What Are Some Nicknames for "grandma" and "grandpa" From Around the World?

Names for grandparents range from "Tita" and "Tito" to "Mormor" and "Morfar," depending on the country. In France, a grandchild refers to his grandmother as “Grand Maman” and grandfather as “Grand Papa.” Russians call their grandmothers by the name “Babushka,” while they call their grandfathers by the name “Dedushka."

In Spain, a grandmother is “Tita,” while a grandfather is “Tito.” In Sweden, grandmothers on the maternal side are “Mormor” and grandfathers are “Morfar,” while paternal grandmothers are “Farmor” and paternal grandfathers are “Farfar.”

In South Africa, grandchildren call their grandmothers by the name “Ugogo,” and their grandfathers are “Ubabamkhulu.” Serbian grandmothers are “Baba” or “Nana,” while grandfathers are “Deda” or “Djed.” In Poland, grandmothers are “Busia” and grandfathers are “Dzia Dzia.”

Chinese who speak Cantonese call paternal grandmothers “Ngin” and maternal grandmothers “PoPo.” In Mandarin Chinese, the terms for grandmother include “Zumu” for paternal grandmothers and “Wai po” for maternal grandmothers. Cantonese-speaking Chinese call their paternal grandfathers “Yeh Yeh” and their maternal grandfathers “Gong.” Mandarin-speaking Chinese call their paternal grandfathers “Ye Ye” and their maternal grandfathers “Wai gong.”

In Japan, grandmothers on both the paternal and maternal sides receive the name “Obaba” as an informal name, while “Obaasan” or “Oba chan” are formal names for grandmothers. The informal word for grandfathers in Japan is “Sofu,” while “Ojiisan” is the formal term.