Top Emoji Requests 2017

Top Emoji Requests 2017

Over the course of the year, Emojipedia receives a considerable amount of feedback from our users.

Some of this would be best directed to vendors (the appearance of specific emojis on specific platforms); and a great deal of this is for emojis that have already been approved but aren't yet on a some platforms.

Other feedback relates to emojis that don't (yet) exist.

Emojipedia Top 40

Here's the top 40 requests from Emojipedia users collected over the past 12 months via email, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

These have been sorted into categories, with similar requests grouped together.[1]


  • Afro
  • Bald
  • Curly Hair
  • Nurse
  • Redhead
  • Tooth

Above: Missing hair colors and styles.[2] Mockup: Emojipedia.


  • Party Hat Smiley

Above: Party Hat Emoji by Colour Box.

  • Confused / "Question Mark" Face
  • Italian "Kissy Chef Face"

Above: "Italian Kissy Chef Face" mockup by Jen Lewis.


  • "Heart Shape" Hand Gesture

Above: Hand-heart gesture. Photo: Dylan Cronk.

  • Fingers All Together

Above: Fingers All Together. Image: Huffington Post.

  • Small Amount (index and thumb close together)
  • Salute

Animals and Nature

  • Badger
  • Flamingo
  • Hippopotamus
  • Kangaroo
  • Sloth

Above: Kangaroos boxing. Photo: Dellex.


  • Lacrosse
  • Roller Skate
  • Softball

Above: Softball emoji is not currently available. Image: Wimberley High School.

Food and Drink

  • Bagel
  • Cupcake
  • Mango
  • Mate
  • Takeaway Coffee

Above: There are many cake emojis, but cupcakes remain popular. Image: SusieCakes.


  • Broom
  • Disco Ball
  • Gavel
  • Knitting
  • Nail
  • Rubber Stamp
  • Screwdriver
  • Sewing
  • Spade/Shovel
  • Walking Stick
  • Wheelbarrow

Above: A number of objects have more than one meaning. Image: CEphoto, Uwe Aranas.


  • Hills / Countryside
  • Hindu Temple

Above: A Hindu Temple could complement ⛪️🕍🕌 in the list of places. Image: Paul Mannix.


  • Infinity


Flags are a separate matter, as some of these are now possible with Emoji 5.0 subdivisions. Others don't have ISO codes because they aren't regions, or for various other reasons.

These are being listed separately here, to note the most popular requests that aren't currently available.

  • Aboriginal Australian
  • Catalonia
  • Kurdistan
  • Northern Ireland
  • Pan-African Flag
  • Pansexual
  • Sami
  • Texas
  • Torres-Strait Islander
  • Transgender

Above: Australian Aboriginal Flag has no ISO subdivision code, yet is frequently requested. Image: Peripitus.

Other Requests

These requests are variations of existing emojis. Diverse families are technically already possible though there are challenges in implementing this large set.

Other examples here could be encoded individually, or could rely on new mechanisms.

  • Diverse Families
  • White Wine
  • Beer Colors
  • Ice Cream Flavors
  • Change Directions (left-right)

Above: Diverse families are already possible if vendors wish to implement. Mockup: Emojipedia.

Those interested in submitting an emoji proposal can check out the full details from Unicode.

Unofficial places to gauge feedback on an emoji idea include Emoji Vote and Emoji Request. First though - search to check that your emoji doesn't already exist!

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  1. Emojis that have already been approved up to and including Emoji 5.0 have been excluded. ↩︎

  2. Note: these are candidates for the next Unicode release. ↩︎