Talk:Proposed features/Historic name

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Is it advisable to use 'historic:name=*' instead of 'historic_name=*'? This is similar to 'building:material=*'.

Wouldnt this be more relevant as an "Alias" rather than a "Historic name" as nearly everything can and has changed name at some point. This way any subsequent name changes will allow the opportunity to retain a previous name. A logical progression on this is that it would allow for future generations of route planners to identify & map relating to alternative names rather than just the currently specified name - something that could be highly relevant depending on the nature of the change of name and its historical, cultural or religious significance.--Patndave (talk) 03:50, 30 July 2014 (UTC)


Note that this should be integrated into / coordinated with Key:name & Names; there's already an "old_name" mentioned there. SPQRobin (talk) 18:18, 18 October 2014 (UTC)

Yes, the old_name is already (>100k) used for this purpose. Rafmar (talk) 22:15, 3 January 2015 (UTC)