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Old / previous / historic name for an element. Edit or translate this description.
Group: Names
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Status: de facto

Main article: Names

The tag old_name=* is used for old / previous / historic name(s) for an element.

The tag should typically be combined with the current name=*.

For correct historic context of old names, the key may be suffixed with the date namespace. Example:


The key can also be combined with the language suffix old_name:<lg>=* with <lg> being the ISO code of the language. See: Multilingual names. Example:


When combined, the language code comes before the date range:


It should be considered that historical objects of which there are no visible traces left do not belong into the OSM database.


The general rules as for name=* apply.

Date ranges

The date ranges should follow the ISO 8601 date format.

When only ranges of years are specified (no month or other details), a single hyphen may be used, such as "old_name:1953-1990 = Ernst-Thälmann-Straße".

When full dates are specified or the simple notation is not sufficient, a double hyphen ("--") can separate the from and to date - e.g. "amenity:1965--1971-12-18 = school".

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