Vol. 72 No. 1 (2024): NAMES: A Journal of Onomastics

Name of the Year Report 2023

I. M. Nick
American Name Society

Published 2024-03-12


On January 4, 2024, the American Name Society continued its long-standing tradition and conducted the Name of the Year selection (NoY). The 2023 online vote was chaired by ANS President, Laurel Sutton, and ANS Information Officer, Brandon Simonson. This report gives a summary of this year’s NoY deliberations and offers readers background information about some of the onomastic nominations and decision-making.


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  2. CBS News. 2023, July 19. “Taylor Swift to be named mayor of ‘Swiftie Clara’ for the Eras Tour.” Accessed February 1, 2024. https://www.cbsnews.com/sanfrancisco/news/taylor-swift-to-be-named-honorary-mayor-of-swiftie-clara-for-eras-tour/
  3. Dictionary.com. n.d. s.v. “Swiftie”. Accessed February 1, 2023. https://www.dictionary.com/browse/swiftie
  4. Engber, Daniel. 2023, June 27. “Goodbye, Ozempic”. The Atlantic. Accessed February 4, 2024. https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2023/06/ozempic-pills-obesity-drugs-semaglutide/674541/
  5. Evans, Cleveland. 2007. “The tsunami curve and popular culture influences on given names”. NAMES 55, no. 4: 335-342.
  6. Federal Bureau of Investigation. n.d. “Watergate”. Accessed 9 February 2024. https://www.fbi.gov/history/famous-cases/watergate
  7. Feiner, Lauren. 2023. “Musk explains why he’s rebranding Twitter to X: It’s not just a name change”. CNBC News. Accessed February 9, 2023. https://www.cnbc.com/2023/07/25/musk-explains-why-hes-rebranding-twitter-to-x.html
  8. Frankenberg, Eric. 2023, October 13. “Billboard Boxscore top 10 tours of all time: Beyoncé Breaks Ground”. Billboard. Accessed January 23, 2024. https://www.billboard.com/lists/billboard-boxscore-top-10-tours-all-time-elton-john-harry-styles/
  9. University of Galway. n.d. “Swiftie Soc”. Accessed February 1, 2024. https://socs.universityofgalway.ie/societies/swiftiesoc
  10. Hains, Tim. 2023, November 19. “Bill Maher to Donna Brazile: “Feels like a Little Racism”. Real Clear Politics. Accessed November 24, 2023. https://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2023/11/19/bill_maher_to_donna_brazile_feels_like_a_little_racism_with_no_one_learning_how_to_correctly_pronounce_vivek_ramaswamy.html
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  14. Jones, C.T. 2023, October 1. “Can Swiftmania finally help change the Kansas City Chiefs Name?”. Rolling Stone. https://www.rollingstone.com/culture/culture-features/taylor-swift-travis-kelce-kansas-city-chiefs-name-1234836207/
  15. Kaplan, Juliana. 2023, November 22. “Meet the typical Swiftie”. Business Insider. Accessed February 1, 2024. https://www.businessinsider.com/taylor-swift-swifties-white-millennial-suburban-democrat-50k-eras-tour-2023-11
  16. Long, Colleen. 2021, October 30. “How let’s go Brandon’ became code for insulting Joe Biden”. Associated Press. Accessed December 5, 2023. https://apnews.com/article/lets-go-brandon-what-does-it-mean-republicans-joe-biden-ab13db212067928455a3dba07756a160
  17. Patil, Anushka. 2023, June 21. “Submersible pilot’s spouse is descended from a famous titanic couple”. New York Times. Accessed February 9, 2024. https://www.nytimes.com/2023/06/21/us/wendy-stockton-rush-titanic-missing-submersible.html
  18. Martin, Mario Sierra, Alvaro Díaz Casquero, Marina Sánchez Pérez, and Bárbara Rando Rodríguez. 2024. “Virtual Influencers: The Irruption of Artificial Intelligence in Digital Influencers”. Using Influencer Marketing as Digital Business Strategy. Edited by Sandrina Teixeira, Sara Teixeira, Saila Oliveira, and Elnivan Souza. Hershey, Pennsylvania: IG Global, 112–128.
  19. Molenaar, Koba. 2023, November 7. “Discover the top 112 Virtual influencers for 2024”. Influencer Marketing Hub. https://influencermarketinghub.com/virtual-influencers/
  20. Murphy, Heather. 2023, November 11. “Why is it Ozempic?”. Slate Magazine. Accessed February 1, 2024. https://slate.com/technology/2023/11/zepbound-weight-loss-drug-ozempic-pharmaceutical-names.html
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  24. Powell, Darcey, and Katherine Karraker. 2013. “Young adults’ responses to infant names”. Names: A Journal of Onomastics 61, no. 3: 127-139.
  25. Rice, Natalie. 2023, October 10. “How Ozempic and Wegovy turned Novo Nordisk into a $400 billion company”. CNBC. Accessed January 7, 2024. https://www.cnbc.com/2023/10/10/ozempic-wegovy-novo-nordisk.html
  26. Ritman, Alex. 2023, November 3. “AFM Hidden Gem: Charles Band’s ‘Barbenheimer’ mixes bombs and dolls for the ultimate low budget comedy cash in”. Hollywood Reporter. Accessed December 23, 2023. https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/movies/movie-news/barbenheimer-low-budget-comedy-film-charles-band-1235636257/
  27. Schapitl, Lexie. 2023, December 6. “Biden backs an Indigenous Lacrosse team for the 2028 Olympics: It’s an uphill fight”. National Public Radio. Accessed December 10, 2023. https://www.npr.org/2023/12/06/1217564234/biden-indigenous-lacrosse-olympics
  28. Texas A&M University. n.d. “TAMU Swiftie Society” Accessed February 9, 2024. https://stuactonline.tamu.edu/app/organization/profile/public/id/2345
  29. Tilman, Rachel. 2022, October 7. “Dark Brandon: How a right-wing catchphrase morphed into a pro-Biden meme”. Spectrum News. Accessed December 5, 2023. https://ny1.com/nyc/all-boroughs/news/2022/09/01/joe-biden-let-s-go-brandon-donald-trump-dark-maga
  30. Treisman, Rachel. 2023. “The wife of OceanGate’s CEO is descended from a famous couple who died on the Titanic. National Public Radio. Accessed February 9, 2024. https://www.npr.org/2023/06/22/1183704775/oceangate-stockton-rush-wife-titanic-movie-couple
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  34. Venkatraman, Sakshi. 2023, November 21. “Ex-DNC chair criticized for appearing to intentionally mispronounce Vivek Raamaswamy’s name”. NBC News. Accessed January 23, 2024. https://www.nbcnews.com/news/asian-america/donna-brazile-criticized-mispronouncing-vivek-ramaswamy-name-rcna126219
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  36. Williams, Alex. 2016. “Is Hayden a boy or a girl? Both. ‘post-gender’ baby names are on the rise.” The New York Times. Accessed March 4, 2024. https://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/21/fashion/gender-neutral-baby-names.html?searchResultPosition=1
  37. Zhang, Sarah. 2023, March 21. “The rise of gender-neutral names is not what it seems.” The Atlantic. Accessed March 4, 2024. https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2023/03/gender-neutral-baby-names-popularity/673464/