Nana is an endearing term for grandmother. Your father’s mother is an example for your Nana. An affectionate term for grandmother.
informal. : your own father’s or mother’s mother : grandmother…my grandmother’s common sense still resonates.
Etymology. The word nan for grandma is an abbreviation of the word nana. Both words are likely childish pronunciations of the word nanny. Etymonline describes this word as a child’s word for “female adults other than mother”.
Nana and Papa – An alternative commonly used in the United States, Nana in particular is one of the most popular nicknames for grandma. Abuela and Abuelo – Spanish for grandmother and grandfather, these are popular alternative names for grandparents with Spanish heritage or family traditions.
noun. Grandmother from the Northeastern United States; Grandma.
In actual usage, it probably means every grandmother is Italian. But Italians only have one word for grandmother (nonna), so both grandmothers would be called Nana.
Nana is the most common nickname for a grandma in thirty-two states. But if someone doesn’t call their grandmother Nana, there’s a good chance they’ll call her Grammy or Gram, since these are also relatively popular alternatives to Grandma.
According to Dictionary.com (American dictionary), Nana is the grandmother, and Nanna is “The wife of Balder” (Scandinavian mythology) or “The Sumerian god of the moon: the counterpart of the Akkadian god Sin”.
Grandmother. grandma or granny. Gran or Gran-Gran.
According to Name Nerd, the most popular nicknames for grandparents are Bubbe, Nana, Grandma, Granny, Gran, Gram, Grammy, Papa, Grandpa, Granda, Granddad, Gramps. The names of the grandparents are very diverse.
Why do I need to know Nana? For most Brits, the word nana is used to describe a grandmother, but in French it has a very different meaning – as a slang term for friend or just a girl. An informal term for sure, but one often heard by young people chatting or watching French television.
noun. informal Brits. A stupid man; a fool (often used as a generic swear word) “I was made to look like a real grandma”
Texas is Mimi’s lonely base, while Northeast folks prefer Grammie or Nana. But let’s not forget the grandpas!