Hurricane Names for the 2020 Hurricane Season

How Are Hurricanes Named? Who Names Them?

April 6, 2020
Hurricane Florence Sept 2018

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

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See the list of hurricane names for the 2020 season—plus, how hurricanes are named and a little history about naming hurricanes. Is your name or the name of a loved one listed this year?

How Are Hurricanes Named?

Hurricane Sandy, Hurricane Katrina… The names of hurricanes often carry a lot of history. 

  • Hurricane names are chosen by the World Meteorological Organization. There are six lists of names for Atlantic and Pacific storms. Every six years, the lists of names repeat (not including the names of particularly destructive storms, which are retired).
  • Names are assigned to storms 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. 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.).
  • 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.

Hurricane Names for the 2020 Hurricane Season

Hurricane season begins on June 1 and ends on November 30 each year. See the most recent Hurricane Season Forecast and Updates here.

For the 2020 hurricane season, the list of names from 2014 will be used again. Then, they will be repeated during the year 2026. 

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

Hurricane Names for 2020

Atlantic Tropical (and Subtropical) Storm Names for 2020

Arthur Hanna Omar
Bertha Isaias Paulette
Cristobal Josephine Rene
Dolly Kyle Sally
Edouard Laura Teddy
Fay Marco Vicky
Gonzalo Nana Wilfred

Eastern North-Pacific Tropical (and Subtropical) Storm Names for 2020

Amanda Iselle Rachel
Boris Julio Simon
Cristina Karina Trudy
Douglas Lowell Vance
Elida Marie Winnie
Fausto Norbert Xavier
Genevieve Odalys Yolanda
Hernan Polo Zeke

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. 

The History of Naming Hurricanes

  • 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.
  • 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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name a hurricane brayden.

Hurricane

Never seen or heard a tropical storm or hurricane named Celeste or Celestine

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Nova, Lyree, or Jan'ee.

Hurricane name

Haley,Lisa,jean,Lorraine,

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I'm going to be 65 years old on december 23 i have been reading about hurricanes since i was in 7th grade. I have never seen a hurricane named vickie i hope to see it or read about Vickie in my lifetime.
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Vickie

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I would like a hurricane named after me but spelled backwards "Enwad"or the next name Dawnerella either one would be great thank you for your time.

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Name a hurricane Jordan

Hurricane Mahayla (Hayla)

My daughter is 13 and very interested in hurricanes. She wanted to know if her name "Mahayla" could be used for a name? I then replied we can always try and this is where it leads us. Thank you for your time to read this. It's just something to consider. Hayla is what we call her.

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Emma ann is my name and I would really like it if it was my name

Hurricanes Deranged 2017

JAI KALI MAA IS A Good Name too..

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KALEA~ Could be used for Pacific storms, too!!!

Hurricane Names

KALEA~ Could be used for Pacific storms, too!!!

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I would like to see a hurrican name reschbushia!

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I would like to see a Hurricane named Shealyn

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I would like to named after a hurricane. Name is TaWanna. Thank you

Female name for Hurricane

I would like to suggest Dessie as a name. Thank you.

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The one thing I know we need to be prepared for ourselves when this dangerous storm hits our country and also be prepared for hurricane Irma.This very hard to deal with these bad storms. Praise God that we can all survive through all of these storms. And pray for the world from our wars with other countries out here on this earth. Godbless all and all to one.

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Suggestion for a hurricane name Angel. Or Elijah

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I would like to suggest my daughter name Sarvani

Suggestion for hurricane name

I would like to suggest my wife's name for a tropical storm. Her name is Liliane. Mahalo!

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I second that vote for Belinda.

Suggestion for storm name for 2018

Vernay for a girl storm name.

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Just use this, with one letter for each hurricane: Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious Alternate boy/girl one year and girl/boy the second year.

Hurricane Names 2018

Charisse George Dinah Susan Dakota Sean Kendrisse Theon Branford Chantol Kaley Kenleah Dacoia Samone Adolphus Kendrick Antio Ricardo Madonna Anwar Malik Tiara Ritera Adrienne Anton

Hurricane Names 2018 - Forever

Marla Eddie Barbara Lynn Hubert Caroline Blaze Craig Dexter Dixie Levi Luci Joe Robert Daniel Stephen Johnathan Joan Jack or Jacob Joy Debbie Helen Norman Miriam Hannah Francis Herman Midge Isaac Howard Stewart Marc Tiffany Ava Laina Izzy Zev or Zevi Rose Hope Karen Gus David Michelle Michael Harold Bonnie Sharon Larry Gabe Sam Lauren Charles Xander Vaughn Kaia Maya Nikki Harrison Ben Gloria Esther Betty Bruce Mary Leon Kevin Toni Fischer Iggy Abby Jordan Taylor Isaiah Harriet Joshua Spencer Justin Amy Bailey Alyssa Anthony Christian Chuck Julie Peter Leah Eric John Brennan Brendan Zack Angela Mollie Molly Molli Sarah Lila Alexis Maddie Maddy Madi Mandy Mandi Mundo Hunter Emily Emma Kari Mindye Kara Monel Barry Jeff Robin Dean Alex Jeremiah Cisco Judy Judie Braydon Braxton Jackson Braylon Rudy Brooke Brooks Brook Vanessa Gissele Cierra Elle (Ell-ee) Elle Eli Elliot Chase Kyle Rafer KC Jadyn Blayney Rachel Rebecca Justice Dane Ellen Jackie Jocelyn Laikun Sam Samuel Susan Suzie DJ Joey Mia May Mya Mai Mae Donna Theresa Adrian Denzel George Terrence Rodney CJ Chris Adam April Jaylon Stan Stanley Dan Danny Dave Giovanni Jake Nathan Nathaniel Spike Nic Nick Nicholas Brie Brianna Nate Christopher Tina Christina Gwen Alicia Blake Miley Celine Jamie Jamil Antoine Ian Shakira Evan Danielle Foster Patrick Brett Brock Paul Pauline Paula Jimmy Timmy Wanda Cosmo Jorgen Wandisimo Carl Sheen Cindy Randy Seth Sid Syd Sydney Sidney Zoey Logan Beth Ashley Benita Shirley Allen Alan Donny Will William Dustin Riley Graham Grayson Chyna Sabrina Sabina Brandon Mark Jeffrey Jeffery Thomas Tomas Tommy Julia Jason Bryce Tyler Marcel Jerry Ross Chandler Monica Minuto Dolph Kane Barr Marge Homer Milhouse Maggie Lisa Louis Louie Frankie Charlie Cooper Carter Kaitlyn Kaitlin Kat Robbie Tori Jade Beck Trina Andre Amzie ( In Memory of Amzie Smith ) Mikayla Natalya Alexa Mickie Mickey Minnie Maxine Murrel Roger Clevenland Glen Glenn Quagmire Ray Raymond Sheila Christa Ronald I think all these names would be good and unique for Hurricane or Tropical Storm Names

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