In Ireland 31 per cent of people call their mothers ‘Mam’ and 4 per cent of us address them by their first names. Ahead of Mother’s Day 2022, we ask what you call yours?


The majority of Irish mothers are referred to as ‘Mam’ by their children, followed by ‘Mum’ in second place, research shows.

A poll ahead of Mother’s Day this Sunday revealed a multitude of variations on how Irish people call their mothers, with 31 per cent of adults calling their mother ‘Mam’ when speaking to her.

In second place, 23 percent prefer “mama,” while 12 percent say “mama” and another 12 percent use “mammy.” Those who call their mother by her first name are in the minority, with 4 percent of respondents choosing this option.

It also seems that where you live plays an important role in which variant you might use, with Mam being the most popular in Munster with 38pcs, Connacht 31pcs and Leinster 28pcs, while Mum in Ulster with 53pcs the most first choice is.

There are even differences within specific counties across Ireland; For example, 27 percent of Dublin respondents use Mam, 26 percent use Mom, and 14 percent refer to their mother as Ma, according to the study conducted by iReach and commissioned by Beko to celebrate the launch of the Woman’s Way and Beko Mum of the Year awards.

When asked what moms do best, 39 percent say they are supportive and 20 percent said they accept them no matter what, while 16 percent say their mom is best at being told that they should “make an effort”.

When it comes to speaking openly with our mothers, 60 per cent of Irish adults feel uncomfortable talking to their mother about sex, 30 per cent find it uncomfortable talking to their mother about general relationship advice and 18 per cent feel uncomfortable difficult to discuss finances with her mother.

Health is a topic that the majority of people are happy to discuss with the woman who gave birth, with only 1 in 10 feeling uncomfortable about it.

Ahead of Mother’s Day, which takes place this Sunday March 27, it has been revealed that 40 per cent of all adults plan to see their mum in person this year to celebrate the occasion, a figure highest in Ulster at 48 per cent and lowest in Ulster is Connacht at 31pc.

Just 17 percent of those surveyed said they would send out a card to celebrate the date, while 11 percent openly admitted there was a chance they could forget the big day.

Mother’s Day is a time to celebrate and cherish, and when asked about their fondest memories, over half of all adults said their mothers are there for them, 49 percent say it’s about the cooking/home comforts, and 47 percent think their childhood memories are most treasured. In Ireland 31 per cent of people call their mothers ‘Mam’ and 4 per cent of us address them by their first names. Ahead of Mother’s Day 2022, we ask what you call yours?

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