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Elvira “Elviry” Duck (née Coot), better known as Grandma Duck, and sometimes referred to as Abigail, is a female anthropomorphic duck/coot hybrid.


Grandma Duck is Donald Duck's grandmother and one of the oldest (if not the oldest) citizens of Duckburg. Grandma Duck has a large farm in the neighborhood of Quacktown, just outside Duckburg, where in spite of her very old age she still works with punch, with the dubious help of her lazy grandnephew Gus Goose. Grandma is the depository of the history of Duckburg and of the Duck family, and for all intents and purposes acts like the leader of the family. In time of crisis, the extended Duck family (composed most of the time of Scrooge McDuckDonald Duck and his nephewsFethry, GladstoneGusDaisy, and also friends and/or distant relatives Gyro GearlooseBrigittaJubal PompQuackmore and Miss Quackfaster) will assemble at the farm. This is also the default place where any members of said extended family can go to spend some restful holidays, dropping in at any moment


By most accounts, Elvira is Donald Duck's biological grandmother, more specifically the mother of his father, with Scrooge McDuck not being related by blood to Grandma, instead being the brother of Donald's mother, Hortense, who married Elvira's aforementioned son.[1]

However, other accounts state that Scrooge and Elvira are in fact closely related[2]; at least one states that they are cousins,[3], but the bulk of these accounts instead shows them to be siblings who grew up together,[4] with Grandma usually the elder sibling,[5] although another account has Scrooge be the older sibling.[6]

When it comes to how Donald Duck could remain her grandson in such a scheme, when one would expect her to be his mother or his aunt, one account has shown Donald explaining that he had been adopted by Scrooge and Grandma, but, with neither wanting to take on the charge of being a full-on parent, they had agreed to behave as an uncle and grandmother respectively.[7] Other accounts simply acknowledge that while Elvira is known as “Grandma Duck”, Donald is in fact her nephew, and she refers to him as such.[8]

Although some accounts show Scrooge and Elvira growing up together in the Duckburg countryside, whether related or not,[9] others place Scrooge, Elvira and Gideon's shared childhood in Scotland.[10] One account curiously states that they are siblings by blood but did not grow up together or even in the same region, only meeting up in adulthood.[11]

Behind the scenes

She first appeared in August of 1940 in a photograph in a comic strip entitled Buried Money.

Voice Actresses

Notes and References

  1. The Invader of Fort Duckburg, Don Rosa's Duck Family Tree et alt.
  2. This is shown, without further details in the Chart of the Duck Family Tree in Family Fun.
  3. Livestock Show (1953).
  4. From Egg to Duck, Grandma Duck Oblivious To Her Brother (INDUCKS), Uncle Scrooge and the Pedaling 80-year-old (I TL 442-A) et alt., as well as several Duck Family Trees: the Finnish Duck Family Tree from 1981, the French Duck Family Tree from 1992, and Johannes A. Grote's Duck Family Tree from 1999, among others.
  5. Uncle Scrooge and the Sibling Notes (INDUCKS), Extracts From Grandma Duck's Photo Album (HC DD1994-10P).
  6. The Silo (H 2018-211)
  7. From Egg to Duck.
  8. Too Much Mush (INDUCKS), Livestock Show (INDUCKS).
  9. Good Old Exciting Days (INDUCKS), Let's Go To School With… (INDUCKS), Christmas Past (INDUCKS).
  10. Uncle Scrooge and the Sibling Notes (INDUCKS), Extracts From Grandma Duck's Photo Album (HC DD1994-10P).
  11. The Secret of the Decapitated Totem (INDUCKS). The notion likely arose through editorial interference, "cousin" being replaced with "sibling" in an ill-fated effort to maintain regular continuity on the matter that did not take into account the strangeness of the situation..
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