(I had no living grandparents by age 12.
One died before I was born, one at age 3 and the other two by age 12)
Janice is from the United Kingdom and her boys use the sweet moniker, Mum-mum (mum’s mum) for her mother.
I never gave much thought to it until my friends started becoming grandparents as well. Then I began hearing different titles. I was surprised to learn that unless you are from the south Jersey/Philadelphia area, Mom-Mom is not that common.Mother about to wash her sleepy child 1880 ~ Mary Cassett
What do your grandchildren call you? Perhaps it is a name from your heritage. Or maybe your grandchild came up with a name of their own making.
I would love to hear the endearing names your grandchildren call you.
If you are not a grandparent, what do/did you call your grandparents?
And if you would, please share
- where you are from
- how that special name came to be.
- How many grandchildren you have
Maternal Kiss ~ Mary Cassett
Here are some Traditional Grandmother Names:
- Ma or Maw
- Chinese: NaiNai
- Filipino: Lola
- Flemish: Bomma
- French: Grandmere
- French Canadian: Meme
- German: Oma
- Greek: YaYa
- Hawaiian: Tutu
- Hebrew: Savta
- Italian: Nonna
- Japanese: Oba-chan
- Korean: Halmoni
- Polish: Busia
- Portuguese: VoVo
- Russian: Babushka
- Spanish: Abuela
- Yiddish: Bube
Here are some amazing thoughts about grandchildren/grandparents I found:
- There are about 70 million grandparents in the US today, and each month 75,000 Americans 45-69 years old join the club. The number of grandparents is expected to grow to 80 million by 2010
- The grandparent/grandchild relationship is second in emotional importance only to the parent/child relationship.
- Some research shows that as many as 9 out of 10 adult grandchildren feel their grandparents influenced their values and behaviors.
- Fewer than 50% of adolescents in 1900 had two or more grandparents alive. By 1976 that figure had grown to almost 90%.
- Today, an American at birth is expected to live 76 years compared to 47 years in 1900 — an additional 29 years. Most of today’s grandchildren will have most or all of their grandparents survive at least during part of their childhood and adolescence, and many will have surviving grandparents well into their adult years. At age 30, 75% of people will have at least one surviving grandparent.
- Today, over 13% of the US population is 65 years or older. By the year 2030, 1 in every 5 Americans will be over 65, totaling 70 million. For the first time in history, there will be more people of grandparent age than children and youth. These older adults can have a tremendous impact on society by choosing to be active grandparents and mentor younger generations.
- .About 1/3 of the adult US population are grandparents. More than 70% of middle-aged and older people will become grandparents. A considerable number of grandparents will live long enough to become great-grandparents — and some will even become great-great-grandparents.
- The average age of becoming a grandparent is 50 years for women and a couple of years older for men.
- Today’s grandparents may range in age from 30 to 110, and grandchildren range from newborns to retirees.
- Most grandparents have multiple (5 to 6 on average) grandchildren.
One more thing… remember my sweet blogging friend, Janice? Well, look what she gave me.
When I read her posts I imagine a cute UK accent 🙂
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