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Play the Top 15 Celebrity Grandparent Name Game

In the words of Shakespeare’s Juliet ,

"What's in a name? That which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet."

Where have all the Davids, Michaels, Barbies, and Janes gone? Times change. Trends change. Names in fashion change as well, and as the Baby Boomers come of grandparenting-age, they are rejecting the old-fashioned sounding, common, curmudgeon-y, stodgy names like Granny, Grandma, Grandfather, Gramps. These names conger up visions of Whistler’s Mother or white haired little old men on the back porch or ladies in rocking chairs, wearing shawls to protect them from life’s brutalities.

As is often the case, celebrity grandparents are leading the trend in the selection of their grand-monikers to set them apart from not only other celebrities, but other grandparents and step-grandparents within their own families.

Still sexy, still talented, still vibrant, still on the big screen and Broadway, still recording and performing at concerts, still making an international name for themselves, still attracting admirers of all ages, these celebrities are still going strong. As they approach middle age, these celebrated icons are embracing their all-time best starring roles as grandparents.

As our children become parents, the list of baby names is trending towards unique names and their grandparents are right behind them, freestyling their name selections. With apologies to Shakespeare, it seems that today’s grandparents might say,:

“That which we call a grandparent By any other name

would be loved beyond imagination.”

Play the Top 15 Celebrity Grandparent Name Game

How savvy are you when it comes to knowing the little quirky things about your favorite celebrity grandparents? Take this short quiz and learn more about them than, perhaps, you ever wanted to know.

(The answers are at the bottom – but don’t peek!)

  1. Which celebrity is called “PouPou”, meaning Grandfather in Greek?
  1. Tom Hanks
  2. Steven Tyler
  3. George Bush
  1. Which celebrity wanted to be called “Woof” because she’s still so hot, but had to settle for “Lalo” because that’s the name her granddaughter kept calling her?
  1. Goldie Hawn
  2. Chaka Kahn
  3. Blythe Danner
  1. Which celebrity became the first active player-grandpa in the NFL?
  1. Joe Nameth
  2. Brett Favre
  3. Jim Brown
  1. Which unforgettable celebrity, at age 35, became a grandfather in 2010?
  1. Cee Lo Green
  2. Ron Howard
  3. Tony Danza
  1. Which celebrity known as “Grampy”, and by virtue of his step-children having children, made his famous dad, Donald, a great-granddad?
  1. Donald Trump, Jr. (Donald Trump)
  2. Keifer Sutherland (Donald Sutherland)
  3. Donald Frederick O’Connell (Donald O’Connell)
  1. Which celebrity insists that his grandchildren call him “Mr. (Surname)?
  1. Donald Trump
  2. Tom Hanks
  3. Dustin Hoffman
  1. Which all-star, sassy, fashion forward celebrity, named by her first grandchild, is called “Glamma”?
  1. Goldie Hawn
  2. Jane Fonda
  3. NeNe Leakes
  1. Which celebrity grandma’s daughter announced at the birth of her own daughter that her famous mom would simply be called by her first name?
  1. Patty Duke
  2. Whoopi Goldberg
  3. Martha Stewart
  1. Which celebrity grandmother requested the name “Nanny New Face” but settled for “Grammy”?
  1. Glenn Close
  2. Joan Rivers
  3. Sally Fields
  1. Which celebrity grandfather is called “Peach” by his grandkids?
  1. Martin Sheen
  2. Mick Jagger
  3. Paul McCartney
  1. Which celebrity was told by his daughter that he was too young to be “Grandpa” so he chose the moniker “G-pa”?
  1. Jim Carey
  2. Lionel Richie
  3. Donny Osmond
  1. Which celebrity is called “Granny”, but certainly doesn’t look like the one we remember from The Beverly Hillbillies?
  1. Sally Fields
  2. NeNe Leakes
  3. Jane Fonda
  1. Match the following three beauties with their grandmother names: Shazza, Zannie, and Mamaw.
  1. Suzanne Somers
  2. Sharon Osborne
  3. Naomi Judd

14.Which celebrity grandma has more than a few little princes and princesses running around who affectionately call her “Nonna”?

  1. Priscilla Presley
  2. Nancy Pelosi
  3. Patty Duke
  1. Which celebrity became a mom at the age of 18 and a grandmother at the age of 34?
  1. Jane Fonda
  2. Whoopi Goldberg
  3. Barbara Walters

And the answers are:

  1. a. Tom Hanks
  2. c. Blythe Danner – mother of Gwyneth Paltrow
  3. b. Brett Favre
  4. a. Cee Lo Green
  5. b. Keifer Sutherland
  6. a. Donald Trump – that “Mr. Trump” to his grandkids.
  7. a. Goldie Hawn
  8. c. Martha Stewart – “Martha” is and will always be just “Martha”.
  9. b. Joan Rivers – a stitch a minute, and they’re all on her face, but I digress.
  10. a. Martin Sheen – might son Charlie’s kids call him Peach Schnapps? Who knows.
  11. b. Lionel Richie
  12. a. Sally Fields
  13. a. Zannie; b. Shazza; c. Mamaw
  14. a. Priscilla Presley – once married to Elvis, the King
  15. b. Whoopi Goldberg – in the running for great-grandmother status

Now wasn’t that fun? By any name and any measure, a grandparent means only one thing -- LOVE.

For a listing of additional grandparents’ names, including multi-ethnic list of names, you may enjoy the following.

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