|The primary tag used for naming an element.|
|Used on these elements|
|Documented values: 22|
|Status: In use|
|Tools for this tag|
Main article: Names
To provide details of the name for a feature included in OpenStreetMap.
See below for the main values.
|name||User Defined||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||Name in different language eg. name:fr=Londres. See: Multilingual names|
|name:left and name:right||User Defined||Used when a way has different names for different sides (f.e. a street that's forming the boundary between two municipalities).|
|alt_name||User Defined||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||Alternative name in different language eg. alt_name:fr=Londres. See: Multilingual names|
|int_name||User Defined||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||Local name|
|nat_name||User Defined||National name|
|official_name||User Defined||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||Historical name|
|old_name:<lg>||User Defined||Old name in different language eg. old_name:fr=Londres. See: Multilingual names|
|reg_name||User Defined||Regional name|
|short_name||User Defined||Common abbreviation, useful for searching (recognized by Nominatim)|
|sorting_name||User Defined|| 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:
all of them being ignored at the primary sort level and not easily inferable by a preprocessing algorithm.
This table is a wiki template with a default description in English. Editable here.
Deprecated: Suffixed Tags
If you have multiple names for a feature, first try to choose a semantic richful tag like any of the ones in the table (like short_name, old_name etc.). If none of them works, choose the alt_name=* (alternative name) tag. If you you want to tag a second alternative name, you can choose the semicolon like: alt_name=name1;name2.
Currently, the iD Editor automatically suffixes tags that are used twice. Please change this tags to the scheme above before saving the suffixed tags.
For more informations, please read the proposal.