Guidance

Romanisation systems

Guidance on the US Board on Geographic Names (BGN)/Permanent Committee on Geographical Names (PCGN) romanisation systems.

Documents

Roman script spelling conventions

Abkhaz romanisation

Adyghe romanisation

Afghanistan romanisation

Amharic romanisation

Arabic romanisation

Armenian romanisation

Avar romanisation

Azerbaijani Cyrillic romanisation

Baluchi romanisation

Bashkir romanisation

Belarusian romanisation

Bulgarian romanisation

Burmese romanisation

Chechen romanisation

Chinese characters romanisation

Chuvash romanisation

Dzongkha romanisation

Georgian romanisation

Greek romanisation

Hebrew romanisation

Inuktitut romanisation

Japanese Kana romanisation

Kabardian romanisation

Karachay-Balkar romanisation

Kazakh romanisation

Khmer (Cambodian) romanisation

Kirghiz romanisation

Kurdish romanisation

Lao romanisation

Macedonian Cyrillic romanisation

Maldivian romanisation

Moldovan Cyrillic romanisation

Mongolian Cyrillic romanisation

Nepali romanisation

Ossetian romanisation

Pashto romanisation

Russian romanisation

Serbian Cyrillic romanisation

Shan romanisation

Syriac romanisation

Tajik romanisation

Tatar romanisation

Thai romanisation

Tigrinya romanisation

Turkmen romanisation

Udmurt romanisation

Ukrainian romanisation

Urdu romanisation

Uzbek romanisation

Yakut romanisation

Detail

Guidance on BGN/PCGN romanisation systems jointly agreed by the US Board on Geographic Names and PCGN for the romanisation of non Roman script geographical names.

These are the romanisation systems and tables of correspondences currently approved by PCGN and BGN. The date on each system is that of its joint adoption by BGN and PCGN. The systems and tables are regularly reviewed and all those listed here are in current use.

The Unicode Consortium For more information on displaying and using letter-diacritic combinations and non-Roman characters.

The United Nations Group of Experts on Geographical Names established a Working Group on Romanization Systems to consider and reach agreement on romanisation systems proposed by national official bodies for the treatment of names in non Roman scripts.