Tropical cyclone names

During the Second World War names were used by USA Air Force and Navy meteorologists monitoring Pacific tropical storms. By the mid-1960s names were used for all tropical storms except those in the North Indian Ocean. The names currently in use and those to be used in future years are listed below.

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

Names
 IIIIIIIVV
Contributed byNameNameNameNameName
CambodiaDamreyKong-reyNakriKrovanhSarika
ChinaHaikuiYutuFengshenDujuanHaima
DPR KoreaKirogiTorajiKalmaegiMujigaeMeari
HK, ChinaKai-takMan-yiFung-wongChoi-wanMa-on
JapanTembinUsagiKammuriKoppuTokage
Lao PDRBolavenPabukPhanfoneChampiNock-ten
MacauSanbaWutipVongfongIn-faMuifa
MalaysiaJelawatSepatNuriMelor (2015)Merbok
MicronesiaEwiniarFitowSinlakuNepartakNanmadol
PhilippinesMalaksi DanasHagupitLupitTalas
RO KoreaGaemiNariJangmi (2014)
MirinaeNoru
ThailandPrapiroonWiphaMekkhalaNida Kulap
U.S.A.MariaFranciscoHigosOmaisRoke
Viet NamSon-TinhLekimaBaviConsonSonca
CambodiaBophaKrosaMaysakChanthuNesat
ChinaWukong (2012)HaiyanHaishenDianmuHaitang
DPR KoreaSonamuPodul (2013)NoulMindulleNalgae
HK, ChinaShanshanLinglingDolphin
LionrockBanyan
JapanYagiKajikiKujiraKompasuHato
Lao PDRLeepiFaxaiChan-homNamtheunPakhar
MacauBebincaPeipahLinfaMalouSanvu
MalaysiaRumbiaTapahNangkaMerantiMawar
MicronesiaSoulikMitagSoudelorRaiGuchol
PhilippinesCimaronHagibis MolaveMalakasTalim
RO KoreaJebiNeoguriGoniMegiDoksuri
ThailandMangkhutRammasunAtsaniChaba Khanun
U.S.A.UtorMatmoEtauAereLan
Viet NamTrami 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

Names 2013-17
20132014201520162017
Auring (Sonamu)Agaton (Lingling)Amang (Mekkhala)Ambo Auring 
Bising (-)Basyang (Kajiki)Betty (Bavi)Butchoy Bising 
Crising (Shanshan)Caloy (04W)Chedeng (Maysak)Carina 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

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

Names 2010-16
2010201120122013201420152016
AgathaAdrianAlettaAlvinAmandaAndresAgatha
BlasBeatrizBudBarbaraBorisBlancaBlas
CeliaCalvinCarlottaCosmeCristinaCarlosCelia
DarbyDoraDanielDalilaDouglasDoloresDarby
EstelleEugeneEmiliaErickElidaEnriqueEstelle
FrankFernandaFabioFlossieFaustoFeliciaFrank
GeorgetteGregGilmaGilGenevieveGuillermoGeorgette
HowardHilaryHectorHenrietteHernanHildaHoward
IsisIrwinIleanaIvoIselleIgnacioIsis
JavierJovaJohnJulietteJulioJimenaJavier
KayKennethKristyKikoKarinaKevinKay
LesterLidiaLaneLorenaLowellLindaLester
MadelineMaxMiriamManuelMarieMartyMadeline
NewtonNormaNormanNardaNorbertNoraNewton
OrleneOtisOliviaOctaveOdileOlafOrlene
PainePilarPaulPriscillaPoloPatriciaPaine
RoslynRamonRosaRaymondRachelRickRoslyn
SeymourSelmaSergioSoniaSimonSandraSeymour
TinaToddTaraTicoTrudyTerryTina
VirgilVeronicaVicenteVelmaVanceVivianVirgil
WinifredWileyWillaWallisWinnieWaldoWinifred
XavierXinaXavier XinaXavierXinaXavier
YolandaYorkYolandaYorkYolandaYorkYolanda
ZekeZeldaZekeZeldaZekeZeldaZeke

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

Names 2010-16
2010201120122013201420152016
AlexArleneAlbertoAndreaArthurAnaAlex
BonnieBretBerylBarryBerthaBillBonnie
ColinCindyChrisChantalCristobalClaudetteColin
DanielleDonDebbyDorianDollyDannyDanielle
EarlEmilyErnestoErinEdouardErikaEarl
FionaFranklinFlorenceFernandFayFredFiona
GastonGertGordonGabrielleGonzaloGraceGaston
HermineHarveyHeleneHumbertoHannaHenriHermine
IgorIreneIsaacIngridIsaiasIdaIan
JuliaJoseJoyceJerryJospehineJoaquinJulia
KarlKatiaKirkKarenKyleKateKarl
LisaLeeLeslieLorenzoLauraLarryLisa
MatthewMariaMichaelMelissa *MarcoMindyMatthew
NicoleNateNadineNestorNanaNicholasNicole
OttoOpheliaOscarOlgaOmarOdetteOtto
PaulaPhilippePattyPabloPaulettePeterPaula
RichardRinaRafaelRebekahReneRoseRichard
SharySeanSandySebastienSallySamShary
TomasTammyTonyTanyaTeddyTeresaTobias
VirginieVinceValerieVanVickyVictorVirginie
WalterWhitneyWilliamWendyWilfredWandaWalter

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.

* In 2013 there was an unnamed subtropical storm added post-season.

Pronunciation of names

North Indian Ocean names

Names used from 2004 onwards
 IIIIIIIV
Contributed byNameNameNameName
BangladeshOnilOgni (2006)Nisha (2008)Giri
IndiaAgni (2004)AkashBijliJal (2010)
MaldivesHibaruGonuAilaKeila
MyanmarPyarrYemyinPhyanThane (2011)
OmanBaazSidr (2007)Ward (2009)Murjan
PakistanFanoos (2005)NargisLailaNilam (2012)
Sri LankaMalaRashmiBanduMahasen
ThailandMukdaKhai-MukPhetPhailin
 VVIVIIVIII
Contributed byNameNameNameName
BangladeshHelenChapalaOckhiFani
IndiaLeharMegh (2015)SagarVayu
MaldivesMadi (2013)RoanuMekunuHikaa
MyanmarNanaukKyantDayeKyarr
OmanHudhudNadaLubanMaha
PakistanNilofar (2014)VardahTitliBulbul
Sri LankaAshobaaAsiriGigumSoba
ThailandKomenMoraPhethaiAmphan

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

Names 2009-15
2009-102010-112011-122012-132013-142014-152015-16
AnjaAbeleAlengaAnaisAmaraAdjaliAnnabelle
BonganiBingizaBenildeBoldwinBejisaBansiBohale
CleoCheronoChandaClaudiaColinChedzaCorentin
DavidDalilouDandoDumileDeliweDiamondraDaya
EdzaniEvireEthelEmangEdilsonEuniceEmeraude
FamiFrancisFunsoFellengFobaneFundiFantala
GelaneGiladiGiovannaGinoGuitoGlendaGao
HubertHaingoHilwaHarunaHellenHalibaHassina
ImaniIgorIrinaImeldaIvanoeIkolaInacio
JoelJaniJoniJamalaJiraniJoalaneJuma
KanjaKhaboninaKuenaKachayKatunduKeshaKetiwe
LundaLumboLesegoLucianoLetsoLugendaLalelani
MohonoMainaMichelMariamMiranaMaharaMoabi
NigelNalediNoyanaNjaziNaserianNathanNaima
OlympeOnaniOlivierOniasOpangOscarOctave
PamelaPaulettePokeraPelagiePayaPulengPiera
QuentinQiloaneQuincyQuiliroQueridaQuenelleQuizito
RahimRafaelRebaoneRichardRomaneRoselinaRichard
SavanaStellaSalamaSolaniSinganoSitaraSofia
ThembaTariTristanTaminTarusTarikTatiana
UyapoUnjatyUrsulaUriliaUnamiUmaliUmboni
VivianeVitaVioletVuyaneVumaVuntuVela
WalterWillyWilsonWagnerWamilWeziWayne
XangyXimeneXavierXusaXolileXolaniXaba
YemuraiYasmineYekelaYaronaYasmineYolandeYazid
ZaneleZamaZainaZacariasZamileZitaZenani

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
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
VinceVictoriaUriahVeronicaVernon
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

Names
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

Names
List AList BList C List DList E (standby)
Ami (Ana)ArthurAtu (Alvin)AmosAru
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)YaloYolandeYates
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

Names
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

Names
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: 7 March 2016

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