A single name can convey a world of information. Sometimes it can even capture an entire moment in time: a trend, a shift, a conflict, a celebration. What name should represent 2023 as Name of the Year?
Perhaps you found yourself talking and thinking about a particular name. Perhaps a new name was created or chosen, or an old name evolved or took on new meanings. It doesn’t even 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!
Some criteria to consider as you ponder:
- How central is the name to the story?
- How has the name changed or emerged in 2023?
- How does the name story connect to broader trends, in names or in the world?
Let the name talk begin!