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 completely unique to your family, a grandparent nickname reflects the unique connections between generations. Preply, an online tutoring and language company, has compiled the most frequently used grandparent nickname across all states. To gather this data, they surveyed 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.
New Jersey’s most popular grandparent nickname
In New Jersey, the most commonly used grandmother’s nickname is “Bubbe.” Pronounced “Bubbeh” or “Bubbee,” it’s the Yiddish word for grandmother. As far as grandfathers, the most popular nickname is “Papa.”
The research revealed some interesting trends in grandparent nicknames across various states. In many states, such as those in 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 was the sole state where “Grandfather” held the number one spot.
More on grandparent preferences
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 mentioned that 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.