Hurricane-Inspired Baby Names (and Ones to Avoid)

hurricane namesAs Hurricane Earl prepares to hit the East Coast of the United States, my thoughts are with the people who have had to evacuate their homes. To a much less degree, I’m also concerned that the storm could put a damper on Labor Day weekend plans.

But I’m also wondering if the storm is going to put a damper on Earl as a baby name. Would you really want to name your child after a hurricane?

Surprisingly, some hurricanes have been shown to increase the popularity of a name, such as Hurricane Camille in 1969. But that trend changed with Hurricane Katrina. Before the devastating hurricane, Katrina ranked as the 281st girl name in 2004, but by 2009, it had dropped to the 815th spot, according to the Social Security Administration.

Michele Zipp at  The Stir said that when it came time to name her baby girl, she nixed Katrina and Rita because of their associations with devastating hurricanes of the same names.

Zipp points out that The Atlantic Hurricane list for 2010 features “some really great names,” including: Julia, Matthew, Otto, Alex, Danielle, Colin, Nicole, and even my name, Paula.

Some of my favorites names have at one time been used for hurricanes or tropical storms: Isabel, Lili, Flora, Eloise, David, and Andrew.

I could see how you might want to avoid naming your child after an especially destructive hurricane like Katrina, but what about the ones that barely made the news? Plus, I figure that names always bring with them various associations (people always mention “Max and Ruby” when they learn that my younger daughter is named Ruby).

Madeline Holler, one of my fellow Strollerderby bloggers, named her son Earl years before the Hurricane threatened and the name seems to suit him. She said, “He’s a total category 4.”

What about you? Would you name your child after a hurricane?

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