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I thought about which city has had the most official names? including historical names. Not counting different spellings.

Lots of cities have changed name over the years as:


Kristiania>Oslo
Reval>Tallinn
Karl Marx Stadt>Chemnitz
Königsberg>Kaliningrad

Few cities have changed name more than once:
Byzantium-Constantinople>Istanbul

St Petersburg-Petrograd-Leningrad>St Petersburg


Any city with more than 4 different official names through history?
 

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I thought about which city has had the most official names? including historical names. Not counting different spellings.

Lots of cities have changed name over the years as:


Kristiania>Oslo
It's more like this:

Oslo > Christiania > Changed the spelling to Kristiania > Back at Oslo again.

I think Christiania was a much prettier name.
 

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Ji, Yanjing, Guangyang, Youzhou, Fanyang, Nanjing, Zhongdu, Dadu (Daidu), Khanbaliq (Cambaluc), Beiping (Peiping), Peking and Beijing.
Bejing:

Ji / 蓟 (date back to BC 2000) ---> Youzhou / 幽州 ---> Yandu / 燕都 ---> Rixia / 日下 ---> Youdu / 幽都 ---> Yanjing / 燕京 ---> Chunming / 春明 ---> Jingcheng / 京城 ---> Nanjing / 南京 (AD 900 or so, Liao dynasty) ---> Yanshan / 燕山 ---> Zhongdu / 中都 (Jin dynasty) ---> Dadu / 大都 (Yuan dynasty, Khanbaliq 汗八里 in Mongolian language, means Khan city) ---> Beiping / 北平 ---> Beijing / 北京 (Ming dynasty, AD 1400, the capital city called as Beijing for the 1st time in history) ---> Jingshi / 京师 (Qing dynasty) ---> Wanping / 宛平 ---> Beiping / 北平 ---> Jingzhao / 京兆 ---> Beijing / 北京
 

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Interesting topic!

Beijing seems to have the highest number of official names so far.

Jakarta has had at least three other official names during the following historical periods:

1. Sunda Kelapa: 397 AD – 1527

2. Jayakarta: 1527 – 1619

3. Batavia: 1619 – 1949

4. In addition, Jakarta was spelt as Djakarta from 1949 – 1972
 

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A few African cities have changed names at least once...from colonial names to African ones:

Salisbury = Harare
Lourenco Marques = Maputo
Nova Lisboa = Huambo
Leopoldville = Kinshasa
Santa Isabel = Malabo

I'm sure there are others...
 

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Rome/Roma: ~750BC -----> Rome/Roma: Present


Haojing ~1000BC -----> Xianyang 350BC -----> Chang'an (長安) 200BC -----> Chang'an (常安) 9AD -----> Chang'an (長安) 23AD -----> Daxing 582 -----> Chang'an 618 -----> Xi'an ~1370 to Present
(Not sure if this one is accurate)
 

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A few African cities have changed names at least once...from colonial names to African ones:

Salisbury = Harare
Lourenco Marques = Maputo
Nova Lisboa = Huambo
Leopoldville = Kinshasa
Santa Isabel = Malabo

I'm sure there are others...
Leopoldville/Kinshasa
Elisabethville/Lubumbashi
Coquilhatville/Mbandaka
etc.

very creative people, the Belgians...

Fort Lamy/Ndjamena
Astrida/Butare
Pietermaritzburg/Polokwane
 

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One of my favorites: Jakarta was called Batavia during its Dutch colonial days.

And Batavia's not to be confused with Barataria, a present-day parish in Louisiana; also a fictional ínsula ("isle") awarded by some noblemen to Sancho Panza as a prank in Cervantes' Don Quixote (from the Spanish word barato, meaning cheap); also a fictional republican kingdom in Gilbert and Sullivan's comic opera "The Gondoliers."

What about Portugal? It's old name was Lusitania when it was a far-flung Roman province.

Things like "Beijing/Peking" shouldn't count because Beijing is JUST the artificial Commie Chinese gov't's artificial way of differentiating it from the imperial Peking. It's still "Pequino" in Italian; not Beygino. :eek:hno: (The Chinese commies couldn't maneuver the Italians to change their version...)

Nobody says "55 Days at Beijing;" and I never order Beijing Duck. Discriminating people know it's Peking duck! And amongst dog breeders, whoever heard of Beijingese? :nuts: It's Pekingese--pure and simple!!

Paris - formerly Lutetia, gay Paree (which was Gertrude Stein's Paris),

L.A. - La Ciudad de la Nuestra Senora de los Angeles; Ellay; La-La-land. :lol:
 

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Things like "Beijing/Peking" shouldn't count because Beijing is JUST the artificial Commie Chinese gov't's artificial way of differentiating it from the imperial Peking. It's still "Pequino" in Italian; not Beygino. :eek:hno: (The Chinese commies couldn't maneuver the Italians to change their version...)

Nobody says "55 Days at Beijing;" and I never order Beijing Duck. Discriminating people know it's Peking duck! And amongst dog breeders, whoever heard of Beijingese? :nuts: It's Pekingese--pure and simple!!
:nuts:

You clealy have no clue on the Chinese language.
 
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