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Grandmother Names in Other Cultures

Grandmothers are known by different names in other countries and cultures. If you would like to pick a grandmother name that reflects your culture, heritage, nationality or ethnicity, consult these glossary entries for grandmother names.

Chinese Name for Grandmother
The Chinese call their maternal grandmothers and paternal grandmothers by different names.

Filipino Name for Grandmother
Filipinos, residents of the Philippines, use several names for grandmother.

French Name for Grandmother
There are several variations of the French name for grandmother.

German Name for Grandmother
Oma is the informal German name for grandmother or grandma. Grossmutter is the more formal term.

French-Canadian Name for Grandmother
The French-Canadian name for grandmother is Mémé, but some use mémère or mamie.

Yiddish Name for Grandmother
The Yiddish name for grandmother is bubbe. Other transliterated forms include bube, bubby and bubbie.

Irish Name for Grandmother
The Irish name for grandmother is "seanmhthair," although grandchildren are likely to use a more informal term.

Russian Name for Grandmother
The Russian name for grandmother is babushka, sometimes spelled babooshka, babouchka or baboushka.

Hebrew Name for Grandmother
The Hebrew name for grandmother is savta. Since Hebrew uses a different alphabet from English, this word is transliterated, which means that words exist in several different spellings.

Polish Name for Grandmother
The Polish name for grandmother is babcia, but there are many variations, including babunia, babula, babusia, busia and baba.

Korean Name for Grandmother
The Korean name for grandmother, halmoni, can be spelled more than one way.

Flemish Name for Grandmother
The Flemish name for grandmother is bomma. Flemish is one of the three official languages of Belgium.

Finnish Name for Grandmother
The Finnish name for grandmother can be a source of conflict because the informal name sounds a lot like mommy.

Portuguese Name for Grandmother
The Portuguese name for grandmother is av. An affectionate variation is vov or just vo.

Greek Name for Grandmother
The Greek language term for grandmother is yia-yia or ya-ya.

Hawaiian Name for Grandmother
The most commonly used Hawaiian name for a grandmother is tutu.

Italian Name for Grandmother
Nonna, the Italian word for grandmother, is chosen by many grandmothers of all ethnicities.

Japanese Name for Grandmother
The Japanese use one term for a grandmother and another term for one's own grandmother.

Spanish Name for Grandmother
Abuela is the Spanish name for grandmother, but several informal terms are used as well.

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