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, caused the popularity of the baby name Katrina to plummet in the U.S.
Source: Baby named after killer waves