Spelling Tips: Granddad, Grandad and Granddaughter

Spelling Tips Granddad, Grandad and Granddaughter

It’s easy to remember how to spell “grandma,” “grandmother,” and “grandson” – they all have a single “d.” But when it comes to “granddad,” “grandad” and “granddaughter,” it’s a little trickier. Which of these spellings are correct? In this post, we’ll look at how to avoid errors when using these words.

Granddad or Grandad?

“Granddad” and “grandad” mean “grandfather” (i.e., the father of a mother or father). Both spellings are common, and you’ll find both in dictionaries:

Kim’s grandad lives in New York.

Kim’s granddad lives in New York.

In most cases, then, the “correct” spelling is simply a matter of preference.

However, “granddad” with a double “d” is the most popular spelling in American English, while”grandad” with a single “d” is more common in British English. As such, you may want to use the spelling that is most common in your dialect (or that your readers will know best).

Granddaughter or Grandaughter?

A “granddaughter” is a female grandchild. Some people misspell this word as “grandaughter” with only one “d,” but the correct spelling is “granddaughter”:

Joy looks after her granddaughter on Tuesdays.

Joy looks after her grandaughter on Tuesdays.

Why does “grandad” have a single “d” spelling and not “granddaughter”? There is no reason! It’s just a matter of convention (welcome to the confusing world of English spelling). But until single “d” spelling catches on, the only correct version of this word is “granddaughter” with a double “d.”

Summary: Granddad, Grandad and Granddaughter

To summarize what we’ve explained in this post:

  • Both “granddad” and “grandad” are common spellings.
  • In American English, “granddad” is the standard spelling.
  • In British English, “grandad” is more popular than “granddad.”
  • “Granddaughter” is the only correct spelling for a female grandchild.

Hopefully, this should help you to avoid spelling errors. But if you’d like an expert to check your writing is error free, our proofreaders can help!

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2 responses to “Spelling Tips: Granddad, Grandad and Granddaughter”

  1. Kristin Noland says:

    If we can’t use grandaughter, how will it ever catch on?

    • Proofed says:

      If you want to campaign for the acceptance of “grandaughter” and use it in your own writing, feel free! It’s unlikely to cause any confusion, and if it catches on among enough people, the dictionaries will eventually include it. Our post is just to clarify that, for now at least, “grandaughter” is typically considered an error, especially in formal writing, since it isn’t recognized as a variant spelling by the major dictionaries or style guides.

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