Philippine Tropical Cyclone Names

REGULAR SET OF NAMES FOR TROPICAL CYCLONES WITHIN THE PHILIPPINE AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY (as of January 2021)

The first tropical cyclone of the year starts with the name beginning in letter A as in AURING under column 1 for 2021 and so on down the list as one disturbance succeeds another. The 5th year (2025) will bring us back to column 1 of AURING.

1 2 3 4

2021
2025
2029
2033

2022
2026
2030
2034

2023
2027
2031
2035

2024
2028
2032
2036

AURING
BISING
CRISING
DANTE
EMONG
FABIAN
GORIO
HUANING
ISANG
JOLINA
KIKO
LANNIE
MARING
NANDO
ODETTE
PAOLO
QUEDAN
RAMIL
SALOME
TINO
UWAN
VERBENA
WILMA
YASMIN
ZORAIDA

AGATON
BASYANG
CALOY
DOMENG
ESTER
FLORITA
GARDO
HENRY
INDAY
JOSIE
KARDING
LUIS
MAYMAY
NENENG
OBET
PAENG
QUEENIE
ROSAL
SAMUEL
TOMAS
UMBERTO
VENUS
WALDO
YAYANG
ZENY

AMANG
BETTY
CHEDENG
DODONG
EGAY
FALCON
GORING
HANNA
INENG
JENNY
KABAYAN
LIWAYWAY
MARILYN
NIMFA
ONYOK
PERLA
QUIEL
RAMON
SARAH
TAMARAW
UGONG
VIRING
WENG
YOYOY
ZIGZAG

AGHON
BUTCHOY
CARINA
DINDO
ENTENG
FERDIE
GENER
HELEN
IGME
JULIAN
KRISTINE
LEON
MARCE
NIKA
OFEL
PEPITO
QUERUBIN
ROMINA
SIONY
TONYO
UPANG
VICKY
WARREN
YOYONG
ZOSIMO

AUXILIARY SET OF TROPICAL CYCLONE NAMES as of January 2021

ALAMID
BRUNO
CONCHING
DOLOR
ERNIE
FLORANTE
GERARDO
HERNAN
ISKO
JEROME

AGILA
BAGWIS
CHITO
DIEGO
ELENA
FELINO
GUNDING
HARRIET
INDANG
JESSA

ABE
BERTO
CHARO
DADO
ESTOY
FELION
GENING
HERMAN
IRMA
JAIME

ALAKDAN
BALDO
CLARA
DENCIO
ESTONG
FELIPE
GOMER
HELING
ISMAEL
JULIO

Note: Each set of regular names shall use its corresponding set of auxiliary names when the number of tropical cyclones for the season exceeds 25. This means that for 2020, the name following ZOSIMO in regular set IV will be ALAKDAN in auxiliary set IV.


Etymology of Tropical Cyclone Names

For names derived from the reserved list:

Set I

Name

Meaning / Short Description

U
V

UWAN
VERBENA

Cebuano word for rain
A species of flower (Verbena officinalis)

Set II

Name

Meaning / Short Description

O
R
U

OBET
ROSAL
UMBERTO

A Filipino name
A species of flower (Gardenia jasminoides)
A Filipino name


Set III

Name

Meaning / Short Description

T
U

TAMARAW
UGONG

The species of the only endemic Philippine bovine (Bubalus mindorensis).
A Filipino term for howling noise.

Set IV

Name

Meaning / Short Description

A
Q
R
U

AGHON
QUERUBIN
ROMINA
UPANG

Hiligaynon word for mariner’s compass
Filipino name
A Filipino name
Stink bean (Parkia speciosa Hassk)

Note: Tropical cyclone names introduced before the usage of the reserved list has no database of etymology as most of the names were either derived from the winning names of the “Name a Bagyo” contest in 1998, derived from names of PAGASA personnel during the late 1990s or early 2000s, or carried over from the pre-2001 tropical cyclone names. In any of these cases, no information on the names’ etymology was provided.

RESERVED SET OF TROPICAL CYCLONE NAMES

As of January 2021

Set I

Name

Meaning / Short Description

A

-

-

B

Bagtikan

Species of tree (Parashorea malaaonan)

C

Cristobal

Mountain in Quezon

D

Dita

Tree species (Alstonia scholaris)

E

Elias

Filipino name and character in Noli Me Tangere

F

Falowa

Ivatan boat

G

Gaspar

Island in Marinduque

H

Halcon

Mountain in Mindoro (and the 18th highest mountain in the Philippines)

I

Inot

Thrift (Bisaya); related to Filipino trait "matipid"

J

Jacinto

Filipino name

K

Kamia

Type of flower (Hedychium coronarium)

L

Lolong

Filipino name

M

Mirasol

Sunflower (Helianthus annuus)

N

Narra

Species of tree (Pterocarpus indicus)

O

Orka

Killer whale (Orcinus orca)

P

Pawikan

Hawksbill Sea Turtle (Eretmochelys imbricate)

Q

Quintin

Filipino name

R

Ragang

Mountain in Lanao del Sur (and the 7th highest mountain in the Philippines)

S

Sigasig

Enthusiasm or persistence, related to Filipino trait "masigasig"

T

Tindalo

Species of tree (Afzelia rhomboidea)

U

-

-

V

Vanuwa

Port (Ivatan)

W

Waig

Small stream, brook, or creek (Ilocano)

Y

Yami

Mountain in the northernmost island of Batanes

Z

Zanita

Filipino name

Set II

Name

Meaning / Short Description

A

Ada

Fairy (Cebuano)

B

Bakawan

Mangrove (Family Rhizophoracea)

C

Cambari

Island in Palawan

D

Dugong

Marine mammal (Dugong dugon)

E

Espie

Filipino name

F

Francisco

Filipino name

G

Giting

Valor (Tagalog); related to Filipino trait "magiting"

H

Hilagak

Species of flower (Uvaria rufa

I

Ipil

Species of tree (Intsia bijuga)

J

Jasmin

Genus of flower, Jasmine (Jasminum spp.)

K

Kiyapo

Genus of aquatic plant (Pistia spp.)

L

Loboc

River in Bohol

M

Mano

Filipino trait of showing respect to elderly; usually kissing the hand of elderly

N

Nilad

Species of shrub (Scyphiphora hydrophyllacea)

O

Omar

Filipino name

P

Pilandok

Philippine Mouse Deer (Tragulus nigricans)

Q

Quatro

filipino name

R

Ronaldo

Filipno name

S

Saluag

Southernmost island of the Philippines

T

Tamaraw

Endemic Philippine bovine (Bubalus mindorensis)

U

Upang

Stink bean (Parkia speciosa Hassk)

V

Venado

Lake at the foot of Mount Apo

W

Winona

Filipino name

Y

Yakal

Species of tree (Shorea astylosa)

Z

Zinnia

Species of flower (Zinnia elegans)


Set III

Name

Meaning / Short Description

A

Apitong

Species of tree (Dipterocarpus grandifloras)

B

Baltog

Bicolano folklore hero

C

Chico

Species of fruit-bearing tree (Achras zapota)

D

Dumagan

Sambal god of harvest

E

Emil

Filipino name

F

Fuga

Volcanic island in Cagayan

G

Gingging

Filipino name

H

Humabon

Cebuano Rajah

I

Ibalon

Mythical kingdom in Bicol

J

Junior

Filipino

K

Kusog

Strength (Bikol/Bisaya)

L

Lam-ang

Ilocano folklore hero

M

Magyawan

Visayan goddess of sea and death

N

Nonito

Filipino name

O

Olivia

Filipino name

P

Pandaki

Visayan goddess of redemption

Q

Quiroga

Character in El Filibusterismo

R

-

-

S

Saguday

Ilocano god of the wind

T

Tala

Star (Tagalog)

U

Uruy

Karay-a name of Rafflesia speciosa

V

Valiente

Filipino name

W

Wilson

Filipino name

Y

Yantok

Rattan (Calamoideae spp.)

Z

Zuma

Filipino comic book character

Set IV

Name

Meaning / Short Description

A

Amuyao

Mountain in Mountain Province

B

Bayakan

Ryukyu fruit bat, megabat endemic to the Philippines (Pteropus dasymallus)

C

Cora

Filipino name

D

Danum

Water (Gaddang)

E

Espada

Beltfish (Trichiurus lepturus)

F

Fuga

Volcanic island in Cagayan

G

Galura

Kapampangan folklore bringer of storms

H

Hagsa

Deer (Ivatan)

I

Ilin

Island in Occidental Mindoro

J

Janiuay

Town in Iloilo

K

Kidul

Kalinga god of thunder

L

Lekep

Fog (Maranao)

M

Mebuyan

Bagobo earth goddess

N

Nanolay

Gaddang creator and culture hero

O

Onos

Bikol god of storms, deluge, and flood waters

P

Puwok

Ifugao deity of typhoons

Q

-

-

R

Ragasa

Rapid or fast motion (Tagalog)

S

Sirinan

Isneg river spirit

T

Taluk

Island in Sulu

U

Ulang

Giant freshwater prawn (Macrobrachium rosenbergii)

V

Valeria

Filipino name

W

Wigan

Ifugao god of good harvest

Y

Yabong

Luxuriant foliage (Tagalog)

Z

Ziggy

Filipino name

Note: Replacement for a decommissioned name in a particular regular or auxiliary set may not necessarily come from the same reserved set number. For instance, the replacement for the decommissioned name “AMBO” under regular set IV was “AGHON” from reserved set I.