Changed Names of Cities States and Countries

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By: SAM

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Throughout history, there have been numerous instances of cities, states, and countries changing their names. This can happen for a variety of reasons, including Decolonization, Political changes, Simplification or clarification, Cultural revival, etc.

Here are some specific examples of changed names:

  • Cities: Constantinople to Istanbul, Peking to Beijing, Bombay to Mumbai, Madras to Chennai, Calcutta to Kolkata, Leningrad to St. Petersburg
  • States: Ceylon to Sri Lanka, Burma to Myanmar, Dutch East Indies to Indonesia, Upper Volta to Burkina Faso, Rhodesia to Zimbabwe
  • Countries: Dutch Guiana to Suriname, Dutch East Indies to Indonesia, Upper Volta to Burkina Faso, Rhodesia to Zimbabwe

Here is a List of important Cities, States & Countries with old and new names: This geography general knowledge is very important for various competitive examinations, especially government jobs.

Dear reader, please remember these important cities, states, and countries that have changed their name.

Changed names of cities states and countries

 Old NameNew Name
 AbyssiniaEthiopia
AngoraAnkara
BasutolandLesotho
BataviaJakarta
BechaunalandBotswana
British GuianaGuyana
BurmaMyanmar
Cape Canaveral Cape Kennedy
Ceylon Sri Lanka
Christina Oslo
 Congo Zaire
ConstantinopleIstanbul
Dutch East IndiesIndonesia
East Timor Loro Sae
 Formosa Taiwan
 Gold Coast Ghana
 Holland Netherlands
 Kampuchea Cambodia
 Madagascar Malagasy
 Malaya Malaysia
 Mesopotamia Iraq
 Nippon Japan
 Northern Rhodesia Zambia
 Nayasaland Malawi
 Peking Beijing
 Persia Iran
 Rhodesia Zimbabwe
 Saigon Ho Chi Minh City
 Sandwich Wands Hawaiian Island
 Siam Thailand
 South West Africa Namibia
 Tanganyika and Zanzibar Tanzania
 Decca Dhaka