Other Word Forms
Origin of mama
- Of baby-talk origin mā-2 in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From a reduplication of ma; a trend present in many Indo-European languages, probably with ultimate origin in baby talk; or perhaps representing, in altered form, a continuation of Middle English mome (“mother, aunt"), from Proto-Germanic *mōmÇ (“mother, aunt"), from Proto-Indo-European *méhâ‚‚-méhâ‚‚, reduplication of *méhâ‚‚- (“mother"), related to German Muhme (“aunt"), Latin mamma (“mother, nurse"), Irish mam (“mother"), Lithuanian mama, moma (“mother").