12 ways to say grandfather in indigenous languages

Unlike other Latin American and Spanish-speaking countries, Mexico celebrates  Grandparent’s Day every 28th of August. The objective is to recognize the important work of these family members, who are mostly older adults who collaborate with the teaching and raising of their grandchildren.

What do your grandparents mean to you? It is important to show our affection towards them with actions that support them and make them feel good about themselves and with others, but words also help a lot, so if you are lucky enough to have them with you, surprise them with a greeting in the indigenous language .


  1. In Nahuatl de la Huasteca:

Translation: Reyna Alvarado

  1. In Mexican from the mountain of Guerrero:

Translation: Vanessa Medina Martínez

  1. In downtown Otomí

Ta ta
Translation: Petra Benítez Navarrete

  1. In Mazahua del Oriente:

Translation: Antolín Celote Preciado

  1. In chichimeco jonaz:

Translation: Manuel Martínez López

  1. In Maya:

Translation: Karina Puc Balam

  1. In tseltal:

Translation: Lucio Cruz Cruz

  1. In tsotsil:

Junuk a vo’onton (congratulations grandfather / grandfather)
Translation: Agustín Santiz Santiz

  1. In Zapotec of the coastal plain:

Bixhooze ‘biida’
Translation: Germán Ramírez Martínez

  1. In Mixtec from the northwest coast of Oaxaca:

Translation: Celedonio Bautista and Bibiana Mendoza García

  1. In West Coast Mixtec:

Sutu cha’nu
Translation: Hermenegildo López Castro

  1. In North Tarahumara:

Translation: Tirza González Castillo

Do you know any other way to say “grandfather” in indigenous languages ​​of Mexico?


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