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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Suggestion for hurricane name

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

Hurricane names

How about Clyde Penny Wesley Rodney Timothy Ruth John

Hurricane

Hurricane name should be "Hurricane Belinda

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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

I have a few names to suggest

Sherland (female), Voncier (female), Lelund (Male),Preston (Male), Lavelle (Male), Travis (Male)

Hurricanes names

I have a suggestion for names..let's not name them anything and hope they go away or at least never threaten landfall ever again..I know that sounds stupid and I know it would never work,but I just wanted to say that..to bad we can't completely stop them

Hurricane Name Correction

Jorge is pronounced Jor-gee

Hurricane Names

I think the names Ethan, Marnina, Noah, Abigail, Brian, Deborah, James, Chubba, Elvis, Godiva, or Jorge ( pronounced gor-gee) would be good and unique names for Hrricanes or tropical storms 2018 - 2022

K's name

Kevin for boy and Kelly for girl. My lityle ones.

Suggest a Hurricane Name for 2018 for K's

Name for a Girl is Hurricane Kisha and Name for a Boy is Hurricane Kane

Name for Hurricane

Keshia for girl and Colin for a boy

Storm name

I second the name, to be spelled either "Kellie" or "Kelly".

Hurricane name

Bob or Bobby.

I BELEIVE BOB IS RETIRED...

I BELEIVE BOB IS RETIRED....HOW ABOUT ROBERT

Hurricane bob

Hurricane bob hit new england in the 90s I believe

Names

Please put Macy on your list of hurricanes names

Hurricane name

Teresta

name a hurrican

Ima

I would like to name A hurricane Samuel after my late dad...

I also have A deceased brother who is name Samuel...(Junior).....who is also deceased....

Name a Hurricane

NANETTE!!!!

2018 name

Mariska, Makyela, Krysta, Hagan

2018 hurricane names

I would like to give the names Demie, Dirk,Demetria,Chrysanthi,Melina,Lucia,
Vianos,

name of a Hurricane

Journee, Serenity, Angus, Lillie, Mae-Mae, Hazel, Sugar, Angel or April

Name a Hurricane

Hurricane Lilee

A nice name for a Hurricane

I think for 2018... a nice name for a hurricane beginning with "A" would be Aquanisha.

"B" Bonquisha
"C" ChristianaMonae

Please take this as a serious suggestion and implement. I have so many ideas. Thank you!

Name A Hurricane

Macey would be a good "M" name, if you run out of girl names.

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