Tropical cyclone names

Various meteorological organisations have responsibility for names and employ different conventions. Some cycle through a set number of lists starting at "A" each year. Some continuously cycle through names without reverting to "A" each year and some start a new list each year. In the areas with cyclical lists a name will be retired if the cyclone bearing it was particularly notorious and caused loss of life.

It is usual practice for a storm to be named when it reaches tropical storm strength (winds of 34 knots). However, JTWC Hawaii, NHC Miami and CPHC Hawaii also give every tropical depression an identifier in the form of two digits and a letter. The digits start at "01" each season and are incremented for each new depression in the region. The letter defines the region in the following way:

W : Western North Pacific (west of 180 °)
C : Central North Pacific (140-180 °W)
E : Eastern North Pacific (east of 140 °W)
L : North Atlantic
A : Arabian sea
B : Bay of Bengal
S : South Indian Ocean (west of 135 °E)
P : South Pacific Ocean (east of 135 °E)

NHC Miami and CPHC Hawaii also use the "ATCF" identifier for Eastern & Central North Pacific and Atlantic depressions. For example, EP052015 indicates the 5th tropical depression in 2015 in the Eastern North Pacific. AL092014 indicates the 9th tropical depression in 2014 in the Atlantic. Prior to 2003 a 2-digit year was used.

Note, not all tropical depressions reach tropical storm status or are given names. Southern hemisphere storms are numbered in a single sequence irrespective of whether they are in the "S" or "P" areas. North Indian Ocean storms are numbered in a single sequence irrespective of whether they are in the "A" or "B" areas.

Northern hemisphere index

Southern hemisphere index

Western North Pacific names

List 1List 2List 3List 4List 5
DamreyKong-reyNakriKrovanhSarika
HaikuiYutuFengshenDujuanHaima
KirogiTorajiKalmaegiMujigaeMeari
Kai-takMan-yiFung-wongChoi-wanMa-on
TembinUsagiKammuriKoppuTokage
BolavenPabukPhanfoneChampiNock-ten
SanbaWutipVongfongIn-faMuifa
JelawatSepatNuriMelor (2015)Merbok
EwiniarFitowSinlakuNepartakNanmadol
Malaksi DanasHagupitLupitTalas
GaemiNariJangmi (2014)
MirinaeNoru
PrapiroonWiphaMekkhalaNida Kulap
MariaFranciscoHigosOmaisRoke
Son-TinhLekimaBaviConsonSonca
BophaKrosaMaysakChanthuNesat
Wukong (2012)HaiyanHaishenDianmuHaitang
SonamuPodul (2013)NoulMindulleNalgae
ShanshanLinglingDolphin
LionrockBanyan
YagiKajikiKujiraKompasuHato
LeepiFaxaiChan-homNamtheunPakhar
BebincaPeipahLinfaMalouSanvu
RumbiaTapahNangkaMerantiMawar
SoulikMitagSoudelorRaiGuchol
CimaronHagibis MolaveMalakasTalim
JebiNeoguriGoniMegiDoksuri
MangkhutRammasunAtsaniChaba Khanun
UtorMatmoEtauAereLan
Trami HalongVamcoSongdaSaola

Since 2000 onwards, a new international list of names has been used for tropical storms in the North-West Pacific basin and are assigned by the Japan Meteorological Agency as storms develop. This version of the list includes names used since 2012. 

The year is included in parentheses after the last name to be used in that season.

Meaning of names (Japan Meteorological Agency)

Meaning and pronunciation of names (Hong Kong Observatory)

Philippine names

20132014201520162017
Auring (Sonamu)Agaton (Lingling)Amang (Mekkhala)Ambo (-)Auring 
Bising (-)Basyang (Kajiki)Betty (Bavi)Butchoy (Nepartak)Bising 
Crising (Shanshan)Caloy (04W)Chedeng (Maysak)Carina (Nida)Crising 
Dante (Yagi)Domeng (Peipah)Dodong (Noul)Dindo Dante 
Emong (Leepi)Ester (Mitag)Egay (Linfa)EntengEmong 
Fabian (Bebinca)Florita (Neoguri)Falcon (Chan-hom)Ferdie Feria
Gorio (Rumbia)Glenda (Rammasun)Goring (Halola)Gener Gorio
Huaning (Soulik)Henry (Matmo)Hanna (Soudelor)Helen Huaning
Isang (Cimaron)Inday (Nakri)Ineng (Goni)Igme Isang
Jolina (Jebi)Jose (Halong) Jenny (Dujuan) Julian Jolina
Kiko (Mangkhut)Karding (14W)Kabayan (Mujigae)Karen Kiko
Labuyo (Utor)Luis (Kalmaegi)Lando (Koppu)Lawin Lannie
Maring (Trami)Mario (Fung-wong) Marilyn (In-fa) Marce Maring
Nando (Kong-rey)Neneng (Phanfone)Nona (Melor)Nina Nando
Odette (Usagi)Ompong (Vongfong)Onyok (29W)Ofel Odette
Paolo (Wutip)Paeng (Nuri)Perla Pepito Paolo
Quedan (Fitow)Queenie (Sinlaku)Quiel Quinta Quedan
Ramil (Danas)Ruby (Hagupit)Ramon RollyRamil
Santi (Nari)Seniang (Jangmi)Sarah SionySanti
Tino (Wipha)Tomas Tisoy TonyoTino
Urduja (Francisco)UsmanUrsulaUlyssesUrduja
Vinta (Krosa)VenusViringVickyVinta
Wilma (30W)WaldoWengWarrenWilma
Yolanda (Haiyan)YayangYoyoyYoyongYolanda
Zoraida (Podul)ZenyZigzagZosimoZoraida

These lists of names are applied to any storms in the Philippine area (5-25 °N and 115-135 °E) and are used in addition to the name given to the storm from the JMA list for the North-west Pacific.

For past storms the JMA name used for the storm is given in bold

Central North Pacific names

List 1List 2List 3List 4
AkoniAkaAlika (2002)Ana (2014)
EmaEkeka (1992)Ele (2002)Ela (2015)
HoneHali (1992) (Hene)Huko (2002)Halola (2015)
IonaIniki (1992) (Iolana)Ioke (2006) (Iopa)Iune (2015)
KeliKeoni (1993)Kika (2008)Kilo (2015)
LalaLi (1994) (Lino)Lana (2009)Loke (2015)
MokeMele (1994)Maka (2009)Malia (2015)
NoloNona (1994)Neki (2009)Niala (2015)
OlanaOliwa (1997)Omeka (2010)Oho (2015)
PenaPaka (1997) (Pama)Pewa (2013)Pali (2016)
UlanaUpana (2000)Unala (2013)Ulika
WaleWene (2000)Wali (2014)Walaka

These lists are used sequentially. The first name in any given year is the one immediately following the last name from the previous year.

Names in bold will replace the adjacent names next time they are used.

The years that the names were used are given in parentheses.

Eastern North Pacific names

201420152016201720182019
AmandaAndresAgathaAdrianAlettaAlvin
BorisBlancaBlasBeatrizBudBarbara
CristinaCarlosCeliaCalvinCarlottaCosme
DouglasDoloresDarbyDoraDanielDalila
ElidaEnriqueEstelleEugeneEmiliaErick
FaustoFeliciaFrankFernandaFabioFlossie
GenevieveGuillermoGeorgetteGregGilmaGil
HernanHildaHowardHilaryHectorHenriette
IselleIgnacioIvetteIrwinIleanaIvo
JulioJimenaJavierJovaJohnJuliette
KarinaKevinKayKennethKristyKiko
LowellLindaLesterLidiaLaneLorena
MarieMartyMadelineMaxMiriamMario
NorbertNoraNewtonNormaNormanNarda
OdileOlafOrleneOtisOliviaOctave
PoloPatriciaPainePilarPaulPriscilla
RachelRickRoslynRamonRosaRaymond
SimonSandraSeymourSelmaSergioSonia
TrudyTerryTinaToddTaraTico
VanceVivianVirgilVeronicaVicenteVelma
WinnieWaldoWinifredWileyWillaWallis
XavierXinaXavierXinaXavierXina
YolandaYorkYolandaYorkYolandaYork
ZekeZeldaZekeZeldaZekeZelda

The first storm of each year begins with the letter "A". These lists are re-cycled every six years.

Last names used in previous seasons in bold.

North Atlantic names

201420152016201720182019
ArthurAnaAlexArleneAlbertoAndrea
BerthaBillBonnieBretBerylBarry
CristobalClaudetteColinCindyChrisChantal
DollyDannyDanielleDonDebbyDorian
EdouardErika *EarlEmilyErnestoErin
FayFredFionaFranklinFlorenceFernand
GonzaloGraceGastonGertGordonGabrielle
HannaHenriHermineHarveyHeleneHumberto
IsaiasIdaIanIrmaIsaacImelda
JosephineJoaquin *JuliaJoseJoyceJerry
KyleKateKarlKatiaKirkKaren
LauraLarryLisaLeeLeslieLorenzo
MarcoMindyMatthewMariaMichaelMelissa
NanaNicholasNicoleNateNadineNestor
OmarOdetteOttoOpheliaOscarOlga
PaulettePeterPaulaPhilippePattyPablo
ReneRoseRichardRinaRafaelRebekah
SallySamSharySeanSaraSebastien
TeddyTeresaTobiasTammyTonyTanya
VickyVictorVirginieVinceValerieVan
WilfredWandaWalterWhitneyWilliamWendy

The first storm of each year begins with the letter "A". These lists are also re-cycled every 6 years.
For information on the retirement of TC names in the North Atlantic go to the  NOAA public affairs web site.

Last names used in previous seasons in bold.

* Erika will be replaced by Elsa and Joaquin by Julian in 2021.

Pronunciation of names

North Indian Ocean names

Names used from 2004 onwards
List 1List 2List 3List 4
OnilOgni (2006)Nisha (2008)Giri
Agni (2004)AkashBijliJal (2010)
HibaruGonuAilaKeila
PyarrYemyinPhyanThane (2011)
BaazSidr (2007)Ward (2009)Murjan
Fanoos (2005)NargisLailaNilam (2012)
MalaRashmiBanduMahasen
MukdaKhai-MukPhetPhailin
List 5List 6List 7List 8
HelenChapalaOckhiFani
LeharMegh (2015)SagarVayu
Madi (2013)RoanuMekunuHikaa
NanaukKyantDayeKyarr
HudhudNadaLubanMaha
Nilofar (2014)VardahTitliBulbul
AshobaaMaaruthaGigumSoba
KomenMoraPhethaiAmphan

These lists will be used sequentially. The first name in any given year is the one immediately following the last name from the previous year.

The year is included in parentheses after the last name to be used in that season.

South-west Indian Ocean names

2012-132013-142014-152015-162016-172017-182018-19
AnaisAmaraAdjaliAnnabelleAbelaAvaAlcide
BoldwinBejisaBansiBohaleBransbyBerguittaBouchra
ClaudiaColinChedzaCorentinCarlosCebileCilida
DumileDeliweDiamondraDayaDineoDumazileDesmond
EmangEdilsonEuniceEmeraudeEnawoEliakimEketsang
FellengFobaneFundiFantalaFernandoFakirFunani
GinoGuitoGlendaGaoGabekileGuambeGelena
HarunaHellenHalibaHassinaHeroldHabanaHaleh
ImeldaIvanoeIkolaInacioIrondroImanIdai
JamalaJiraniJoalaneJumaJerutoJoboJoaninha
KachayKatunduKeshaKetiweKundaiKangaKenneth
LucianoLetsoLugendaLalelaniLiseboLudziLorna
MariamMiranaMaharaMoabiMichelMelinaMaipelo
NjaziNaserianNathanNaimaNousraNathanNjazi
OniasOpangOscarOctaveOlivierOnaiseOscar
PelagiePayaPulengPieraPokeraPelagiePamela
QuiliroQueridaQuenelleQuizitoQuincyQuamarQuentin
RichardRomaneRoselinaRichardRebaoneRitaRajab
SolaniSinganoSitaraSofiaSalamaSolaniSavana
TaminTarusTarikTatianaTristanTarikThemba
UriliaUnamiUmaliUmboniUrsulaUriliaUyapo
VuyaneVumaVuntuVelaVioletVuyaneVivane
WagnerWamilWeziWayneWilsonWagnerWalter
XusaXolileXolaniXabaXilaXusaXangy
YaronaYasmineYolandeYazidYekelaYaronaYemurai
ZacariasZamileZitaZenaniZainaZachariasZanele

The first storm of each year begins with the letter "A".
Last name used in previous seasons in bold.

Mauritius Met. Service list of names

Australian region

Names used from 2008 onwards
List 1List 2List 3List 4List 5
AnikaAnthonyAlessiaAlfredAnn
BillyBiancaBruceBlancheBlake
CharlotteCarlos (Courtney)Christine (Catherine)CalebClaudia
DominicDianneDylanDebbieDamien
EllieErrol (2010-11)EdnaErnieEsther
FreddyFinaFletcherFrancesFerdinand
GabrielleGrantGillianGregGretel
Hamish (Herman)Heidi (Hayley)HadiHildaHarold
IlsaIggyIta (Ivana)IraImogen
JasperJasmine (Jenna)Jack (2013-14)JoyceJoshua
Kirrily (2008-9)KojiKateKelvinKimi
Laurence (Lincoln)Lua (2011-12) (Luana)Lam (*)LindaLucas
Magda (Megan)MitchellMarcia (*)MarcusMarian
NevilleNarelleNathanNoraNoah
OlgaOswald (-)OlwynOwenOdette
PaulPetaQuangPennyPaddy
RobynRusty (*)Raquel (2014-15)RileyRuby
Sean (2009-10)SandraStanSavannahSeth
TashaTimTatianaTrevorTiffany
VinceVictoriaUriah (2015-16)VeronicaVernon
ZeliaZane (2012-13)YvetteWallace 

These lists are used sequentially. The first name in any given year was the one immediately following the last name from the previous year.

The year is included in parentheses after the last name to be used in that season.

Names in bold will replace the adjacent names next time they are used. * indicates replacement name not chosen yet.

Australian Bureau of Meteorology tropical cyclone names web page

Indonesian region

List 1List 2
Durga (2008) 
Anggrek (2010)Anggur
Bakung (2014)Belimbing
CempakaDuku
DahliaJambu
FlamboyanLengkeng
KenangaMangga
LiliNangka
MawarPisang
SerojaRambuta
TerataiSawo

The left hand list is used sequentially. Names from the right hand list used as replacements when necessary.

The years that the names were used are given in parentheses.

Fiji region names

List 1
List 2
List 3 List 4
List 5 (reserve)
Ami (Ana)ArthurAtu (Alvin)Amos (2015-16)Aru
Beni (Bina)BeckyBune (2010-11)BartBela
Cilla (Cody)Cliff (2006-7) (Chip)CyrilColinCook
Dovi Daman (Denia)Daphne (2011-12)DonnaDean
Eseta (Eva)ElisaEvan (Eden)Ella-
Fili Funa (Fotu)Freda (Florin)Frank-
Gina (2002-3) Gene (2007-8) (Glen)GarryGitaGarth
Heta (Hagar)HettieHaley (2012-13)HaliHart
Ivy (2003-4) (Irene)InnisIan (Isa)Iris-
Judy JoniJuneJoJulie
Kerry KenKofiKalaKelvin
Lola Lin (2008-9)Lusi (Louise)Leo-
Meena (Mal)MickMike (2013-14)MonaMoses
Nancy (Nat)NishaNikoNeilNiko
Olaf (Olo)OliOlaOmaOpeti
Percy (Pita)Pat (Pearl)PamPami-
Rae ReneReubenRitaRex
Sheila (2004-5)SarahSolo (2014-15)SaraiSuki
Tam TomasTuniTinoTroy
Urmil Ului (2009-10) (-)Ula--
Vaianu Vania (Vanessa)VictorVickyVelma
Wati (2005-6)Wilma (Wano)WinstonWikiWanita
Xavier ----
Yani Yasi (Yvonne)

Yalo

YolandaYates
Zita ZakaZenaZazuZidane

Lists A, B, C, and D are used sequentially. The first name in any given year is the one immediately following the last name from the previous year. List E is a list of replacement names if they become necessary.

The year is included in parentheses after the last name to be used in that season.

Names in bold will replace the adjacent names when they are next used.

Papua New Guinea region names

List 1List 2List 3
Adel (1993)AluMaila
Upia (2002)BuriNou
Epi (2003)DodoObaha
EmauPaia
FereRanu
Guba (2007)Sabi
HibuTau
IlaUme
KamaVali
LobuWau
Auram

These names are used randomly. The years that the names were used are given in parentheses.

South Atlantic region names

List 1
Arani (2011)
Bapo (2015)
Cari (2015)
Deni
Ecai
Guara
Iba
Jaguar
Kamby
Mani

These names are used sequentially. The years that the names were used are given in parentheses.

Last updated: 10 August 2016

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