Baby Name Story – Tsunami


The 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake, which occurred in late December, triggered a deadly tsunami that reached a number of countries.

A couple named Kutten and Priyanka from Alappuzha district, Kerala, India, managed to escape the waves with their newborn baby girl. They named their daughter Tsunami to commemorate the event and their survival.

Parents in the U.S. started naming their babies Tsunami that year as well. The name debuted in the SSA’s data in 2004 and showed up again in 2005:

  • 2006: unlisted
  • 2005: 7 baby girls named Tsunami
  • 2004: 5 baby girls named Tsunami [debut]
  • 2003: unlisted

The Japanese word tsunami means “harbor wave.”

Interesting contrast: Hurricane Katrina, which destroyed much of New Orleans eight months later, ultimately caused the popularity of the baby name Katrina to plummet in the U.S.

Source: Baby named after killer waves

6 thoughts on “Baby Name Story – Tsunami

  1. Your Katrina information isn’t entirely accurate. Actually, the year of Hurricane Katrina, the name ROSE in the USA by a couple of spots. And then the year AFTER that, it fell a couple of spots, to about where it had been before.

  2. My info is accurate — I just ignored that uptick. :)

    But thank you for bringing it up!

    I haven’t been able to track down official baby name stats for Louisiana, Mississippi and other states affected by the hurricane, but blog posts I’ve found on the topic suggest that the popularity of Katrina in these states increased in 2005.

    So that 2005 uptick may have been caused by parents who experienced the hurricane and chose the name Katrina to pay tribute to their experience/survival. (The same reason Tsunami’s parents chose the name Tsunami.)

  3. A girl in my street has named her sons Tsunami and Earthquake. They were triplets, so their third (a daughter) was called Katrina. No joke!

  4. my name no joke is tsunami,
    and the only reason my father named me that was because he liked it for the name of a girl.

  5. My daughter was born 3-6-13 an her name is Tsunami Yael Akasha Jackson. I chose each name myself with no definite reason besides I think tha names are beautiful. Plus a tsunami, regardless of tha destructive power is a beautiful act of God.

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