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)

Reader Comments

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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

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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!

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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

Hurricane name

Myra

2018 hurracane names

Griffin Finn
Will Dave
Blair Ruben
Josiah Jeff
Emmet

Hurrican names

I suggest a hurrican name "Glennys" & another one name "Yara" and "Nilsa" and "Gletter"

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Hurricane name suggestions
Kaylin
Lizzy
Janette

Who chooses the names,?

Who chooses the names?

Has there ever been one name Peggy?

Hurricane

Have We Ever Had A Hurricane Name Sheree...

The World Meteorological

The World Meteorological society chooses names.

my name hurricane

name one will because its my name
thank you

was this name ever used?

Was wondering if the name Elizabeth was ever used for a hurricane?

Put my name as a hurricane

Please and thank you

Hurricane Name Suggestions

Alena
Amy
Bradley
Cheryl
Delia
Jeannie
Jordan
Joshua
Kimberly
Larissa
Margaret
Maybelle
Pat
Penny

Names

Mariah

hurricane names

i never see my name anywhere and its definately different SONDRA

I agree !!! I'm a sondra and

I agree !!! I'm a sondra and you do not ever see it anywhere

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We Have Never Had A Name Sheree For A Hurricane

I would love to have yall use

I would love to have yall use my name cause it is very different

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