Hurricane Names for the 2021 Hurricane Season

How Are Hurricanes Named? Who Names Them?

June 1, 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 Atlantic 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 officially 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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Why Keep Requesting

As it is written, this is not a name request site. We all know who names these things. Thanks, Almanac, for all the great info you provide.

stop.

why does everyone want a hurricane to be named after them?? that makes no sense.

It's none of your business

It's none of your business but i wonder too...

Hurricane Name

Can you name a Hurricane named Hurricane Xavier? Thanks.

Xavier is on a list.

Xavier is on 3 of the Eastern-North Pacific lists, although it is rare they go down that far.

hurricane

Please name a hurricane after me where iam from I never had any hurricanes until I moved to the South

I want a hurricane named after me

Plz name a hurricane Zachary I would really appreciate it

name a hurricane

plz name a hurricane Liliane. it is my name and my Great Great-Grandmother. and i think my name is super original. dont want to gloat. just an idea

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I finally got mines. NATE and won a bet on the next name lol im stoked

I want a hurricane named

I want a hurricane named after me, Ms Ashley Bitch. And yall better do it too. Lol Ms Ashley

Hurricane names

Paige would be a really pretty name

Just a thought

Several years ago there was a storm by the name, "Zelda". I (being the video brain I am) think that the name, "Mario" would be a suiting name for a powerful storm such as a hurricane. This is only an opinion, but it would lighten the mood in a hard situation.

Mario replaced Manuel.

In the North-Eastern Pacific in 2013, Category 1 Hurricane Manuel devastated parts of Mexico. Manuel was replaced with Mario for that season. Coincidentally, Zelda is on the same list.

I dream someday my name would

I dream someday my name would be a Hurricane Name "Lettie"

I want a hurricane named

I want a hurricane named after me in 2018 hurricane carlos

My dream is to get hurricANe

My dream is to get hurricANe named after me! I want it to be Hurricane Keenan

Wrong person

The reply I sent meant to go to person above

Carlos is on a list.

In the Eastern North Pacific, Carlos is scheduled for 2021.

O OPHELIA IS PERFECT BC SHES

O OPHELIA IS PERFECT BC SHES BEEN ON MY MIND GIRL SINCE THE FLOOD. DONT @ ME

I would not want a hurricane

I would not want a hurricane in my name,but it is nate after maria.

Hurricane

Hurricane Manny for 2018

Hurricane Name

Penny would be a good name.

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Instead of asking for names to be added to future lists, concentrate on improving your writing and speaking skills.

please put it on future

please put it on future hurrican names

What is wrong with you people

Why are all the comments people begging for their names to be added? They're hurricanes, you creepy attention whores. Farmer's Almanac doesn't even have Anyang to do with naming hurricanes anyways, it says to in the article you didn't read.

A little concerned for those wanting hurricanes in their name.

NO NEED FOR ANYMORE NAMES !!! ---PLEASE, NO MORE HURRICANES!! Cause Death and Damage so I definately dont need my name to be named after one.

Hurricane name

Although not a very popular name, Corrine (Pronounced
Kor'een) would be nice. I'm little, but powerful.

a hurricane that is hitting florida?

the hurricane that is hitting Florida is called ummmm........ oh Irma.

Hurricane Name Ideas

Mia

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I guess that you all dont realize that you cant request names. the government picks specific names that go through a 6/7 year cycle

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