Some good nicknames for grandmothers include Nana, Grammy, Granny, Mimi and Oma. Other nicknames are Nanny, Mamaw, Nonni, MeeMo and Gran. One of the most popular traditional nicknames used is Grandma, as of 2016. Using different nicknames for multiple sets of grandmothers helps children differentiate between them.
Some parents choose the nickname that their child calls each grandmother, while the grandmother chooses her own nickname in other families. Having the grandmother choose her own nickname may make her feel happier about growing older and becoming a grandmother. In some cases, the nickname evolves out of what children begin using as they learn to speak, regardless of the original nickname. For example, the nickname Granny may turn into Nan by the grandchildren.