Monday, January 13, 2014

When Did "Grandma" Become a Bad Word?

Growing up, I had two grandmothers. I called them "Grandma Faris" and "Grandma Capps." I think they probably told my parents that's what they wanted to be called, but I can't be 100 percent sure about that.

Flash forward 30 years. All around me are Nanas and Mee-Maws and Mimis and CeeCees. In other words, everything but grandmas.

A few weeks ago on Facebook, I saw one woman ask another what her "grandmother name" would be. That was the first time I realized that's a thing now. Someone gets pregnant and grandmas start working. They even visit sites that suggest grandma names.

USA Today suggested it's a Baby Boomer trend. The large number of Boomers who began becoming grandmothers 20 years ago or so didn't want the stigma of being known as "Grandma" or "Granny" because when they heard the term, they had visions of grannies like the one on The Beverly Hillbillies.


You get the point.

Not surprisingly, it's primarily a female thing. Among those who choose trendy names once a grandchild is born, 41 percent are women while only 28 percent are men.

Are you a grandparent? If so, what name did you choose?

15 comments:

  1. Oh gosh, I had no idea. Now that I think about it, My mother-in-law uses Nana--but it makes me laugh that there are suggestion sites.

    I am sure my mom would have been overjoyed to be called anything by grandchildren--she passed away before I got married.

    Enjoy your day Stephanie.

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  2. My grandmother on my father's side would not allow me to call her Grandma. It was either "grandmother" or her first name. I opted for her first name b/c who's got time to say the whole word "grandmother"? ;-)

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  3. both my grandparents were grandma and grandpa, my mother became Grandbam and my father GPop. My inlaws were Eleanor and Ash.... I think they were afraid of getting confused with my parents..silly.

    when I am a grandmother...sooner rather than later, I hope, I want to be Grandma.. simple and old fashioned

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  4. I've heard others call their grandparents things other than grandma or grandpa, but not me. My grandma is my grandma and my grandpa is my grandpa. My kids started off calling my mom meemaw though because they couldn't pronounce grandma haha. But now they call her Grandma Terri

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  5. I had Big Grandma and Little Grandma. I don't know if they knew that or not, but the titles were true, lol. If I had to choose, I think Grampy would be neat, lol

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  6. My grandparents were grandma and grandpa. I love that name. I don't think anything could be better. That's why my kids call their grandparents. It's an honor to be called that. I even like Grannie. I think it's cute.

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  7. When I knew I was going to be a Grandma, I can't tell you how excited I was - It was never even a thought to be called anything different. I have so many friends that are doing exactly what you mentioned in your post. They are wanting to be called : GG, Nanna MeeMaw, Bubbie I'm like, girls, what's up with wanting to be called Grandma? Apparently its a vain thing, they think it makes them sound old or something.

    Whatever!!!

    I'm Grandma, and I'm sticking to it!

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  8. Well, around here, we have one Nana Banana (my mom) one Reenie (mom in law) and one Ultra Nana (my grandma. And my son came up with that one all by himself)
    The grandfathers are all "Papa" and then their first name - between my dad, stepdad, and father in law, my son has three Papas, lucky guy.
    When I was a kid, it was just Grandma and Grandpa, but by the age of six, I only had one set left, so no confusion there.

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  9. I can't wait to be a Grandma one day! I will cherish the name!! I grew up with only one set of grandparents in my life and it was always grandma and grandpa! my daughter calls my mother grandma but calls my dad pawpaw,which happens to be the name she gave to him not one he pushed on her. However, my husband's mother is one of them who refuses to be called grandma due to the fact she thinks it sounds to old...lol at a very young age my daughter started calling her nannawalk....she lives in flordia and when she would come to visit she would walk my daughter around the block several times....so nanawalk just stuck! lol she is now 8 and still calls her nanawalk :)

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  10. I'm a child of the 70's and one set of grandparents was Grandma & Grandpa, the other Mom-Mom & Pop-Pop. I've always figured it was to alleviate confusion when talking about them. My kids call both grandfathers "Grandpa" and it does get confusing for all of us. My MIL is Nanni (my mother passed away while I was pregnant with my twins).

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  11. This is absolutely hilarious! I mean I was totally laughing at this one friend! I can not believe this crazy movement of women who need to be called something other than grandma! Ha! My mom is just thankful to be a grandma and could care less! So very true!!! Cheers to you and thanks for putting a smile on my face! Nicole

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  12. I have one grandson, and he calls me Grandma. I'm just fine with that. I much prefer it over some of the local alternatives. My husband is fine with his title of Grandpa too. :)

    Happy weekend!

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  14. My sister's grandchildren call her Oma and my brother-in-law is Baloo.

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