People of Generation Y have the nickname millennials, because many of them graduated around the year 2000, the millenium.

People of Generation Z are sometimes called centennials. "Centennial" means "100th anniversary," and I don't see how this generation has anything to do with the number 100.

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    Interestingly, when I first heard the term I had no idea it applied to me, I thought it was for the generation born around the new millennium. I am with you that calling the generation after millennial, "centennial", is very confusing. – Skooba Sep 8 '18 at 0:06
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    I don't get it either, but then I'm a Baby Boomer so I've had it good all my life and don't care ;-) I also think smilies are meaningful :-( Not only that but I'm British so the worst of the Gen X,Y,Z stuff has passed me by. The really good thing is that that the people who invent this nonsense have now run out of letters and the turn of the Century/Millenium is almost 20 years ago so either they will have to be genuinely creatve for once or let their heads explode (and I really don't care which they do). – BoldBen Apr 19 at 15:22
  • If they had thought ahead, they would have started with Gen A. – ab2 ReinstateMonicaNow May 19 at 15:20

As suggested by the following extract “centennials” refer to century, in the sense that those who belong to the so called Generation Z were born around the turn of the century, not to be confused with millennials who were born mainly in the last two decades of the second millennium:

  • Millennial– According to Wikipedia, a millennial (also known as Gen Y) are the demographic cohort following Generation X. There are no precise dates when the generation starts and ends, but researchers and commentators use birth years ranging from the early 1980s to the early 2000s. Millennials are often up to date with new media tactics, and are shying away from the suburbs for more populated areas and searching often for quality over quantity in life, having children later and are focused on corporate responsibility.


  • CentennialPeople who were born around the turn of the century. Mostly 13-18 year olds now Dubbed ‘Generation Z’ these permit holding youths are practical and value-conscious, who relish experiences and use the enormous amount of information at their disposal to unearth unique stories. Could be labeled as ‘needing’ technology to get through daily life.

From infantry.com

  • So 2001 is considered the turn of the century, not the millennium? – Paul Parker Sep 24 '17 at 19:03
  • @PaulParker - 2001 is both the turn of the millennium and of the century , of course, but millennials was a term already in use for those born in the ‘80s and ‘90s. Centennial refers the following generation, which, shows different characteristics from the previous one. – user66974 Sep 24 '17 at 19:30
  • So the point is that they are dubbed "Centennials" because it's a cool name, that references the already established name of "Millenials", not because it makes sense. – DJClayworth Sep 16 at 16:06

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