All Generations

A complete list of generations in order, with names, years, and short descriptions. Click on a generation to learn more about its characteristics and the cultural, technological, and societal influences that have defined its members.

  1. Lost Generation


    Lost Generation refers to the people who became adults during World War I. It is called so because the survivors were disoriented, or in other words, felt lost in their lives due to the atrocities of the war they had witnessed. The term was first used by American author Gertrude Stein and then popularized by Ernest Hemingway. [Read more]

  2. Greatest Generation


    The term Greatest Generation is used for those who matured during the Great Depression and later participated in World War II. They earned the title "Greatest" because of their substantial contributions towards victory in the war and post-war prosperity. This generation is also known as the G.I. Generation. [Read more]

  3. Silent Generation


    Silent Generation stands for the people who grew up during World War II. The post-war youth was characterized as silent, unwilling to speak up, and conformist. The generation is relatively small due to the low birth rate during the Great Depression and the war. [Read more]

  4. Baby Boomers


    The Baby Boomers generation received its name from the significant spike in the birth rate that followed World War II. It was a time of optimism and prosperity when people regained confidence in the future and began to build families. Members of this generation are often referred to by the nickname Boomers. [Read more]

  5. Generation X


    Generation X is named after the algebraic symbol X, representing an unknown variable. Similarly, this generation is hard to define. It lacks a clear identity due to the absence of significant historical events during that period. Gen X is somewhat overshadowed by the larger generations before and after it. [Read more]

  6. Millennials


    Millennials are named so because they came of age around the turn of the 21st century, or the new millennium. They are the first to grow in a fully digital world, marking a significant cultural shift from the previous generations. This generation is also known as Generation Y or Gen Y, as it comes after Generation X. Currently, Millennials are the largest living generation. [Read more]

  7. Generation Z


    Generation Z follows the Millennials, also known as Gen Y. Z doesn't represent anything specific; it's just the next letter after Y. The informal term Zoomers is sometimes used to refer to this generation. It is a playful combination of Z from Gen Z and Boomers from Baby Boomers. The internet plays a significant role in the lives of this generation. [Read more]

  8. Generation Alpha


    Generation Alpha is the current generation. It follows the alphabetical naming convention that started with Gen X, but with a twist: the Greek alphabet is used instead of Latin. This symbolizes an absolutely new chapter in human history, characterized by rapid advancements in technology and changes in societal norms. Gen Alpha is the first generation entirely born in the 21st century. [Read more]