The Master List of Hurricane Names: Have You Been a Hurricane Before?

By: Ali Strickland Email
By: Ali Strickland Email

With all of the hype around the “Frankenstorm” Hurricane Sandy, I got to thinking about how hurricanes are named. The National Hurricane Center says that, “The use of easily remembered names greatly reduces confusion when two or more tropical storms occur at the same time.” The majority of hurricane names are woman but the practice of naming hurricanes solely after women came to an end in 1978 when men's and women's names were included in the Eastern North Pacific storm lists. (I always just assumed that the head hurricane guy named the hurricanes after all of his family members and got out of having to give gifts at Christmas)

I looked up the history of hurricane names and I bring to you, The Master List of Hurricane Names! A lot of the names have been reused, so I added the year next to them. Does your name make the list?

Name Years Used

Abby 1960, 1964, 1968
Able 1950, 1951, 1952
Agnes 1972
Alberto 1982, 1988, 1994
Alice 1953, 1954, 1955++, 1973
Alicia 1983
Allen 1980
Allison 1989, 1995, 2001
Alma 1958, 1962, 1966, 1970, 1974
Amelia 1978
Amy 1975
Ana 1979, 1985, 1991, 1997
Andrew 1986, 1992
Anita 1977
Anna 1956, 1961, 1965, 1969, 1976
Arlene 1959, 1963, 1967, 1971, 1981, 1987, 1993
Arthur 1984, 1990, 1996
Audrey 1957
Babe 1977
Baker 1950, 1951, 1952
Barbara 1953, 1954
Barry 1983, 1989, 1995
Becky 1958, 1962, 1966, 1970, 1974
Belle 1976
Bertha 1957, 1984, 1990, 1996
Beryl 1982, 1988, 1994
Bess 1978
Beth 1971
Betsy 1956, 1961, 1965
Betty 1972
Beulah 1959, 1963, 1967
Bill 1997
Blanche 1969, 1975
Bob 1979, 1985, 1991
Bonnie 1980, 1986, 1992
Brenda 1955, 1960, 1964, 1968, 1973
Bret 1981, 1987, 1993
Camille 1969
Candice 1976
Candy 1968
Carla 1956, 1961
Carmen 1974
Carol 1953, 1954, 1965
Caroline 1975
Carrie 1957, 1972
Celia 1962, 1966, 1970
Cesar 1984, 1990, 1996
Chantal 1983, 1989, 1995
Charley 1980, 1986, 1992, 2004
Charlie 1950, 1951, 1952
Chloe 1967, 1971
Chris 1982, 1988, 1994
Christine 1973
Cindy 1959, 1963, 1981, 1987, 1993
Clara 1977
Cleo 1958, 1960, 1964
Claudette 1979, 1985, 1991, 1997
Connie 1955
Cora 1978
Daisy 1958, 1962
Danielle 1980, 1986, 1992
Danny 1985, 1991, 1997
David 1979
Dawn 1972
Dean 1983, 1989, 1995, 2007
Debbie 1957, 1961, 1965, 1969
Debby 1982, 1988, 1994
Debra 1959, 1963, 1978
Delia 1973
Dennis 1981, 1987, 1993
Diana 1984, 1990
Diane 1955
Dog 1950, 1951, 1952
Dolly 1953, 1954, 1968, 1974, 1996
Donna 1960
Dora 1956, 1964
Doria 1967, 1971
Doris 1975
Dorothy 1966, 1970, 1977
Dottie 1976
Earl 1980, 1986, 1992
Easy 1950, 1951, 1952
Edith 1955, 1959, 1963, 1967, 1971
Edna 1953, 1954, 1968
Edouard 1984, 1990, 1996
Elaine 1974
Elena 1965, 1979, 1985
Ella 1958, 1962, 1966, 1970, 1978
Ellen 1973
Eloise 1975
Emily 1981, 1987, 1993
Emmy 1976
Erika 1991, 1997
Erin 1989, 1995
Ernesto 1982, 1988, 1994
Esther 1957, 1961
Ethel 1956, 1960, 1964
Eve 1969
Evelyn 1977
Fabian 1985, 1991, 1997, 2003
Faith 1966
Faye 1975
Felice 1970
Felix 1989, 1995, 2007
Fern 1967, 1971
Fifi 1958, 1974
Flora 1955, 1959, 1963
Florence 1953, 1954, 1960, 1964, 1988, 1994
Flossie 1978
Flossy 1956
Floyd 1981, 1987, 1993
Fox 1950, 1951, 1952
Fran 1973, 1984, 1990, 1996
Francelia 1969
Frances 1961, 1968, 1976, 1980, 1986, 1992, 2004
Frederic 1979
Frieda 1957, 1977
Gabrielle 1989, 1995
Gail 1953
George 1950, 1951
Georges 1980
Gerda 1958, 1961, 1969
Gert 1981, 1993
Gertrude 1974
Gilbert 1988
Gilda 1954, 1973
Ginger 1967, 1971
Ginny 1963
Gladys 1955, 1964, 1968, 1975
Gloria 1976, 1979, 1985
Gordon 1994
Grace 1991, 1997
Gracie 1959
Greta 1956, 1966, 1970, 1978
Gustav 1984, 1990, 1996, 2008
Hallie 1966, 1975
Hannah 1959
Harvey 1981, 1993
Hattie 1961
Hazel 1953, 1954
Heidi 1967, 1971
Helena 1963
Helene 1958, 1988
Henri 1979, 1985
Hermine 1980
Hilda 1955, 1964
Holly 1969, 1976
Hope 1978
Hortense 1984, 1990, 1996
How 1950, 1951
Hugo 1989
Humberto 1995
Ilsa 1958
Igor 2010
Ike 2008
Inez 1966
Inga 1961, 1969
Ione 1955
Irene 1959, 1971, 1981, 2011
Iris 1989, 1995, 2001
Irma 1978
Isaac 1988
Isabel 1985
Isbell 1964, 2003
Isidore 1984, 1990, 1996, 2002
Item 1950, 1951
Ivan 1980
Janet 1955
Janice 1958, 1971
Jeanne 1980, 2004
Jenny 1961, 1969
Jerry 1989, 1995
Jig 1950, 1951
Joan 1988
Jose 1981
Josephine 1984, 1990, 1996
Juan 1985, 2003
Judith 1959, 1966
Juliet 1978
Kara 1969
Karen 1989, 1995
Karl 1980
Kate 1985
Katie 1955
Katrina 1981, 2005
Keith 1988
Kendra 1966**, 1978
King 1950
Klaus 1984, 1990
Kristy 1971
Kyle 1996
Laura 1971
Laurie 1969
Lili 1984, 1990, 1996, 2002
Lois 1966
Love 1950
Luis 1995
Marco 1990, 1996
Marilyn 1995
Martha 1969
Michelle 2001
Nana 1990
Noel 1995, 2007
Opal 1995
Pablo 1995
Paloma 2001
Rita 2005
Roxanne 1995
Sebastien 1995
Stan 2005
Tanya 1995
Tomas 2010
Wilma 2005

Check these websites for more names and dates!
Wikipedia

National Hurricane Center

NASA

My Name Wasn't on the List,
Ali Strickland


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