Hurricane Names for the 2021 Hurricane Season

How Are Hurricanes Named? Who Names Them?

May 4, 2021
Hurricane Florence Sept 2018

Hurricane Florence as seen from the International Space Station on Wednesday, September 12, 2018.

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Here are the 2021 hurricane names for both the Altantic Basin and the Eastern North-Pacific. Is your name or the name of a loved one listed this year? Find out. Plus, learn how hurricanes are named and see the interesting history behind naming storms.

Who Names Hurricanes?

Hurricane season begins on June 1 and ends on November 30 each year. The lists of hurricane names for each season are chosen by the World Meteorological Organization (not The Old Farmer’s Almanac). There are six lists of names for Atlantic and Pacific storms, which are cycled through every six years.

The lists have been maintained since 1953 (originally by the National Hurricane Center). For the 2021 hurricane season, the list of names from 2015 is being used again, so don’t be surprised if some sound familiar. Those that are not retired from the list this year will be used again in the 2027 season. 

Note: The names of especially destructive hurricanes are usually retired and not used again. See a list of retired tropical storm and hurricane names here.

Hurricane Names for the 2021 Hurricane Season

The lists below include storms in both the Atlantic Basin (Gulf and East Coast hurricanes) and Eastern North-Pacific (Pacific Island and West Coast hurricanes). 

Note: Tropical storms are given names as soon as they display a rotating circulation pattern and wind speeds of 39 miles per hour (63 kilometers per hour). A tropical storm develops into a hurricane when wind speeds reach 74 mph (119 kph).

The traditional names listed above are in alphabetical order as the storms occur. In other words, the first storm of the season will be given the first name on the list (starting with the letter A), the next will be given the name starting with B, and so on. An average year, based on 1981 to 2010 data, will result in 12 named storms, including six hurricanes and three major hurricanes.

Hurricane Names for the 2021 Hurricane Season

Atlantic Tropical (and Subtropical) Storm Names for 2021

Ana Henri Odette
Bill Ida Peter
Claudette Julian Rose
Danny Kate Sam
Elsa Larry Teresa
Fred Mindy Victor
Grace Nicholas Wanda

Eastern North-Pacific Tropical (and Subtropical) Storm Names for 2021

Andres Ignacio Rick
Blanca Jimena Sandra
Carlos Kevin Terry
Dolores Linda Vivian
Enrique Marty Waldo
Felicia Nora Xina
Guillermo Olaf York
Hilda Pamela Zelda

What Happens If We Run Out of Names?

The 2020 Atlantic hurricane season was the most active Atlantic hurricane season on record—we ran through the entire alphabetical list of names (and then some)! This happens very rarely (it has only happened once before, in 2005), but seems likely to become more common. What happens when it does?

If more storms occur in one season than there are names on the list, the newest storms have traditionally been named after the Greek alphabet (Alpha, Beta, Gamma, etc.). However, this will no longer be the case starting in 2021. Instead of the Greek alphabet, a list of supplemental names will be used. Like names from the regular annual lists, supplemental names can be retired and replaced if the storms are deemed to be significantly impactful.

The WMO decided to discontinue use of the Greek alphabet for several reasons, including:

  • Using the Greek names was such a rare occurrence that it distracted from more important news about the hurricanes themselves. 
  • When translated into different languages of the region, the Greek names led to confusion and inconsistencies.
  • The names Eta and Iota were retired after the 2020 season and there had not been a plan for replacing retired Greek names. 

So, any extra storms will now be named from the supplemental names lists shown below. 

Supplemental Hurricane Names

Atlantic Storm Names

Adria Heath Orlanda
Braylen Isla Pax
Caridad Jacobus Ronin
Deshawn Kenzie Sophie
Emery Lucio Tayshaun
Foster Makayla Viviana
Gemma Nolan Will

Eastern North-Pacific Storm Names

Aidan Izzy Rey
Bruna Jacinta Skylar
Carmelo Kenito Teo
Daniella Luna Violeta
Esteban Marina Wilfredo
Flor Nancy Xinia
Gerardo Ovidio Yariel
Hedda Pia Zoe

The History of Naming Hurricanes

  • Native Americans called these destructive storms hurakons, after “a great spirit who commanded the east wind.” Spanish explorers adopted the word and then began giving hurricanes the names of patron saints on whose feast days the storms occurred. Later, hurricanes were identified by their longitude and latitude.
  • In 1950, a formal practice for storm naming was developed by the U.S. National Hurricane Center. At that time, storms were named according to a phonetic alphabet (e.g., Able, Baker, Charlie) and the names used were the same for each hurricane season; in other words, the first hurricane of a season was always named “Able,” the second “Baker,” and so on.
  • In 1953, to avoid the repetitive use of names, the system was revised so that storms would be given female names. This mimicked the habits of old naval meteorologists, who named the storms after their wife or girlfriend, much the way ships at sea were named after women. A weatherman in Australia is credited with being the first person to give a tropical storm a female name.
  • In 1979, the system was revised again to include both female and male names.

Today, naming hurricanes is the responsibility of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), which revises the lists each year. However, the WMO doesn’t only name hurricanes that occur off the shores of North America; they maintain lists for all areas affected by tropical cyclones. See hurricane names for other regions here.

Learn More About Hurricanes

For more information on hurricanes, see:

Also check out our series on some of the worst hurricanes to ever hit the US: The Worst Hurricanes in US History (Part I)

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Hurricane name suggestion

Since some hurricanes have unique names. I have a suggestion for "2018"
I the J category..... Jamisyn. Very energetic name and very rarely hear but leaves a everlasting memory... Thank you...

Hurricane names

It would be nice to see a Hurricane named Thor: Thor : god of thunder,

Storm

Vernita

Storm name

Keandre

Two rare names for hurricane

I propose my name Eyleen pronounce Ay leen;
and Ricarte pronounce ri car te.

Hurricane name suggestion for 2022

I think one of the Hurricane names of 2022 should be Hadleigh. Pronounced hadley but spelled with (leigh) not (ley) making it more unique.

Suggesting name 2018

Ginger

Storm name

Juliet

Hurricane Myra for 2018!!!

Hurricane Myra for 2018!!!

Hurricane Myra

I agree and second the motion for Hurricane Myra for 2018!

Hurricane name

Name the hurricane Myra

I have a suggestion for a

I have a suggestion for a different name next season. Mine cause is different Maryetta.

Hurricane Sela

Hurricane Sela for 2021!

Hurricane Don

Hurricane Don will be coming soon. I predict people will call it 'Donald' after you know who.

Hurricane Name

I would like to see Hurricane Rae.....

Hurricane

I would like for a hurricane to be named after me because I have a hurt & joyful pain a pain that when I'm hurt or feeling down all want to do is praise my God more even when I'm not hurt or feeling down I still want to praise God, I'm like no other I'm different & I have my own mind so will the hurricane ain't no telling what it'll do for God just like me praise's go up blessings come down,Praise's go up hurricane Bea comes down...lol but I'm for real though!

Hurricane Names On A F1 Driver

That Would Be Awesome, If They Put A Hurricane Name From A Formula One Driver, Why Not, Hurricane Kimi Raikkonen, Or Maybe Hurricane Sebastian Vettel, Well 7 Years Ago In My City, Hurricane Alex, Stroke Very Hard, And A Lot Of People Were Incommunicated, Even Floods Were The Worst, I Know That The Name Of Max, Is A Hurricane This Year, From The Driver Max Verstappen, Wow, Interesting Isn't It?

I live in the Caribbean, and

I live in the Caribbean, and in 1995 there was a very destructive hurricane named Luis (like my brother)... But I never heard of a Hurricane named Luisa :(..

:) My suggestion: HURRICANE LUISA

My hurricane name

Hallie (pronounced like halle berry) would be a great hurricane name, it means sweet and caring which is ironic considering how destructive hurricanes actually are.

Question

How name a Hurricane?

A Unique Perspective

I know that people are asking for you to choose other hurricane names, but I have a one-of-a-kind name for you.

First of all, Matthew was my cousin, who passed away in January 2016. I was stunned to hear about hurricane Matthew, not long ago. Matt was a preacher who owned his own business and was well loved in his community.

Now, I am thinking that MY name would definitely be unique, Phoenicia (pronounced fun-ish-a, or my nickname Nicia). I have not heard of another with my name. At the very least, it is extremely rare. Hmm? Thank you for your time.

Hurricane names

Why not have a Mackenzie hurricane it would be cool

Hurricanes

Thank you for your hurricane information. Please continue to give the information about storms and hurricanes to the people of the U.S. who need to be prepared.

New hurricane name

I think it should be Carley because my sister's birthday is in a few days. She is turning six and I think it would be great if she could have a hurricane named after her because she is the only one in my family who doesn't have a hurricane name. My name is Haley and the storm was on my birthday, August 11, and my sister's name is Alexis and hers happened two months exactly after her birthday. Anyways, my point is that I think that the new hurricane name should be Carley.

Twins

Hey my name is Haley too

jasmine

Because my 7 year old wants one with her name

this is a new name idea

Hi! My name is shelby. I Think the name shelby would be a great name for Hurricane or tropical storm. Have they used that name yet? If they haven't it would be a great name

A sneaky name...

Shilah, she is anything but quite.. and really packs a punch.
Shane, Makayla and Colten would be great names too!!

The next storm name for 2017

It would be nice that a storm after my daughter .her name is morgana that is her first name.her middle name is igrayne. Her name is the 16th century. Medieval Times.

Scheyenne would be a good

Scheyenne would be a good name it different

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