The primary tag used for naming an element.
See below for the main values.
|name||User defined||The common default name. Notes:
|name:<lg>||User defined||Name in different language; e.g., name:fr=Londres. Note that all key variants below can use a language suffix. See: Multilingual names.|
|name:left[:<lg>], name:right[:<lg>]||User defined||Used when a way has different names for different sides (e.g., a street that's forming the boundary between two municipalities).|
|int_name[:<lg>]||User defined||International name. Consider using language specific names instead; e.g., name:en=.... International does not (necessarily) mean English. It is used to give the name transliterated to Latin script in Belarus, Bulgaria, Greece, Kazakhstan and Northern Macedonia|
|loc_name[:<lg>]||User defined||Local name.|
|nat_name[:<lg>]||User defined||National name.|
|official_name[:<lg>]||User defined||Official name. Useful where there is some elaborate official name, while a different one is a common name typically used. Example: official_name=Principat d'Andorra (where "name" is name=Andorra).|
|old_name[:<lg>]||User defined||Historical/old name, still in some use.|
|reg_name[:<lg>]||User defined||Regional name.|
|short_name[:<lg>]||User defined||Should be a recognizable commonly-used short version of the name, not a nickname (use alt_name for that), useful for searching (recognized by Nominatim).|
|sorting_name[:<lg>]||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.
|alt_name[:<lg>]||User defined||Alternative name by which the feature is known. If there is a name that does not fit in any of the above keys, alt_name can be used; e.g., name=Field Fare Road and alt_name=Fieldfare Road, or name=University Centre and alt_name=Grad Pad. In rare cases, the key is used for multiple semicolon-separated names; e.g. alt_name=name1;name2;name3, but this usage is not preferred.|
|nickname[:<lg>]||User defined||Nickname (e.g. "Warschauer Allee" for BAB 2 in Germany).|
|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").
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.