Generation Names & Labels
Generation Names & Labels List – Timeline Guide With Years & Characteristics
Which generation are you? A youthful, digital-native Generation Z child, a 20-30 something Millennial who clearly remembers 9/11, or an older member of the Silent Generation? Researchers and demographers love to group people together and label them with generation names so they can talk about generational trends in general terms. People born at the same time, in the same locality, that have lived through similar life experiences, are known as “birth cohorts” and tend to have similar prospects, outlooks, preferences and value systems. ADDucation’s generations names list focuses on the living generations that make up western populations today. The birth years are intended for guidance – if you’re born a few years either side of a generation gap take a look at the generation characteristics and pick whichever label suits you best.
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|Generation Names||Birth Years3||Formative Experiences||Generation Characteristics, Facts & Trivia|
Snowflake Generation / Generation Snowflake
||The snowflake generation is the latest generation label applied to some of today’s young adults. Its origins date back to a LiveJournal post in 2006 by invisibob which includes “Beginning with the knowledge that each of us is a unique and special snowflake” and its inclusion in the Urban Dictionary. Generation snowflake along with “Special snowflake syndrome (SSS)” to describe entitled people who typically exhibit a superiority complex.|
|Generation Z / Z Generation
Alternative Z Generation names include:
Y Generation / Generation Y
Alternative Y Generation names include:
||Anyone who can remember 9/11 (11 September 2001) and was born after 1977 is a Millennial2. There are other birth years for this generation but they don’t meet the 9/11 criteria which we feel is so pivotal, we’ve adopted it.
|Generation X / X Generation
Alternative X Generation names include:
There are many references to alternative baby boomer generation names including:
|1946-1964||So called because of the demographic “boom” or “shockwave” of increased birth rates following the second World War.
The Baby Boomers generation also includes the Generation Jones (1954-1965) a sub-group which covers the post-World War II baby boomers to the first wave of Generation X. Taken from “keeping up with the Joneses,” a competitive desire for material possessions, ultimately denied by recession and unemployment in the 1980s.
The Silent Generation
Alternative generation names include:
||So called because they generally conformed to the social norms of the time and focused on their careers.
|G.I. Generation / Generation G.I.
(G.I. is an abbreviation for General or Government Issue) Alternative GI Generation names include:
||Most of this generation lived through World War I and were old enough to fight in World War II or serve on the home front. They also lived through the 1930s Great Depression. The Greatest Generation influenced subsequent generations:
Generation Names Notes & References:
-  Generation X was taken from a 1950s photo essay by Robert Capa and popularized by 1965 book written by British journalists, Jane Deverson and Charles Hamblett called Generation X and a 1991 book, written by Douglas Coupland, called Generation X: Tales for an Accelerated Culture.
-  Coming up with Millennials is widely credited to Neil Howe and his co-author William Strauss in their books. 1991 “Generations: The History of America’s Future, 1584 to 2069” and in 2000 “Millennials Rising: The Next Great Generation”.
-  Birth years (aka demographic cohorts) are flexible. Different researchers and commentators have defined different boundaries for each generation which also varies by country and locality.
-  Generation Z is likely to be replaced by one of the current alternative generation names but no consensus has emerged so far.
Cool TED-X Talk About Generation Names by Jason Dorsey in Houston
Fight Club Quote: You Are Not A Beautiful Or Unique Snowflake
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