The word paramana is a Greek word. Consisting of the composite words "para" and "mana", meaning "next to mother". It has been used since ancient times until today (especially in Cyprus, where instead of the word nanny or babysitter, they use the term "paramana" referring to the assistant in the care of the child). In the past, it also had the meaning of "nurse", i.e. the woman who took on nursing the children of another mother, when she could not nurse them herself.