Name of the Year is a celebration of unconventional names and the people who wear them. No ill will is intended.
This blog continues the project of the original Name of the Year blog, an annual March Madness-style tournament comparing the names of real, living people. Names are judged by reader polls on the basis of their originality, cadence, and various onomastic je ne sais quois. After an illustrious 30-year tenure as the officiators of the tournament, the founding High Commission abandoned their posts in 2012.
The tournament and blog are run by two recent graduates of a university near Chicago who wouldn’t stand for an internet without Name of the Year. They both have boring names.