Like Hurricane Katrina, will people stop naming their children Sandy
00:45 GMT, 9 November 2012
When Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005, the name was vastly popular among newborn girls.
But then it
plummeted, dropping from number 249 in 2005 to number 865 in 2010, and a year later it was off the top 1,000 U.S. list of girl baby names altogether, for the first time since 1961.
Now with Hurricane Sandy leaving more than 100 people dead, millions of homes destroyed, and gas stations without fuel, it's seems the moniker might be also be shunned to the lower ranks.
After Hurricane Sandy left more than 100 people dead, ruined homes, and created a gasoline panic, will the name be shunned to the lower ranks
The name is already on the decline, and while it was popular in the Sixties it dropped from the top 1,000 girls name list in 2006 and it hasn't been on the equivalent list for boys since 1981.
It is predicted that Erin will be the next name to drop off the radar, as storms for 2013 have already been christened.
Last year, the girl's name was the 233rd
most popular in the U.S., the lowest it had been since 1963.
And if it is linked to a bad storm, its popularity is likely to wane further.
Negative association: Sandy caused widespread destruction across the East Coast of America leaving millions of homes destroyed
However there are some storm names that have remained firm favourites, despite the negative association.
Andrew, which devastated South Florida in 1992, didn’t hamper people's fondness for the boy's name, and it hasn’t fallen from the top 20 list since 1978.
The naming of tropical storms and hurricanes began in 1953.
For years Naval meteorologists had named storms after women, and that year, the National Weather Service picked up on the tradition adding male names to the mix in 1979.
Now every year there is a a pre-approved list of tropical storm and hurricane names generated by the National Hurricane Center.