Salish Sea, and Twitter, chosen Names of the Year

Salish Sea was chosen Name of the Year by the American Name Society at its annual meeting in Baltimore, Maryland on January 9, 2010.

To download the MS Word media release from the ANS, click: 2009 Name of the Year

If you don’t want to download the document, I’ve reproduced it in the next pane of this article…

“Salish Sea” is Name of the Year
“Salish Sea” was chosen Name of the Year by the American Name Society at its annual meeting in Baltimore, Maryland on January 9, 2010.
Salish Sea was also the Place Name of the Year. This name, created by marine biologist Bart Webber in 1988, was officially adopted as the collective name for the interior ocean waters of British Columbia and Washington state. The Salish Sea stretches from Olympia, WA to Desolation Sound in BC and includes Puget Sound, the Strait of Juan de Fuca, and the Strait of Georgia. The US Board on Geographic Names approved the name on November 12, 2009, after it had previously been accepted by the Geographic Names board of Canada.  Webber wanted a single name for this entire body of water because forms a connected marine ecosystem.  “Salish” was chosen because most of the Native American nations who lived in the area spoke languages that were part of the Coast Salish family.
Twitter was chosen as Trade Name of the Year. Although Twitter was launched in 2006, this was the year it was taken seriously as a global phenomenon. It played a major part in the protests in Iran after the disputed June election. “Twitter” was the year’s fastest-rising Google search, and it made Google’s global list (at #4) for the first time ever.
Max was voted Fictional Name of the Year because of the child hero of the classic children’s book Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak, and the 2009 film based on it. tTe fact that many young parents were read the book as a child helps account for Max, Maxwell, and similar names being popular baby names today.
Chesley Burnett “Sully” Sullenberger III was voted Personal Name of the Year. The name of the pilot who safely landed an airliner on the Hudson River last January illustrates how a name some might find odd and even nerdish can gain a heroic image from current events.
ANS members also voted to created a special Miscellaneous Name of the Year for H1N1, the name of the influenza virus that caused worldwide concern in 2009. The replacement of the term “swine flu” by this scientific clinical term was an unusual example of government pronouncements successfully changing a popular public term.
The American Name Society, founded in 1951, is an organization devoted to promoting the study of all aspects of names and naming. For more information, contact Dr. Cleveland K. Evans at, or 402-210-7458, or 402-557-7524.


3 Responses to “Salish Sea, and Twitter, chosen Names of the Year”

  1. 1 dona February 17, 2010 at 10:23 am

    Hi Robert

    We are just back and we too are pleased about the Salish Sea designation.

    As for your interest in Howe Sound, you might want to take a look at this blog by our son-in-law Matt, which focusses on the West side of Howe Sound.

  2. 2 Robert February 17, 2010 at 11:33 am

    Hi Dona, welcome back! Thanks for the link to Matt Cavers new blog about Howe Sound. I’ve added “Howe Soundings” to my Blogroll.

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