List of Names for the 2018 Hurricane Season

Names of U.S. Hurricanes: Atlantic Basin and Eastern North-Pacific


Here is the list of hurricane names for the 2018 hurricane season including the Atlantic Basin (Miami hurricanes) and Eastern North-Pacific (California hurricanes).

How Do Hurricanes Get Their 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.
  • A weatherman in Australia is credited with being the first person to name a tropical storm after a female.
  • 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.
  • In 1979, the system was revised again to include both female and male hurricane names.

Hurricane Names Today

  • When does a storm receive a name? 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).
  • Hurricanes’ names are selected by the World Meteorological Organization. There are six lists of hurricane names for Atlantic Ocean storms. Every six years, the list of names begins again! However, the names of especially destructive hurricanes are usually retired. See the “retired” tropical storm and hurricane names.

The Atlantic hurricane season starts June 1 and ends November 30. Here are the hurricane names for the 2018 season.

Hurricane Names for 2018

Atlantic Tropical (and Subtropical) Storm Names for 2018

Alberto Helene Oscar
Beryl Issac Patty
Chris Joyce Rafael
Debby Kirk Sarah
Ernesto Leslie Tony
Florence Michael Valerie 
Gordon Nadine William

Eastern North-Pacific Tropical (and Subtropical) Storm Names for 2018

Aletta Ileana Rosa
Bud John Sergio
Carlotta Kristy Tara
Daniel Lane Vincente
Emilia Mariam Willa
Fabio Norman Xavier
Gilma Olivia Yolanda
Hector Paul 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. This is simply a reference guide.

For more fun information on hurricanes, find out how to figure out a hurricane’s strength and how to predict a hurricane!


The 2018 Old Farmer's Almanac

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Missing Names

Why are there no names on the Atlantic list starting with Q, U, X, Y, or Z? Some of these are included in the Pacific list. I remember that in 2005 there were so many storms that they ran out of names, but I have forgotten what they did to make up for the shortfall.

Hurricane Names

We have to admit that we don’t know exactly why the World Meteorological Organization stops at W with their Atlantic names—we can only guess that it has something to do with the historical rarity of having more than 21 named hurricanes in one season in the Atlantic. In the event of more than 21 storms, the hurricanes are named with the Greek alphabet. This is what happened in 2005: after Wilma, the storms were named Alpha, Beta, Gamma, Delta, Epsilon, and Zeta.

Name Hurricane

Of course please add these for Hurricane's to be named.
Hurricane Lavonna
Hurricane Jubal
Hurricane Willow
Thank You

Hurricane Names

Please name a hurricane Coleen! Please!!

Name of hurricane

Please name one Trinity, Metz,Leif, Evers. ( these are my children’s name)Thank you. I love weather , follow it great deal of the day on my computer. I’m 66yr old retired nurse but have always loved weather.

Name of hurricane

Please name one Trinity, Metz,Leif, Evers. ( these are my children’s name)Thank you. I love weather , follow it great deal of the day on my computer. I’m 66yr old retired nurse but have always loved weather.

Name of hurricane

Please name one Trinity, Metz,Leif, Evers. ( these are my children’s name)Thank you. I love weather , follow it great deal of the day on my computer. I’m 66yr old retired nurse but have always loved weather.


Glad to see the name Daniel included for Eastern North Pacific tropical and subtropical storms for 2018. Someone at the weather bureau has a sense of humor.


Not that I a disaster but I would like to see my name on the list for hurricanes will that ever happen?

Haha funny

The hurricanes are not very funny, but I realized one of the hurricanes name is Hugo and that’s the same name as my mothers ex boyfriend he didn’t want a full relationship he only liked dating married woman

Incorrect spelling.

I have known a few people in my 74 years with the name Aleta...every single one spelled their name with only one L...Aleta. Even Prince Valiant's wife's name was Aleta with one L.

Some names are spelled wrong...

The Atlantic 2018 list is
Alberto, Beryl, Chris,
Debby, Ernesto, Florence,
Gordon, Helene, Isaac,
Joyce, Kirk, Leslie,
Michael, Nadine, Oscar,
Patty, Rafael, Sara,
Tony, Valerie, William.

Please name one Renee.

Please name one Renee.

Rene is on a list.

Close enough to Renee, Rene is on the list for 2020, although it is rare we go that far down the list.

Hurricane request name

I want one Hurricane to be named renesmee and another one named mykala

My name is awesome

My name is extraordinary. I'm a good father to a family of 3 and a loving wife.My name is built of structure and success. Plz accept my name as a hurricane name next season thank you!

hurricane names

How do you skip "Q" in the list?

Hurricane names: No Q or U or XYZ!

You’re correct! According to NOAA, it’s too difficult to keep cycling names beginning with X,Y, Z, Q and U, so the official slates of hurricane names (one for the Atlantic, one for the Pacific) have 21 names each.

Hurricane and storm names

Well I've never heard the nam umma, pepsi, Ezra, NYHREE (my dogs name), ,Xena, Yolanda, Zorba? Many more names in the BIBLE not to notion ancient Ireland , Greece Italy Uganda Africa Hawaii, Canada! Not to mention the all beautiful NATIVE AMERICAN INDIANS??!!! Please make the names storms a fun and historic way for our school children to learn some REAL FACTS OF HISTORY!
Thank you, Mary and Nyhree
Long Island, N.Y.

Name for hurricane

A good rare name for a hurricane. Hurricane: RETZE


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Hurricane names

Reese is a great name and it is very unique but it has never been used it would mean a lot to me if it was chosen for 2018 or any other year!!!

hurricanse name

I do no recall a hurricane named Marina at all.

Stormy relationship

Coincidence? My ex-husband's and my name both occur in the list of Eastern North-Pacific Tropical (and Subtropical) storm names for 2017

Hurricane Name

All the hurricanes I've been through, still never
One named Myrtle.

Why Keep Requesting

As it is written, this is not a name request site. We all know who names these things. Thanks, Almanac, for all the great info you provide.


why does everyone want a hurricane to be named after them?? that makes no sense.

It's none of your business

It's none of your business but i wonder too...

Hurricane Name

Can you name a Hurricane named Hurricane Xavier? Thanks.

Xavier is on a list.

Xavier is on 3 of the Eastern-North Pacific lists, although it is rare they go down that far.