With a Grateful Prayer and a Thankful Heart: Any Other (Grandmother) Name Would Sound As Sweet!

Monday, October 26, 2009

Any Other (Grandmother) Name Would Sound As Sweet!

Title: Mrs Cassatt Reading to her Grandchildren, 1888

My sweet blogging friend, Janice of Serial Crafter, noticed that my grandchildren call me Mom-Mom (my husband is Pop-Pop). She thought the reasoning behind that name was because I am their mom's mom. Sounds logical. But in actuality it was really just tradition in our family. It was what I called my grandmother.
(I had no living grandparents by age 12.
One died before I was born, one at age 3 and the other two by age 12)

Janice is from the United Kingdom and her boys use the sweet moniker, Mum-mum (mum's mum) for her mother.

I never gave much thought to it until my friends started becoming grandparents as well. Then I began hearing different titles. I was surprised to learn that unless you are from the south Jersey/Philadelphia area, Mom-Mom is not that common.Mother about to wash her sleepy child 1880 ~ Mary Cassett

What do your grandchildren call you? Perhaps it is a name from your heritage. Or maybe your grandchild came up with a name of their own making.

I would love to hear the endearing names your grandchildren call you.
If you are not a grandparent, what do/did you call your grandparents?
And if you would, please share

  • where you are from
  • how that special name came to be.
  • How many grandchildren you have
  • how many grandparents you or your children currently have
Maternal Kiss ~ Mary Cassett
Here are some Traditional Grandmother Names:
  • Gram
  • Gramma
  • Grammy
  • Grams
  • Grandma
  • Grandmama
  • Grandmom
  • Grandmother
  • Grannie
  • Ma or Maw
  • Mamo
  • MawMaw
  • Mema
  • Memaw
  • Mom-Mom
  • Nana
  • Nanny
Grandmother in Other Languages
  • Chinese: NaiNai
  • Filipino: Lola
  • Flemish: Bomma
  • French: Grandmere
  • French Canadian: Meme
  • German: Oma
  • Greek: YaYa
  • Hawaiian: Tutu
  • Hebrew: Savta
  • Italian: Nonna
  • Japanese: Oba-chan
  • Korean: Halmoni
  • Polish: Busia
  • Portuguese: VoVo
  • Russian: Babushka
  • Spanish: Abuela
  • Yiddish: Bube
Here are some amazing thoughts about grandchildren/grandparents I found:
  • There are about 70 million grandparents in the US today, and each month 75,000 Americans 45-69 years old join the club. The number of grandparents is expected to grow to 80 million by 2010
  • The grandparent/grandchild relationship is second in emotional importance only to the parent/child relationship.

  • Some research shows that as many as 9 out of 10 adult grandchildren feel their grandparents influenced their values and behaviors.

  • Fewer than 50% of adolescents in 1900 had two or more grandparents alive. By 1976 that figure had grown to almost 90%.

  • Today, an American at birth is expected to live 76 years compared to 47 years in 1900 -- an additional 29 years. Most of today's grandchildren will have most or all of their grandparents survive at least during part of their childhood and adolescence, and many will have surviving grandparents well into their adult years. At age 30, 75% of people will have at least one surviving grandparent.

  • Today, over 13% of the US population is 65 years or older. By the year 2030, 1 in every 5 Americans will be over 65, totaling 70 million. For the first time in history, there will be more people of grandparent age than children and youth. These older adults can have a tremendous impact on society by choosing to be active grandparents and mentor younger generations.

  • .About 1/3 of the adult US population are grandparents. More than 70% of middle-aged and older people will become grandparents. A considerable number of grandparents will live long enough to become great-grandparents -- and some will even become great-great-grandparents.

  • The average age of becoming a grandparent is 50 years for women and a couple of years older for men.

  • Today's grandparents may range in age from 30 to 110, and grandchildren range from newborns to retirees.

  • Most grandparents have multiple (5 to 6 on average) grandchildren.
One more thing... remember my sweet blogging friend, Janice? Well, look what she gave me.

I am supposed to nominate seven other blogs that I love. Well, Serial Crafter would be right up there at the top. She is an adorable farm girl that makes the loveliest greeting cards. I don't know how she continually comes up with the varied and beautiful ideas that she incorporates into her sweet projects.
She's amazing!
When I read her posts I imagine a cute UK accent :)

I'd like to pass the award on to all of the wonderful blogs I read. Please take this award for your place with my warmest regards.


hip chick said...

I do not have grandchildren yet. My children call my mother Reetsy. Her name is Rita and when she was a girl Reetsy is what her father called her. She wanted her grandchildren to call her that as well. It's as if things have come around into a circle.

Vintagesquirrel said...

Hello and thank you so much for checking in with me from time to time. I am doing pretty well, and have been gearing up to return to blogging. (You'd be surprised how difficult it is to jump back in.) It's so nice to know others care about you. I am always so happy to read your comments.
Thanks again, Michelle
Oh, and my children are lucky to have 3 grandparents. They call them Nana & Papa.

Walking on Sunshine... said...

Growing up I called my father's parents Oma and Opa. They were all from Germany and it was so easy to continue that tradition when I had children. Only my mother, who is Italian, didn't want to be called Oma. She wanted the traditional Grandma. So we taught Olivia to say Opa and Grandma. BUT, she on her own decided that Grandma should be Oma and my mother is now an Oma to all 7 of her grandchildren. The sweetest word I miss so much are my children calling their Opa. When my dad was so sick in the hospital, on the ventilator, but so aware of everything around him I brought my kids to see him. They each sat on his hospital bed holding a hand for over an hour. Just talking to him and he squeezing their hands in response. I had a few people criticize me for having them visit him and seeing him like that, but I know how much he loved them and they loved him and I know in my heart that it made him happy.

What a sweet post. Thank you!

marie said...

What a fun (and very informative) post!

I'm "gramma" to my three grandbabies (Elijah, Charlotte & Penelope). I've just always liked how gramma sounds & looks ~ no particular reason.

Here in Maryland I hear mom-mom & pop-pop a lot. Elijah's other grandparents go by those names and my boss & his wife do too!

My children are blessed to have two grandparents still living ~ my mom and my husband's dad. My children have called my mom several different names over the years. Too many to go into here. But you can read about them at this link if you're interesed.


Thanks again for a fun post!

PS ~ I love your blog too!

Janice said...

Oh how lovely of you to make a feature of my comments! What a lovely post, this is why I love your blog, all those different names from different countries, thanks for sharing this. But it doesn't matter what you call your grandparents because it's the special relationship that really counts.

Miss Jen said...

LOVED this post~
how neat to read all of the
different names for Grandma!!!

With Much Love~ Miss Jen

Lisa said...

Well, first let me say, I'm glad I found your blog again. I'm not a grandmother yet, and probably won't be for a long while. My son who is 23 has no plans of getting married. He's thinking of his career with the military right now. However, my children called their grandmother (Grannie). My son being the oldest started that tradition. My oldest daughter tell me all the time, that when she'e married and has children, they'll call me Grannie Lisa. How funny?? I'm to young to be a grandma. Grandma are special, I know my kids miss their Granny. She truly loved them.

Mildred said...

I don't have children but when my sister and brother's kids were young we got so tickled at them. Larry's kids called my Mother "MAW" and Karen's kids called Mother "MAW MAW." One time Larry's daughter asked Karen's daughter, "Why do you always call her twice???" We got so tickled about that. I had not heard Pop-Pop before but when I microwave a bag of popcorn, I tell Harriet "pop pop" and she knows what's coming!!! I always enjoy your posts.

Joy said...

Lovely and interesting post, LDH. My 1st granddaughter called me 'Memaw' which I loved, but now, my two grandchildren call me Grandma. What a wonderful word to hear! I think I like hearing it more than 'mom'. And my husband is their 'step-grandpa' and he loves to hear them call him 'grandpa'.

Joy said...

Oh, and this has nothing to do with your post, but from reading your posts over the last year (?), I want to say how much I admire you and your love for your husband, your commitment to your marriage, your family. You love the Lord, and your faithfulness and steadfastness is inspiring. I admire you for keeping your family together, you have a wonderful legacy that you are passing on. May God RICHLY bless you.


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