Whats in a name?

Published October 12, 2013 by The Hip Grandmother

Have you ever stopped and wondered what your grandchildren are going to call you? It’s funny how you hear different names in different parts of the country of what you typically call your grandparents. Around here, most are called “Mamaw” or “MeeMaw” which isn’t a bad thing at all. But I’ve always wondered what the name that fits me is going to be. My mother tells me to wait to see what the baby actually says. Sometimes it would be better to introduce myself with a name that would be easier for the baby to say rather that remain nameless until the baby can talk.

Originally, I thought my family went against the grain. I have found that this is not true. My mother’s grandmother was named “Good Mama” followed by her daughter, “Mamae” (which is french slang for ‘my mommy’ with ‘mon’ (my) and ‘mere’ (mother) together) as my grandmother, finally my mother is named “Geema” from what my daughter decided to call her when she was around 1 1/2 years old. I often wonder what is wrong with plain “grandmother”. Now I am on an adventure to find my own name.

I was thinking at first that I could take my own grandmother’s name “Mamae” but that isn’t very original and too informal, especially when it comes to the french language. All my nieces and nephews call me “Titi” instead of “Aunt”, so I can build from that, I suppose.*Grandma Titi* would be a great name. I *am* the grandma and the baby will hear me being called “Titi” by other family members so maybe it isn’t such a bad name. As a matter o’ fact, I think that is a swell name.

According to http://www.grandparents.com  there is a list that is dubbed the “Ultimate guide to Grandparent Names”. I can see this as something useful. Many grandparents choose their own names at first then wait for what the child can say or what they hear from their older siblings. There are lists of traditional grandparents names, trendy grandparents names and finally playful grandparents names. Fortunately I found the names that I have heard throughout my family in the “traditional” section.

Even if you don’t plan to become a grandparent soon, you really should go to the site below and find your ‘perfect grandparent’ name (just for fun). Who knows what might stick in the future. Tell me….what are the names you have chose for yourself? Comments please! 🙂

http://www.grandparents.com/family-and-relationships/grandparent-names/trendy-grandmother-names

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5 comments on “Whats in a name?

  • I know when my Mom became a Grandmother she didn’t want to be known as a Grandmother– so all of the grandkids call her Gammy. I think that is becoming increasingly popular these day— Grandparents picking their own name. So what are you going to go with?

  • We ended up introducing my mother as “Grams” However, a year or so later when the baby started speaking it turned into “Mimi”. Go with the flow and enjoy the adventure of finding your grandmotherly name. 🙂

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