The Best Inspiration for Cool Grandma Names

First pregnancies are not only exciting for the new parents, but also for the grandma-to-be! Choosing your grandma name is a big deal, and if you’re searching for cool grandma names you’ve come to the right place. 

The BEST List of Cool Grandma NamesRather than giving you a long and lengthy list, we’ve divided it into some categories for you. Are you looking for more unique? Traditional? Check out our ideas below. 

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Unique/Hipster Grandma Names

In the same way modern parents are trending towards the unique spectrum for baby names, many grandparents are looking for more hip nicknames. Check out these cool grandma names:













Lolly (extra cute with Pop for grandpa)




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The Best Inspiration for Cool Grandma Names

Grandma in Other Languages

A really good idea for finding unique grandparent names is to dig into and explore your ancestry. Try out some of these names for grandparents in different languages around the world. 

Abuela & Abuelo (Spanish)

Amma & Afi (Icelandic)

Avó & Avô (Portuguese) 

Bubbe & Zeyde (Yiddish)

Babushka & Dedushka (Russian)

Grandmère & Grandpère (French)

Lola & Lolo (Filipino)

Nonna & Nonno (Italian)

Oma & Opa (German, informal)

Tutu (Hawaiian, informal)

Yia yia & pappous (Greek)

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Traditional Grandmother Names

Sometimes a classic name can be the perfect, timeless option. Many families opt for the standard Grandma and Grandpa, possibly followed by their names. 

This can get a bit confusing especially with blended families or multiple generations of grandparents, but luckily there are lots of common nicknames for grandma as well.

Here are some of the more traditional grandmother names:

















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The Best Inspiration for Cool Grandma Names

Baby Inspiration for Cool Grandma Names

Sometimes the new baby themselves can be a great source of inspiration for cool grandma names! Whether they invent it them self or mispronounce your chosen nickname, often whichever grandma name the first grandchild picks can stick.

For instance, Jo originally wanted her children to call her grandma “Gigi” – pronounced G-G for great-grandmother. However, it never caught on with Ry and he started calling her “Juju” as a small toddler. Five years and two additional grandchildren later, she’s still Juju. Everyone loves the name! 

Listen to the sounds your baby makes for inspiration. Here are a few examples:













Hopefully you found some inspiration in our lists. Does your family have any other unique, cultural, or traditional nicknames for grandparents? Share your grandparent names in the comments!

The BEST List of Cool Grandma Names

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Jo & Rachel

Jo and Rachel first had the idea for 'The Moms At Odds' in 2016 when our babies were turning 2 and we realized that we were very different parents.

As a mom, Rachel immediately felt this strong connection to her son and instantly decided she wanted to become a stay-at-home mom. Though Jo obviously loved her son as well, she counted the days until she could go back to work and interact with other adults.

They both struggled over getting their babies to sleep and while Jo believed in sleep training, Rachel looked for alternatives like dream feeding and no cry methods. As time passed and their children grew older the differences started to really add up – pacifier use, drinking during breastfeeding, organic foods, screen time, diaper brands, and on and on.

During this day and age, it’s so easy to look at our parenting differences as a bad thing. After all, we’ve all seen jokes and articles about “Mommy Wars” over one subject or another. Instead, we choose to embrace our differences and show you that in many areas there is no wrong answer. What works for one family may not work for another, and that’s perfectly fine. We can still all get along and raise perfectly healthy, beautiful children.


  1. Nancy says:

    My grandkids call me Grancy!

    1. Jo says:

      That’s adorable!

    2. Nancy says:

      Love it!

      1. Leslie Michaels says:

        My grandchildren call me graham-cracker or queen

  2. M Torres says:

    My grandkids call me gramma, but my great grand
    Children call me “visa” for “Visabuela” which is great grandmother in Spanish.

    1. Jo says:

      That’s beautiful!

  3. Tammy says:

    We tried to get my granddaughter to say Gammy but it kept coming out Gummy ! My daughter just had a boy and I am still known as Gummy! And I love it !

    1. Jo says:

      I love that story! Somehow the perfect name finds you 🙂

  4. Pat McMahon says:

    My Grandkids call me Gramcracker and I love it. It started as a joke and now all seven call me that

    1. Jo says:

      I love it too!! So cute!

  5. Emily says:

    Our son married a lady that had a son who was 4. Our son told him to call us Princess and Hot Pepper! My husband loves hot, spicy food and me, I’m not the princess type but love the name so I’ll take it!

    1. Jo says:

      That’s so neat and unique!

  6. Kath H says:

    My kids call their father grumpy, so needless to say the grandkids picked it up, so I get grumpy. We are Grumpy and Grummy

    1. Jo says:

      My dad could definitely use the name “grumpy” – haha! That’s such an adorable one!

  7. Tammy says:

    My son married a young woman with a son. When asked, what he wanted to call me? He got a crayon out grabbed a sheet of paper. Said I’ll think about it. Minutes latter he came into the room and had decided that I would be called “Lamby”. I have grand children that aren’t really mine. They call me nene and my husband pops. But then we have another set that calls us mawmaw and pawpaw. I have way too many names. Lol

    1. Jo says:

      More names means more love! Although I do admit it may be difficult to keep track of all of them 🙂 ha!

  8. Patty says:

    My oldest couldn’t say
    Grandma, do I am
    Gra Gra to all 4! Any
    Other Gra Gra’s out

  9. Dee says:

    For the longest time our first grandchild called my husband Papa but no name for me. I would refer to myself as Grammy but she wasn’t having it.
    One day I stepped away from her and she called out, “Mimi!”
    I said, “You talkin to me?” ( in my best Dinero impersonation 😉 and she repeated smiling and nodding, “Mimi!”
    Now I am Mimi to all 3 grandchildren and at 5, she is quick to tell people that
    “I named her!”. lol.

    1. Jo says:

      Laughing so hard at the Robert De Niro impression!

  10. Beth Dye says:

    My grandkids call me Bogwah. It started with my first grandchild and the others followed suit.

  11. Charlene Daugherty says:

    I started out with step grandchildren and they could not pronounce my name Charlene, so they call me Shashi. That stuck and so now even with my own grandchildren I am Shashi

  12. Susan says:

    My daughter when she was 2ish heard me call upstairs a few times for my Mum. After that my daughter called her MumMum. 16 years later and its been that name ever since!

  13. Michele says:

    What about those of us who will never be grandmothers? What’s our name? Im serious

  14. Dawn says:

    I am Babcia and my husband is Dzidzia…..Polish for grandma and grandpa.

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