Classic and elegant. If your relationship is more formal, calling her by her last name might be perfect.
What do you call your favorite M-I-L?
After the wedding, your mother-in-law becomes the newest member of your extended family, and it’s time to get to know her. What do you call her? They always say that when you marry a man, you marry his mother, and we have a few cute ideas for what to call your brand-new mother-in-law. When she visits, you don’t want to stumble over her name, so talk to her and decide how you’ll refer to her. It’s a small thing, but it makes a big difference. Will you identify her by her last name? First name? Another name entirely? Whether Mrs. Jones, Nina, or Nana, we have a few ideas for you. And, if you play your cards right, she might even pass on her top-secret family ambrosia recipe. Your mother-in-law could very well become your new best friend. After the I-do’s are all said and done, you’ve gained a hubby and a sweet new mother-in-law.
It’s great to get on a first-name basis with your mother-in-law. Calling your MIL by her first name is a popular way to go, and most daughter-in-laws do it…until the kids come along with a grandma name. When that happens, Gam-Gam is Gam-Gam forevermore.
A blend of formal and informal, this mother-in-law name shows deference but also keeps things casual. Adding ‘Miss’ is as Southern as can be.
Add her first initial to Mama, and you have a ready-made nickname.
Add her first name to Mama, and it is too catchy for its own good.
Mimi. It's a classic.
Perhaps the most reverent of mother-in-law names, a Big Mama is the most Southern of hostesses, and a darn good cook to boot.
Give your mother-in-law her own code name by calling her M.I.L, and add a little James Bond/secret agent flavor to your phone calls and emails.
A little anecdote: I once knew a son-in-law who called his mother-in-law MeMaw because he knew how much she hated it, called her MeMaw. She demanded GiGi, but he liked to co-opt MeMaw for a little good-natured ribbing.
A variant of Nana, Nan is in-between affectionate and practical.
If you have kids, you’ll end up calling your mother-in-law by her anointed grandmother name—Grandma, Gams, GiGi, MawMaw, or Grams—she’ll love it.
Affectionate and sweet, a Meme is always there for you.
How easy is this one? Can’t you just hear yourself calling Ma on the phone for advice?
When your mother-in-law becomes “Mom,” you’ll know you’ve hit a new level of friendship.
Moms is for the most casual and cool of MILs.
Queen Mother means business.
She’s sweet as, you know, sugar.
For the mother-in-laws who are legendary for their oatmeal raisin cookie recipe.
Let’s be honest, this is what she really wants anyway.