2019 Hurricane Names

How Do Hurricanes Get Their Names?

August 28, 2019
Hurricane Florence Sept 2018

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

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Hurricane Florence, Hurricane Dorian… Wondering where all these names come from? Here’s how hurricanes get their names, as well as the list of hurricane names for the 2019 season.

2019 Hurricane Season

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

Hurricane season officially starts on June 1 and ends on November 30. See this year’s Hurricane Season Forecast and Updates here.

Hurricane Names for 2019

Atlantic Tropical (and Subtropical) Storm Names for 2019

Andrea Humberto Olga
Barry Imelda Pablo
Chantal Jerry Rebekah
Dorian Karen Sebasian
Erin Lorenzo Tanya
Fernand Melissa Van
Gabrielle Nestor Wendy

Eastern North-Pacific Tropical (and Subtropical) Storm Names for 2019

Alvin Ivo Raymond
Barbara Juliette Sonia
Cosme Kiko Tico
Dalila Lorena Velma
Erick Mario Wallis
Flossie Narda Xina
Gil Octave York
Henriette Priscilla Zelda

Note: Hurricanes are given names according to a formal system that is managed by the World Meteorological Organization, not The Old Farmer’s Almanac!  We appreciate your requests, however, we have no influence over the names selected. 

How do Hurricanes Get Their Names?

  • Hurricane names are selected by the World Meteorological Organization. There are six lists of names for Atlantic and Pacific storms. Every six years, the lists of names repeat.
  • Each list contains unique names, which are assigned to storms in alphabetical order. If more storms occur in one season than there are names on the list, the newest storms are named after the Greek alphabet (Alpha, Beta, Gamma, and so on).
  • Tropical storms are given names when 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 names of especially destructive hurricanes are usually retired. See a list of retired tropical storm and hurricane names here.

The History of Hurricane Names

  • Native Americans called these 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 first 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.

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)

Source: 

The 2019 Old Farmer's Almanac

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Hmmm...

I bet most of those names have already been used before.

hurricane names

Moses and Ezekiel

Hurricane Name's

Meredith
Brooke
Brittany
Juanita
Marie
Lyla
Janna
Elaine

Name for hurricane

Keali (pronounced key lee)

It's my daughter's name. If you knew her you would understand. I have people who would back me up!

New Hurricaine Names

Cecelia
Cassandra

I would like to be added on

I would like to be added on the hurricane list.

Christian Battyman cameron

Christian
Battyman
cameron

new name

Jekyll
Hyde

Names For Future Hurricanes!

I would love to see a hurricane named Janice and Nilda. There so many hurricanes hitting Puerto Rico and Nilda is a Spanish name.

I would like Jill, Raelia,

I would like Jill, Raelia, Dean, and Richard to be put on the list of names for hurricanes.

Name of Hurricane

I like Lakiesha or Latrell.

Hurricane Name Ideas

Anderson, Alexis
Braxton, Breanna
Carter, Clara/Claire
Daniel, Danielle
Edward, Ellie
Ferdrick/Francis, Franceine
Gaston, Grace
Hunter, Hailey
Ishmael, Izzy
Jackson, Jennifer
Kyle, Kayla
Laim, Lauren
Milo, Megan
Nathen, Nancy
Oliver, Olivia
Parker/Patin, Poppy
Quan, Quinn
Ryan, Rose
Scott, Serafina
Tucker, Tuplip
Ulysses, Una
Vincent, Violet
Winson/ Wyatt, Willow
Xandar, Xandraia
Yoshi, Yolanda
Zach, Zora / Zilla

Suggested names of future hurricanes.

Adam, Aviana
Breck, Barbie
Carl, Caroline
Douglas, Darcy
Elijah, Evalina
Franklin, Fanny
Gary, Gail
Harold, Hillary
Ian, Isabel
Jonathan, Julia
Keith, Kathleen
Larry, Lisa
Marcus, Marsha
Ned, Nadia
Oni, Olga
Pierce, Penelope
Quincy, Quinn
Randall, Rachel
Shane, Susan
Thomas, Tiffany
Vincent, Vivian
Wyatt, Winnie
Zane, Zora

Idea for Hurricane Name

I have never seen my name as a hurricane that I can recall, but naming one Ruthie sounds sort of unique because they are so ruthless

Hurricane names

Ariel

I would like the name Barack

I would like the name Barack to be the name of a storm.

How do you request a name of a storm?

I would like to request that BRENT be on the list for storms

hurricane name suggestions

Albert, Alberta
Bernard, Bernadine
Charles, Charlotte
Dino. Dina
Edward, Edna
Fred, Frederica
Gage, Gabby
Henry, Henrietta
Ivan. Ivanka
Jack, Jackie
Ken,Kendra
Lee, Leeann
Melvin, Melvina
Ned, Nedra
Orville, Olivia
Paul, Paulette
Rodney, Ronda
Sam, Sammie
Tommy, Tammy
Una, Urban
Victor, Vicky
Will, Wilma
Yevonne. Yogi
Zoe, Zeke
names like Stoney, Brooke, Pebbles, Brooke, River, Lily, Tulip, Bud, Rose, Drew, Posy. Art, Floras, Gage. Heather, , Kitty, Meadow, Paige Rod, Tulip, April, May, Spring, Summer, Autumn, Frozen, Winner, Fun

Hurricane

Daria

Names for hurricane

I would like the name Aleta, Judy or Kevin I don't know if these have been used. Thanks.

Suggestions For Hurricane Names

Igor
Ivan
Omar
Khan
O'Bamma
Butch
Dodge

Name

Jen

Names

Alex
Bramty
Chance
Damion
Ellie
Fable
George
Harold
Izzy
Jake
K'leigh
Logan
Mark
Neels
Oscar
Penelope
Quinn
Russ
Sasha
Tessa
Uma
Videl
Willow
Xander
Yazmin
Zoe

Name the hurricane

Name after me billie

Huricane Name request

There Should Be A Hurricane Named Kiera For The K's I Haven't Heard Of A Kiera Yet

Hurricane names

Hurricane Zeus or Triton. No but on a serious note, Kristin should be used.

"V"" names for 2018

Hurricane vada

Hurricane Names

These things need to have more severe sounding names and then maybe people would heed the warnings when they are told to evacuate, most of these names are wimpy sounding!

Hurricane name

A possible name in the N's could be Neva. It's uncommon and a very old name. Plus is sounds good. Hurricane Neva

Hurricane names

Al, Ally
Babe, Butch
Cal, Carrie
Doc, Dee
Ed, Eve
Fitz, Fara
Gibbs, Gin
Hans, Hal, Ham, Hena
Ito, Ina
Jeb, Jan
Kim, Kay, Kat
Lin, Lill, Lib
Mel, Mill
Nole, Nola
Ono, Ona
Phil, Pal, Pam
Quin, Que
Rin,Rea, Reva
Sal, Sally,Sadie
Tim, Tom, Tam, Tamar
Ubbie, Ula
Vinny, Van, Vic, Val
Wyatt, Walt, Wanda,
Xavier, xena
Yacht, Yu,
Zin, zen, zena

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