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The primary tag used for naming an element.
Group: Name
Used on these elements
may be used on nodesmay be used on waysmay be used on areasmay be used on relations
Documented values: 22
Status: In use

Main article: Names

The primary tag used for naming an element.


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. Note that all key variants below can use a language suffix. See: Multilingual names.
name:left and name:right User Defined Way Used when a way has different names for different sides (f.e. a street that's forming the boundary between two municipalities).
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/old name.
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.

alt_name User Defined Node Way Area Alternative name 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. Optionally combined with a semantic prefix as above. See Multiple_values.
name_1... Do not use this tag, suffixed name tagging for multiple values is deprecated.

This table is a wiki template with a default description in English. Editable here.

Key variants can be suffixed with date namespace suffix (such as "old_name:en:1921-1932").

Multiple names

If you have multiple names for a feature, first try to choose a rich semantic tag like any of the ones in the table (like short_name=*, old_name=* etc.). If none of them works, choose the alt_name=* tag.

See also