These are New York’s top nicknames for grandparents, study finds


STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Everyone has their own affectionate name for their grandparents.

But New Yorkers lean on two names more than any other, according to a new study by Preply, which analyzed the top nicknames for grandparents in each state across the U.S.

The most dominant grandparent nicknames in New York? Ma-Ma and Papa.

Nationally, Nana was the most-used nickname in 12 states — mostly in the New England and Midwest areas. Some other states saw Nonna, Oma, Yiayia, Lola and Tata finish first.

Papa, meanwhile, was the top name for grandfathers across the U.S., the study found, with 13 states preferring the nickname, including our neighbors in New Jersey.

Another popular nickname was Grandad, particularly in Southern states, according to the study.

The study also found that children prefer to spend time with their grandparents more than their own parents, and the average American sees at least one of their grandparents 27 times a year.

Whatever you call them, don’t forget to celebrate National Grandparents’ Day with them. The holiday is marked on the first Sunday after Labor Day. This year, that’s Sunday, Sept. 10.



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