Compiled by the UNGEGN Working Group on Romanization Systems
Version 4.0, March 2016


No romanization systems for Kirghiz (Kyrgyz) have been put forward at the United Nations conferences on the standardization of geographical names or at sessions of the United Nations Group of Experts on Geographical Names. In 2008 the Government of Kyrgyzstan approved the national system of romanization that was based on the BGN/PCGN 1979 system; a detailed degree on the rendering of geographical names in Roman script was passed in 20101.

Systems of romanization

The BGN/PCGN 1979 System gives the following romanization:

1 А а a
2 Б б b
3 В в v
4 Г г g
5 Д д d
6 Е е e
7 Ё ё yo
8 Ж ж j
9 З з z
10 И и i
11 Й й y
12 К к k
13 Л л l
14 М м m
15 Н н n
16 Ң ң ng
17 О о o
18 Ө ө ö
19 П п p
20 Р р r
21 С с s
22 Т т t
23 У у u
24 Ү ү ü
25 Ф ф f
26 Х х kh
27 Ц ц ts
28 Ч ч ch
29 Ш ш sh
30 Щ щ shch
31 Ъ ъ "
32 Ы ы y
33 Ь ь
34 Э э e
35 Ю ю yu
36 Я я ya

The transliteration standard ISO 9:1995 gives, as a single block, different Roman equivalents to the following Kirghiz characters (the BGN/PCGN equivalents are in parentheses):

ё (yo) ë
ж (j) ž
й (y) j
ң (ng) ņ
ө (ö) ô
ү (ü) ù
х (kh) h
ц (ts) c
ч (ch) č
ш (sh) š
щ (shch) ŝ
э (e) è
ю (yu) û
я (ya) â


  1. Report of Eastern Europe, Northern and Central Asia Division. 28th Session of the United Nations Group of Experts on Geographical Names. New York, 28 April – 2 May 2014. W.P.37/4.