Hurricane Names for the 2021 Hurricane Season

How Are Hurricanes Named? Who Names Them?

March 30, 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! This has only happened one other time in history. So what happens? Time to go Greek!

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, etc.).

  • The 2005 hurricane season (which brought deadly Katrina, Rita, and Wilma) was the only other time the Greek alphabet has been brought out, and there were six storms: Tropical Storm Alpha, Hurricane Beta, Tropical Storm Gamma, Tropical Storm Delta, Hurricane Epsilon and Tropical Storm Zeta. 
  • In 2020, the season was so active that we started using the Greek alphabet on September 18 with Subtropical Storm Alpha—the 22nd named storm of the season. By the end of the season, there were 30 named storms, including nine storms using the Greek alphabet. The last storm, Hurricane Iota, attaining Category 5 strength on the Saffir–Simpson scale.

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 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.

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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Addison/Avery, Aiden
Brooke, Blake
Casey, Carson
Diana, Drew/Devin
Emerson, Eli
Faith, Finlay
Grace, Gabriel
Harley, Hudson
Jean, Jamie
Kendall, Kai
Lauren, Logan
Megan, Maxwell
Noelle, Nolen
Poppy, Phoniex
Quinn, Quincey
Reagan, Reese
Syndey, Scott
Tessa, Taylor
Una, Ulyesses
Val, Vernon
Wynter, West
Xanderia, Xander
Zora, Zachary

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Arnold, Amy
Beatrice, benny
carlo, carter
daniel, danny
ella, emily
grace, gracie
hayden
jayden, jay
katie, kaitlyn
lynnzie
Makayla, michelle
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Meredith
Brooke
Brittany
Juanita
Marie
Lyla
Janna
Elaine

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New Hurricaine Names

Cecelia
Cassandra

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Names For Future Hurricanes!

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Name of Hurricane

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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

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