Baby Names and Hurricanes
In the aftermath of a hurricane, it is interesting to note the effect that they can have on baby names.
Using Wolfram|Alpha’s United States name data, you can see that the names tied to some of the most powerful storms drop in popularity.
The name “Katrina” took a large hit after the 2005 hurricane of the same name:
In 1961, Hurricane Carla became one of the strongest storms to hit the United States. From the graph below, you can see that the name “Carla” peaked in popularity right around 1961, then quickly began to wane in popularity.
Irene currently isn’t a very popular name in the United States, but it will be interesting to see if the hurricane has any sort of effect.