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Hurricane Gave Katrinas Everywhere a Bad Name

Ten years since the storm devastated the Gulf Coast, the baby name "Katrina" is still on the decline.
An evacuee from Hurricane Katrina has written their feelings
An evacuee from Hurricane Katrina has written their feelings on an SUV at the campus of Louisiana State University at Shreveport, Saturday, September 3, 2005. Some 1,000 refugees from Katrina are sheltered here.Mario Villafuerte / Bloomberg News via Getty Images

New Orleans and the Gulf Coast are well on the road to recovery 10 years after Hurricane Katrina. The name may never come back.

In 2005, the year the hurricane hit, 1,326 babies born in the United States were named Katrina, according to the Social Security Administration. It was a name on the rise — no Ashley or Madison, per se, but a good solid name for baby girls nationwide.

Since the storm, Katrina's popularity steadily has faded. Only 230 babies born in 2014 nationwide were named Katrina.

The name hasn't been used in Louisiana since 2006, according to SSA data.

Katrina Cochran, a trauma recovery and crisis intervention psychologist, said she doesn't think there's any doubt the storm gave the name ... well, a bad name.

"Once a tragedy like that happens, at least for adults, the name is a reminder of the amount of devastation," Cochran said.

Cochran worked for the Salvation Army in the Gulf Coast following the hurricane, spending fall of 2005 and most of 2006 in New Orleans, which she described as completely chaotic.

"A lot of it wasn't passable when we got there," Cochran told NBC News. "We still couldn't get into the New Orleans airport."

She went by K. H. Cochran rather than her name Katrina when she presented trainings in Florida and the Gulf Coast area because she said the name was still traumatizing for many.

"Even to this day, even 10 years later," Cochran said. "When I introduce myself there's almost immediately a visceral reaction."