Its Friday - random thought!!

Would you name your child after a disaster  — personally I wouldn’t.  Several babies were born during Cyclone Yasi and I believe two were not named after the cyclone, however one couple did “Dakota Yasi”.  I am not sure if this is a good thing as she will be forever linked to the cyclone and I’m not sure if this is positive.  And knowing how kids get teased at school, I wonder if she will be teased for being named after a cyclone.  Kids can be so cruel.


Did you know you can request a name to be added to the cyclone list of names —would you? I thought about my son’s name which is quite unusual and he would think it was really cool —but according to the Australian Bureau of Meteorology it can take up to 50 years before your requested name is allocate to a cyclone — my son would be almost 70 and I would be dead!!
This link is quite interesting if you want to know how cyclones are named and selected (information). I like to keep everyone informed!!


And this is something I sort of knew: hurricanes, cyclones and typhoons are all the same, but have different names depending on where they are located on the planet. 
  • hurricane - the North Atlantic Ocean, the Northeast Pacific Ocean east of the dateline, or the South Pacific Ocean east of 160E
  • typhoon - the Northwest Pacific Ocean west of the dateline
  • severe tropical cyclone - the Southwest Pacific Ocean west of 160E or Southeast Indian Ocean east of 90E
  • severe cyclonic storm - the North Indian Ocean
  • tropical cyclone - the Southwest Indian Ocean


  1. I thought that there was another difference too - in the Northern Hemisphere these kinds of storms have spiralling winds that travelled counter-clockwise, while in the Southern Hemisphere they travel clockwise, and I thought this had bearing on whether it was called a cyclone or hurricane or typhoon...? (maybe that has to do with location like you wrote, anyway!) Also, I always thought typhoons usually involved stronger winds and worse storms than the others, but maybe I was wrong!!

    Did you know that the typhoon (which is always located in the Asian region, obvioiusly), is called a "typhoon" because this is a Chinese word, I believe, meaning "strong wind"?

    Very interesting information, Jo! I didn't know about the naming of cyclones - I always wondered why they were sometimes female names and sometimes male, and why they picked the specific names!! And yes, I think it is rather silly to call a baby after a cyclone.

  2. Clara - Just Googled the direction of hurricanes and cyclones and yes you are right – northern hemisphere spin in an anti-clockwise direction, whether they are hurricanes, or typhoons. Cyclones in the southern hemisphere spin clockwise. Otherwise they are all the same. All due to the earth's rotation. Typhoons do occur in warmer water over the Pacific which would make them faster.

    The word "Cyclone" means 'turning wind with one eye. It relates to the word "Cyclops" that one eyed creature in an Ancient Greek story.

    I love looking at the weather, it is so interesting.

  3. Nope, no children named for natural disasters. People, not just children, can be very cruel.

  4. No wouldn't name my child after a natural disaster...I really looked at what their names mean...the other is very interesting, what neat info

  5. I don't know anyone named after a natural disaster but I do know a few cyclones, whirlwinds and thunder storms!!! (wink, wink)

  6. I agree, kids can be cruel so I believe it is not a great idea to name a kid after a natural disaster.

    I thought they were all these storms were different.

    Great post!

  7. Oh dear - I said to my hubby "I hope nobdy names their baby after Yasi!" and there it is :-(
    Why associate your precious child with disaster and sorrow?! How sad!
    Interesting info about the names and sameness of these weather events. We had wondered what the differences were - thanks Jo! God bless you..Trish

  8. Jo,

    No, I would not name my child after the name of a cyclone simiply because I think this is quite a silly thing to do. My mother knew a child named Limabean when she was young. Could you imagine having the name Limabean? Yikes!

    I don't know about submitting in names for cyclones. With a wait of 50 years, why bother? Ha!

    Actually, I was unaware that hurricanes, cyclones, and typhoons were all the same, yet with different names depending on the location of the disaster. I learned something new today, yeah! :)

    -Lady Rose

  9. wow, this was so interesting! I've always wondered how they named cyclones! nope no way would I name my child after a cyclone!!! how terrible for the child! you know I was watching something on TV not long ago and a couple decided to call their child 'Fox' (not a cyclone name I know but how terrible!) imagine that!!! poor kid!


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