Xennials are a micro-generation of people born between the generations of Generation X and Millennials. The name Oregon Trail Generation has also been used as a moniker to describe to a popular computer game among Xennials’ early schools.
Birth years from the late 1970s to the early 1980s are used by researchers and the media. Xennials are people who born in an analogue world and had a digital world adulthood.
Xennials was coined by writer Sarah Stankorb and was the subject of a two-part piece in GOOD magazine published by Stankorb, a freelance writer, and then-GOOD Magazine staff writer Jed Oelbaum in September 2014. “A micro-generation that serves as a bridge between the disaffection of Gen X and the blithe optimism of Millennials,” according to Good magazine.
The phrase Xennial was first used in a 2014 Good piece that Stankorb proposed to Good, which included the term.
Xennial was listed in Merriam-Webster’s “Terms We’re Watching” section in 2017, which highlights new words that are becoming more popular but don’t yet match the criteria for a dictionary entry. Stankorb is credited with coining the phrase, according to Merriam-Webster Dictionary.
Xennial was added to the Oxford Dictionary of English in 2020. “A member of an age group born after Generation X and before the millennial generation (particularly in the late 1970s and early 1980s)” is the definition offered.
Following a viral Mashable Facebook post in June 2017, Xennials garnered even more attention.
Xennials, according to Business Insider, are persons born between 1977 and 1985 who do not identify as Generation Xers or Millennials. According to The Guardian, “xennials are those born between 1977 and 1983 in online folklore.”