NAMES OF THE YEAR FOR 2013
The American Name Society, at its annual meeting in Minneapolis on January 3, 2014, voted Francis as the Name of the Year for 2013.
Francis, chosen by Jorge Mario Bergoglio as his papal name when he was elected pope last March, is significant both because it is the first time in 1,100 years that a pope has chosen a name not used by any previous pope, and because of its association with St. Francis of Assisi. By choosing this name, Francis was signaling to the world his desire to make changes in the Roman Catholic Church and his desire to live simply and focus on concern for the poor, like St. Francis.
Francis was also voted Personal Name of the Year.
Obamacare was voted Trade Name of the Year.
Ender Wiggin was Fictional Name of the Year.
Syria was Place Name of the Year.
The American Name Society, founded in 1950, is an organization devoted to the scholarly study of all types of names. For more information about ANS or the Name of the Year contest, contact:
Dr. Cleveland K. Evans
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Bellevue, NE 68005-3098
2004: Fahrenheit 9/11 (film title)
2005: Katrina (hurricane)
2006: Pluto (former planet)
2007: Betrayus (pejorative nickname, first for Sen. Chuck Hagel and later Gen. David Petraeus)
2008 Fictional: Edward (from Twilight)
2009 Fictional: Max (from Where the Wild Things Are)
2010 Fictional: Quinn and Finn (from Glee)
2011 Fictional: Lisbeth Salander (from The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo)
2012 Fictional: Downton Abbey