Babies born during Hurricane Gloria, named Gloria


Two baby girls born in Virginia while Hurricane Gloria was passing through (on September 27, 1985) were named after the storm.

One of the babies belonged to Linda Cowell of Newport News. “Everyone in the shelter was saying if you go into labor, you’ve got to name her Gloria,” she said. And so she did.

The other belonged to Gloria Davis of Virginia Beach. During her pregnancy, her husband hadn’t been too keen on passing Gloria’s name down to a daughter. But when their baby girl happened to be born during a storm with the very same name, he relented.


  • “Gloria Leaves Two Little Namesakes.” Miami Herald 29 Sept. 1985: 6A.
  • “Gloria’s Lighter Side.” Evening Independent [St. Petersburg] 28 Sept. 1985: 3-A.

Image (Hurricane Elena) by NASA