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Name the feature you’re adding or editing as it's known in the real world. There are three types of information needed about the name of your feature: the language, the name itself, and the type of name.


Choose the language of the name you’re adding. Capitalise the first letter of each word according to the customs of the language the name is added in.

Multiple names

If the place is known by more than one name, you may enter all of the names. Just click Add more names. Any additional names that you include are also searchable on Maps. To delete a name, click .

If a road is known by more than one name, you may enter all of the names:

  • Use the Select Road Segments tool to add a name to a part of an existing road.
  • Use the Edit option to add a name to the entire road (concurrent with an existing road name).

Name Type

You can specify different types of names. Select the correct type to ensure that the most appropriate name is displayed on Maps.

The name of the place entered in the common language for the region the feature is located in. 
The most commonly recognized name and best name for a feature. While adding more than one name to a feature, make sure to have one Primary name per language.
The formal name or name officially recognized by the government.
Informal nicknames, historic or colloquial names that don’t appear on street signs and may not be well-known outside the local area.
  • Features with only one name shouldn’t be obscure.
  • Obscure names can be given to historical names if:
    • The historical name applies to a single current feature. The extent (boundary) of the current feature may be changed. Examples:
      • Incorrect: Czechoslovakia (as its divided into 2 separate countries: Slovakia & Czech Republic)
      • Correct: Calcutta (New name: Kolkata), Zaire (New name: Congo)
    • Historical route names should be added as type “obscure” to the route which best represents its historical location and extent.
      • If multiple current routes represent the extent of the historic route, the historical name should be added as type “obscure” to each of the current routes.
      • If the extent of the historic route cannot be represented accurately by current route(s), don’t add the historical route.
Well-known acronyms of a place or commonly recognized short names. Terms such as "Road", "Lane" or "Avenue" should not be abbreviated. Most roads do not have this type.

Road name types:

Numbered highway
Route numbers such as: "A1" or "US-55" and so on.
Bicycle route

Route number for bicycle paths (if any) such as "U.S. Bicycle Route 76".

Note: Frontage roads also known as access roads, service roads or parallel roads should not have the same type as a numbered highway.

Best practices

  • While adding names in different languages, do not translate names. Instead, use the transliterated version.
  • While adding names in different languages, establish the default language for entering data in the Settings menu.
  • Wait until the feature has been renamed in real life to change it on the map.
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