Origin of names for grandmothers

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I thought I'd tap the wisdom of the group. No other collection of people I know is so interested in words, so if I'm going to get an answer, it would probably be here.

In my family, Grandma has been used for father's mother, and Grammie for mother's mother, for several generations that I am aware of. I have been wondering if it is just peculiar to us, or if it is a more general custom.

For a number of generations our family lived in northern New England and Canada so it could be a regional tradition. We are a blend of Irish/Scottish/English, so it could be something originating there.

Does anyone have any idea where this comes from? If it is just something we developed ourselves I am okay with that. However I am hoping for something a bit more historical, just because it would be fun.


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