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Unique Names Day – March 7, 2023

We are celebrating Unique Name Day on the first Tuesday of the first full week of March. This year, it falls on March 7. This is a day dedicated to those with unique or rare names. It is also for those people with names that are hard to pronounce and where people usually ask them how to pronounce their names. Onomatology hobbyist Jerry Hill is behind the origin of this day in 1997. Do you have a unique name or know anyone with a special unique name? Then join us on this interesting day of celebrations.

History of Unique Names Day

A name is an identity that we all use to describe ourselves. It is through these labels that we are addressed. But do you have a unique name? We can bet that you probably share your name with a few other people. Most names are common. Names are as old as early humans. But the earliest names probably would have been simple sounds that the earliest humans used to hear from their surroundings. As language evolves, so do names. Now there are millions of names available. We are also capable of creating names that are unique or rare.

There was a time in history when names sounded almost the same. But as we started to settle down as farming groups around 12,000 years ago, the need to distinguish each person and assign them a role became more important. As a result, more sophisticated names started to appear. The Romans later started using the ‘tria nomina system,’ which translates to ‘the three names.’ They used three names in a single name. This system did not survive long but still shapes the European naming style.

Today, a first name and a second name are the most common forms of name-giving. We use a surname — family name, first name, and occasionally a middle name. But this is not a globally accepted standard. In Asian countries, it is common for people to only have a first name and no second or third name.

Unique Names Day timeline

3400 B.C.
The Oldest Name

‘Kushim’ is the oldest known name.

3200 B.C.
Written Name

In Sumeria, the first records of the name in written form appear on clay tablets.

1300 B.C.
The Oldest Known Surname

The oldest known surname is Katz; it is the initials of two words — Kohen Tsedek.

2020
XÆA-Xii

Elon Musk's child has an alpha-numeric name that consists of alphabets from two languages.

Unique Names Day FAQs

How do you create a unique name?

Be bold enough to break the norms. Do not base the name on anything that we are already familiar with and do not go behind trends. You can try different names and blend them, use different languages, and try spelling variations.

What is the longest name ever?

Hubert Blaine Wolfeschlegelsteinhausenbergerdorff Sr.

Who has the shortest name?

An online search can show a lot of people with single-letter names. An example would be E Jie, a woman who competed in fencing events at the 1992 Summer Olympics.

Unique Names Day Activities

  1. Throw a party

    Create a list of people you know with interesting names. Invite them over for a party and let them know how interesting their names are.

  2. Gift the best name

    During the party, conduct a contest to choose the most popular and unique name. Give the winner a fantastic prize.

  3. Make up some names

    Create a list of unique names. Try to include names from different cultures, languages, and styles. Upload the list online for people who are trying to come up with a unique name.

5 Facts About Names That Will Interest You

  1. Onomastics

    The study of history and the origin of personal names is called onomastics.

  2. Anthroponomastics

    Personal names’ study is anthroponymy and their study is anthroponomastics.

  3. France and famous names

    There's a French law that restricts giving "names of persons known from ancient history" and "names used in various calendars." to people.

  4. The longest name

    The longest name to appear on a birth certificate is Rhoshandiatellyneshiaunneveshenk Koyaanisquatsiuth Williams.

  5. Gender-neutral names

    Since 1880, 9% of babies have been given a gender-neutral name.

Why We Love Unique Names Day

  1. Names represent people

    A name is something that symbolizes individuals. We love individuality, and we celebrate the identity it gives each one. A notable name can give a person a unique impression among other people.

  2. We love uniqueness

    Everyone is unique, and we love everyone for who they are. We love it when a person has a rare or unique name, and we think that needs appreciation.

  3. It can bring people together

    The day can help bring people with unique names together. Such an event can help create new bonds and foster relationships.

Unique Names Day dates

YearDateDay
2022March 8Tuesday
2023March 7Tuesday
2024March 5Tuesday
2025March 4Tuesday
2026March 3Tuesday

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