Weather Channel includes popular baby names in the year’s winter storm list

The Weather Channel has revealed its list of winter storm names for the 2017-2018 season, which includes some of the most popular modern baby names: Mateo, Kalani, Aiden and Polly.

This marks the sixth year the network has named winter storms to simplify public communications during these severe weather events and to better alert residents living in storms’ paths.

“As winter storms increase in impact and severity, it is all the more important to have an easy system to alert residents to forecasts and warnings, providing potentially life-saving information,” said Tom Niziol, winter weather expert for The Weather Channel in a statement. “Last year, Winter Storm Jupiter dealt Portland, Oregon its heaviest snowstorm in 22 years, while Winter Storm Niko brought severe snow and blizzard conditions to much of the northeast. We’ll do whatever it takes to ensure those threatened by snow, ice, and freezing temperatures get the facts they need quickly and easily.”

The storm-naming criteria are based on National Weather Service thresholds for winter storm warnings and the storm’s expected impacts on a population center or over a large geographic area.

Winter storms are named when a population of at least 2 million or an area of at least 400,000 square kilometers (about the size of Montana) are expected to go under NWS storm warning. Winter storm names help convey information in an easy-to-use format that allows meteorologists and residents to share critical weather updates in a timely and organized fashion.

This season’s names were announced on AMHQ, the network’s signature morning show. They are taken primarily from the most popular modern baby names.

They include Mateo, the Spanish form of Matthew derived from the Hebrew word for gift; Kalani, from the Hawaiian words meaning the heaven or the sky; Aiden, originally from an Old Irish name meaning fire; and Polly, from Molly a traditional nickname for Mary. 

  • Aiden – From an Old Irish name meaning “fire.”
  • Benji – Short for Benjamin, an old Hebrew name meaning “son of the south.”
  • Chloe (KLO-ee) – From Greek, it is a reference to blooming or the young green shoot of a new plant.
  • Dylan – From Welsh words meaning “great tide.”
  • Ethan – From a Hebrew name meaning “strong,” “solid” or “firm.”
  • Frankie – A nickname for Frank, Francis or Frances from the Germanic tribe the Franks.
  • Grayson – From the Middle English word that meant steward plus son.
  • Hunter – From the time when people in England were named for their work.
  • Inga – Related to the name of a people who lived on the North Sea called the Ingaevones.
  • Jaxon – From the son of Jack, which was a nickname for John in the Middle Ages.
  • Kalani – From the Hawaiian words meaning the plus heaven or sky.
  • Liam – From Irish, a short form of William, which comes from German.
  • Mateo (muh-TAY-o) – The Spanish form of Matthew, which is distantly derived from the Hebrew word for gift.
  • Noah – Derived from the Hebrew word meaning “rest.”
  • Oliver – The English form of the French name Olivier.
  • Polly – From Molly, which is an old nickname for Mary.
  • Quinn – Derived from an Irish Gaelic word meaning “chief” or “counsel.”
  • Riley – Derived from Reilly, which comes from the Old Irish name Raghailleach.
  • Skylar – A modified version of Tyler merged with the word sky.
  • Toby – Derived from Tobias, a name from old versions of the Bible.
  • Uma (OO-ma) – From multiple cultures including the Sanskrit word meaning “tranquility.”
  • Violet – Originally from the name for the Latin name for the flower, viola.
  • Wilbur – Mr. Ed’s owner in the TV show about a talking horse.
  • Xanto – From the Ancient Greek name Xanthus meaning “blonde.”
  • Yvonne (ee-VONN) – Related to a nickname for the Old French name Yves, which came from the name of a type of wood used to make bows.

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