Hi Steve,

From the top list, I think this is not really a case of different names people use vs official name. Seems like a simpler issue than what you are talking about. which hopefully then is a simpler to solve.  (Not that that issue you are discussing doesn't occur as well, I'm sure).

Here are the top 100 that are including " of " in the name:

110707 City of Toronto  45716 City of Hamilton  27234 City of London  25393 City of Brampton  22881 Municipality of Chatham-Kent  17251 City of Vaughan  16929 City of St. Catharines  16796 Town of Markham  16592 City of Kawartha Lakes  16086 City of Thunder Bay  14787 City of Niagara Falls  13966 City of Kingston  12085 City of Oshawa  11321 City of Barrie  11080 Town of Fort Erie  10981 City of Burlington  10641 Town of Whitby  10347 City of Guelph   9906 Municipality of Clarington   9666 City of Brantford   9384 City of Sarnia   9102 City of Windsor   8263 City of Peterborough   7819 City of Quinte West   7593 City of Welland   7441 Town of Ajax   7389 Town of Milton   7025 Town of Lincoln   6909 County of Brant   6753 City of Pickering   6689 Town of Caledon   6608 City of Greater Sudbury   6466 Township of West Lincoln   6460 Town of Niagara-On-The-Lake   6239 City of Belleville   6165 City of Prince Edward County   5995 Town of Georgina   5947 Town of Innisfil   5886 Town of Newmarket   5827 Town of Halton Hills   5696 City of Cornwall   5381 Town of Lakeshore   5261 Township of Galway-Cavendish and Harvey   5063 Township of Rideau Lakes   5036 Town of Pelham   4914 Town of South Bruce Peninsula   4877 City of Port Colborne   4796 Town of Wasaga Beach   4792 Township of Oro-Medonte   4680 Town of Grimsby   4533 Township of Smith-Ennismore-Lakefield   4474 Town of Essex   4405 Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville   4346 Township of South Glengarry   4244 Town of Aurora   4222 Township of Severn   4208 City of Woodstock   4151 Township of Minden Hills   4127 Town of Saugeen Shores   3971 City of Thorold   3962 Municipality of West Grey   3929 Municipality of Grey Highlands   3883 Township of St. Clair   3839 Township of Wainfleet   3828 Township of Centre Wellington   3815 Municipality of Kincardine   3803 Town of New Tecumseth   3778 Township of Scugog   3776 Township of Tiny   3725 Township of Springwater   3720 Town of Collingwood   3692 City of St. Thomas   3690 Municipality of Trent Hills   3648 Township of Strathroy-Caradoc   3603 City of Cambridge   3574 Town of Kingsville   3549 Municipality of Leamington   3543 Municipality of Middlesex Centre   3539 Township of South Dundas   3529 City of Orillia   3495 Township of North Glengarry   3388 Township of Tay Valley   3355 City of Brockville   3293 Municipality of Port Hope   3284 Municipality of North Grenville   3268 Township of Leeds and the Thousand Islands   3202 Township of North Dundas   3192 Municipality of Brockton   3188 Town of Amherstburg   3149 Township of South Frontenac   3098 City of Owen Sound   3097 Town of Tecumseh   3056 Township of Seguin   3053 Town of the Blue Mountains   3050 Town of Greater Napanee   3044 Township of King   3006 Township of Clearview   2975 Township of South Stormont   2927 Town of Gravenhurst   2847 Township of Ramara

On 2018-02-12 06:15 PM, OSM Volunteer stevea wrote:
There are places and circumstances where preceding a city's name with "City of" is 
"a very correct answer."  So, sort that out, if we would, please.

We (California) have a city which nearly everybody in all circumstances calls Ventura which is "officially" 
San Buenaventura.  Stuff like this happens.  Then, there might be a "linguistic register" (like in a legal 
pleading) where "The City of San Buenaventura" is "just what the doctor ordered" acceptably correct.

It appears that "City of Toronto" being roughly 91% of a six-figure-strong consensus is a 
clear winner.  However, Kevin Farrugia says something different.  We listen, we consider, we allow 
consensus to emerge and the bold pull triggers.  By that I mean "clean up what we now agree 
needs correcting."

OSM is so delightfully human and organic.  I'm so glad we so widely speak 
amongst ourselves.

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