I recently found myself musing on names of winds, as I thought they might be suitable for a naming project that needed to evoke fresh air, the outdoor life and so on. I know, I know, but it was a brainstorm and we don’t judge – right?
I found this interesting page with names for the wind that someone had, somewhat obsessively, put together. It’s on a site about WindLegends TM (yes it’s TM’d – really!) novels that apparently involve “badass Alpha male shapeshifters with black hair and amber eyes that turn blood red when they are angry. Handsome, deadly men with tortured souls and the only thing that can tame them is the female destined to be their mate. Only she can save her warrior from himself.” Not really my cup of tea, but if that’s your thing, go ahead, knock yourself out.
Anyway, back to the wind page. There were all kinds of gems, which managed to distract me so completely that I was of no further use to the naming brainstorm.
For example, I’ve never really wanted to visit Arabia or Turkestan, and now I know why: it’s to avoid the Simoom – the searing “poison wind” of Arabia, and the Tebbad – the “fever wind” of Turkestan.
I also noticed that ancient Greece had a sultry wet wind from the east called the Euros. And today, Euros are still making everybody miserable in Greece.
Landlash is a wonderfully descriptive Scottish gale.
Willy-willy is the name for a hurricane that occurs in the seas north of Australia. Shouldn’t a terrifying and destructive wind system have a name that doesn’t make you snigger? Or perhaps that’s the idea: to make people less scared.
Yamo or “wind in a body” is the Ugandan name for a whirlwind. I do like the idea of a wind with a discernable form, but I must admit my first thought was that the proper name for “wind in a body” is fart.
But my two absolute favourites are Descuernacabras ” the wind that de-horns goats” and the even more formidable Matacabras “the wind that kills goats”. Probably best for you and your kids to stay indoors when those Spanish winds are blowing.