What Are Some Common Scottish Grandmothers’ Names?

The official Scottish Gaelic word for grandmother is “seanmhair,” but this is a rather formal phrase that is usually replaced in modern Scottish families by “Nana” or “Nanna.” “Mamó” is also an informal word for Grandmother in other Gaelic dialects spoken in Ireland and Scotland.

Traditional Gaelic languages are significantly less commonly spoken in Scotland, Ireland, and Wales than they formerly were, therefore Scottish families are equally as likely as their English neighbours to speak “Gran” or “Granny.” “Nan” is a popular nickname for elderly women that does not necessarily refer to a grandmother.

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Misha Khatri
Misha Khatri is an emeritus professor in the University of Notre Dame's Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. He graduated from Northern Illinois University with a BSc in Chemistry and Mathematics and a PhD in Physical Analytical Chemistry from the University of Utah.


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