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Names for Grandparents












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What Do People Around The World Call Their Grandparents?

Here is a list of grandparent names in other languages. I don't speak all these languages, and I have no idea how to pronounce many of them--I looked them up in various dictionaries and by asking people, and making Matt Smith, the drummer in my band, ask people where he works (Harvard's Near Eastern Languages and Literature Library). Oddly, some dictionaries have words for one grandparent or not the other (hence the blanks). Some languages make the distinction between maternal grandparents (your mom's parents) and paternal grandparents (your dad's parents). Where applicable, I have included these as well.

*starred languages are ones who don't use the Latin alphabet (you know, ABCDEtc.). The words listed there are transliterations.
Note: Languages of India are all listed under "India" and then by their separate language.

Grandmother Grandfather Language
Jadda Jadd Arabic*
Teetay, Teeta Seedo, Jeedo Arabic, Palestinian dialect*
Metzmayr Metzhayr Armenian*
Amatchi Aïtatchi Basque (region in NE Spain/SW France)
Henna Jaddee Berber* (Morocco & Algeria), Northeast/Northwest dialect
Jeeda Jaddee Berber*, Northern dialect
Mamm-Baour Tad-Paour Breton (NW France)
Baba Dyado Bulgarian*
└via, Iaia (used by small children) Avi, Iaio (used by small children) Catalan (Spain)
? Neenadaa Chechen* - maternal
Nai-Nai Yeh-Yeh Chinese (Mandarin) - paternal
Baba, Baka Djed Croatian
babic'ka de'd Czech
Mormor Morfa Danish - maternal
Fafa Famor Danish - paternal
Oma Opa Dutch
Avino Avo Esperanto
Maadar-e Bozorg Pedar-e Bozorg Farsi (colloquial)* (Iraq)
isońiti, Mummo, Mummu isoisń, Vaari Finnish
Bomma Bompa Flemish (Belgium)
Grand-maman Grand-papa French
Avoa Avˇ Galician (Spain)
Bebia (colloq. = Babo) Babua (colloq.= Papa) Georgian*
Oma Opa German
Yia Yia or yaya Papou Greek* - maternal
Nona Greek* - paternal
Kupuna wahine, tu-tu-, ku-ku-, ku-ku- wahine Kupuna ka-ne, tu-tu-, ku-ku-, ku-ku- ka-ne. Hawaiian
Savta Saba Hebrew*
anyˇka, nagyanya apˇka, nagyapa Hungarian
amma afi Icelandic
Dida Dadu India - Bengali* - maternal
Thakur-ma Thakur-da or Thakur-dada India - Bengali* - paternal
Nanni Naana India: Gujarati*, Hindi*, Urdu* - maternal
Daadi Daada India: Gujarati*, Hindi*, Urdu* - paternal
Ammamma ? India - Telugu*
Aanaga ("Aana" commonly) Ataataga Inupiaq Eskimo
Maimeˇ (Mammo) Daideˇ (daddo) Irish Gaelic
Nonna Nonno Italian
? bapŕr, bawegewre Kurdish* (Iraq, Turkey, Syria)
vecma-min,a, te-vama-te, ma-tesma-te vecte-vs, ma-teste-vs Latvian
(bobute.) senele. senelis Lithuanian
Jjajja (GAH kyeh) Jjajja (GAH kyeh) Luganda (southern Uganda)
Nenibe Raibe, Ababe Malagasy (Madagascar)
nenek ? Malay (Malaysia)
Busia Dzia Dzia Polish
vovozinha, avˇ av˘ Portuguese
Meme Pepe Quebecois (Canada)
bunica(, bunicut,a( bunic, bunicut, Romanian
Babushka Dedushka Russian*
Baba, Nana deda, djed Serbian*
si jE kenek Singhalese* (Sri Lanka)
Abuela/Abuelo ? Spanish
Tita Tito Spanish - informal (short for Abuelita/Abuelito)
Bibi, Nyanya Babu Swahili -Eastern Africa (only spoken as a lingua franca)
Mormor Morfar Swedish - maternal grandparents
Farmor Farfar Swedish - paternal grandparents
Teta (Te tah) Jidu (Jee dew) Syrian*
Lola Lolo Tagalog (Philippines)
Anneanne (pronounced anna anna) (most common) dede, (rare) buyukbaba Turkish - maternal
Babaanne ? Turkish - paternal
Ene Baba Turkmen (Turkmenistan)*
??????, ???? (babusia, baba) ??? (did) Ukrainian
???? Daadi ???? - Daadaa Urdu (India)*
Bibi Bobo, Buva, Doda Uzbek (Uzbekistan)*
mmakhulu mmakhulu Venda (northern South Africa)
˘ng Vietnamese
Nain ("nine") Taid ("Tyde") Welsh - northern part
Mam-gu (mam-GHEE with a hard 'g') Tad-cu (tad-KEE) Welsh - southern part
Bubbe Zeydeh Yiddish*
Ugogo Ubabamkhulu Zulu (South Africa)