2010 Name of the Year: Call for Nominations
Every December, BabyNameWizard.com honors one name that shaped -- and was shaped by -- the year that's been.
The Baby Name Wizard Name of the Year isn't necessarily the most popular baby name. It's a name that changed during the course of the year and points to more changes around us. It's a one-name time capsule, reminding us of how names are woven into the fabric of society, connecting to and reflecting everything that goes on in our culture.
Past honorees have come from Hollywood, politics and literature. They have included names of individuals real (Barack, Taylor), fictional (Renesmee), and conceptual (Joe, in the year of Joe Six-Pack and Joe the Plumber). What they all had in common was zeitgeist...and your nominations.
This is a group effort. The criteria for the Name of the Year selection 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
- In the case of current events, "naminess" -- how essential the name is to the story
- Your votes. The NOTY is always selected from reader nominations. The number of nominations counts in the decision, and compelling arguments in support of your candidate count most of all.
Please post your nominations in comments here, and feel free to second others' suggestions. Then look for the official Name of the Year announcement in December!