Top Emoji Requests 2016

We're frequently recieving emoji requests at Emojipedia. Normally this data remains hidden from view, but this year we're putting it out in the wild to assist future emoji discussions.

Emojipedia Top 30

Here's the top 30 requests from Emojipedia users collected over the past 12 months via email, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Many also rank highly on Emoji Vote1.

Requests have been sorted into categories and similar requests grouped together.

Above: Bearded men via Beard Emoji Petition.

People, Faces and Gestures

  • Beard / Bearded Face
  • Dab (dance)2
  • Cross-Eyed Face
  • Interracial couples and families3
  • Single parent families4
  • Woman with Hijab / Headscarf
  • I Love You5 American Sign Language Gesture
  • Shaka / Hang Loose Gesture6
  • Nurse
  • Doctor7

Left-Right: Dab, Hijab (from LINE) and Nurse.

Animals and Nature

  • Giraffe
  • Dinosaur
  • Zebra
  • Hedgehog

Above: Giraffe emoji via Giraffe Emoji petition.

Food and Drink

  • Coconut
  • Soda / Milkshake8
  • Broccoli
  • Sandwich

Above: A soda emoji is frequently requested and among Apple's emoji keyboard icons.

Activities

  • Yoga / Meditating
  • Breast Feeding
  • Knitting / Sewing
  • Broom / Sweeping / Cleaning

Above: Yoga emoji mockup from Funny Emojis.

Objects

  • Judge's Gavel
  • Bunsen Burner

Above: The gavel emoji turned into a claw hammer in iOS 6.

Symbols

  • Caduceus
  • Intersex / Male and Female Symbol9

Flags

  • Aboriginal Flag (Australia)
  • Kurdistan Flag
  • Hindu Tamil Flag
  • Rainbow Flag / Gay Pride Flag

Above: Rainbow Flag / Gay Pride Flag via Ludovic Bertron.

Variations

A frequent theme among requests are variations of existing emojis. These aren't counted in the previous 30 requests, but noted here nonetheless.

Many examples refer to a particular vendor design. For example the Hot Beverage Emoji may look like black tea, white coffee, or a latte depending on platform.

Others relate to various colors that could be applied to existing emojis.

  • White wine
  • Dark beer / Light beer
  • Green poo
  • Pink heart / Orange heart / White heart
  • Latte / Tea variations
  • Car body types

Hot Beverage emojis: LG, Samsung, Apple.

Exclusions

The most frequent suggestions we received in 2015 are already candidates for Unicode 9.0 and Unicode 10.0. These have not been included in this list.

Also excluded from the list above:

  • Female / Male variants of existing emojis
  • Flags for England, Scotland, Wales + US states
  • Redheads and other hair colors

These attributes — gender, hair color, and flag subregions — are already being addressed as part of TR-52.

Implementation

Those familiar with the emoji mechanisms that have been released in recent years will know that the above suggestions could be implemented in a variety of ways.

Single parent families, interracial couples, and some other occupations could be addressed using Zero Width Joiners.

Beard emojis could come in the form of an emoji tag sequence, or other custom emoji attribute.

Some already exist as Unicode characters, and would just need to be given a recommendation for emoji presentation.

This list doesn't intend to tackle the how, but instead publicly record the zeitgeist of Emojipedia users and what they are requesting at this point in time.

Hopefully we can make this an annual list, to see how these requests change over time.

If you feel any of these emojis should exist, consider writing a proposal.


  1. Our subreddit for suggesting emoji ideas publicly.

  2. If you are over 30, you might need to look this one up

  3. Interracial couples and families are already technically possible for vendors to implement. I suspect the reason this hasn't happened yet is the sheer number of combinations possible in the families. Each couple type (female-female, male-male, male-female) would need 36 skin tone combinations.

  4. Also possible already with ZWJ sequences, if vendors chose to implement these.

  5. Similar to 🤘 Sign of the Horns, but with the thumb sticking out to the side.

  6. Unclear if the difference in direction would make this sufficiently distinct from the call me hand Unicode 9.0 emoji candidate.

  7. Requests for doctor or stethoscope are often interchangeable, or in the same request.

  8. A soda cup with straw features on Apple's food and drink category icon, making the omission noticeable.

  9. Already a Unicode character ⚥ U+26A5 but not recommended for emoji presentation. Neither are ♀ or ♂, for that matter.