mama, mommy, nanay?

United States
May 10, 2008 10:00am CST
"calling your mother and father" I believe that coming from different places and growing with different cultures, we call our parents in various ways.There are even kids who are just calling them by their first name. I call my mother, mama and my father papa! I have no reason why except that in our family everyone is using and calling their parents the same way! How about you?
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@SomeCowgirl (32277)
• United States
4 Aug 08
Well I call my mother : mama or mammie (pronounced Ma'am with an E), or mom. I don't see my father. I call my grandmother Granny or Mama and my grandfather Grandaddy. When I was young I was told to call them granny and grandaddy because they felt that grandma and grandpa was to old! lol! Have a wonderful and lovely day.
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• United States
4 Aug 08
Ohh..I know some grandparents wanted to have a more "cool" sound rather than grandpa or grandma..LOL! Thanks for sharing!
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@SomeCowgirl (32277)
• United States
4 Aug 08
There are a variety of names for grandparents, i'll tell you that! They had lots to choose from! Have a wonderful day Che!
@gr8life (6253)
• Malaysia
1 Aug 08
Hello checapricorn, I called my parents 'father and mother' in our own mother tongue language. When I first gave birth, I decided that I want my son to call me 'Mummy' and to call his father 'Daddy'. Throughout the stages, he keeps calling his Daddy with different names- Daddy, Dad, Papa and sometimes Dear (he imitates me!) And right now he loves to call me even shorter - Ami (a short form of Mummy, I guess...)
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• United States
1 Aug 08
Ohh..that is cute! LOL! AMI, Wow, he is the founder of that! LOL!
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@gr8life (6253)
• Malaysia
5 Aug 08
Hello checapricorn, He is busy talking in his own baby language. He is so fluent in 'his language' that my husband and I have a difficulty to understand why he's trying to tell us. But, with his acts and certain gestures, we can understand though not fully, what he's trying to tell us *laughs* Babies are cute....you should have one as soon as possible!
@richiem (3649)
• Philippines
4 Aug 08
I call my mother, Inay, and my father, Tatay. That is I am told to call them from the moment I learned to speak. Actually, the "Nanay" is the most common Filipino term for mother. I don't know where Inay came from. And we call our grandparents "Nanay and Mamay" while most commonly they are referred to as "Lolo and Lola". I don't really know why. But I know, calling our parents this way shows our respect for them. Have a nice day!
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• United States
4 Aug 08
Hi richiem, Yea..I find it really cool and cute using inay/nanay and itay/tatay! I love that for my kids! lOL!
@Shaun72 (15970)
• Palatka, Florida
10 May 08
I call my mother momma and my dad daddy or dad. I feel like it is disrespectful to call my parents by their first name.
• United States
10 May 08
Thanks for dropping and sharing Shaun, I myself would not train my kids to call me by my first name if ever I will have one! I can't handle it, I can be a friend for sure to my kids but i need always to put some limitation. I will always be the mother who deserves respect from them!
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@Shaun72 (15970)
• Palatka, Florida
10 May 08
Excatly I feel the same way. If I ever him kids I want to be called momma or mom. Not by my first name Shaunee. You are welcome
• United States
12 May 08
Is that you son? so adorable! LOL! Thanks for dropping again!
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@sminut13 (1786)
• Singapore
11 May 08
well most of the people or kids here also call their parents mummy and daddy. there are a rare few whom i have heard calling their parents mom and dad. well, it's quite rare at my place here anyway. others also call them in their own language as aama (mom) and baba (dad).
• United States
11 May 08
aama and baba, new learning for me! Thanks for sharing sminut!
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@sminut13 (1786)
• Singapore
12 May 08
i too have learned new things too. good day
@sminut13 (1786)
• Singapore
30 May 08
thanks for the best response. you made my day. enjoy your stay here.
@carinio98 (2935)
• Philippines
12 May 08
hello friend. well for me i call my mother nay, my father tay, my grand father lolo my grand mother lola. but some of my grand mother we call them inay with there names at the end. like inay baket.
• United States
12 May 08
Thanks for sharing at least there is still respect!LOL! not just a plain name my your grandma's first name! Maybe you will be spank! LOL!
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@carinio98 (2935)
• Philippines
12 May 08
no it is not a plain name. like inay baket or lola aning. it is traditional or sometimes a way of saying there name by the townsfolk.
• United States
12 May 08
I see..thanks for that clarification carinio!
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@winterose (39916)
• Canada
12 May 08
I try not to call her anything, I speak to her directly, if I talk to my sister I will call her mamam to my sister because my sister if french.
• United States
12 May 08
mamam...hmmm, new term for me, thanks for sharing winterose!
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@winterose (39916)
• Canada
13 May 08
it is french for mama
@cupid74 (11397)
• Pakistan
12 May 08
hi dear u r right , people call their parents differnt, again its culture, language and norms of society i called my father a "Abbu jee" and my mother as "Ammi jee" while my younger sis call my father as "baba" My son call me as "baba" but all matter is respect and love
• United States
12 May 08
Thanks for dropping by cupid, I love this forum, I have learned like 5 different terms from different places on how they call their parents! Amazing!
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@cupid74 (11397)
• Pakistan
13 May 08
Yeah, u r right, on this forum u can get opinon of people all around the world. differnt cultures. differnt languagers and differt relegion i am glad u are learning Take care
@vimaal (3365)
• India
3 Aug 08
hi checapricorn, i call my mother mum, and my father dad.
• United States
4 Aug 08
Thanks for sharing vimaal!
@queenofarms (1665)
• United States
14 May 08
It is funny how people differ in what they call their parents. I call my mother mom and my fathher dad. My husband calls his mom Ma and his dad Pop. My kids call us mom and dad. Mom said at one time I called her by her given name. She said she believed it was because everyone else called her that.
• United States
14 May 08
really? wow! She is unique! ANyway, thanks for dropping by queenofarms!
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@chiyosan (29393)
• Philippines
13 May 08
i call my mom "mi" (mee) short for mommy. :) we all call her that, both my brothers and i. :D
• United States
14 May 08
wow...cute, first time I hear that...mi! Thanks for sharing chiyosan!
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@plumwish07 (4061)
• Indonesia
13 May 08
in my family, we should adore parents more, i think more than western people cause the root of my herritage is javanesse palace culture which means parents being frightened by their children and each word that they said become rules in family without "NO' option seeing this matter, so we should call our parents as mother and father and must obey any word of them although they were wrong. however, if later on i have children, i will try to be more democratize with them although i don't allow them to call me as my name. at least they should call me "mom" and their father with "dad"
• United States
14 May 08
I agree plumwish! mom and dad I guess is sweeter and more closer than mother and father! I mean addressing directly as father and mother sounds that there is a gap, a quite huge gap! Anyway, just my opinion! Thank for dropping by!
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@lingli_78 (12860)
• Australia
12 May 08
i call my parents mommy and daddy... we had been taught since we are a child to call them like that... so me and my 2 brothers call our parents like that... for me, i would like to be called mama when i become a mum in the future... hopefully, i will become one soon... take care and have a nice day...
• United States
12 May 08
Thanks for sharing lingli, I also prefer to be called mama!
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• Philippines
11 May 08
Hmm, I call my parents as nanay and tatay, Filipino version of mother and father. No other reasons behind it, it's just that it's very common in our place and were used to it. However, I call my grandparents as papa and mama and my great grandparents when they were alive as lolo and lola. :D
• United States
11 May 08
Hello kylie, Thanks for sharing. I always find it cute and sweet to hear nanay and tatay. I had my co=worker in the Philippines before whose son is calling her nanay! very nice to hear!
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• India
11 May 08
well i do agree with u.its bad manners and might affect the way our children's behaviour to us.if v call ou parents by names its shamefull and in front of our kids v should never do it as they might start to do the same to us .and their excuse would be very honest and true"u called ur parents like that too".so i think v should respect our parents and call them with respect .i myself call my mom as "momy" and dad as "papa".i india its very common to cal dad "papa" and mom as "momy".thank u.
• United States
11 May 08
Thanks for dropping jhonymax, that is mix for us! I like that, very cool! mix in the sense that when we use mama, it follows that we will use papa!and mommy to daddy!LOL!
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• Philippines
11 May 08
In Bulacan, Philippines, my cousins and my parents call their moms Inang, and their father Tatang or Amang.My parents are city dwellers already..I tried to call them the same way but my mom did not like it so I call them Papa and Mommy
• United States
11 May 08
Hi asawwnialvin, Thanks for sharing...Inang and Tatang?hmmm....I never hear anyone using that in our place but I have heared that on TV in a series before! I forgot what show was that! I find it cute too and sweet!
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• United States
11 May 08
when i'm talking about my mama, i call her mama. when i'm talking to her, i call her mom.
• United States
11 May 08
wow...that's unique!LOL! Thanks for dropping by xchristaox!
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• United States
11 May 08
I call my mother momma, mommy, and mom. I call my dad either daddy or dad. It's what I have always called them. My kids call my mom nany and my dad papa. I'm not really sure how that started other than it was easier for them to say when they were younger and it just stuck.
• United States
11 May 08
Thanks for sharing lovespecialangle!
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@marketing07 (6266)
• South Korea
11 May 08
i called them mama and papa too..while my kids called me as "omma" a korean name for mom and "appa" for my husband or dad.
• United States
11 May 08
omma and appa, another new learning for me, thanks for dropping by marketing!
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@mz_Ira (1092)
• Philippines
11 May 08
I call my mother "mama or ma" and my father "papa" ^_^ I can't really call them by their first names hahah ill get a slap if i do *_* For me respect to them is the best thing I could only show and let them feel they are much appreciated for every single thing they have done for me ^_^
• United States
11 May 08
Correct mz_Ira, calling them by their first name is not good! I am even wondering for parents who just allow their kids to do that! maybe a culture or what?
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