Names are part of the story of our times. A name can spark a fashion craze or a flame war. It can become a meme that makes us laugh or an insult that makes us cringe. It can symbolize change, or mark a social dividing line, or capture a cultural moment in a single word.
What was the Name of the Year for 2021?
What name did you suddenly hear everywhere, or find yourself talking about? The NOTY doesn’t have to be a baby name per se. Past honorees have included symbolic names, brand names, and viral jokes as well as names of actual babies. But a human-style name should be the focal point, reflecting the role of names in our society.
Please nominate names, second others’ nominations, and discuss your thinking in the comments here. (Or if you prefer, on Twitter: @NamerologyTalk).
Some criteria to consider:
- How central is the name to the story?
- How has the name changed or emerged in 2021?
- How does the name story connect to broader trends, in names or in the world?
Let the name talk begin!