What do your grandkids call you?

I’ve been asking grandparents around the country what they’re called and why. Here are a few of their stories.

Charlene Polakoff • Margate, New Jersey

“I’m proud to be ‘Bubbie.’ My mom was Bubbie; both of my grandmothers were Bubbie. I wear this old-fashioned title with more pride than I ever could have imagined.”

Sandy Geitz • St. Louis, Missouri

“Whatever the child comes up with is fine with me. My two-year-old grandson calls me ‘Grandma‘ but it was ‘Grawawa‘ at first.”

Janet Austin • East Greenwich, Rhode Island

“I chose ‘Grammy‘ ’cause it seems a bit more playful, and what’s more fun than playing with the grandkids?”

Janet Austin of East Greenwich, Rhode Island with her first grandchild, who's old enough now to call her "Grammy."

Janet Austin with her first grandchild, who’s old enough now to call her “Grammy.”

Susan Lagerquist Anderson • Cedar Rapids, Iowa

“My husband and I are ‘Grampa‘ and ‘Gramma‘ [except that] our oldest granddaughter has always called my husband ‘Papa.’ Her father chose not to be part of her life as an infant and Papa became her ‘main man.’ Still is.”

Every summer, Susan Lagerquist Anderson and her husband take their grandkids on a trip, and every summer, the kids pose for a photo in the hotel pool. This year, the family road-tripped from Iowa to Wisconsin. Photo courtesy of the Andersons.

Every summer, Susan Lagerquist Anderson (“Gramma”) and her husband (“Grampa” and “Papa”) take their grandkids on a trip, and every summer, the kids pose for a photo in the hotel pool. This one was taken on the most recent trip, to Wisconsin.

 Jennifer Bosk • Raleigh, North Carolina

“I’m called ‘Gugga.’ My mom was called ‘Mugga.’”

Jennifer Dolloff Ammons • Fredericksburg, Virginia

“Gs are hard. My precious two-year-old granddaughter pronounces the G as ‘D’—so I am ‘Dam-ma.’ And I love it. Especially when she shortens my name and calls out ‘Dam, where are you?’”

Jennifer Dolloff Ammons, also known as “Dam-ma,” with her granddaughter and husband, “Poppa.”

Katie Soulotis Mellides • Weston, Florida

“We are ‘Yiayia‘ and ‘Papou‘ to keep a little of our [Greek] heritage alive.”

Beth Lee Segal • Brooklyn, New York

“I love hearing ‘Grandma Beth.’ It makes me think of my own grandma.”

Beth Lee Segal never had kids of her own but became "Grandma Beth" when her husband's daughters had children.

Beth Lee Segal never had kids of her own but became “Grandma Beth” when her husband’s daughters had children.

Laura Antonow • Oxford, Mississippi

“I became a grandmother at 41 and wasn’t ready for ‘Granny,’ etc. My grandson declared me ‘Lolo,’ and I love it!”

Kim Ryan • San Antonio, Texas

“I fully expected to be called ‘Grandma’ by my first grandchild. The best he could do was ‘Mao-Mao,’ which stuck. One day when I was picking him up from pre-K, he said, ‘Mao-Mao, I know your real name! It’s Grandma!’”

Kim Ryan's first grandchild, Vance (left), named her "Mao-Mao."

Kim Ryan’s first grandchild (left) named her “Mao-Mao.”

 Joanne Sinclair • Wells, Maine

“I love being called ‘Gramma,’ being a Gramma, and I even call myself Gramma at work, as in ‘Gramma’s tired.’”

Denise Trasatti Sellers • Stratford, New Jersey

“I chose ‘Nana‘ because it was what I called my beloved grandmother. My ex-husband asked if he could go by ‘Poppy,’ which is what we called my dear grandfather. I knew he loved my Poppy, too, so how could I say no? I am thrilled that my two grandchildren now have a Nana and Poppy they love as much as I did mine!”

Denise Trasatti Sellers and her grandchildren inside a lighthouse in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

Denise Trasatti Sellers and her grandchildren inside a lighthouse in Atlantic City, New Jersey. They call her “Nana.”

Joan Petrillo Morris • Livingston, Texas

“Our southern grandsons call me ‘Miss Joan,’ since my husband’s ex was still alive when I came into the picture.”

Mary VandenBerg Richmond • Kalamazoo, Michigan

“I love being called ‘Grandma.’ I wouldn’t have it any other way!”

Mary VandenBerg Richmond, who goes by "Grandma," with six of her seven grandkids.

Mary VandenBerg Richmond, who goes by “Grandma,” with six of her seven grandkids.

Chandra Layman • Winchester, Virginia

“My kids call my mother ‘Tick-Tock.’ No kidding! It’s from a game she played with my first son as a baby, and it stuck.”

Cecilia Tucker • Indianapolis, Indiana

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Currently, one of my granddaughters calls me “Grandpa.” She’s just two. At times she will call my husband “Grandma.” I know it won’t last and it cracks me up when she’s in my arms and asks, “Where’s Grandma?”