USA TODAY - What's in a grandparent's name? An online survey of more than 2,100 new moms by pregnancy and parenting website BabyCenter.com shows that while almost half of their parents go with "Grandma" and "Grandpa," many choose a more unique moniker.
Among grandmas, 41% use an individualized nickname; 28% of grandfathers do too.
Ellen Breslau, editor of the Grandparents.com website has also noted the trend.
She sees "a camp of grandparents who use very traditional names: 'Grandma,' 'Nana,' 'Bubbe,' 'Pop-Pop' and 'Grandpa.' Then you've got grandparents who choose their name by default, based on what the grandchildren can say."
But some "don't want to be construed as feeling older. 'Gigi' and 'Mimi' are very popular. Some go really off the grid and choose something entirely different."
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