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Places That Changed Names

Based on the old name, guess the modern name for each of these places.
This refers to the English-language name
Last updated: September 04, 2018
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Old Name
Current Name
Constantinople
Istanbul
Leningrad
St. Petersburg
Peking
Beijing
Persia
Iran
Saigon
Ho Chi Minh City
New Amsterdam
New York City
Bombay
Mumbai
Zaire
Dem. Rep. of the Congo
Calcutta
Kolkata
Danzig
Gdansk
Stalingrad
Volgograd
Old Name
Current Name
Southern Rhodesia
Zimbabwe
Formosa
Taiwan
Ceylon
Sri Lanka
Abyssinia
Ethiopia
Madras
Chennai
Edo
Tokyo
Siam
Thailand
Gold Coast
Ghana
Sandwich Islands
Hawaii
Dutch East Indies
Indonesia
East Pakistan
Bangladesh
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level 70
Mar 19, 2013
St. Petersburg is the old name, too - before it was Leningrad and there was a Petrograd in there too. Fun quiz. thanks.
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level 33
Mar 21, 2013
Also, Stalingrad used to be Tsaritsyn
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level 75
Mar 21, 2013
For many of these places it's really more a change in spelling than a change in name. Still a fine quiz.
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level 28
Mar 24, 2013
which ones?
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level 72
Jul 15, 2013
Peking, Bombay
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level 75
Mar 1, 2014
Yes, those two. Also Kolkata and Gdansk. The latter simply went from using the German spelling to the Polish one.
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level 20
Mar 21, 2013
I got confused with the "gold coast" in Australia XD!
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level 47
Apr 27, 2018
In fifth or sixth grade, I reported on Gold Coast's now becoming Ghana
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level 51
Apr 9, 2019
You mean you were a reporter?
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level 36
Apr 8, 2019
I did as well, so I started putting in suburb names like main beach, surfers paradise, broadbeach etc
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level 15
Mar 21, 2013
good quiz
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level 48
Mar 21, 2013
The Bounty made famous by mutiny on the Bounty was on a mission to collect breadfuit from Hawaii to take for cultivation in the Caribean. So at the time they were collecting breadfruit from the Sandwich Islands, funny.
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level 57
Apr 22, 2018
I once picked apples in a town called Orange.
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level 40
Mar 21, 2013
Istanbul was also called Byzantium at one stage... but of course, you are asking for the modern name... so that's cool. :) Good quiz!
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level 73
Aug 12, 2013
Thanks to "They Might Be Giants" for the answers to Istanbul AND New York City :-)
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level 59
Sep 26, 2015
SO annoyed I didn't remember Hawaii. But I didn't know about Tokyo. Good quiz, thanks! x
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level 76
Sep 26, 2015
I tried to put Bombay for Bombay... :(
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level 75
Sep 26, 2015
Never heard of Volgograd. I felt quite ignorant about it so I looked it up and it is interesting to see that there is some serious discussion going on about changing the name back to Stalingrad.
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level 75
Sep 26, 2015
Everybody still calls HCMC Saigon.
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level 21
Sep 26, 2015
Everyone always forgets about Byzantium
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level 66
Apr 22, 2018
It was an awful long time ago.
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level 48
Sep 26, 2015
Missed Gdansk, Ghana, Chennai and Hawaii.
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level 54
Sep 28, 2015
Peking isn't really the old spelling, per se. There are still Chinese people who call the city that. It just depends on where your dialect is.
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level 58
Mar 12, 2017
Well, pinyin being the official romanization, Beijing is the correct name.
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level 62
Jul 4, 2016
I think Verulamium - St Albans would be a nice obscure one to add, and Dun Edin - Edinburgh :)
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level 72
Nov 7, 2016
Hm "This refers to the English-language name"
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level 54
Dec 14, 2016
Nice quiz
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level 63
Apr 15, 2017
Is it wrong of me to chuckle at the fact that on this American site the American answer is the least guessed one? :)
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level 56
Oct 24, 2017
Is it an American site though? It might have started off that way and there are probably more Americans who frequent the site, but there are plenty of people here from all round the world - it's hard to limit things on the internet to just one country.
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level 46
Apr 9, 2019
Agreed., but it is the argument you see over and over and over again when someone mentions a quiz being too america(n) orientated. (That they should go off and start their own website..)
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level 65
Jan 28, 2018
On the contrary, New York City has a pretty high percentage of guesses.
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level 43
Apr 8, 2019
Well, we aren't all americans. For example I'm Dutch.
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level 68
Oct 24, 2017
Not surprised that a lot of people didn't get Gold Coast, considering that name has been used in a LOT of different places... https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gold_Coast
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level 51
Mar 27, 2018
Gdańsk was always Gdańsk! That was Polish name of this city, which is used across all the years. German name shouldn't be used.
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level 69
Apr 22, 2018
Have you heard about the Teutonic Knights who took the city in the 14th century, or the Kingdom of Prussia which annexed the city in the 18th century, and which created the Regierungsbezirk Danzig? Or the Free City of Danzig that existed 1920-1939, with 95% of the population being German? (according to Wikipedia).
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level 58
Apr 22, 2018
Very fitting considering the most recent name change (Swaziland to eSwatini), although I wouldn't expect that to truly change for the time being.
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level 67
Apr 22, 2018
Köningsberg = Kaliningrad
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level 75
Apr 22, 2018
Bechuanaland = Botswana. Swaziland = eSwatini.
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level 67
Apr 22, 2018
King Mswati of the recently known country of Swaziland has decided to change the name of Swaziland to eSwatini, he stated that the country kept getting mixed up with Switzerland. That explains the thousands of tourists turning up in Mbanbane carrying skis and toboggans.
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level 59
Apr 22, 2018
"Wait a minute... those St Bernards look an awful lot like elephants and these people don't look like war profiteers without a sense of humor. I told you we should have taken that left turn in Albuquerque!"
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level 44
Apr 22, 2018
Australia WAS New Holland
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level 61
Apr 22, 2018
And Tasmania was Van Dieman's land.
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level 36
Apr 22, 2018
made this a while ago https://www.jetpunk.com/user-quizzes/126704/old-names-for-cities
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level 61
Apr 22, 2018
I think that it would make for a tougher quiz if we had to name the old place.
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level 75
Apr 22, 2018
I would have gotten the same score that way. The one tricky thing would be that many of these places have had multiple name changes, so you'd have to figure out which one they meant.
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level 49
Apr 22, 2018
Eswatini anyone???
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level 50
Apr 23, 2018
I'm very surpised that this quiz doesn't include Burma/Myanmar
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level 63
Apr 25, 2018
Here's a similar quiz, where you need to guess the current names for some old countries. https://www.jetpunk.com/user-quizzes/33982/old-names-which-modern-country
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level 49
Apr 25, 2018
There are 10% of people out there who didn't know Istanbul was Constantinople.
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level 36
Apr 28, 2018
My whole life I thought it was Volvograd instead of Volgograd
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level 34
Apr 30, 2018
Leningrad still exists as an Oblast
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level 54
Jun 8, 2018
Dun Edin is still the name of Edinburgh, it's just in Scots Gaelic.
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level 38
Aug 8, 2018
It's "Nieuw" Amsterdam, not new Amsterdam.
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level 49
Apr 10, 2019
How many times do they have to change the name of the capital of Kazakhstan for you to give it the love it deserves? Also shocked to not see Myanmar on this list.