Geographical renaming

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Geographical renaming is the act of changing the name of a geographical feature or area. This can range from the uncontroversial change of a street name to a highly disputed change to the name of a country. Some names are changed locally but are not recognised by other countries, especially when there is a difference in language. Other names may not be officially recognised but remain in common use.

There are many reasons to undertake a renaming, with political motivation being the primary cause, such as reverting to the original names of cities that were renamed to honour Stalin. (See de-Stalinization and history of the Soviet Union (1953-1985).) One of the most common reasons for a country changing its name is newly acquired independence. When borders are changed, sometimes due to a country splitting or two countries joining together, the name of the areas can change. This, however, is more the creation of a different entity than an act of geographical renaming.

Other more unusual reasons for renaming have included:

  • To stop having an unusual or embarrassing name
  • As part of a sponsorship deal or publicity stunt

A change might see a completely different name being adopted or may simply be just a slightly different spelling.

In some cases established institutions preserve the old names of the renamed places in their names, such as the Pusan National University in Busan, South Korea, the Peking University in Beijing, People's Republic of China, and the Bombay Stock Exchange and the Bombay High Court in Mumbai, Republic of India.


[edit] Naming disputes

[edit] Significant name changes

The following list shows acts of geographical renaming that have had been of international importance or significance.

[edit] Changes resulting from splits and mergers

[edit] Unusual name changes

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