Generation Y has many references. Generation We. Global Generation. The Millennial Generation (or Millenials). Generation Next. The Net Generation. Or, the Echo Boomers. It is difficult to ascertain exactly and precisely when Generation Y starts and ends, but managers and hirers usually agree on beginning birth dates of early 1980s and later, as members of this gen. Popularly and in many ways yet maintaining continuity, they really are a demographic cohort, following Gen X. more