2012 Name of the Year: Call for Nominations
Names are a window onto a society's style and psyche. Every December, BabyNameWizard.com honors the role of names in our culture by identifying a notable example 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 that reminds us of how names are woven into our lives, 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 people real (Barack), fictional (Renesmee), and in-between (The Situation). They've included the names of specific individuals (Falcon), but also names that suddenly popped up everywhere at once (Chuck; 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 2012 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 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!