Nain and Taid make 'unusual' grandparents' name list

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Image caption Nain and Taid are used as grandparents' names in much of Wales

The Welsh words Nain and Taid have been listed in a top 10 of "unusual" names for grandparents.

They are very common in north Wales, with Mamgu and Tadcu the south Wales alternatives.

A survey by, a website for new parents, put Nain fourth for grans, and Taid seventh in the male list.

But while the survey claims Nain and Taid are unusual, these Welsh words for grandmother and grandfather are used in much of Wales.

The survey of 1,000 British mothers found that 28% of children have five or more "grandparents".

While the majority of those surveyed used traditional names like Nanny, Grandma and Grandad, the survey claims 3% used "alternative" names.

Nain was ranked fourth in the alternative female list, with Taid appearing seventh in the male.

Among the leading alternatives for grandmother were Ma-Ma, Baba and Nanou, while different names for grandfather included Pop, Dada and Grampy.

The survey also included the Greek YiaYia for grandmother and the German Opa for grandfather.

Nifa McLaughlin, the website's editor, said: "The obvious thing is that there are lots of Welsh people that took part in the survey.

"Secondly, I think perhaps people are borrowing names from different countries or cultures, that they've heard before."

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