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On the naming of Grandparents [Aug. 27th, 2008|11:33 am]
Douglas Spencer
Repeated from a comment to a similar question elsewhere...

My mother's parents were Nan and Grandad; my father's were Granny and Grandad. Grandads were distinguished by appending an appropriate surname in case of ambiguity. All four now gone.

My mother is called Nanny by those suitably qualified.

My father had gone AWOL by the time anyone might have offered him a corresponding name, and the only one of my brothers who has any contact with him has no contact with his daughter.

So... what about everybody else? What does your family call them?

[User Picture]From: makyo
2008-08-27 10:44 am (UTC)
My grandparents were Grandma and Grandad, and were differentiated with a geographical prefix when discussed in the third person: Derby Grandma and Grandad were my mother's parents, and Beeston Grandma and Grandad were my father's parents. I seem to recall that my cousins called Beeston Grandma 'Nana' - I don't know what they called Beeston Grandad, though, as I was only six months old when he died.
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[User Picture]From: electricant
2008-08-27 10:44 am (UTC)
My dad's mum was Grandma, my mum's dad Grandpa. We called their respective spouses by their first names.
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[User Picture]From: gaspodia
2008-08-27 11:00 am (UTC)
We Punjabi have a separate word for:

Father's mother
Father's father
Mother's mother
Mother's father
Father's sister
Father's sister's husband
Father's younger brother
Father's younger brother's wife
Father's older brother
Father's older brother's wife
Mother's sister
Mother's sister's husband
Mother's brother
Mother's brother's wife
Son's son
Son's daughter
Daughter's son
Daughter's daughter
Cousins are referred to as their parents' son or daughter

There's probably a few more I haven't yet come across too! We are never at a loss when referring to a relative :)
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[User Picture]From: cdave
2008-08-27 11:04 am (UTC)
Maternal: Granny, and Grandad
Paternal: Nana, and Ernie (died before I was born)
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[User Picture]From: cpt_buggernuts
2008-08-27 11:06 am (UTC)
My maternal grandmother was Nan, or Nanna. My paternal grandmother was Nanny O (which is also how my mother signs her christmas cards to my cats. A sentence composed almost entirely of worrying parts, that...).

Both my grandfathers, plus my great grandfather, were called Granda/Grandy/Grandad according to the moment and mood relying on context to work out which one was being refferred to.
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From: ex_metamorph847
2008-08-27 11:36 am (UTC)
My ma's parents are nanny and papa. But later on I started calling him granddad.

My father's parents were grandma and grandpa.

My ma wants to be called grammy with this baby and her boyfriend is grampy.

I'm not sure what the baby will call it's great grandparents or BJ's ma.
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[User Picture]From: johncoxon
2008-08-27 11:47 am (UTC)
Granny and Grandad on my dad's side, Grandma on my mum's side.
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[User Picture]From: adela_terrell
2008-08-27 12:20 pm (UTC)
I had Gran and Grandad, those who had more than one in our family called him Grandad Tom. When he became a Great Grandad he remained Grandad Tom to those children too.

My mum wanted to be called Gran, but all the kids, following the eldests example call her Grann-eeee. On the other side they also have Gran and Grandad.

(Like Makyo we talk about Scottish Granny and Middlesborough Gran)
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[User Picture]From: dmw
2008-08-27 02:00 pm (UTC)
Nanna and Poppa on father's side, Nanna and Grampa on mother's side.

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[User Picture]From: hathy_col
2008-08-27 03:10 pm (UTC)
Grandad and Nanny Sue for my mum's dad and her stepmum; Nan and Jimbo for the other side of the divorce. Nothing for paternal, as I never knew them. I did have a great-grandmother on my mum's side known only as Nanny Fishpond as she was the only one with a pond.
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From: ladytg
2008-08-27 04:27 pm (UTC)
FATHERS SIDE: Mr Taylor (sometimes Granddad Taylor) and Nanny

MOTHERS SIDE: Grandma and Granddad.
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[User Picture]From: alexmc
2008-08-27 06:51 pm (UTC)
Are you doing LJ again now?
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2008-08-27 06:51 pm (UTC)
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From: ladytg
2008-08-27 07:17 pm (UTC)
When I'm stuck at work with only the internet to entertain myself!
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[User Picture]From: phlump
2008-08-27 04:28 pm (UTC)
Paternal are Nanna and Gramps but it's not just the grandkids who call them Nanna and Gramps - nearly everyone does including my Dad and Uncle lol.

Maternal are Mammar and Grandad although he is gone now.

I think my cousins children call Mammar Mammar and they call my aunty (their grandmother) Nanna-Sue. I have no idea what they call their grandfather or what they called their great-grandfather before he passed.
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[User Picture]From: julia_winolj
2008-08-27 06:38 pm (UTC)
This sounded like it should be rather T S Eliot:
The naming of grandparents is a serious matter
It isn't just one of your holiday games
Now you may think at first I'm as mad as a hatter
When I tell you a grandparent must have 3 different names...

Mum's parents were Nanny and Grandad, whilst Dad's were Granny and Grandad, occasionally Grandad Yates or Daly to differentiate. It was unusual for us to talk about or to Grandad Daly as he was scarey, aggressive, incomprehensible Irishly accented to the point where the Irish didn't understand him, and if you could understand him it usually involved some point in praise of the IRA, hatred of the English or how it was quite acceptable that men would rape women as they had these urges, and, of course, the amusing stories about throwing stones at dogs. Grandad Yates (who served 6 months for attendance at a Moseley's Brown Shirt Rally) was much much nicer. Nanny was embittered by his years of womanising; she didn't like little girls (ie, me and my sister), told us the same stories of her childhood in Wales with increasing frequency and ended up in a home with Alzheimers. Granny was much nicer, but never looked after us kids as the first time she was left alone with me I fell out of a climbing frame onto my head.

Many of my friends have eulogised at length about the wonderfulness of their grandparents and the special relationships they had with them, but my family seem to have lost that in my generation. My parents are much better grandparents and have much more hands on contact - my Mum chose to be called Nana and my Dad is Grandad. I am called MAJ by my nieces and nephews - short for Mad Auntie Julia.
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[User Picture]From: alexmc
2008-08-27 06:51 pm (UTC)
Grandpa and Grandma McLintock. After Grandma died Grandpa married Rosalind who is known as Rosalind.
Yiayia (greek for nan), and Granddad on my mum's side.

The McLintock grandparents are actually known bby different names by my McLintock cousins which I found weird when I heard it.
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[User Picture]From: alexmc
2008-08-27 06:54 pm (UTC)
Mum's biological dad was always known as Grandpa Xanthos
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[User Picture]From: whotheheckami
2008-08-27 07:19 pm (UTC)
Nain and Taid...but you would've known that ;@)
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[User Picture]From: sarah_mum
2008-08-27 07:25 pm (UTC)
Granny+surname for my 2 grandmothers and just Grandad for my Mum's Father since he was the only one.

I never liked 'Nanny', even as a child I used to cringe at others who called their grandmothers that.

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From: wildfyre
2008-08-27 08:07 pm (UTC)
Grandma and Grandad, for me, and nothing useful to distinguish them resulting in many awkward "grandma - er, I mean mum's mum -" moments. And by virtue of many stepparents, I once had six of each. Fortunately (?) am down to two now :-)
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[User Picture]From: simbagirl
2008-08-28 11:17 am (UTC)
My mum's side are/were always Gran and Grampy. My dad's mum died a long time before I was born, but his dad was always known as Bear by everyone. I don't really know why!
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[User Picture]From: pinkdormouse
2008-08-29 06:00 am (UTC)
Nana for Mum's Mum (her Dad died before she got married).

Grandma for Dad's Mum (his Dad died when I was very small, and possibly before I could speak).
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