Grandpa Names: The Ultimate Guide
Grandpa names are more inspired than ever before. These days, there are hundreds of options for grandfathers to choose from, while historically there were only a dozen or so names that signified grandpa status.
Modern grandpa names go beyond Grandad and Papa — although you may wish to use one of these traditional names! Grandpas today have creative names that reflect their grandpa personalities, with modern choices ranging from Ace to Gogi to Zuzo.
Read on for our advice on choosing a grandpa name and see our collection of 200+ grandpa names below. Be sure to check out our guide to grandma names, too!
How to Pick a Grandpa Name
There's a lot to consider when choosing a grandpa name. Would you prefer a traditional grandpa name or a modern grandpa name — i.e. should it sound like a grandpa name or not? What's your grandpa personality, and do you want your grandpa name to reflect that? Do you want a grandpa name with ties to your cultural identity?
Our lists below can help you find a grandpa name to suit your style, but keep in mind that the grandpa name you choose may not be the grandpa name that sticks! Young children have difficulty pronouncing certain sounds — because of this, some grandpa names take on lives of their own. A child who can't pronounce Bronco may end up calling your Boppo instead.
Grandpa names that are low-risk for evolving are vowel-heavy and use consonants that develop early, like B, M, P, D, T, N, and G — think Baba, Pop, Gomo, or Abba. L and R are slower-developing consonants, so names with those letters may be more likely to be mispronounced by your grandchild.
Classic Grandpa Names
Classic grandpa names are traditional terms for a grandchild to call their grandfather. Grandpa is the most classic of them all, but generations of grandfathers have answered to names like Pops, Gramps, Papa, and Grandad as well.
Here, the most traditional grandpa names.
7. Pop Pop
Southern Grandpa Names
Southern grandpa names come from America's Deep South, where you're likely to find grandfathers called Pawpaw or Bubba — even Grandpappy. Whether or not you have Southern roots, you may want a grandpa name with southern flavor for yourself.
11. Big Daddy
12. Big Paw
18. Grampy or Grampie
Cute Grandpa Names
Cute grandpa names are the sweetest around. Terms of endearment such as Bug and Buddy make sweet names for grandpas, along with cheerful words like Peppy and Buzzy.
Celebrities who use cute grandpa names include Cedric the Entertainer, who goes by Popsy, and Kurt Russell, who is known as Gogo.
40. Dadu or Dadoo
48. Goomo or Gumo
53. Grampsie or Grampsy
61. Mozie or Mozey
64. Papa Bear
75. Popsi or Popsy
Funny Grandpa Names
Goofy, irreverent choices like Grumpy or even Goofy itself top our list of funny grandpa names. If you're a grandpa with a serious funny bone or you're expecting silly grandkids, you may be interested in one of these names.
Food names like Poptart and Gouda make especially funny grandpa names, as do names with fun sounds, such as Wompy and Boompa.
87. Big Kahuna
91. Boom Boom
111. Goopa or Goupa
120. Gronzie or Gronzy
124. Grupa or Groopa
Badass Grandpa Names
These aren't your typical grandpa names. In fact, you could hardly even call these grandpa names!
Badass grandpa names include titles like Coach, Captain, and Jefe (the Spanish word for "boss", and former President George W. Bush's grandpa name), along with macho words like Ace, Spike, and Rocket. Some badass grandpas take inspiration from tough characters of fiction and history, including Popeye, Rambo, and Rollo.
146. Bam Bam
155. Big Man
Grandpa in Other Languages
Other names for grandpa come from international languages. Learn the Spanish name for grandpa, the Irish name for grandpa, and more in our collection of international grandpa names.
Cantonese Chinese: Gung Gung (maternal), Yéye (paternal)
Danish and Norwegian: Bedstefar
Dutch and German: Opa
Flemish: Bompa, Bompi
French-Canadian: Pépé, Pépère
Hawaiian: Tutu kane
Hindi: Nana (maternal), Daada, Baba (paternal)
Japanese: Ojiisan, Jiji, Sofu
Korean: Hal-abeoji, Haraboji
Mandarin Chinese: Yéye
Māori: Koroua, Koro, Tipuna, Tupuna
Polish: Dziadek, Jaja, Jaji
Portuguese: Avô or Vovô
Spanish: Abuelo, Abuelito
Swedish: Morfar (maternal) or Farfar (paternal)
Vietnamese: Ông nội
Yiddish: Zayde or Zaydee