How do city names become founded?
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23 May 2006 06:09 PDT
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Who or what agency(s) is/are responsible for adobting the current names we have for our states in the US. Like in 1915, Okeechobee,Florida was founded. But it had been named Tantie for some time by the locals.
Re: How do city names become founded?
Answered By: answerfinder-ga on 23 May 2006 07:32 PDT
Dear clubknowledge-ga, The body responsible is the U.S. Board on Geographic Names ?BGN?. It is a Federal body which was created in 1890 and established in its present form in 1947. Its task is to maintain uniform geographic name usage throughout the Federal Government. You can find out more on their web site. http://geonames.usgs.gov/ This is a link to their domestic page. http://geonames.usgs.gov/domestic/index.html This in turn links to the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS). You can search on this for Okeechobee. The record tells us that a decision was made in 1917 by the BGN, to recognise the name of Okeechobee. Tantic is recognised as variant name. ?Board on Geographic Names Decisions Feature Name Decision Year Authority Decision Type Okeechobee 1917 Board Decision Official? http://geonames.usgs.gov/pls/gnispublic/f?p=121:3:6598889383040343659::NO::P3_FID:288073 I assume that the document archives will contain the relevant paperwork as to how this decision came about. http://www.archives.gov/research/guide-fed-records/groups/324.html The wikipedia site below suggests that ?the names of Post Offices have historically been used to back up claims about the name of a community.? This is a link to a 52 page document which describes BGN?s principles, policies, and procedures. http://geonames.usgs.gov/docs/pro_pol_pro.pdf Other sources and background reading. http://www.loc.gov/loc/lcib/0002/name.html http://pittsburgh.about.com/library/weekly/aa081201b.htm http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Board_on_Geographic_Names I hope this answers your question. If it does not, or the answer is unclear, then please ask for clarification of this research before rating the answer. I shall respond to the clarification request as soon as I receive it. Thank you answerfinder Search strategy "city names " us decision led me to a reference to the BGN. Then search for their web site.
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