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.


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)


The 2019 Old Farmer's Almanac


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Hurricane name

Bob or Bobby.



Hurricane bob

Hurricane bob hit new england in the 90s I believe


Please put Macy on your list of hurricanes names

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name a hurrican


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


2018 name

Mariska, Makyela, Krysta, Hagan

2018 hurricane names

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

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.

Best name ever

hurricane Qundra

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Bobbi. For a girl name.

Name a hurricane Sunny. Lol

Name a hurricane Sunny. Lol

Sherry would be a great name

Sherry would be a great name for a hurricane

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I think Saphira would be a great hurricane name.


hurricane anna for next year please!



Name a hurricane

Kayleigh is unique and i would love it to be a hurricane name

2018 hurricane or tropical

Lore as in Laurie
Zea as in ZeeA


Suggestive names for 2018

2018 Hurricane Names

I would love to see a hurricane in 2018 called
Hurricane Tamica
Hurricane Jayden

Hurricane 2018 suggested name



I recommend hurricane Kaylee-as in
Kay-lee it's a female name.

Hurricane names

Some name for future:
Harley- girl name


Can you name one hurricane mischa or hurricane Aaron

Name for a tropical storm

I would like a hurricane to be called hurricane catriona or hurricane jessica i am only 13 years old