I know grandfather is Abuelo, but are there more affectionate terms? I mean like there's Grandpa, Gramps, Grandpappy, Granddad, etc. in English, which are more informal than grandfather.

Something a kid might refer to a favourite Grandpa from Mexico as, I guess.

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    In Spain, it's usual to use "Yayo", it's the term that kids use to call Grandparents when they don't know how to speak correctly.
    – DMC19
    Commented Oct 3, 2018 at 8:29

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In Mexico, there are two common choices for this:



They're both extremely common.

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    Abue also can be used indirectly, for instance: "Fue lo que le dije a mi Abue" or "Mi Abue es el mejor del mundo"
    – Phi
    Commented Oct 8, 2018 at 16:20
  • @Phi - You're right! Commented Oct 10, 2018 at 0:34

I know grandfather is Abuelo, but are there more affectionate terms?

In general, using the diminutive form of words in Latin American Spanish context is considered a form of affectionate variation. The specific reason, as per my understanding, is that "smaller" things (like little dogs, etc.) tend to inspire protective instincts, as well as a sense of "cuteness".

The same applies to Abuelo; by saying "Abuelito" you are conveying a more affectionate tone to it.

Another variation I've heard is using the word "Papito" along with your grandpa's name (like, for example, Papito Juan). This conveys the meaning that, being your father's father, you also consider your grandpa your "papi" (from padre, which is masculine form of parent).

This one I've noticed is common along those cases where your father and grandfather have the same name, as to avoid confusion when calling or talking to them. That way, you can affectionate refer to both as, i.e.: "Papito Juan" and "Papi Juan", for your grandfather and father, respectively.


I’ve heard and used Tata and Uelo(welo) short for abuelo

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    Can you expand this to provide more information like where you heard this and in what circumstances? Welcome to the site and we hope to see your contributions in future.
    – mdewey
    Commented Nov 24, 2019 at 14:08

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