What name is a time capsule of this year? What is the 2020 Name of the Year?
Every year, we ask the name-savvy public to weigh in on the Name of the Year. This year it may seem a tall order, asking a single name to capture such a momentous and turbulent time as 2020. Yet as always, names have been an integral part of the stories we’ve all lived through.
Please take a moment to think back over the names that have shaped, and been shaped by, this year: the names that emerged, and the names that evolved; the names we chose, and the names we rejected; the names we used, and the way that we used them. The NOTY doesn’t have to be a baby name per se. Past honorees have included brand names like Siri and viral phenomena like Boaty McBoatface. But a human-style name or nickname should be the focal point.
Please share your nominees and thoughts about them and second others’ nominations here. (Or on Twitter: @NamerologyTalk).
Some criteria to consider as you ponder:
- How central is the name to the story?
- How has the name changed or emerged in 2020?
- How does the name story connect to broader trends, in names or in the world?
Let the name talk begin!