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The primary tag used for naming an element.



Used on these elements

may be used on nodes may be used on ways may be used on areas may be used on relations


Undefined Status: Undefined


See also: Names

To provide details of the name for a feature included in OpenStreetMap. See Names for more information on usage.


See below for the main values:

Key Value Element Comment
name User Defined Node Way Area The common default name. (Note: For disputed areas, please use the name as displayed on e.g. street signs for the name tag. Put all alternatives into either localized name tags (e.g. name:tr/name:el) or the variants (e.g. loc_name/old_name/alt_name). Thank you.)
name:<lg> User Defined Node Way Area Name in different language eg. name:fr=Londres. See: Multilingual names
alt_name User Defined Node Way Area another name or names by which the feature is known e.g. name=Field Fare Road and alt_name=Fieldfare Road, or name=University Centre and alt_name=Grad Pad
alt_name:<lg> User Defined Node Way Area Alternative name in different language eg. alt_name:fr=Londres. See: Multilingual names
int_name User Defined Node Way Area International name (note: consider using language specific names instead, e.g. name:en=... - see above - International does not (necessarily) mean English)
loc_name User Defined Node Way Area Local name
nat_name User Defined Node Way Area National name
official_name User Defined Node Way Area It has been created for country names but we need a clarification for other cases between "name", "int_name", "loc_name" and "official_name". Example: official_name=Principat d'Andorra (where "name" is name=Andorra)
old_name User Defined Node Way Area Historical name
old_name:<lg> User Defined Node Way Area Old name in different language eg. old_name:fr=Londres. See: Multilingual names
reg_name User Defined Node Way Area Regional name
short_name User Defined Node Way Area Common abbreviation, useful for searching (recognized by Nominatim)
sorting_name User Defined Node Way Area name, used for correct sorting of names — This is only needed when sorting names cannot be based only on their orthography (using the Unicode Collation Algorithm with collation tables tailored by language and script, or when sorted lists of names are including names written in multiple languages and/or scripts) but requires ignoring some parts such as:
  • ignoring leading articles, or
  • lowering the relative importance of first names cited before a last name,
  • ignoring the generic part of a street name when it occurs before the specific name (e.g. in French with "rue", "boulevard", "place", etc.),

all of them being ignored at the primary sort level and not easily inferable by a preprocessing algorithm.

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