If you’re learning Spanish, you may want to use your new command of the language to show your mom how much you love her. That’s why in this article, we compiled a list of 13 common nicknames that you can use to say mom in Spanish.
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This list contains popular words that Spanish speakers use to call their moms. Some of these nicknames are considered standard Spanish and others are slang Spanish. Make sure you read carefully the descriptions of these nicknames so you find one that you and your mom may like.
Má is the shortened version of ‘mamá’, as a result, this may be one of the most popular nicknames for moms in Spanish. We use ‘má’ when calling or talking directly to our mom. It’s not used to talk to others about her. This Spanish word can be translated as ‘ma’ or ‘mom’.
¡Má! Ya llegué, ¿dónde estás?Ma! I’m home, where are you?
Te quiero mucho, máI love you very much, ma
Ya me voy, má, llego hasta en la nocheI’m leaving, mom, I’ll be back tonight
Oye, má, ¿sabes dónde está mi cartera?Hey, mom, do you know where my wallet is?
In Spanish, ‘mami’ is a very loving and intimate word that we use to call our moms. It means ‘mommy’ or ‘mum’. Although it may be considered a word more commonly used by kids, the truth is that all people use it when they want to be extra affectionate with their moms.
For instance, young people and teenagers may use ‘mami’ as a way to flatter their moms and get their permission to do something ;). But if you have a nice and loving relationship with your mom, you should definitely consider using this nickname with her.
¡Feliz cumpleaños, mami! Te queremos muchoHappy birthday, mommy! We love you so much
Te extraño mucho, mami, ¿cómo están mi papá y tú?I miss you so much, mum, how are you and dad?
Oye, mami, ¿puedo salir con mis amigos hoy en la noche?Hey, mum, can I go out with my friends tonight?
Since ‘mami’ is a very affectionate and intimate word, some speakers may avoid using it in public because they may seem to be a mama’s boy or a bit spoiled. However, this word is quite popular among women when talking about their moms.
Take Note: In Latin American countries, parents may use ‘mami’ as a pet name for their baby daughters. Additionally, it can also be used as a slang word to call a young women ‘hot’.
In Latin American countries, amá is a very popular, informal and affectionate nickname for moms. This word is another shortened version of ‘máma’.
Although this word originated in country and rural areas, nowadays it’s quite common in big cities. Most of the time, we use ‘amá’ to call or to talk directly to our ‘mom’. This word could be translated as ‘ma’ or ‘mom’
¡Amá! ¿Dónde pongo tu bolsa?Ma! Where should I put your bag?
¡Amá! ¡Calma a tu hijo o lo voy a calmar yo!Mum! Calm your son down or I’ll do it!
¿Qué vas a hacer hoy, amá? ¿Quieres ir al cine?What are you going to do today, mum? Do you want to go to the movies?
Taka Note: ‘Amá’ is a slang Latin-American nickname for mums. Don’t use it in formal situations. If your mom knows Spanish, you may want to make sure that she’ll like this nickname since some moms think this is too casual to address her. (My mom will totally kill us if we used it with her, that doesn’t prevent her from using it with her own mother, though… the hypocrisy!)
Mamá is a standard Spanish word that we use to say ‘mom’. Although it’s not exactly a nickname, there’s no way your mom can be offended if you use this word to call her. Unlike other nicknames, ‘mamá’ can also be used when talking to other people about your ‘mom’. As a Spanish standard word, ‘mamá’ is the direct translation of ‘mom’.
¡Mamá! Voy a la tienda, ¿necesitas algo?Mom! I’m going to the store, do you need anything?
¡Charlie! Tanto tiempo sin verte, ¿cómo está tu mamá?Charlie! Long time no see! How is your mom?
¿Ya le dijiste a tu mamá que nos vamos a ir el fin de semana a la playa?Did you already tell your mom that we’re going to the beach this weekend?
Take Note: Just like ‘mom’, ‘mamá’ is very appropriated for situations where you’re referring to your mom. Additionally, it’s a nice word for moms that are not fond of funny nicknames.
Amami is an informal and slang variation of ‘mami’. Therefore, this Spanish nickname for moms could be translated as ‘mummy’ or ‘ma’. Although it’s commonly used in Mexico, this word is not as well-known or common in other Spanish-speaking countries. So, if you want to have a more unique way to call your mom in Spanish, this may be a good option for you.
¡Amami! ¡Ya me voy! Te veo alratoMa! I’m leaving! See you later
¿Necesita que le ayude con esto amami?Mummy, do you want me to help you with this?
¡Amami! ¡Te hablan por teléfono! Es la abuelaMa! You have a call! It’s grandma!
Take Note: Just like ‘mami’, ‘amami’ is a very affectionate word that Mexican speakers use with their moms. They avoid using it in public situations. It’s commonly used to call our moms.
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This is another fun nickname that Spanish speakers use to refer to their mom. ‘La ley’ literally means ‘the law’ or ‘the boss’. Although we don’t use this word directly with our moms, we use ‘la ley’ when talking about them with friends and other people. Here are some examples:
No sé si pueda ir, deja le pregunta la leyI don’t know if I can go, let me ask the boss
Si quieres ir, pídele permiso a tu mamá, ya sabes que ella es la leyIf you want to go, ask your mom, you know that she’s the law
Take Note: Some men also ‘la ley’ to refer either to their girlfriend or wife. Just like we do in this case, they would use ‘la ley’ as a way to refer to their women behind their backs.
12. Creadora / Mi creadora
‘Mi creadora’ literally means ‘my maker’ or ‘my creator’. This is a funny and cheeky nickname that some Spanish speakers use to call their moms. You may also hear mi progenitora (my progenitor) which is a variation of ‘mi creadora’.
¿Cómo amaneció mi creadora?How are you this morning, mom?
Deja le digo a mi creadora que ya nos vamosLet me tell my mom that we’re leaving
These nicknames can be used directly with your mom or when you’re referring to her. Since you’re using these Spanish words to say ‘mom’ or to talk about your mother, ‘mi creadora’ can be translated either as ‘mom’ or ‘my creator’.
13. La mera mera
In more casual Spanish, ‘la mera mera’ means the ‘big boss’. As a result, it’s a common way to call our moms. This phrase is very popular in Mexico and some Latin American countries. However, we women don’t like to be called bossy, we use this expression when talking to others about our mothers. Of course, if you are your mom’s favorite kid or you have the ability to say things in a nice way, then, you can use it with her