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Grandparents are the paternal or maternal parents of a person’s father or mother. There are a maximum of four genetic grandparents, eight genetic great-grandparents, sixteen genetic great-great-grandparents, thirty-two genetic great-great-grandparents, and so on for every sexually reproducing live organism that is not a genetic chimera. Around 30,000 years ago, throughout the history of modern mankind, the number of modern people who survived to be grandparents grew. It is unknown what caused this increase in longevity, but it is thought to be a result of improved medical technology and living standards. It is also thought that having three generations alive at the same time preserved information that would otherwise have been lost; an example of this important information could have been where to find water during droughts.
When parents are unable or unable to provide proper care for their children (for example, due to financial constraints, marital issues, sickness, or death), grandparents frequently step in as primary carers. Even when this is not the case, grandparents frequently have a direct and visible role in the rearing, caring, and nurturing of children, especially in traditional societies. Grandparents have a 25% genetic overlap with their grandkids and are second-degree relatives.
The parent’s step-grandparent, the step-parent, parent’s or the step-step-parent parent’s might all be step-grandparents (though technically this might be called a step-step-grandparent). Gramps, granny, grandfather, granddad, grandmother, nan, maw-maw, and paw-paw are all phrases for grandparents that are often used to refer to any elderly person (and others which families make up themselves)
Grandfather and grandmother are commonly used as nouns (e.g., “a grandparent walked by”), however various forms such as grandma/grandpa, granny/granddaddy, or even nan/pop are occasionally used. All versions are prevalent when preceded by “my…” (e.g., “… my grandpa walked by”) (anywhere from “… my grandfather …” to “… my Gramps …”). Gramps (plural Gramps) is an uncommon form that can be used in plural.
Grandfather and Grandmother are the most prevalent forms of address in writing, yet they are quite uncommon as a form of address. In the United States, Canada, and Australia, Grandpa and Grandma are often used in conversation. Nan, Nana, Nanna, Nanny, Gran, Granny, and other varieties are frequently used for grandmother in both writing and speech in the United Kingdom, Ireland, the United States, Australia, New Zealand, and, notably in the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador.
Nana and Nani are the names given to maternal grandmothers in Bangladesh and many areas of India. Dada and Dadi are the names given to paternal grandparents. The maternal grandparents of one’s parents are known as Par-nani and Par-nana. Parents’ paternal grandparents are referred to as Par-dadi and Par-dada.
For grandpa, there are Gramp, Gramps, Grampa, Grandpap, Granda, Grampy, Granddad, Granddaddy, Grandpappy, Pop(s), Pap, Papa, Pappy, and Pawpaw; for grandmother, there are Grandmom, Grandmama, Grama, Granny, Gran, Nanny, Nan(a), Mammaw, Meemaw, and Grammy. Gogo may be used for both, and so forth.
Because individuals may have two living sets of grandparents, calling two persons “grandma” or “grandpa” might cause some confusion, hence two of the other words listed above are frequently used for one set of grandparents. Another popular method is to address grandparents by their first names (“Grandpa George,” “Grandma Anne,” etc.) or by their surnames (“Grandpa Jones”, “Grandma Smith”). Many families in North America refer to one set of grandparents by their ethnic names (for example, Hispanic grandparents may be referred to as abuelo and abuela or “abuelito” and “abuelita,” French grandparents as papi and mamie, Italian grandparents as nonno and nonna, and Dutch and German grandparents as Opa and Oma). The most common words in Flanders are pepee or petje and memee or metje. Pake and beppe are a popular combo in Friesland. Maternal grandparents are referred to as wài pó (mother’s mother) and wài gng (mother’s father) in Mandarin-speaking China, whereas paternal grandparents are referred to as ni nai (father’s mother) and yé yé (father’s father) in Mandarin-speaking China. Grandparents are referred to as lolo (grandfather) and lola (grandmother) in the Philippines (grandmother).
Paternal grandparents and maternal grandparents may be distinguished in languages and cultures with more explicit kinship terminology than English. In Swedish, for example, there is no one word for “grandmother”; the mother’s mother is referred to as mormor, while the father’s mother is referred to as farmor. Other Scandinavian languages, such as Danish and Norwegian, have words that specify kinship, comparable to Swedish (which is written the same in all three languages), as well as common terms like grandma (Danish: bedstemor, Norwegian: bestemor).