Certain Doom for Any Baby Name @ 26 August 2008 02:25 PM

Q. Is there any one thing that could cause a Baby Name to lose popularity?

A. Hurricanes.

In 1950 "Hurricane Naming" began and since then a pattern has emerged, once a hurricane name is used it will spell certain doom the following year for the corresponding baby name. According to the Social Security Administration's records, history shows that many hurricane names have had a direct devastating relationship with baby name popularity. Example, in 1992 Hurricane Andrew, which was the second-most-destructive hurricane in U.S. history, struck Southern Florida. At the time Andrew was ranked #5 on the SSA top 1,000 list. One year later it fell to number 10.

A better example and more recent is Hurricane Katrina. In 2004 the name Katrina was ranked #281, one year later in 2005 it was ranked #246, then on the morning of August 29, 2005 Katrina hit southeast Louisiana and at the Louisiana/Mississippi border. The following year the name Katrina fell to # 381. And in 2007 it fell to #598, causing this baby name to no longer be a choice for most parents.

If your looking to pick a baby name that will have good standing. Then first be aware and stay clear of hurricane names. A list of retired hurrican names can be found below.

Carol    1954
Celia    1970
Cesar    1996
Charley    2004
Cleo    1964
Connie    1955
David    1979
Dean    2007
Dennis    2005
Diana    1990
Diane    1955
Donna    1960
Dora    1964
Edna    1968
Elena    1985
Eloise    1975
Fabian    2003
Felix    2007
Fifi    1974
Flora    1963
Floyd    1999
Fran    1996
Frances    2004
Frederic    1979
Georges    1998
Gilbert    1988
Gloria    1985
Hattie    1961
Hazel    1954
Hilda    1964
Hortense    1996
Hugo    1989
Inez    1966
Ione    1955
Iris    2001
Isabel    2003
Isidore    2002
Ivan    2004
Janet    1955
Jeanne    2004
Joan    1988
Juan    2003
Katrina    2005
Keith    2000
Klaus    1990
Lenny    1999
Lili    2002
Luis    1995
Marilyn    1995
Michelle    2001
Mitch    1998
Noel    2007
Opal    1995
Rita    2005
Roxanne    1995
Stan    2005
Wilma    2005


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