Nametag Day is an annual American holiday dedicated to name badges. This day continues a series of celebrations dedicated to exploring the history of names and surnames established by one man, Jerry Hill. It is celebrated on the first Thursday of March.
The establishment of Nametag Day is aimed at facilitating contact between people. Thanks to small name papers, it’s no longer awkward to approach a person with a follow-up question, “What’s your name?” The name could be read immediately on the badge. Such an unusual holiday was created by famous onomatologist Jerry Hill in 1997. He was anxious for people to communicate more among themselves, and to give due attention to learning the origins of their first and last names.
The badges themselves appeared relatively recently: in the second half of the 19th century. Today there are several varieties of badges: simple name badges and special (for example, are a special pass to the organization or embedded in a special code that when scanned, a person has access to anywhere). Badges are used in large companies, so you can see the name of the employee and who he works. Badge passes are common in the police, as well as in various laboratories and research centers.
- The first badges were fastened with a ring on the button.
- Employee badges in various laboratories and research centers are often used as passes that allow access to certain rooms/bays.
- Badges originally appeared in the American offices of large companies.
How to celebrate
Wear your badge to work. If this practice isn’t common, Nametag Day is a great excuse to fix it. You can also use this holiday to learn the history of your name/surname.
Spread the word on social media. Ask other users if they use name badges at work.
When is Nametag Day celebrated in 2024?
Nametag Day is observed annually on the first Thursday in March.