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Where does "Nan" come from?

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AnninGlos Report 3 Aug 2013 17:34

Apology accepted Malcolm.

Luke meaning Light or light giving I believe.


Malcolm Report 1 Aug 2013 19:24

I apologise unreservedly to AnninGlos. My sense of humour is sometimes quirky but I would never wish to offend anyone (though I sometimes do). Sorry!

I'm genuinely interested, and I believe other members are too, in the origin of words, language and their usage.

Lovely photo of you with Luke. I have a Grand Nephew of the same name in Canada.


AnninGlos Report 1 Aug 2013 10:37

Both my Grandmothers were Grandma and to me were very old.

I have always been Nana to all our Grandchildren and now to our great Grandchild. Our great Grandson has two Nanas, one Nanny, one Nan and one Grandma.

and to refer to Nan as part of an Indian meal is pretty insulting to those called by the name really.


jax Report 31 Jul 2013 14:28

Oh right...I noticed that too

Bet Helen will be pleased if she ever came back

I think I will change my name to Community and steal the pic...what fun I could have :-D


TootyFruity Report 31 Jul 2013 14:20

We will see if GR reinstate it. If not, I'll send it to you via message.

It was only about two posters posting using the same name and avatar causing confusion.


jax Report 31 Jul 2013 13:29

What did you say Toots to be rr'd on such an innocent thread :-S :-S


TootyFruity Report 31 Jul 2013 08:46

To avoid confusion for any other posters as there now appears two posters using the same name and avatar. This is CupCake formally known as NanaSue who appears on this thread and the original user of this board name and avatar who can be found on the link below for comparison. The original member using this name and avatar has deleted her account so will not be posting under this name.


SylviaInCanada Report 31 Jul 2013 01:33

I'm not sure that Nana is a "new" thing ........................

I have a cousin born in the mid-1940s who always called her grandmother "Nana" ........... and still does, although my aunt has been dead for well over 30 years.

I find it sounds very strange to hear a 65+ year old woman saying "My Nana ........"

cousin was born in Lancashire, her grandmother in Yorkshire .................. if that contributes anything to the debate!


Malcolm Report 30 Jul 2013 19:37

Smashing comments from all. I think what comes out of this is that the practice continues that familiar names are generated within the family based on tradition and experience. There is a great warmth in the names "Nan" and "Mam", "Pop and Gramps". More formal expressions such as "Grandmama" are just too Victorian.

I particularly enjoyed "Blue Granny" Ha ha ha.

I have recently seen an article on Scotlands People regarding "Tee Names", meaning Nicknames given to people within a family, especially numerous families.

I'll be glad to see more Granny / Nan names. :-)


CupCakes Report 30 Jul 2013 12:03

Think the advert & YouTube - Shreddies Knitting Nanas has a lot to answer for the sudden popularity in UK.

All the Nanas actresses are warm & cuddly looking just like the are perceived to be.

:-D :-D


SylviaInCanada Report 30 Jul 2013 00:14


I also agree :-D :-D :-D :-D


Linda Report 29 Jul 2013 22:53

I agree TootyFruity :-D :-D :-D


TootyFruity Report 29 Jul 2013 22:45

:-D :-D :-D


MarieCeleste Report 29 Jul 2013 22:39

TootyFruity, your last sentence hits the nail on the head. Whatever names are used for grandparents within a family are what are important to that family and is of no consequence to anyone else.


TootyFruity Report 29 Jul 2013 22:32

my Grandmother was Nan and my son called my Mum Nanny Bubbles, because she always carried with her pots of bubbles which he loved. I guess initially he was just asking for bubbles but it stuck as her name. Now he is an adult he just calls her Nan

His other Grandma is Nanny.

I don't think it really matters what name grandchildren refer to their grandmothers as long as the name is delivered with love and that love is reciprocated. :-)


Linda Report 29 Jul 2013 21:45

When my forst grandchild was born she had 5 Great Grandparents and 4 Grandparents.

She worked out who was who Gran and Grampa, Nan and Papa

The GG are Grampa Christian name and Gran Christian name etc and she never gets mixed up knows exactly who she is talking about :-)


Cynthia Report 29 Jul 2013 21:41

I don't mind shoulders are broad..... :-D


SylviaInCanada Report 29 Jul 2013 20:40

Cyn ..............

you'd better not read my earlier post then :-D :-D

It reminds me too much of the dog in Peter Pan :-D :-D :-D :-D :-D


Cynthia Report 29 Jul 2013 20:33

I am a Nana and proud to be so called..... :-D


CupCakes Report 29 Jul 2013 19:34

Kids used to call me mumsie.

I opted for Nana - grandma seemed so ageing and a bit old fashioned.
Nana is sort of warm and cuddly

The grandchildren used to call their maternal gr/gran - more-nana - RIP