Generation Names & Labels
Generation Names List – Timeline of Living Generations with Characteristics
Living generation names in order with ages and characteristics. Which of the generations names best represents you? Are you a youthful, digital-native Generation Z child? A 20-30 something millennial who remembers 9/11? Or a more senior member of the silent generation? ADDucation’s generations names list focuses on the 7 living generations. These make up most of the western populations today. Researchers and demographers love to label groups of people with generation names and talk about them in general terms. People born at the same time, in the same locality, that have lived through similar life experiences, are “Birth cohorts”. Birth cohorts tend to have similar prospects, outlooks, preferences and value systems.
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|Living Generation Names.||Birth Years||Formative Experiences.||Generation Characteristics, Facts & Trivia.|
|Snowflake Generation / Generation Snowflake.|
Alternative Snowflake Generation names include:
(0-19 years old today).
|The snowflake generation is the latest generation label applied to some of today’s young adults. A 2006 LiveJournal post, by invisibob, “Beginning with the knowledge that each of us is a unique and special snowflake” is now in the Urban Dictionary. People who exhibit entitled behavior suffer from “Special snowflake syndrome (SSS)”.|
|Generation Z / Z Generation.|
Alternative Z Generation names include:
(0-23 years old today).
|Y Generation / Generation Y.|
Alternative Y Generation names include:
(24-42 years old today).
|Anyone who can remember 9/11 (11 September 2001) and was born after 1977 is a Millennial2. Other birth years for this generation don’t meet the 9/11 criteria which is pivotal:|
|Generation X / X Generation.|
Alternative X Generation names include:
(43-54 years old today).
There are many references to alternative baby boomer generation names including:
(55-73 years old today).
|Baby boomers were born after the demographic “boom” or “shock-wave” of high birth rates after World War II.|
The post war Generation Jones sub-generation wanted to “keep up with the Joneses”. Recession and unemployment during the 1980s frustrated their desire for material possessions.
|The Silent Generation.|
Alternative generation names include:
(74-94 years old today).
|So called because they generally conformed to the social norms of the time and focused on their careers.|
|G.I. Generation / Generation G.I.|
(General or Government Issue). Alternative GI Generation names include:
(95+ years old today).
|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. People born in the Greatest Generation that influenced later generations include:|
Generation Names Notes & References:
-  Generation X was the title of a 1950s photo essay written by Robert Capa. British journalists, Jane Deverson and Charles Hamblett, wrote Generation X in 1965. In 1991 Douglas Coupland wrote Generation X: Tales for an Accelerated Culture.
-  The Millennials generation name 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”.
-  Generation Z is likely to be replaced by one of the current alternative generation names but no consensus has emerged so far.
Generations names list compiled by Joe Connor, last updated August 25, 2019.
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