11 Unique Names for Grandma and Grandpa
Congratulations, new momma! Now that you’re getting ready to deliver your tiny human into the world, the pre-birth decisions are starting to pile up. Along with choosing between popular and classic baby names and finding the perfect nursery decor theme, you also have to figure out how you’re going to introduce your parents to your little one. Whether your in-laws have already called dibs on the names “Grandma” and “Grandpa” or you’re looking to nix tradition altogether, here are 11 super cute alternative names for grandparents that you, your kiddos, and your parents will love.
1. Bubbe and Zayde: While the use of Yiddish has significantly declined in the past few generations, we definitely love this sweet Jewish translation of “Grandma” and “Grandpa.” Mazel tov!
2. Nani and Nana: If you’re looking for cool names for both sets of grandparents, we highly suggest taking inspiration from the Hindi language. In Hindi, maternal grandparents are referred to as Nani and Nana while paternal grandparents are known as Dadi and Dada.
3. Yaya and Pappoús: Pronounced yah-yah and pa-poosch, these awesome names for grandparents come from Greek origins.
4. Glam-Ma: For those Grandmas who can’t see themselves rocking third-generation vibes quite yet, we suggest they take a note from actress Goldie Hawn: Go with Glam-Ma instead of a more traditional pet name. Hey, 60 is the new 40.
5. Oma and Opa: These German translations for “Grandma” and “Grandpa” are easy to pronounce and make for simple signatures on birthday cards. (We bet you can already see Oma and Opa slipping your little one a piece of yummy German chocolate cake.)
6. Babcia and Dziadziu: These sweet names come from Polish origins and are pronounced bop-cha and ja-jee.
7. Mémé and Pépé: While the formal names for grandparents in French are Grandmèr and Grandpère, these shortened versions are mega popular and easy for a growing toddler to pronounce.
8. Lovey: In the Kardashian clan, sticking to traditional names is totally passé. That’s why the most famous momager in the world, Kris Jenner, has chosen to be called Lovey instead. Although, to be fair, Kris’s ex Caitlyn Jenner has chosen a more conventional term of address. Her grandchildren call her either Caitlyn or Grandma.
9. Amma and Afi: If you have even a trace of Icelandic lineage, we highly suggest you give these sweet names a try.
10. Lola and Lolo: We *love* the Filipino names for grandparents. Seriously, can’t you already picture Lola spoiling your kids rotten?!
11. Grams and Gramps: This classic twist on Grandma and Grandpa is still quite popular today. Although it’s very similar to the traditional version, it’s different enough for your kids to know who you’re talking about without depriving your parents from their dream names. Win-win!
Do you call your grandparents by a non-traditional name? Tweet us @BritandCo.
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Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)