Grandparents Day is this Sunday, (September 10th) and new research tells us what people call their grandma and grandpa. Some families use traditional names, others go a different route, and a survey of 15-hundred U.S. adults from all 50 states reveals the most popular nicknames for grandparents, besides grandma and grandpa.
- Coming in first is “Nana,” which is what folks in 12 states call their grandmas.
- “Grammy,” “Granny,” and “Gran” are tied for second, followed by “Grandmother,” “Mamaw” and “Abuela” in a three-way tie for third.
- “Abuela” is Spanish for grandmother and it’s the most popular name used in four states: Arizona, California, Florida and Texas.
- “Oma,” “Mamaw,” “Bubbe,” “Gram,” and “Nanny” are also the top name in at least one state.
- “Papa” is the most popular nickname for grandfathers, coming in first in 13 states.
- “Grandad” is next, with 11 states, followed by “Pop-pop” with seven states. “Abuelo,” “Grandfather,” “Papaw” and “Pawpaw” are all used in a handful of states as well.
- The survey also finds that 68% of respondents would rather spend time with their grandparents over their own parents.
- People see at least one of their grandparents 27 times a year, on average, while 45% talk to their grandparents on the phone at least once a month.
- As for their favorite grandparent, the maternal grandma wins with 44%, followed by paternal grandma with 23%, while maternal grandpas get 15% and paternal grandpas are the favorite for 11%.