“Don’t Call Me Grandma!” Baby Boomers and Grandparent Names

“”The Favorite” – Grandfather and Grandson” by Georgios Iakovidis (Image: Public Domain)

In a recent article in the Wall Street Journal, author Beth DeCarbo explores the grandparent naming trend popular amongst Baby Boomers: alternatives to “Grandma” and “Grandpa”. Due to a myriad of reasons, many grandparents are choosing alternatives to traditional English grandparent names, such as the Swedish “Mormor” (mother’s mother) and “Morfar” (mother’s father).

ANS President Laurel Sutton was interviewed in the article, as DeCarbo writes:

“Some names are just easier for little kids to pronounce,” says Laurel Sutton, a linguist and president of the American Name Society, a nonprofit devoted to onomastics, the study and history of names and naming practices. Distinctive names are also helpful when children have multiple grandmothers and/or live in a multigenerational household, Sutton adds. Besides, “many people like to have pet names, coming up with something a little more personal,” Sutton says. “Identity is becoming a far more open, flexible thing.”

Read more on this naming trend over at The Wall Street Journal.