What do you call your grandparents

Goodbye grandma, hello darling: modern grandparents hug creative names

In August, Susan Sarandon's daughter welcomed a baby girl, Marlow Mae. But Sarandon is not going to go by Grandma or Grammy or Grandma. Marlow will be calling 67-year-old actress Honey.

Whether it's Honey, GoGo (Goldie Hawn), Jefe (George W. Bush), LaLo (Blythe Danner), Nana, Gigi or Mimi, more grandparents are foregoing traditional monikers to embrace something personal. On September 7th, National Grandparents are approaching their National Grandparents' Days and are redefining their roles - starting with nicknames.

"Grandparents want to look younger and cooler than their own grandparents, and these new names symbolize these changes," Nameberry writer Pamela Redmond Satran wrote in an email.

Roseann Shaiman worried she seemed old, especially because her husband Alan raised her by calling her Grandma. She thought Grammy sounded OK, but her oldest grandson, Daniel, now 5, struggled to say it. One day Daniel heard his grandfather calling his grandmother Ro, who became the boy RoRo.

Shaiman says she loved it. “I definitely encouraged him,” she wrote in an email.

Danine Gebhart also knew that she didn't want to be a grandmother.

“I was one of the legions of grandparents who thought grandmother looked old,” she says.

She settled on Nini, her nickname, until she was 12.

“A little unique without being [too crazy]. It's part of who I am, "she says /

Redmond Satran says the grandparents often thought about what their names should be; But as with anything involving young children, you may not always be in total control of what happens.

Pippa! It's so cute, so hip, so ... didn't happen. If your beloved grandson says your name is PeeBa, you are PeeBa. Maureen Rihn, aka PeeBa, with grandson Cam.

“They are aware that grandparents from previous generations did not know that a name carries a strong image and style message,” she says. "But just like naming a child, the name sometimes gets out of hand."

Maureen Rihn wanted to be called Pippa which she found on a list of cool grandparent names, but her grandson Cameron 2 had his own ideas.

“He actually calls me PeeBa,” she says. “If you try to correct him and say, 'It's Pippa,' he says, 'It's not that, it's PeeBa. "

Sometimes children's ideas lead to names that sound hip.

Take Ingrid Murphy. Her grandson Oliver, now 19, calls her Diddy. She thinks it's because he heard her chant “Di-di-di-di”. Her daughter-in-law, Liz Murphy, believes he got Grandma and Ingrid to have Diddy. Regardless of origin, everyone knows Murphy as Diddy.

“Ingrid always introduced herself as Diddy! Everyone loves her and I really believe the common name will help them adopt her as a surrogate grandma, ”wrote Liz Murphy via email.

Iman Attalla hoped to be called Tayta, Egyptian slang for grandmother. Granddaughter Emmy, now 2, heard her family jokingly call Attalla “Nosnos” because of the mail addressed to her by that name. Emmy turned it into Sonson - her grandmother's name ever since. Emmy names her grandfather George, Gaga. It was just too hard to say the Egyptian name Gido.

Mispronouncement is a common inspiration for hip new grandparent names. Whatever a beloved grandson calls them, the grandparents are happy to answer that.

Lexie Agostinone's daughter Brodie, now 10, names her grandmother Jean.

“I tried to get her to say Grandma and she called her Jean and she just stayed. Everyone calls them that, ”says Agostinone.

While many names arise with mispronouncement, grandparent nicknames often have cultural ties.

Dyana Chimento Tacopino grew up with her Greek grandmother Yia Yia (her Italian grandmother was Nonni). When their children were little, they picked up and called their mother, Yia Yia. They call great-grandmother Big Yia Yia.

“My children love that it is different,” wrote Chimento Tacopino in an email.

Barbara Long-Cooper's son, Brandon, took German and loved the name for grandma, grandma. When his daughters were babies, he told them his mother was Grandma, who was stuck.

"I really like Grandma because it was easy for the kids to say [and] learn and it makes me different from other grandparents," Long-Cooper wrote via email.

No matter where the name comes from, it's clear that grandparent names send a message about grandparenthood.

"Grandparents today want to be closer to their grandchildren," says Redmond Satran. "They see their role as playful and so many of the names are playful too."

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