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Irish Name for Grandmother

Irish Grandchildren Have Several Choices


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The Irish have several terms for grandmothers, some with special meaning.

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The Irish word for grandmother is seanmháthair, literally meaning "old mother." Children would not be likely to address a grandmother by this term. They would use instead Maimeó or Móraí.

Go to the list of ethnic names for grandmothers or to a comprehensive list of grandmother names.

Pronunciation: Click the icon to be taken to a page where you can hear "seanmháthair" pronounced.

Also Known As: Other Irish terms for grandmother include máthair mhór, meaning "great mother," and máthair Chríona, meaning "mother of the heart."

Alternate Spellings: Seanmhair, seanmathair, sean mathair

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