Many nick-names for grandmothers that are popular in the U.S. are typically derived from children's mispronunciations of the word grandmother, such as "grandma," "grammy" and "gram," among others. Many regional variations exist, such as "me-maw" and "mo-maw." Some younger grandmothers prefer the nickname "nana," perhaps feeling it sounds more youthful.
Other popular names include those derived from other languages, such as the Yiddish "bubbie" and the Italian "nonna." In Italy, a popular naming tradition for grandchildren is to name them after their grandparents, with the first-born boys and girls named after their paternal grandparents and the second-born children after their maternal grandparents.