Names policy

Our policy on the collection and recording of names.

There is no national names authority in Great Britain. Instead, the geographical names as portrayed on digital and hard-copy products of the national mapping agency – Ordnance Survey – are recognised as being the authoritative geographical names of Great Britain.

The collection of consistent, definitive and authoritative descriptive annotations and proper names/postal numbers of buildings, places and features forms part of the public task of Ordnance Survey.

This document outlines the policy applied to the capture and recording of proper names within the National Geographic Database. These names are then made available to consumers through products and services.