I never knew there was a 'rule'. Growing up we called my mothers mother nana and my father's mother nanny. I only had one 'poppy'. Never called either grandma or grandpa.
When my kids were born we asked our mothers what their preference was. DH's mum is nana (his father grandad) and my mum is nanny (my dad is poppy). My mum also made the comment she wasn't old enough to be a 'grandma' and that 'nanny' sounded younger.
I think it's perfectly reasonable for a grandparent to have a say in what they're called. However if the child calls them something else that's the child's call!
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29-09-2016 12:52 #21
29-09-2016 12:55 #22
Nana vs grandma
And I completely agree, I want her to have a say in what she is called(and also ultimately decide what she wants to be called). I just wanted some alternative suggestions in case there is something else out there she likes.
29-09-2016 13:01 #23
I think it's up to the child and what they come up with my DS1 calls my mum mumma and my dad is papa my sisters DD calls mum grandma and her own mum mumma and our dad is still papa
29-09-2016 13:02 #24Senior Member
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29-09-2016 13:06 #25
My mum is nan and my kids never got to know mil but she was going to be nanny (her choice) my nan always said she was too old to be grandma but my cousins other grandmother was called nan so they called her nanma
29-09-2016 13:15 #26
29-09-2016 13:43 #27Senior Member
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Nain (pronounced like the number nine) - it is the Welsh version which my mum uses. My dad is Taid (pronounced Tide).
I've never heard of traditions around maternal grandparents being one thing/paternal another. I have always known those who are grandparents to be called the same thing chosen by the grandparent by all grandchildren, whether maternal or paternal grandparents
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29-09-2016 13:50 #28
They are different and nice names Thank you
29-09-2016 14:08 #29
My kids have Gran and Poppy on my husbands side and Grandma and Grandpa on mine. Both hubby and I have a Nanna(on the paternal side) but aren't close to them and I don't think either of our mums wanted to have the same name as their mil.
29-09-2016 14:24 #30
My mum is granny (just like her mum was to us) and my mil is nana (just like her mum was to hubby). My dad is grandad and my fil in pops. My stepmum is nanny 'name'
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