For several hundred years, damaging hurricanes were named after the saint’s day when the storm hit. For example, there was Hurricane Santa Ana which hit Puerto Rico on July 26, 1825. According to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, there are saint’s days for about a third to a half of all days.
Then, Australian meteorologist Clement Wragge began giving women’s names to tropical storms before the end of the 19th century, according to the National Weather Service. [Source]
Well I am certainly glad they changed that practice. I think they should name hurricanes after politicians, after all damage caused by so much hot air would be appropriate.