A Yahoo News story starts with a sad story of a toddler telling his mom "I don't have a grandma," he told me in a regretful tone. Strictly speaking, he's right. He doesn't have a "grandma." He has a Noni, a GoGo, a Pop-Pop and one plain ol' Grandpa.
These days more and more grandparents are opting for unique names instead of the tried and true “grandma,” “grandpa,” “nanna,” etc. Such names include Noni, GoGo, Pop-Pop and and even Glama. So, why have the usual names gone out of favor? Well, age is a big reason, with many grandparents not feeling old enough to actually be one.
"I was never one for following tradition, so when I became a grandmother at the age of 45, I knew that I didn't want to be called Grandma," Jill Taylor, who is now a 50-year-old grandmother of two, tells Yahoo Lifestyle. "It just felt too old for me. Instead, I decided to go with a more modern name: Glam." Shelly Mason, who goes by “ya-ya,” added, “I was a cool, cute, sexy 40-year-old when I was blessed with a grandchild. I am way too cute and hip to be a grandma."
But age isn’t the only reason. The rise in blended families can mean more than just two sets of grandparents, warranting a practical reason for different options. Some names are actually the result of the affectionate babble of babies and toddlers. And some have sentimental reasons behind their names.
Carson Krislov Quinn's kids call her father “Beep,” because when she was pregnant he would talk to her belly in morse code. She notes, "He'd either say 'Beep beep beep' to my belly or send me text messages with code that I'd have to decipher via an app I downloaded.” Karen Dennis originally wanted to go by grandma but it didn’t feel right after her mother passed eight months before Karen’s first grandchild was born. Instead, since her mother was a children's librarian, she went with “nonna” a nod to a favorite book of her mother's.