What’s Prince George of Cambridge going to call his grandmums Carole and Camilla? We don’t know, but we do know a young grandmother like Carole Middleton might want a special non-granny-like name.
What’s your “grandma” name?
We asked and nearly 100 of you told us. Here’s a sampling:
Deb Wrazin, Palm Beach Gardens, is “De-Ma”: My son was born when I was only 21, and now I have this beautiful “glam-baby” at 50. I adore her and agree with Goldie Hawn that I must have a special name beyond old-school “grandmother.” My nickname is De-bo, so my son decided I will be called “De-Ma.”
Tara Ford, Jupiter, is “Go-Go”: When my daughter was due, I was determined to find a name that would express a positive, active lifestyle. So I came up with “Go-Go” — and baby Caroline and I really do GO! We take advantage of many of the great programs in the county, from Helping People Succeed to library story time to one of our favorites, the Smithsonian aquarium in Fort Pierce, which we visit several times a month.
Janet L. Nevins, Palm Beach Gardens, is “GooKai”: Since I didn’t want to be called “Grandma,” I never gave my little Jacob something to call me. My family stayed with me for a few months while they renovated their home, and in the morning, Jacob would be greeted by “Do you want to have some yogurt?” and up on my lap he would climb. So I became “Goot” — his pronunciation of yogurt — when he was 2. He added “Kai” after words when talking about things he really loved. For example, his bunny and bear he slept with were called “Bunny Kai” and “Bear Kai.” I am now GooKai and couldn’t be happier to be a grandma at any name.
Bonnie Cardwell, Jupiter, is “Mommy Two”: I was named “Mommy Two” by my first grandchild. On her grandfather and mine’s 50th wedding anniversary, she told the story of how I got the name: “When I was a baby, Mommy Two would watch me a couple of days a week while Mom worked. She became very frustrated one day because I would not call her anything. She said, “You can say grapefruit and garbage, but you can’t say Grandma. Just call me something.” To which I replied “Dede don’t want to.” A few days later I started calling her “Mommy Two” because even at 2, I knew in my heart that she was my second mother.” My granddaughter’s name is Christina, not Dede, so we were all quite surprised when she referred to herself as Dede. Christina just had her 21st birthday, and she is still Dede, and I am still Mommy Two.
Kim Jozefyk, West Palm Beach, is “Gammie”: My grandkids call us Gammie and Gampie. I came up with those names because they sounded fun. We wanted to be fun grandparents. It worked!
Brenda Kramer, West Palm Beach, is “Bubbie”: Even before my grandchildren were born, I knew I wanted — and needed — to be a Bubbie. I grew up knowing I had two Bubbies, but I have few memories of them. I now have been blessed with four beautiful grandchildren, three boys and a girl, and have the privilege of not just being called “Bubbie” but actually being their Bubbie in every living moment.
Julie Foley, Hobe Sound, is “Maimeo”: Our family is of Irish descent and very proud of our ancestry. When we were expecting the first grand, I researched Gaelic names for grandmother and found Maiemo (may-mo).
Selma Golub, Lake Worth is “Gigi”: In our extended family, we have Bubby, Gwemmy, Nana, Omi, Savta, Grandmom and even first names for very special women. When I became a great grandmom, it was easy to pick what I would be called. I’m “Gigi” to Sam, Franki, Sammie, and Eric. I love It.
Biddy Labutka, Lake Worth is “BiddyAma”: After the birth of our one and only granddaughter, Leah, my husband Bob and I waited anxiously to hear what names she would invent for us. At 18 months she spoke “Mommy and Daddy,” later came her other precious grandma, whom she calls “Mimi,” then came “Bobpop” for Grandpa Bob, then FINALLY, it was my turn. Out came “BiddyAma,” a reverse of Grandma Biddy, we suppose.
Marcella Kaufman, Tequesta, is “Awa”: My husband, Jeff, and I have a 4-year-old granddaughter named Ava and a 19-month-old grandson named Desmond. Before Ava really began talking, we would just refer to ourselves as “grandpa and grandma.” We both liked the traditional grandparent names for ourselves. When she actually began trying to say these names, ‘grandma’ somehow came out as ‘Awa,’ and because she loved watching Nihao Kilan on Disney Channel at the time, she ended up calling grandpa “Yeh-Yeh.” (Chinese for grandpa.)
Elaine Donaghue, Ocean Ridge, is “Baboo”: When my granddaughter Avery was just a little over 2, she was entertaining everyone by naming each person at the table. As they pointed, she said, “Mommy. Daddy.” And when they pointed to me, she said, “Baboo.” That has been my name ever since, and I love it!
Cheryl Bennett, Jupiter, is “Botchi”: As a child, I grew up in a Polish household. My Grandma was “Babcia,” Polish for grandma. When my oldest grandchild was 2, now 25, I could not get her to say “grandma.” I remember saying “babcia” many times, and it finally came out of her mouth: “Botchi.” Close enough.
Denise M. McNamara, West Palm Beach. is “Meemaw”: My grandchildren call me “Meemaw,” which started when my first grandchild Ava was born. Ava couldn’t say Grandma, and Meemaw came out instead.
Vicki Crosby, Boynton Beach, is “G-Ma”: In 1983 I was a 17-year-old,”brace faced” teenager when I gave birth to my beautiful daughter, Nicole. This incredible child and I grew up together. Nicole gave birth in August of 2003 at the age of 20 to Angelo Alexander Lucero. Because I became a grandmother at 37, I was given the name G-Ma — a name that fits.
Pearl Seymore, Delray Beach, is “Bubby”: My nephew calls me “Auntie Mame.”My granddaughter calls me “Bubby” — that good old-fashioned name I used to call my grandmother!
JoAnne Osborne, Jupiter, is “Soho”: I knew I did not want to be called Grandma, so I went in search of a suitable name. Several years earlier I had visited Arizona and fell in love with the American Southwest. One day I Googled “Native American words for grandmother.” I was delighted to find the name “Soho”! I remember thinking, “That’s it!”
Dorothy Sacco, Hobe Sound, is “Gramma Darlin”: My son Tony asked me why his 2-year-old son called me “Gramma Darlin”…I had no idea until one day my grandson fell and started to cry. I said, “Oh, Joey, come to Gramma, darling.” I called him darling and never realized it until he put the two words together.
Phyllis Stern, Boynton Beach, is “Bamie”: When my oldest grandson Evan started talking, he had a lot of trouble pronouncing the letter “g.” Every time he would try to say “grandma,” it would sound like “bam-ma.” Soon, he just started saying “Bam! Bam! Bam!”. After his sister Allie and brother Reed were born, they quickly picked up calling me “Bam” or “Bamie.”
Barbara Schmell, Wellington, is “Grvmy”: My granddaughter Lauren, who was 12 and into making bracelets, decided to make me a bracelet. The only thing was, she ran out of the letter A…so instead of spelling GRAMMY…she spelled it GrVmy. So now the kids call me Grvmy (groove me). This makes me happy, and I have to tell you there aren’t too many Grvmy’s around.
J.E. Grossman, West Palm Beach, is “MaeMae”: My four grandchildren call me MaeMae. My husband is called Opa, which is grandfather in Dutch. I will NEVER be called Grandma!! My mother was called Bama by my children and I called my grandmother Moolah.
Olga Monello, North Palm Beach, is “Abuelita”: It did not take a long time for me to decide on the sweet sound of the Spanish name for “granny.” My granddaughters call me “Abuelita.” The sound of this word coming from them fills me with joy.
Lauren Weinstein, Palm Beach Gardens, is “MarMar”: My first grandchild, Lily, is 9 months old, but I still have a 14-year-old son at home, so “Grandma” just did not fit me at all. My grandparents were from Denmark and Sweden, where grandmas are called MorMor. I wanted Lily to have a connection to her Danish roots, so I wanted to be called MorMor. Somehow, it got lost in translation, and I am now known as “Mar Mar”…very sweet.
Madaline Elstein, Boynton Beach, is “Mimi”: Our grandkids are thrilled they have two grandmothers, Nana and Mimi, and also two grandfathers, Papa and Papa Gerry.
NAME COMBOS: Janet Sheehan, Boca Raton, is “Jammie,” a combo of Janet and Grammie. Pamela Ryan, West Palm Beach, is “Grandpam.”