What Are Some Irish Names for Grandma?


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Some Irish words for grandmother are "seanmháthair", "mamó", "móraí", "máthair mhór" and "chríonna". "Seanmháthair" is used for formal applications and addresses, whereas "Mamó" is the most common familiar address, equivalent to "Nana" in English.

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What Are Some Irish Names for Grandma?
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Many of the Gaelic words for grandmother build upon the word for mother, "máthair". "Mhór", meaning "big" or "great", is the adjective used for "great mother", "máthair mhór". "Sean", a prefix meaning "old", is used to construct the common formal address "Seanmháthair". "Máthair Chríonna" translates into English as "wise mother". English-speaking Irish children often call their grandmother "Granny" or "Nana", or distinguish the two sets of grandparents by using a Gaelic address for one set and an English address for the other set.

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