A few years ago when my sister had her first child–my niece–I was fascinated by the discussion that ensued so my parents could select their grandparent names.
It seems like there are very few opportunities in our lives to decide what people call us. We’re given a name, and occasionally we start using a nickname or our middle name, but the vast majority of people I know use their given name or some slight variation thereof.
But with grandparent names, all bets are off. You can declare that your grandkids will call you Mr. Broccoli, and they will grow up thinking that’s perfectly normal.
I also think the process itself is interesting. You have to talk to your kid (the parent), the other set of grandparents, and each other. You need a name that a kid can easily say and that doesn’t sound too silly when other adults start using it.
My parents settled on Baba and Pops. I asked them about it today, and they’re mildly satisfied with the names.
I don’t know if I’ll ever be a grandparent, but I really liked calling my grandmother Grandma, so I think I’d take the traditional “Grandpa” as my grandfather name.
Which name will you choose, and what do you call your grandparents?