When I think the word grandma, I think of my grandmother. Her name was Eunice. I would describe her as a blend of grace, beauty, kindness and love. She loved to take road trips. I remember all of them and they were always fun.
I often wondered where the word came from. So I looked it up. This is what I found. The use of the prefix “grand” dates from the early 13th century, from the Anglo-French graund. The term was used as a translation of Latin magnus. The prefix “great” represents a direct translation of magnus to English. In Old English, the prefixes ealde- (old) and ieldra- (elder) were used (ealdefæder mōdor and ieldrafæder mōdor). A great-grandfather was called a þridda fæder (third father), a great-great-grandfather a fēowerða fæder (fourth father), etc.
The youngest grandmother in the world is Rifca Stănescu, a gypsy from Romania, who at the age of 12 gave birth to her first child, a girl called Maria. Maria, in her turn, gave birth to a child at the age of 11, thus making her mother Rifca – the youngest grandmother in the world at the age of just 23 years.
Here is a list of a few other names for grandmother:
Whatever the name your grandchild chooses, it will always mean love.