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, EP052012 indicates the 5th tropical depression in 2012 in the Eastern North Pacific. AL152011 indicates the 15th tropical depression in 2011 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

  • South-west Indian - West of 90 °E
  • Australia - 90-160 °E, south of about 10 °S
  • Indonesia - South East Indian Ocean (90-125 °E, north of 10 °S)
  • Papua New Guinea - 141-160 °E and north of 10/12 °S
  • Fiji - East of 160 °E and north of 25 °S
  • Wellington - East of 160 °E and south of 25 °S (Fiji names used)

Western North Pacific names

Names
 IIIIIIIVV
Contributed byNameNameNameNameName
CambodiaDamreyKong-reyNakriKrovanhSarika
ChinaLongwang (Haikui)YutuFengshenDujuanHaima
DPR KoreaKirogiTorajiKalmaegiMujigaeMeari
HK, ChinaKai-takMan-yiFung-wongChoi-wanMa-on
JapanTembinUsagiKammuriKoppuTokage
Lao PDRBolaven (2005)PabukPhanfoneKetsanaNock-ten
MacauChanchu (Sanba)WutipVongfongParmaMuifa
MalaysiaJelawatSepatNuriMelorMerbok
MicronesiaEwiniarFitowSinlakuNepartakNanmadol
PhilippinesBilis (Malaksi)DanasHagupitLupitTalas
RO KoreaKaemi (Gaemi)NariJangmiMirinaeNoru
ThailandPrapiroonWiphaMekkhalaNida (2009)Kulap
U.S.A.MariaFranciscoHigosOmaisRoke
Viet NamSaomai (Son-Tinh)LekimaBaviConsonSonca
CambodiaBophaKrosaMaysakChanthuNesat
ChinaWukong (2012)HaiyanHaishenDianmuHaitang
DPR KoreaSonamuPodul (2013) NoulMindulleNalgae
HK, ChinaShanshanLinglingDolphin (2008)LionrockBanyan
JapanYagiKajikiKujiraKompasuWashi (2011)
Lao PDRXangsane (Leepi)FaxaiChan-homNamtheunPakhar
MacauBebincaPeipahLinfaMalouSanvu
MalaysiaRumbiaTapahNangkaMerantiMawar
MicronesiaSoulikMitagSoudelorFanapiGuchol
PhilippinesCimaronHagibis (2007)MolaveMalakasTalim
RO KoreaChebi (Jebi)NeoguriGoniMegiDoksuri
ThailandDurian (Mangkhut)RammasunMorakotChaba (2010)Khanun
U.S.A.UtorMatmoEtauAereVicente
Viet NamTrami (2006)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 2005. 

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

Names in bold replace the adjacent name due to retirements or spelling changes.

Meaning and pronunciation of names (Hong Kong Observatory)

Philippine names

Names 2013-17
20132014201520162017
Auring (Sonamu)Agaton (Lingling)AmangAmbo Auring 
Bising (-)Basyang BebengButchoy Bising 
Crising (Shanshan)Caloy ChedengCarina Crising 
Dante (Yagi)Domeng Dodong Dindo Dante 
Emong (Leepi)Ester Egay EntengEmong 
Fabian (Bebinca)Florita Falcon Ferdie Fabian 
Gorio (Rumbia)Glenda Goring Gener Gorio
Huaning (Soulik)Henry Hanna Helen Huaning
Isang (Cimaron)Inday Ineng Igme Isang
Jolina (Jebi)Juan Juaning Julian Jolina
Kiko (Mangkhut)KatringKabayan Karen Kiko
Labuyo (Utor)Luis Lando Lawin Labuyo
Maring (Trami)Milenyo Mina Marce Maring
Nando (Kong-rey)Neneng Nonoy Nina Nando
Odette (Usagi)Ompong Onyok Ofel Odette
Paolo (Wutip)Paeng Pedring Pablo Paolo
Quedan (Fitow)Queenie Quiel Quinta Quedan
Ramil (Danas)Reming Ramon RollyRamil
Santi (Nari)Seniang Sendong 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
EmaEkeka (1992)Ele (2002)Ela
HoneHali (1992) (Hene)Huko (2002)Halola
IonaIniki (1992) (Iolana)Ioke (2006) (Iopa)Iune
KeliKeoni (1993)Kika (2008)Kilo
LalaLi (1994) (Lino)Lana (2009)Loke
MokeMele (1994)Maka (2009)Malia
NoloNona (1994)Neki (2009)Niala
OlanaOliwa (1997)Omeka (2010)Oho
PenaPaka (1997) (Pama)Pewa (2013)Pali
UlanaUpana (2000)Unala (2013)Ulika
WaleWene (2000)WaliWalaka

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 replace the adjacent name due to retirements.

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 available for use 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
IndiaLeharMeghSagarVayu
MaldivesMadi (2013)RoanuMekunuHikaa
MyanmarNanaukKyantDayeKyarr
OmanHudhudNadaLubanMaha
PakistanNilofarVardahTitliBulbul
Sri LankaPriyaAsiriGigumSoba
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 2007-14
2007-82008-92009-102010-112011-122012-132013-14
ArielAsmaAnjaAbeleAlengaAnaisAmara
BongweBernardBonganiBingizaBenildeBoldwinBejisa
CelinaCindaCleoCheronoChandaClaudiaColin
DamaDongoDavidDalilouDandoDumileDeliwe
ElnusEricEdzaniEvireEthelEmangEdilson
FameFaneleFamiFrancisFunsoFellengFobane
GulaGaelGelaneGiladiGiovannaGinoGuito
HondoHinaHubertHaingoHilwaHarunaHellen
IvanIzildaImaniIgorIrinaImeldaIvanoe
JokweJadeJoelJaniJoniJamalaJirani
KambaKagoKanjaKhaboninaKuenaKachayKatundu
LolaLiseboLundaLumboLesegoLucianoLetso
MarabeMagomaMohonoMainaMichelMariamMirana
NunguNewaNigelNalediNoyanaNjaziNaserian
OfeliaOwamiOlympeOnaniOlivierOniasOpang
PulanePulanePamelaPaulettePokeraPelagiePaya
QoliQoliQuentinQiloaneQuincyQuiliroQuerida
RossanaRuteRahimRafaelRebaoneRichardRomane
SamaSamaSavanaStellaSalamaSolaniSingano
TumaTsholoThembaTariTristanTaminTarus
UzaleUzaleUyapoUnjatyUrsulaUriliaUnami
VongaiVimbaiVivianeVitaVioletVuyaneVuma
WaronaWadaWalterWillyWilsonWagnerWamil
XinaXyloXangyXimeneXavierXusaXolile
YambaYambaYemuraiYasmineYekelaYaronaYasmine
ZefaZitaZaneleZamaZainaZacariasZamile

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)ChristineCalebClaudia
DominicDianneDylanDebbieDamien
EllieErrol (2010-11)EdnaErnieEsther
FreddyFinaFletcherFrancesFerdinand
GabrielleGrantGillianGregGretel
Hamish (Herman)Heidi (Hayley)HadiHildaHarold
IlsaIggyItaIraImogen
JasperJasmine (Jenna)JackJoyceJoshua
Kirrily (2008-9)KojiKateKelvinKimi
Laurence (Lincoln)Lua (2011-12) (Luana)LamLindaLucas
Magda (Megan)MitchellMarciaMarcusMarian
NevilleNarelleNathanNoraNoah
OlgaOswaldOlwynOwenOdette
PaulPetaQuangPennyPaddy
RobynRustyRaquelRileyRuby
Sean (2009-10)SandraStanSavannahSeth
TashaTimTatjanaTrevorTiffany
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 name due to retirements.

Australian Bureau of Meteorology tropical cyclone names web page

Indonesian region

Names
Durga (2008) 
Anggrek (2010)Anggur
BakungBelimbing
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)ArthurAtuAmosAlvin
Beni (Bina)BeckyBune (2010-11)BartBela
Cilla (Cody)Cliff (2006-7) (Chip)CyrilColinCook
Dovi Daman (Denia)Daphne (2011-12)DonnaDean
Eseta (Eva)ElisaEvanEllaEden
Fili Funa (Fotu)FredaFrankFlorin
Gina (2002-3) Gene (2007-8) (Glen)GarryGitagarth
Heta (Hagar)HettieHaley (2012-13)HaliHart
Ivy (2003-4) (Irene)InnisIanIrisIsa
Judy JoniJuneJoJulie
Kerry KenKofiKalaKelvin
Lola Lin (2008-9)LusiLeoLouise
Meena (Mal)MickMikeMonaMoses
Nancy (Nat)NishaNuteNeilNiko
Olaf (Olo)OliOdileOmaOpeti
Percy (Pita)PatPamPamiPearl
Rae ReneReubenRitaRex
Sheila (2004-5)SarahSoloSaraiSuki
Tam TomasTuiTinoTroy
Urmil Ului (2009-10) (-)Ula--
Vaianu VaniaVictorVickyVanessa
Wati (2005-6)WilmaWinstonWikiWano
Xavier ----
Yani YasiYaloYolandeYvonne
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 name due to retirements.

Papua New Guinea region names

Names
AluMaila
BuriNou
DodoObaha
EmauPaia
FereRanu
Guba (2007)Sabi
HibuTau
IlaUme
KamaVali
LobuWau
Auram

These names are used randomly. Names used in previous years are Adel (1993), Upia (2002), Epi (2003) and Guba (2007).

Last updated: 21 February 2014