However, the Met Office said that the point of naming storms wasn’t to think about what they meant, but rather to make people aware that if a storm became named, it was a sign of bad weather and that they should be prepared. Storms are named alphabetically, starting with Aiden this year.
Bonnie Diamond, a spokeswoman for the Met Office said that they had put out a call for names to the public, which turned up thousands of suggestions. She explained, “There were quite a lot of interesting names on the list. We’re keen to have a very diverse list of names.
“H was going to be female this year [it was Hugh last time]. A popular female name was Heulwen. We check all the meanings of the names beforehand. The meaning of Heulwen is sun-blessed. We were more than happy to use it.”
But, there’s a good chance that we won’t see Storm Heulwen – as the storm names go alphabetically, it’s often quite unusual for storm names past G to be used.