Aug 28, 2022 - Energy & Environment

How hurricanes wreck baby names

After devastating Hurricane Katrina made landfall in Louisiana in 2005, 83% fewer babies were named Katrina in 2015 than in 2005, Axios data-visualization journalist Nicki Camberg found.

  • Why it matters: Major hurricanes stick in the American public consciousness, with consequences for years to come.

The bottom line: The names of the deadliest U.S. mainland hurricanes all became much less popular in the years after landfall.

Change in babies given the names of major hurricanes
Data: NOAA and SSA; Chart: Nicki Camberg/Axios
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