Grandma, Granny, Nanna, Nanny or …

You may well have worked out that the author of “Grandma’s Corner” is called “Grandma” by her grandchildren. For me the name isn’t a happen-chance before I became a grandmother I chatted with my children’s mother-in-laws about what grandmother names they liked. One was already a grandmother and her family used the Tamil name for grandmother. The other two respectively like Nanna and Nanny which left the name Grandma free and it was my preference.

The prospective grandfather’s didn’t have this conversation, and so one lot of children have two Granddads. They used to be distinguished by car colour – but then they both got white cars. Now if differentiation is needed they are referred to as Granddad with Nanna or Granddad with Grandma.

I met someone the other day who had taken her grandchildren abroad and when they came back to the UK the children were asked about the adults they were with. One was asked about his granddad, and loudly said “That is not my granddad, my granddad is at home.” Fortunately he then pointed to his grandparents and added “That is my Poppa.”

Whatever grandmothers are called they will hope to be remembered on Mother’s Day or Mothering Sunday as I talked about last year. If you are thinking of flowers maybe one of Gemma’s pots or vases would go well as an extra gift.

20 thoughts on “Grandma, Granny, Nanna, Nanny or …”

  1. David Walmsley

    I used to call my grandparents Grandma and Grandpa, adding their respective surname where necessary. My wife is Grandma to our grandson, and I am Granddad – this was our choice after an (admittedly brief) discussion. His other grandparents, who are non-English, are called in their own language, Mumi and Pappi.

  2. In this case it is actually Nana not Nanna. Also I have been writing Grandad not Granddad, which is correct/does he prefer?

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