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German Name for Grandmother

Many Non-Germans Call Their Grandmothers This Name



A German girl enjoys hanging out with her grandmother.

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Oma is the informal German name for grandmother or grandma. Grossmutter is the more formal term.Since there are several forms of Standard German, as well as a number of dialects, spellings and pronunciations for the more formal term may differ.

Both Oma for grandmother and Oma for grandfather are popular nicknames for grandparents in many parts of the world.

Learn about German names for grandfather.

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

Pronunciation: Oma is pronounced as it looks: Oh-ma. Hear the pronunciation of grossmutter.

Alternate Spellings: Omi

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