Obaasan is a Japanese given name that means "grandmother." Because the Japanese language employs a distinct alphabet system, the spelling varies somewhat. For ease of pronunciation, children sometimes abbreviate "Obaasan" to "Baasan" or "Baa-Baa."
When used as a surname, "Oba" becomes an address prefix meaning "grandfather" or "grandmother." Thus, "Oba" is the common way to write this name.
Oba can also be used as a title for people who are not their actual grandparents. For example, students might address their teachers as "Okaasan" or "Okadaisan."
Oba has many other meanings, some of which are listed below. However, these are the most commonly used ones as a name element.
Oba (祖) means "ancestor," so someone named Oba would be referring to his or her grandmother or grandfather as an ancestor.
Oba means "great-grandparent" or "grandparent" in English. So someone named Oba would be referring to his or her great-grandmother or -grandfather as an ancestor.
Great-Grandparent or Grandparent: They share the same family tree but not enough to consider relatives by marriage.
Obaasan is the Japanese term for grandma, which is commonly abbreviated to baasan or baa-baa. Because the Japanese language employs a different alphabet than English, many terms are transliterated and can have a variety of spellings. Obaachan, oba-chan, obachan, and baachan are all variant spellings. Grandpa is referred to as otae-san in Japan.
Okinawa has its own unique dialect called Kunigami. This dialect is widely spoken on the island of Okinawa itself but also among the people who live in surrounding countries. Kunigami has many differences from standard Japanese including different words for some common objects such as colors ("Ara" instead of "Red", "Umi" instead of "Blue") and numbers (instead of "one", "yon" means "two").
In Okinawan, grandparent's name is "obaachan". "Ota" means old in Japanese and "Echachan" is the Okinawan word for father and "Mama" is the Okinawan word for mother. "Ocha" and "Mamo" are the Okinawan words for grandfather and grandmother respectively.
Color names in Okinawan differ slightly from those in Japanese. In Okinawan, white is "shiro" while black is "kuro." Red is "oka" while blue is "agari." Yellow is "gomi" while green is "senbei."
Obaasan is the Japanese term for grandma, however most Japanese boys and girls refer to their grandparents as Sobo. When speaking with your grandchildren you should use the appropriate term for their age.
Grandparents are referred to as Ojisan in Japan. This word is used for both grandfathers and grandmothers. It is an honorific term that shows respect.
There are several different terms used in Japan to refer to other relatives than parents and children. The words used to describe these relatives vary depending on how closely they are related to you. For example, if you marry someone who has siblings, then they will be your Shirosan (big brothers) or Shiachisan (little sisters). If you marry into a family that has no children of their own but many cousins, then you will be given the role of Otousan (great-grandparents) or Nanasan (grandparents).
In Japan, it is traditional to have some distance between yourself and your parents as you get older. This is not always the case but generally speaking, the younger your parents, the closer you should be to them.
Obaasan-Someone Else's Grandmother; Sobo-"Grandmother"
Grandma, gramma, gran, nan, and nana are the most prevalent nicknames for grandmother in English. There is no single word that can be used to refer to a grandmother in all languages.
In Spanish we call our grandmother "abuela". In French it's "grandmère" and in German "Großmutter". But beyond these countries these are only popular terms. There are many other words to refer to grandma in each of these languages: "tía", "tutu", "ona", "nonna", "nonne", "nonna", etc.
Now back to our topic language. In Italian we call our grandmother "nonna". In Portuguese we call her "avó". And in Latin we call her "grandmatre".
These are just some examples of the many different ways people describe their grandmother in different languages. No single word can be used for this purpose in all languages.
The paternal grandmother is referred to as "amamma" (amma+amma—mother of one's own mother). Maternal grandmothers are referred to as "nayanamma" or "nanamma" (nanna+amma-means father's mother) or "Jeji." A grandmother or old lady is referred to as a bamma (baamm) or an avva (avv).
There is no specific word for grandfather in Telugu. However, the words "atta mama" and "attamai" are used to address a paternal grandfather and a maternal grandfather respectively.
Atta means elder brother in Hindi. Mama refers to mother in both languages. Therefore, an attamai is the brother of your father. In Tamil, the word avvai meaning uncle is used to refer to both paternal and maternal uncles.
Grandfather is called avva in Tamil. Paternal grandparent is called avvai in Tamil. Maternal grandparent is called ammai or annamma in Tamil.
In English, grandfather is called grandfather while grandmother is called grandmother. In Hindi, they are called atta mama and ammaji respectively. In Tamil, they are called avva and ammai respectively.
This is a lovely phrase for your granny. 8. Gumbu or Babi: These are words from the Dyirbal aboriginal language in Australia. Gumbu refers to your maternal grandmother, whereas Babi refers to your father's mother.
They are both very important people in our families. Without them we would not be who we are today!
Grammy is also an acceptable form of address for Australian grandparents.