Trendspotting: Other Names for Grandma?
When you give birth, the baby isn't the only one who gets a new name. One new name celebrities hate: grandma.
From Martha Stewart to Goldie Hawn, celebrity grandparents are saying no to "grandma" and coming up with their own new names. Alexis Stewart has said that new daughter Jude will call her famous grandmother Martha, thank you very much, while Goldie Hawn loved her son Oliver's suggestion that she go by Glam-Ma. Gwyneth Paltrow's mom, Blythe Danner, so resisted the name Grandma that she instead tried to get her grandkids to call her Woof. (Apple gets credit for the name they actually use: Lalo.)
It's not just celebrities who have embraced creative-Grandma-naming. Writes The New York Times in a recent piece on the trend:
Resistant to being called anything that makes them sound old, baby-boomer grandparents have taken to accepting toddlers' neologisms and ethnic variations or, better yet, naming themselves.
From Nonna to Mimi to Mamo, the resulting names flatter the 40-is-the-new-60 vibe of today's Baby Boomer grandparents.
How widespread is this trend? You tell us. What do the grandkids in your family call the grandparents? Who came up with the names?