Grandparents, what's in a name?

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Grandparents, what's in a name?

September 04, 2019
posted by Kate Fahrenbach

Each year as Grandparent’s Day approaches, I look forward to hearing the endearing names that my students use for their grandmothers and grandfathers. Some of these names harken back to family tradition or cultural heritage, some are planned and chosen by grandparents themselves, some are created by the children, and some arise out of happenstance and may evolve over the years.

So far, my husband and I are “Papa” and “Nana Kate”, which are meaningful names to us with ties to our own family histories. Personally, if Nana Kate evolves into Banana Kate I would get a real kick out of it! Whether you are Grandma and Grandpa, Nana and Papa, Baba and Gigi, Mamie and Pop, Gma and Gpa, or Grammie and Grampy: the names will forever be imprinted into your grandchild’s memory and will forever bring a smile to your face and warmth to your heart when they call out to you.

I am reminded of two stories that highlight the beautiful relationships between grandparents and grandchildren: Nana in the City by Lauren Castillo and Luka’s Quilt by Georgia Guback. I enjoy these two stories with my young students every September.

Whatever name your grandchildren call you, know that they treasure that name for who you are and what you mean to them, no matter how many other Grams and Gramps there are in the world. 

Just remember that when visiting day rolls around at school, your grandchild’s teacher will know who you are!