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A grandma, or grandmother, is a woman whose child has had a child. Grandma is usually the shortened, affectionate name for this role.

To eliminate confusion if there is more than one grandmother in a child's life, women may take a different name, such as Grandma First Name (Grandma, appended to their first name) or Grandma Last Name.

Or, they may take a traditionally affectionate name like Nana or Memaw. Their culture or language may dictate a different name, like Abuela. Their grandchild may fashion a different name as they are learning to talk, such as Mega, or Gammie. Or, they may choose a name that reflects their personality, like GiGi, or Gmom.

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