Cayman Islands, Island-Living

2019 ATLANTIC HURRICANE SEASON – NAMES & NAME MEANINGS

It is no secret that just around the corner (well, actually tomorrow) is the official start if the Atlantic Hurricane season. Growing up in the Cayman Islands, these tiny little dots in the Caribbean Sea; the thought of hurricanes is never a fun one – each of us are taught from a young age of what to expect, how to prepare and how to remain safe during hurricane season.

As a young child we are always reminded of the locally famous 1932 hurricane which claimed the life of a toddler girl who has a cave on the small sister island of Cayman Brac named after her, his cave is often visited by tourists to the island. We are told tales of the devastation and my own generation was impacted by the notorious hurricane Ivan which swept through Grand Cayman and terrorized the country with 150+ mph winds, high seas and left an entire condominium complex sitting in the middle of the road – recalling the hours we spent shuttered in listening to the winds and wondering if the roof would be torn off was the most terrifying experience in many of our lives.

And here we are again, at the start of yet another hurricane season, preparing, once again, with fingers crossed that there will be no impact – or even a hurricane watch preferably.

With all the activity and preparations now building for this hurricane season I though it interesting to not only provide the list of hurricane names for 2019 – but some quick notes on the meanings of each name; let’s check this out and let me know what you think!

2019 Hurricane Names

ANDREA

It comes from the Greek word andrós which means “manly”. For a girl’s name, some people extrapolate that the meaning is “courageous” or “womanly”. 

BARRY

“The name Barry is an Irish baby name. In Irish the meaning of the name Barry is: Fair haired. Also from the Irish word for spear. Used regurarly throughout the English-speaking world since the early 20th century.”

CHANTAL

French origin. The name Chantalcan be traced back to the Old Occitan word cantal, meaning “stone.” It came into popular use as a given name in honor of the Catholic saint, Jeanne de Chantal.

DORIAN

Greek origin. In Greek the meaning of thename Dorian is: Of Doris, a district of Greece; or of Doros, a legendary Greek hero. … Another possible origin of the name Dorian, is from the Greek “Dorios”, meaning’child of the sea’ .

ERIN

Gaelic name. In Gaelic Baby Names themeaning of the name Erin is: Ireland. Peace.

FERNAND

German name – Fernand is: Brave traveler.

GABRIELLE

Feminine form of Gabriel, which is derived from the Hebrew gavhrī’ēl (God is my strength).

HUMBERTO

Humberto is the Spanish equivalent of Humbert which is a name of Frankish (French) origins. Humbert is derived from the Germanic elements “hun” meaning“bear-cub, warrior” and “berht” meaning “bright, famous”.

IMELDA

Spanish/Italian. Meaning. warrior woman, universal battle, or powerful fighter. Imelda is a feminine Spanish/Italian given name derived from the German form of Irmhild.

JERRY

English  name. In English Baby Names themeaning of the name Jerry is: A feminine form of Gerald, meaning ruling spear

KAREN

Danish form of Katherine, a cognate of the Greek Aikaterinē, the root of which is katharos (pure, unsullied).

LORENZO

Italian and Spanish masculine given name of Latin origin. It is used in Italy, Spain, and other Spanish-speaking countries. The name was derived from the Roman surname Laurentius, which meant “from Laurentum”.

MELISSA

Means “bee” in Greek. This was the name of a nymph that cared for young Zeus in Greek mythology. It is also the name of the fairy who helps Rogero escape from the witch Alcina in Ludovico Ariosto’s poem ‘Orlando Furioso’ (1516).

NESTOR

Greek origin. In Greek mythology it comes from that of Nestor, the son of Neleus, the King of Pylos and Chloris. The Greek derivation is from a combination of “νέομαι” [neomai] – “go back”, and “νόστος” [nostos] – “one who returns from travels”.

OLGA

Feminine form of Oleg (holy), a name derived from the Scandinavian Helgi, which has its root in the Old Norse heill (hale, hearty; blessed, holy).

PABLO

From the Latin Paulus, which originated as a Roman family name derived from paulus (small). Paul was the adopted name of Saul of Tarsus, a Jewish Roman citizen converted to Christianity by a vision of Christ which blinded him for several days.From the Latin Paulus, which originated as a Roman family name derived from paulus (small). Paul was the adopted name of Saul of Tarsus, a Jewish Roman citizen converted to Christianity by a vision of Christ which blinded him for several days.

REBEKAH

From the Ecclesiastic Late Latin and Ecclesiastic Greek Rhebekka, which is derived from the Hebrew ribbqāh (noose), from rabak (to bind, to tie)

SEBASTIEN

From the Latin name Sebastianus which meant “from Sebaste”. Sebaste was the name a town in Asia Minor, its name deriving from Greek σεβαστος (sebastos) “venerable”

TANYA

Tanya is the Slavic hypocoristic of Tatiana. It is now quite commonly used as an independent given name in the English-speaking world. Tanya is also of Hebreworigin derived from the Aramaic term meaning ‘it was taught in Baraita’ which is Biblical teaching.

VAN

Derived from the Englishsurname Van. It is from the Middle English vanne and the Middle French van, words denoting a type of old winnowing machine. Alternatively, the name can be a borrowing of the Dutch Van, an element in familynames which means “of, from” and indicates place of origin.

WENDY

 it could be related to the Welsh name GWENDOLEN and othernames beginning with the element gwen meaning “white, fair, blessed”.

 

 

 

Name meanings sourced online.

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