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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Storm
  1. A violent disturbance of the atmosphere, attended by wind, rain, snow, hail, or thunder and lightning; hence, often, a heavy fall of rain, snow, or hail, whether accompanied with wind or not."We hear this fearful tempest sing, Yet seek no shelter to avoid the storm." [Shak.]
  2. A violent agitation of human society; a civil, political, or domestic commotion; sedition, insurrection, or war; violent outbreak; clamor; tumult."I will stir up in England some black storm." [Shak.]"Her sister Began to scold and raise up such a storm." [Shak.]
  3. A heavy shower or fall, any adverse outburst of tumultuous force; violence."A brave man struggling in the storms of fate." [Pope.]
  4. [Mil] A violent assault on a fortified place; a furious attempt of troops to enter and take a fortified place by scaling the walls, forcing the gates, or the like.
    synonyms: Tempest; violence; agitation; calamity.
    " Storms beat, and rolls the main; O! beat those storms, and roll the seas, in vain." [Pope.]"What at first was called a gust, the same Hath now a storm's, anon a tempest's name." [Donne.]

Note: Storm is often used in the formation of self-explained compounds; as, storm-presaging, stormproof, storm-tossed, and the like.

Usage: Storm Tempest. Storm is violent agitation, a commotion of the elements by wind, etc., but not necessarily implying the fall of anything from the clouds. Hence, to call a mere fall or rain without wind a storm is a departure from the true sense of the word. A tempest is a sudden and violent storm, such as those common on the coast of Italy, where the term originated, and is usually attended by a heavy rain, with lightning and thunder.

Etymology: AS. storm; akin to D. storm, G. sturm, Icel. stormr; and perhaps to Gr. � assault, onset, Skr. s� to flow, to hasten, or perhaps to L. sternere to strew, prostrate (cf. Stratum). √166

verb Storm
To assault; to attack, and attempt to take, by scaling walls, forcing gates, breaches, or the like; as, to storm a fortified town.
verb Storm
  1. To raise a tempest.
  2. To blow with violence; also, to rain, hail, snow, or the like, usually in a violent manner, or with high wind; -- used impersonally; as, it storms .
  3. To rage; to be in a violent passion; to fume."The master storms, the lady scolds." [Swift.]

Etymology: Cf. AS. styrman

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A direct and violent assault on a stronghold
  2. A violent weather condition with winds 64-72 knots (11 on the Beaufort scale) and precipitation and thunder and lightning
  3. A violent commotion or disturbance ("the storms that had characterized their relationship had died away")
  4. Attack by storm; attack suddenly
  5. Take by force ("Storm the fort")
  6. Behave violently, as if in state of a great anger
  7. Blow hard ("It was storming all night")
  8. Rain, hail, or snow hard and be very windy, often with thunder or lightning ("If it storms, we'll need shelter")
  1. A female given name
  2. A male given name

Storm was also found in the following language(s): Danish and Norwegian

Notable Persons Named Storm

Storm is a comics character.


Storm Thorgerson was an artist in the fields of graphic designer and music video director. Storm was given the name Storm Elvin Thorgerson on February 28th, 1944 in Potters Bar, Middlesex, England. He left this life on April 18th, 2013.


Storm Large is a rock music, heavy metal music, and jazz musician. She plays Vocals. She was most prominent from 1989 to 1989. Storm was given the name Susan Storm Large on June 25th, 1969 in Southborough, Massachusetts.


Storm was born on November 25th, 1948.


Storm Johnson is a football player. Storm was born on July 10th, 1992 in Lithonia, Georgia.


Storm was born on August 11th, 1994 in Rockhampton, Australia.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Storm

Peter Stormare is an actor, voice actor, theatre director, playwright, and musician. He has had major accomplishments since 1978. Peter was given the name Rolf Peter Ingvar Storm on August 27th, 1953 in Kumla.


Storm is a comics character.


James Storm is a wrestler. James was born on June 1st, 1977 in Franklin, Tennessee, U.S.


Lance Storm is a wrestler. Lance was born on April 3rd, 1969 in Sarnia.


Hannah Storm is a television journalist, television personality, author, sports anchor, and sports commentator. She was most active from 1984 to present. Hannah was given the name Hannah Lynn Storen on June 13th, 1962 in Oak Park, Illinois, U.S.


Gale Storm was a traditional pop singer, actor, traditional pop music, traditional popsinger, and actress. Her most notable accomplishments were from 1940 to 1989. Gale was given the name Josephine Owaissa Cottle on April 5th, 1922 in Texas, USA. She left this life on June 27th, 2009.


How popular is the baby name Storm in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1946 11 6 5
1947 7 0 7
1950 16 11 5
1951 12 7 5
1952 13 7 6
1953 5 0 5
1954 10 5 5
1956 14 8 6
1957 15 7 8
1958 6 0 6
1960 6 0 6
1961 6 6 0
1962 6 0 6
1963 12 7 5
1964 9 9 0
1965 11 5 6
1969 5 0 5
1971 11 6 5
1972 6 0 6
1973 6 6 0
1974 12 7 5
1975 17 10 7
1976 6 6 0
1978 15 6 9
1979 15 6 9
1980 14 6 8
1981 7 0 7
1982 7 0 7
1983 7 0 7
1984 21 8 13
1985 12 0 12
1986 19 8 11
1987 43 10 33
1988 73 22 51
1989 62 15 47
1990 141 32 109
1991 179 28 151
1992 170 30 140
1993 191 58 133
1994 217 70 147
1995 245 80 165
1996 204 68 136
1997 199 61 138
1998 209 78 131
1999 145 51 94
2000 157 60 97
2001 176 77 99
2002 146 54 92
2003 147 62 85
2004 125 58 67
2005 124 41 83
2006 90 41 49
2007 98 52 46
2008 91 40 51
2009 88 43 45
2010 87 31 56
2011 87 36 51
2012 107 48 59
2013 102 52 50
2014 121 59 62
2015 139 76 63
2016 174 85 89
2017 163 103 60

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Popularity of Storm as a first name

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Popularity of Storm as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Storm U.S.
  White 93.17% 64.26%
  African American 1.13% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.54% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 1.07% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.98% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.11% 16.26%

Of Last Name Storm

People with the last name Storm are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Storm

  • How Popular is the name Storm? Storm is the 3,963rd most popular name of all time. As a last name Storm was the 3,596th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Storm have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 4,639 babies born with the first name Storm in the United States. That's more than enough people named Storm to occupy the territory of Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 4,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Storm? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1946 when it was given as a first name to 11 new born babies.
  • When was Storm first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Storm is Friday, February 4th, 1881.
  • What year had the most people named Storm born? The highest recorded use of the first name Storm was in 1995 with a total of 165 babies.
  • Random Storm Factoid: According to the 2002 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Storm is not a popular baby girl's name in New York. Imagine that, only 6 babies in New York have the same name as you in 2002.
  • Weird things about the name Storm: Your name in reverse order is Mrots. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Mrtos. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Storm? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 9,895 people with the last name Storm.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Storm? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 3 of them will have Storm as their last name.

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  • Sources:
  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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