Grumpy/ Grumps (50 years). Has taken DD a long time to be able to say Grumps but it melts his heart every time she says it now wub.gif
My deceased dad is referred to as Poppy.
My Nan and Pop (both deceased) are Grand Nan and Grand Pop.
We often show DD photos of her deceased grandparents and great grandparents.

There is no one on DH's side by our choice, so we dont refer to them as anything and she basically doesnt know they exist.


#9 MusicGal34

Posted 29 November 2011 - 08:39 AM

Hi R&R,

That's a tough one!  The only thing I can think of, and I know it's not particularly helpful, but maybe suggest that the name "Glam-ma" might be a bit hard for the child to pronounce and might be confusing if other people correct them thinking they mean grandma.  If it were me (and it's just my opinion, you don't have to take this suggestion at all) I'd suggest a shorter name (gran, nan etc) would be easier for the child to say sooner and would let your child be able to communicate with her sooner (or something like that).  They aren't going to even understand what glam-ma means until they are much older, so maybe she can hold it on reserve until then (and hopefully forget about it by then as well!).

I do think it's hillarious and quite a mouthful too wink.gif  I have the opposite of the whole "I'm too young" bit where my mum keeps going on about how OLD my dad is now (he's 63) almost like he's about to drop dead any second!  I told dad he's going to have a second grandson now, and he is laughing about it all and how old he's starting to feel.  But it's a different response to DP's parents, who are just so excited.  DP's dad came over to help us with our garage sale last Saturday, and one of his workmates showed up.  I happened to walk out at that time, and he grabbed me and was like "here, come meet her, this is the one who is having my gandson!"  I had to laugh, it's so endearingly sweet original.gif

#10 Nanaimo Girl

Posted 29 November 2011 - 09:10 AM

Ugh I don't blame your MIL. I am dreading being called Grandma or gran or Nanna or something. I however wouldn't be going with Glam-Ma.

I think I'll be insisting on a version of my nickname or something.

#11 red in oz

Posted 29 November 2011 - 10:53 AM

Both sets of Grandparents in our family insisted on being Grandma and Grandad

So Grandma Jane and Grandad Colin, and Grandma Nonny and Grandad John...

DD1 calls my parents her 'old' grandma and grandad, and DH's parents her 'new' grandma and grandad. Despite the fact that my parents are about 10 years younger... but my parents came to visit last November, and then my in-laws arrived at Christmas, so they were the 'new' ones...

#12 readyandraring

Posted 29 November 2011 - 01:19 PM

hmm there are some great names out there, I am glad others don't think I am reacting about Glam-Ma, also I am not sure what the other grandmothers will think who are just happy with Nanna!

I am sure she will get past it, we are just going to give her a list of names to choose from, I think she is so unsure about her role as a grandmother and how much we want her involved that she is a bit nervous. I am sure she will calm down, I just need to keep her settled and involved.

I was a little annoyed when she laughed at our idea of a family photo board in bubs room, she did not like the idea. As we are in Singapore all our family is in the US and Australia, we thought by having a family board up we will continually talk to bub about the family and show them the photos so they know faces.

She laughed and said it is too young to know and that we will just skype, DH jumped in and said we think it will help and we just want bub to want to feel comfortable and know faces when he/she meets people. Oh well people are always going to laugh at parenting choices I am sure. She also thinks we should keep bubs bedroom as a storage place as bub is not going to know if they have a nice room or not! She knew I was annoyed about that.

oh I got off topic! sorry!

#13 MrsLauren

Posted 29 November 2011 - 01:27 PM

Mum mum is Nanny, her mum is Nanna

My dad is Pappa and my step mum is 'G'.

Hubby's mum is Grandma, and she's the youngest of them all !

#14 athnessa

Posted 29 November 2011 - 02:44 PM

My mother also didn't want to be grandma so she came up with babooshka.  My DS now calls her "Boocar". My dad is Papa and FIL is Grandpa and MIL is Nanna.


#15 teemoodesign

Posted 29 November 2011 - 02:50 PM

readyandraring - the photo board is a great idea. ds1 could pick out people in photos just before he turned 2? maybe. he LOVES photos and has our old doggie (karsha who passed away july 2010) near his change table. he always talks about her!

#16 le_auteur

Posted 29 November 2011 - 03:04 PM

My mum and dad are Grammy and Pop to my nephew, and my DH's mum will be Grandma (like her mum was)

#17 MusicGal34

Posted 29 November 2011 - 03:08 PM

readyandraring I agree with teemoo, the photoboard sounds like a fabulous idea!  At the end of the day this is your child, so she can laugh all she wants, but it's ultimately up to you what you want to do for your child.  It sounds like a wonderful way to introduce your child to their extended family when everyone is so far away!

#18 readyandraring

Posted 29 November 2011 - 04:20 PM

thanks ladies, family means alot to me so I really want to do what I can considering the distance.

It sounds like a lot of parents like to carry on the tradition of what their parents were called which is nice, though I did tell my in-laws who knows what the child will end up calling you and it looks like I was right, Athnessa I like Boocar! very cute.

#19 Little Duck

Posted 29 November 2011 - 04:46 PM

There is a very, very long list of grandparent names here: http://www.grandparents.com/gp/content/act...rent-names.html

Rather disturbingly "Glamma" appears! Argh. I suspect that when it comes to the crunch it won't matter as your kids will end up calling her Grandma. My MIL wanted to be "Nan" as she thought Nana was a bit old (fair enough) but one of her grandson's (9 years) calls her Nana because that is the word he is familiar with so he just converted "Nan" to Nana himself. My DS calls her "Nanny" because he sticks "y" on the end of everything! So they can wish away, the kids will end up calling them something else!

#20 dizzy-anne

Posted 29 November 2011 - 05:10 PM

Ouch ready!  Glam-ma???  Oh dear.

Mine are this:

My Dad - Grandpa Dave
his partner - Aunty

My Mum - Nana

FIL - Grandpa Bill
his partner - haven't discussed yet - probably just her name

MIL - Grandma
SFIL - Opa (he's Dutch)

#21 Working_Mummy

Posted 29 November 2011 - 05:42 PM

My parents who are separated are Grandma & Grandpa
Inlaws are Grandma & Grandad

At 2.5 DS knows who you are talking about.

#22 WhiteCat

Posted 29 November 2011 - 05:53 PM

My Mum is Yia Yia (although we're not Greek - she decided this is what she wanted to be called when she saw "Secrets of the Yia Yia Sisterhood).  My Dad is Poppa.

My DH's father is deceased but he was Poppa also - we call him Poppa Steve when we talk to our DD about him. We don't have any contact with DH's Mum or Step-Mum.

My Grandma (my Mum's Mum) is still alive, and everyone calls her Grandma.  My Dad's Mum is also still alive and she's called Nanna.

All pretty standard ... one of my old bosses is a Grandparent and his grandkids call him Stevie (his name is Steve). I think it's cute for him, but I wouldn't accept my children calling my Dad by his name 'Kevin' (or Kev).

Edited by WhiteCat, 29 November 2011 - 05:54 PM.


#23 red in oz

Posted 30 November 2011 - 09:51 AM

QUOTE (WhiteCat @ 29/11/2011, 06:53 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
All pretty standard ... one of my old bosses is a Grandparent and his grandkids call him Stevie (his name is Steve). I think it's cute for him, but I wouldn't accept my children calling my Dad by his name 'Kevin' (or Kev).


lol! My DD will not stop calling her dad 'Sam' instead of daddy, at the end of the day, they will decide what they call the grandparents, strongly influenced by what you call them...

ready, the picture board is a lovely idea, we had a picture of each set of grandparents and one of my bro/SIL and niece in my DDs' bedroom until DH dropped it and broke the glass, I should get around to replacing it.

#24 CarlieB

Posted 30 November 2011 - 01:19 PM

I remember my whole life my mum wanted to be the same as her grandmother, which was Grandma, but now I think she feels like that's a bit old. I can't even remember what she said she wants to be called now. My dad decided to be stupid and wants to be called "the grand poo bar". I told him if he doesn't come up with something better we'll get the child to call him by his first name, which I know he would hate as whenever my mum used to refer to him by his first name he'd say, what am I? The kid's step-father? MIL is already Grammy to DP's niece and nephew so we'll stick with that, but they call her husband by his first name and DP wants our child to call him Grandpa or something as he's been a part of his mum's life for quite some time now. So we'll end up with pretty straight-forward names. I just want to avoid them being the same on both sides!

#25 Happylilcamper

Posted 30 November 2011 - 06:11 PM

my mum and step dad are gran and gramps
my dad and step mum are poppy and jojo ( shes just turned 30 and not quite ready for the others haha)
DP mum and dad will be nana and pop for the first time in april original.gif




2 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 2 guests, 0 anonymous users

 

Clever panda fakes pregnancy

News that a giant panda was pregnant prompted much excitement, but it appears there were never any cubs on the way.

'I survived placenta percreta'

When writing her birth plan, Simone Pavil included an item most women wouldn?t even think about: what should happen if she was put on life support. The mum had the potentially fatal condition placenta accreta.

Managing personal space as a mum

In the midst of the early parenting years, our bodies and minds can seemingly be overtaken by our offspring. How can we balance our need for personal space with the needs of our children?

'If love could have saved you, you'd have never left'

The words "spontaneous abortion" on the hospital paperwork really got to me. My baby died; I didn't spontaneously decide to abort him.

15 classic Aussie ads

Watch some of the classic Australian ads of the 80s, 90s and 00s, and remember the catchphrases and jingles we all used to know so well ...

For and against

Should Blue Ivy have been at the VMAs?

Many were quick to condemn Beyonce and Jay Z after appearing on stage at the MTV Video Music Awards with their two-year-old daughter, but others thought it was a sweet family moment. What do you think?

Toddler attacked at gym creche

Two-year-old girl Eva Ness was left with a black eye and bite marks on her face and body after an altercation with an older child at a health club's child-minding facilities. Now her parents are calling for the centre to be closed.

Pregnancy a tricky matter of timing for FIFO couples

Manipulating rosters, coordinating 'conjugal' visits, working on site with your partner; getting pregnant can prove stressful for FIFO workers.

WIN a $100 RedBalloon for Dad

Enter now for your chance to win 1 of 5 $100 RedBalloon experience vouchers. Helping you make Dad's Day EXTRA HAPPY.

Carseats have twice as many germs as a toilet

Most parents know their child's carseat is not always squeaky clean, but they might not realise just how dirty it really is.

Doctors remove foetus from 'medical marvel' after 36 years

Doctors in India have removed the skeleton of a foetus that had been inside a woman for 36 years.

Nine months in six seconds: new parents' Vine clip a hit

We?ve seen some memorable time-lapse pregnancy and birth announcement videos before. Now one new couple has taken it to the extreme, capturing it all in just a six-second Vine video.

Sonia Kruger speaks of baby joy

Celebrity mum-to-be Sonia Kruger has spoken candidly about using donor eggs and IVF to fall pregnant at age 48.

Dressing to not impress: life through the eyes of a three-year-old

When it comes to getting dressed, my three-year-old has only one criterion: ?I don?t want to look beautiful.? And now I've worked out why.

Special nappies made with love for angel babies

Angel Baby Nappies make and provide tiny bereavement cloth nappies for pre-term stillborn babies and premature babies who pass away in the NICU.

Inside the brain of a tantruming toddler

What's going on in your child's mind in the lead-up to a tantrum? And what?s the best way to respond?

5 secrets to a long-lasting relationship

When it comes to keeping your relationship strong, it?s what you do - and not what you want - that really matters.

When 'furbabies' meet real babies

I am obsessed with my dogs, and can't imagine loving them any less once my baby arrives. But that doesn't stop everyone from telling me I will.

The least popular baby names of 2013

Looking for a baby name that?s nowhere near the top 10 ? or even the top 1000? Try the bottom five.

'I was so sleep deprived I crashed my car'

There are no laws regulating driving while tired, but statistics show that driver fatigue is one of the top three contributors to the road toll.

Win back some precious time and get FREE coupons

Membership to eBay's Bubs? Corner is free and includes a $10 coupon to spend on nappies each month - a win for multitasking mums!

Download now: Essential Kids Activity Finder app

Got bored kids? Quickly find the best activities for kids wherever you are in Australia with the Essential Kids app.

 
Advertisement
 
Advertisement
 
 
 

What's hot on EB

WIN a $100 RedBalloon for Dad

Enter now for your chance to win 1 of 5 $100 RedBalloon experience vouchers. Helping you make Dad's Day EXTRA HAPPY.

Win back some precious time and get FREE coupons

Membership to eBay's Bubs? Corner is free and includes a $10 coupon to spend on nappies each month - a win for multitasking mums!

Do you suffer from Precious Firstborn Syndrome?

Testing ?no more tears? shampoo in your own eyes, warming cucumber sticks so they're not cold straight from the fridge, waking a sleeping baby to check they?re still breathing: these are all symptoms of Precious Firstborn Syndrome.

Ezra's tragic death not in vain, mum says

Little Ezra was a "Harry Houdini" who loved trying to escape the family home. Now, after his tragic death, his parents are doing what they can to help others.

7 mistakes old hands make with new babies

As I sat across the table from my friend ? me, a seasoned mother of three; her, a brand new mum ? I thought of all the mistakes an old-hand parent can make when visiting a newborn baby.

Video: When adults act like children

Ever wondered what would happen if adults were allowed to act like children? This dad's hilarious video clip will give you an idea of what life would be like.

Mums hit hardest as flu cases skyrocket

The number of confirmed cases of influenza in Australia has doubled the number for the same time last year - and women are 25 per cent more likely to get it.

The mum who had four babies in nine months

Feeling exhausted due to the demands of caring for a baby? Imagine the life of this mum, who gave birth to three boys and one girl in just nine months.

Everything baby at Big W

Lowest prices on everything baby, only at Big W. Sale starts August 4 and ends August 20 2014.

Going viral

Outrage over baby's icy challenge

A man has been reported to child protective services after taking the ALS ice bucket challenge with his 10-month-old granddaughter.

Personalised baby gifts

We've scoured the internet to find gorgeous personalised keepsakes and nursery decor to record baby name and dates. They make great gifts for christenings, name days and birthdays! (All prices in AU.)

 

Mind, body, beauty, life

Making time for me

We look at your wellbeing, covering health, relationships, beauty and fashion, mind and body.

 
Advertisement
 
 
Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.