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|Alternative name or names by which the feature is known in the local language; for names in other languages, use name:xy where xy is the ISO 639 language code; not to be confused with name:alt, which is for the name in the Altai language|
|Used on these elements|
|Status: de facto|
|Tools for this tag|
This tag can be used when a street, river or any other feature has another common name but there is some other alternative form.
Note that some alternative names fit better for other tags:
- Name used primarily locally, or by other names in local dialects (for which a language code is not enough selective) then loc_name=* fits better
- Shortened form of common name - short_name=* is superior.
- official name that is not a commonly used name - official_name=*
- Regionally used name - reg_name=*
- Multilingual names for names in a specific language
If none of that fits then alt_name=* can be used.
It can be used when has several alternative orthographies (possibly in other scripts) and even the orthography of the preferred name is uncertain.
alt_name=* is sometimes used to store multiple semicolon-separated names, but if possible it should be avoided by using other name tags listed above.
- Multiple alternative names
Use a semicolon to separate multiple values:
- Alt name in a specific language
Sources of alternative names
There are many names available under a public domain license :
Name Types are:
- C = Conventional - English name in wide spread usage for a feature located in a area where English is not the official language;
- N = BGN Standard - Official local name for a feature;
- NS = BGN Standard in non-Roman script;
- D = Not verified - Name could not be verified from a recent local official source;
- DS = Not verified in non-Roman script;
- H = Historic;
- HS = Historic in non-Roman script;
- P = Provisional;
- PS = Provisional in non-Roman script;
- V = Variant or alternate - Former name, name in local usage, or other spellings found on various sources;
- VS = Variant or alternate in non-Roman script