Nominations, please: The 2009 Name of the Year
Each year, the Baby Name Wizard community looks back at the names that shaped -- and were shaped by -- the year that was.
A Name of the Year nominee can represent a social shift (Barack in 2007) or a stylistic one (Shiloh '06). It can dominate headlines (Katrina '05) or slip subtly into the cultural jetstream (Chuck '07). From babies (Shiloh) to Vampires (Cullen '08) to presidential politics (Joe '08), the competition is open to names from every corner of our culture. Whatever the Name of the Year's origins it should be a miniature time capsule, capturing some part of the zeitgeist in a single name.
Please post your nominations here in comments, and feel free to second others. Criteria for the final choice will include:
- A dramatic change in the name's usage or social meaning
- A reflection of a broader cultural theme, or influence on broader style trends
- Your votes (frequency of nominations, and compelling arguments)
Happy nominating! Look for the official Name of the Year announcement in December.
Read about past Names of the Year: