Here’s the official list of hurricane names that are recycled every year. Is your name included or has it been retired due to the immense damage it caused millions?
Hurricanes are given names for the same reason that we humans have our names – to identify one from the other. This is especially useful when there arises more than one hurricane at the same time.
Hundreds of years ago, hurricane names are based on the name of the saint on which day the hurricane occurred. Nowadays, the World Meteorological Organization is in charge of assigning names to every hurricane.
Names may be in English, French, or Spanish and may either be a man or a woman’s name. WMO has six major lists in rotation which are of course, re-used every six years. The only time that a new name is added is when a hurricane is so deadly, traumatic and costly that the name assigned to it is retired.
Check this list and see if your name is included!
Hurricane Names for Atlantic Storms
2002 – Arthur, Bertha, Cristobal, Dolly, Edouard, Fay, Gustav, Hanna, Isidore, Josephine, Kyle, Lili, Marco, Nana, Omar, Paloma, Rene, Sally, Teddy, Vicky, Wilfred
2003 – Ana, Bill, Claudette, Danny, Erika, Fabian, Grace, Henri, Isabel, Juan, Kate, Larry, Mindy, Nicholas, Odette, Peter, Rose, Sam, Teresa, Victor, Wanda
2004 – Alex, , Bonnie, Charley, Danielle, Earl, Frances, Gaston, Hermine, Ivan, Jeanne, Karl, Lisa, Matthew, Nicole, Otto, Paula, Richard, Shary, Tomas, Virginie, Walter
2005 – Arlene, Bret, Cindy, Dennis, Emily, Franklin, Gert, Harvey, Irene, Jose, Katrina, Lee, Maria, Nate, Ophelia, Philippe, Rita, Stan, Tammy, Vince, Wilma
2006 – Alberto, Beryl, Chris, Debby, Ernesto, Florence, Gordon, Helene, Isaac, Joyce, Kirk, Leslie, Michael, Nadine, Oscar, Patty, Rafael, Sandy, Tony, Valerie, William
2007 – Andrea, Barry, Chantal, Dean, Erin, Felix, Gabrielle, Humberto, Ingrid, Jerry, Karen, Lorenzo, Melissa, Noel, Olga, Pablo, Rebekah, Sebastien, Tanya, Van, Wendy
Hurricane Names for Pacific Storms
2002 – Alma, Boris, Cristina, Douglas, Elida, Fausto, Genevieve, Hernan, Iselle, Julio, Kenna, Lowell, Marie, Norbert, Odile, Polo, Rachel, Simon, Trudy, Vance, Winne, Xavier, Yolanda, Zeke
2003 – Andres, Blanca, Carlos, Dolores, Enrique, Felicia, Guillermo, Hilda, Ignacio, Jimena, Kevin, Linda, Marty, Nora, Olaf, Patricia, Rick, Sandra, Terry, Vivian, Waldo, Xina, York, Zelda
2004 – Agatha, Blas, Celia, Darby, Estelle, Frank, Georgette, Howard, Isis, Javier, Kay, Lester, Madeline, Newton, Orlene, Paine, Roslyn, Seymour, Tina, Virgil, Winifred, Xavier, Yolanda, Zeke
2005 – Adrian, Beatriz, Calvin, Dora, Eugene, Fernanda, Greg, Hilary, Irwin, Jova, Kenneth, Lidia, Max, Norma, Otis, Pilar, Ramon, Selma, Todd, Veronica, Wiley, Xina, York, Zelda
2006 – Aletta, Bud, Carlotta, Daniel, Emilia, Fabio, Gilma, Hector, Ileana, John, Kristy, Lane, Miriam, Norman, Olivia, Paul, Rosa, Sergio, Tara, Vicente, Willa, Xavier, Yolanda, Zeke
2007 – Alvin, Barbara, Cosme, Dalila, Erick, Flossie, Gil, Henriette, Ivo, Juliette, Kiko, Lorena, Manuel, Narda, Octave, Priscilla, Raymond, Sonia, Tico, Velma, Wallis, Xina, York, Zelda
Retired Hurricane Names
Agnes, Diana, Hortense, Alicia, Diane, Hugo, Allen, Donna, Inez, Allison, Dora, Ione,
Andrew, Edna, Iris, Anita, Elena, Jane, Audrey, Eloise, Joan, Betsy, Fifi, Katrina, Beulah, Flora, Keith, Bob, Fran, Klaus, Camille, Frederic, Luis, Carla, Floyd, Lenny, Carmen, Gilbert, Marilyn, Carol, Gloria, Michelle, Celia, Gracie, Mitch, Cesar, Georges, Opal, Cleo, Hattie, Roxanne, Connie, Hazel, David, Hilda
Perhaps you noticed that no name in the list starts with the letters Q and U. This is because the WMO believed that there are too few names that start with those letters, thus limiting their options.
Did you find your name in the list? I found mine and unfortunately, it’s already been retired. If yours is included, cross your fingers that it won’t turn out to be a huge destructive hurricane, else you’ll find your name on the headlines and hear people cursing you, too!