When it comes to our grandparents, it’s all about those cool, quirky, and downright adorable nicknames we give them. Whether it’s “Nana” and “Papa,” “Mimi” and “Pop-Pop,” or something entirely unique for your family, these nicknames reflect the unique connections between generations. Preply, an online tutoring and language company, has put together a compilation of the most frequently used grandparent nicknames across all states. To gather this data, they conducted a survey that involved 1,500 participants from each of the 50 states. The survey respondents were people who either have living grandparents or had similar relationships with their grandparents when they were alive, even if all of their grandparents have since passed away.
Massachusetts’ most popular grandparent nickname
According to the study, in Massachusetts, the top-ranking grandparent nickname is “Dedushka,” the Russian term for grandfather. The most commonly used grandmother’s nickname is “Nana.” This nickname secured the majority of votes, totaling 12 states primarily located in New England and the Midwest region as pointed out in the study.
The research revealed some interesting trends in grandparent nicknames across various states. In many states, such as the South, “Granny” and “Granddad” ranked as the most common nicknames. Meanwhile, states like Maine, New Hampshire, Alaska, Washington, and Wyoming leaned towards the more informal “Gram” and “Gramps.” For grandfathers, “Pop-Pop” emerged as the top choice in seven states. In states with a significant Spanish-speaking population, like California and Texas, “Abuela” and “Abuelo” took the lead.
Interestingly, Hawaii, Virginia, and Vermont were the only states where the more formal terms “Grandmother” and “Grandfather” were preferred. Rhode Island stood out as the sole state where “Grandfather” held the number one spot.
Additionally, the study revealed that of the 50 states 34 indicated a preference for spending time with their grandparents rather than their parents. Moreover, nearly half, or 49%, of respondents said they would confide in their grandparents rather than their parents. Furthermore, 44% of participants stated that their maternal grandmother was their favorite grandparent.
See the full study breakdown here.