On Naming: What Do You Call Grandma?
Editor's Note: What are the grandmas in your life called? We have a Nina (which started out Nana, but changed with kid pronunciation), a Granna, a Big Mamaw, a Mamaw, a Great-Grandma, a Grandma, and a YiaYia. The latter, the Greek name for Grandma, was an accidental naming as my son refused to call my mom Grandma; he yelled, "YIAYIA!" at her. And so she was named. Patricia Patton recently became a grandma (CONGRATS!) and discusses the ins and outs of grandma naming. -Jenna
My friends ask me what will I be called? In the new-fangled family of which I am a part. I will simply be Grand Mommy. He has a Nana and a Grand Mommy B. I will be more than content with an open and joyful relationship over time.
While I say it does not matter “what” he calls me, I don’t think I would fancy being called Patricia. There was a kind of hierarchy in my family of grandmothers wherein my Mother was called Mom by all the grandchildren. The great-grandmother was called Big Mama and the children called their respective mothers Moms, Mama or Mommy. Somehow when were all together, we knew who was being spoken to.