29th July 2020
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, while “granddad” with a double “d” is the most popular spelling in American English, both spellings are 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”:
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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” and “granddad” are both common.
- “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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