The American Name Society is requesting nominations for names of the year for 2011. Anyone may submit a name for consideration; the deadline for emailed submissions is Jan. 3, 2012. Send your submissions to Dr. Cleveland Evans. Nominations will also be accepted from the floor at the ANS’s annual meeting in Portland, OR, on Jan. 6.
Nominations may be submitted in four categories:
Personal Names: Names or nicknames of individual real people, animals, or hurricanes.
Place Names: Names or nicknames of any real geographical location, including all natural features, political subdivisions, streets, and buildings. Names of national or ethnic groups would be included here.
Trade Names: Names of real commercial products, as well as names of both for-profit and non-profit companies and organizations, including businesses, universities, and political parties.
Fictional/Literary Names: Names of fictional persons, places, or institutions, in any written, oral, or visual medium, as well as titles of art works, books, plays, television programs, or movies.
A final vote will determine the overall name of the year. Last year’s overall winner—and place-name winner—was Eyjafjallajökull, the name of the volcano in Iceland whose eruptions last spring disrupted air travel throughout Europe. The personal name of the year was Lady Gaga; the fictional names of the year were Quinn and Finn (characters on the TV show “Glee”); and the trade name of the year was Tea Party. (See my January 2010 post about the vote for commentary. For the record, I don’t consider Tea Party a “trade name.”)
I’m working on my own list of notable brand names of 2011, which will appear in my Visual Thesaurus column later this month.
P.S. Nominations are also being accepted for the 2011 word of the year. Check out the American Dialect Society’s post about criteria, and read my posts about the 2008, 2009, and 2010 words of the year.