Posted by: jesshistory2 | October 28, 2009

My Grandparent’s Names

Earlier today, Randy Seaver posted about the names he gave his grandparents and then challenged other genealogy bloggers to post about the names they gave their grandparents.

So, what names do I give to my grandparents? I call my grandparents, Grandma and Grandpa. If I happen to be talking to a family member about one of my grandparents, I might specify with the surname of my grandparent. For example, I would say, “Grandma [Surname].” I can’t say for sure, but I think it was the same way for my parents as well. In referring to my grandparents, my parents call them “Mom and Dad,” even if they are not their parents, but their in-laws. (As far as I know, I don’t believe my parents’ calling each other’s parents, “Mom and Dad,” has ever caused problems, although I did have a high school teacher who got upset that his married daughter called her father-in-law, “Dad.”)

Speaking of parents, I have only called my parents either, “Mom and Dad,” or, “Mommy and Daddy” when I was younger. I have never been allowed to call my parents by their first names, although I understand that there are some parents who do allow their children to call them by their first names. If I ever have children, I don’t believe I would allow them to call me by my first name. I guess I’m just too traditional to allow that to happen.

Originally posted on February 23, 2008.

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