Lovey, glam-ma, honey: The nicknames Kris Jenner, Goldie Hawn, and other famous grandmothers are called by their grandkids

Kevin Winter / Staff / Getty / Jordan Strauss / Invision /AP / Monica Schipper / Contributor / Getty ImagesReality star Kris Jenner and actresses Goldie Hawn and Susan Sarandon are all redefining what it means to be a grandmother.
  • A number of celebrities have said nothing compares to being a grandparent.
  • Before assuming the role, many famous grandmothers put a considerable amount of effort into picking a nickname for their grandchildren to call them.
  • Some famous grandmothers have embraced the traditional term, “grandma.” But others, like Kris Jenner– who goes by “lovey” – got more creative.
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Kris Jenner, Jane Fonda, Goldie Hawn, and other celebrities quickly – and excitedly – settled into becoming grandparents. But first, each one mulled over the nickname they wanted their grandchildren to call them.

Beyonce and Jay-Z’s children call their grandmother, Tina Knowles, the traditional term – “grandma.” Other celebrities got more creative.

Kris Jenner’s grandchildren call her “lovey.” Goldie Hawn said the term “grandma” made her feel old, so she decided to go by “glam-ma.” Gwyneth Paltrow‘s children, Apple and Moses, refer to their grandmother – Blythe Danner – by “lalo.”

No matter the nickname, all famous grandmothers would likely agree that there’s nothing like being a grandparent.

“It’s the best,” Sharon Osbourne said in a 2012 interview on “Anderson Live.”


Kris Jenner goes by “lovey”

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Kris Jenner, who has 10 grandchildren, often wears a necklace that says “lovey”on it, which is her grandchildren’s nickname for her.


Susan Sarandon’s grandchildren call her “honey”

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Academy-Award-winning actress Susan Sarandon borrowed her nickname from a friend who called his grandmother “honey.”


Tina Knowles goes by “grandma”

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Fashion designer Tina Knowles has four grandchildren, which include Beyonce and Jay-Z’s three kids. Knowles keeps it simple and goes by the traditional term – “grandma.”


Jane Fonda goes by “grandma”

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“Grace and Frankie” star Jane Fonda has two grandchildren and also goes by “grandma.” When she was reunited with her grandson, Malcolm, after he was arrested for civil disobedience while participating in a climate protest in Washington D.C. last year, Fonda called herself a “proud grandma.”


Rita Wilson goes by “yiayia”

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Rita Wilson’s grandchildren call the “Boy Genius,” actress “yiayia,” which is the Greek word for grandma.


Blythe Danner goes by “lalo”

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After Gwyneth Paltrow’s two children were born, Paltrow’s mother, Blythe Danner, didn’t want to go by “grandma.”

Paltrow’s daughter, Apple, stepped in and gave Danner the nickname “lalo.”


Sharon Osbourne goes by “shazza”

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“The Talk” co-host Sharon Osbourne doesn’t like being called “grandma.” Instead, Osbourne’s three grandchildren call her “Missus O” or “Shazza,” the British nickname for Sharon.


Goldie Hawn’s grandchildren call her “glam-ma”

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Actress Goldie Hawn decided that she didn’t want to go by “grandma” when her first grandchild, Ryder, was born because it had “so many connotations of old age and decrepitude,” she told The New York Times in 2011.

So, she put her own twist on the term and asked her six grandchildren to call her”glam-ma.”


Caitlyn Jenner goes by “Caitlyn”

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In a 2016 episode of “Keeping Up With the Kardashians,” reality star Kourtney Kardashian shared that her three children refer to her father, Caitlyn Jenner, as “grandma” or they call her by her first name.


Chaka Khan goes by “nana”

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Grammy-winning songstress Chaka Khan,who goes by “nana,” often shares on social media how much revels in spending time with her grandchildren.


Suzanne Sommers’ grandchildren call her “zannie”

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Actress Suzanne Sommers goes by “zannie” with her six grandchildren. In 2017, the “Step by Step” star said the best part of being a grandmother is that “you get to fall in love all over again.”


Gladys Knight goes by “grandma”

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Soul singer Gladys Knight has 17 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. They call her “grandma.”


Whoopi Goldberg goes by “oopi” and “granny”

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“The View” co-host Whoopi Goldberg is a grandmother to three and great grandmother to one. Goldberg told “Good Morning America” that her great granddaughter, Charli Rose, calls her “oopi,” while her grandchildren call her “Granny.”


Reba McEntire goes by “grandma”

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Country singer Reba McEntire is a step-grandmother to Kelly Clarkson and Brandon Blackstock’s two children.

Although McEntire is divorced from Blackstock’s father, she still plays an active role in the lives of her step-grandchildren, who call her “grandma.”


Martha Stewart goes by “Martha”

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Lifestyle guru Martha Stewart has two grandchildren, Jude and Truman, who reportedly call her by her first name.


Naomi Judd goes by “mawmaw”

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Country singer Naomi Judd, who has two grandchildren, goes by “mawmaw.”


Judy Blume goes by “nonie”

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Children’s author Judy Blume has one grandchild, Elliot, who grew up calling his grandma “Nonie.” Blume credits Elliot for being the inspiration behind her most recent books in her “Fudge” series.

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