The name that went viral. The name that everybody argued about. The name that became a symbol. The name that you suddenly kept hearing, everywhere. What was the Name of the Year for 2019?
The Name of the Year is a time capsule in name form. It doesn’t necessarily have to be a baby name, or even a human name. (Just ask past honoree Boaty McBoatface.) But it takes the form of a human name or nickname, and illustrates the way that name reflect and even shape the culture around them.
Nominations for the Namerology Name of the Year take place right here. What name in the news did you find yourself talking about? What did people start calling each other this year, and why? Please share your ideas in the comments section below, and feel free to second others’ nominations and make the case for your favorites. (Namerology registration is free, but if you prefer you can also tweet nominations to @namerologytalk or comment on the Namerology Facebook page.)
As you let your mind run over names you’ve noted during the year, here are some points to consider:
– How central is the name to the story?
– How has the name changed or emerged in 2019?
– How does the name story connect to broader trends, in names or in the world?
Let the name talk begin!