Family Names in Social Genealogy and Family History: Grandparents
What do you (or did you) call your grandparents?
Have you ever thought of this social genealogy question and how interesting it is that so many people call their grandparents by different names, not to mention how interesting those names can be?
Well, I do; that’s why I decided to ask this social genealogy question on social media! I wanted to see just how many variations of grandmother and grandfather were floating around out there! Of course, this is just a small sample, with only about 225 comments, but still very interesting! 😉
Here are the responses I had to grandfather:
Here are the responses I had to grandmother:
So, there were names anywhere from the standard to the unusual! It was a fun question to ask, and it was fun to see all the different names that people use to call their grandparents by!
What do you think of the names on the list? Do you use any of these? What do you or (did you) call your grandparents? I’d love to read your comments below!
*I may try to update this list with the counts for each, later!
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1/28/2022 10:06:25 am
We called my maternal grandmother "Mimi." She always said it was French for grandmother, and I never questioned her about it until I took French in college. She finally admitted that one day when I was a toddler, I was trying to get her attention, and shouted "Me! Me!" to which she answered. From that point on, I called her Mimi, and so did the other grandkids (I was the oldest, so I guess I got naming privileges). She didn't want to be called Grandma, so she just went with it!
1/29/2022 06:50:05 am
Haha, I love it! Thank you for sharing! It's so interesting how family names come about!
1/30/2022 08:23:06 pm
We called our maternal grandmother Na. I was told that was her choice. I never knew Grandpa Scott (or Grandpa Walter), he died before I was born, but that's how I always think of him. Na talked about him often - as Walter - so I got in the habit of thinking of him that way. She lived a long time and was close by so I knew her pretty well. My other grandparents died when I was very small. I believe I called them Grandma and Grandpa too. I've seen that's how they signed a card or two. Fun question!
1/31/2022 05:12:39 am
Ooooh, "Na", that's a different one! Interesting. Is it short for Nana? Thanks for sharing!
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