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PostWed Jan 07, 2015 5:23 pm 
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It's harder than you think..

"How can I name an unnamed natural feature?
Proposals to name an unnamed natural feature may be submitted to the U.S. Board on Geographic Names as described below. The Board is responsible by law for standardizing geographic names throughout the Federal Government, and promulgates policies governing issues such as commemorative naming, derogatory names, and names in wilderness areas. Generally the most important policy is local use and acceptance.

Please note that no natural feature (and certain manmade features) may be named for a living person. A potential honoree must have been deceased for at least five years, and must have had either a direct and long-term association with the feature, or must have made notable civic contributions.

Upon receipt of a proposal, all interested parties will be asked to comment. The Board makes decisions only after receiving recommendations from the local government, county government, the State Names Authority (in 50 States, the District of Columbia, and 2 Territories), and appropriate land management agencies. Only name proposals for natural features will be accepted (see FAQ #7 for information on administrative feature names—churches, cemeteries, schools, parks, shopping centers, etc).

A new name proposal may be submitted using the Domestic Geographic Names form (PDF version) mailed to U.S. Board on Geographic Names, U.S. Geological Survey, 12201 Sunrise Valley Drive, MS 523, Reston, VA 20192-0523. Alternatively, the online version of the form may be used. Please read the Principles, Policies, and Procedures in the Main Menu to the left before submitting a proposal. An information packet and forms can be mailed upon request. The entire process is free of charge, but will take approximately six months. For more information contact the GNIS Manager."


http://geonames.usgs.gov/domestic/faqs.htm

Guess my dream of Taima Peak is a bit harder them I'd like...
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PostWed Jan 07, 2015 5:41 pm 
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This has little to do with the details you're delving into, but Steph Abegg did an interesting analysis on 'rules' for naming mountains, specifically Mount X vs X Peak vs X Mountain.
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PostWed Jan 07, 2015 5:53 pm 
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Seems there is a proper way. That'd make it Taima Peak.
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PostWed Jan 07, 2015 9:08 pm 
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I don't suppose I could make these suggestions for amendments:

"Blue Mountain" should be "Gunsight Peak" (all locals call it this)
"Colchuck Pass" should be "Asgard Pass" (it even has an address)
"Daniels" should be placed over Mt. Daniel's true summit to the West
"Mt. Hardy" labels the wrong mountain to the NE. It should be over a point that is 8,080+'
It would be nice if "Kololo Peaks" and "Luahna" were labeled
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PostWed Jan 07, 2015 9:14 pm 
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It should be hard. I wish so many names weren't assigned when they were by Forest Service supervisors trying to organize fire fighting logistics, and early Mountaineers outings for favorite club leaders (e.g. Little Big Chief, Wright, etc.). I think the situation where hikers and climbers pass around informal names to identify peaks is working well. I do not want most of these to become official. The mountains will be there for thousands of years -- leave some naming for those that follow.

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PostWed Jan 07, 2015 10:18 pm 
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puzzlr wrote:
I do not want most of these to become official.

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PostThu Jan 08, 2015 10:57 am 
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Where does a "Butte" fit into all of this?

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PostThu Jan 08, 2015 12:04 pm 
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Where does "I do not want most of these to become official" fit into a thread about naming mountains? clown.gif
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PostFri Jan 09, 2015 12:37 pm 
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don't we name them after enemies of the USA?  Rainier?

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PostSun Jan 11, 2015 8:06 am 
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George Vancouver named Rainier for after a friend, from a ship in the pacific. I highly doubt Peter Rainier has made any relatable civic contributions, and his association with the mountain is clearly less notable than that of the Puyallup. Which is why I insist on referring to our states highest point as Tahoma - Mother of Waters

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PostSun Jan 11, 2015 6:39 pm 
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Rainier was another Brit captain which fought against the Americans in the Revolution.😒

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PostSun Jan 11, 2015 7:16 pm 
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There's an obscure rocky nub I'd like to name so I figured I'd just go there one day & place a register w/whatever name I decide upon & call it good.  clown.gif

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PostFri Nov 01, 2019 11:05 am 
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For some time I have thought about proposing some names for regional geographic features that have unofficial but commonly-used references, usually in local parlance.  I've also wondered how easy it would be to officially name a couple of currently-unnamed creeks/lakes which are not too prominent for which I doubt there'd be much debate, interest or disagreement given their relative obscurity.

I thought many of you might have had similar passing thoughts or questions, so I'm sharing these resources to inform, assist and direct you if you're curious or serious about pursuing a name proposal.  As you might guess, it is not an easy thing to pull off, nor do I believe it should be.

One note of interest - generally no new names for unnamed features in official wilderness areas.

USGS Home Page for Geographic Names

USGS Geo naming Principles, Policies, and Procedures
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PostFri Nov 01, 2019 11:19 am 
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I enjoy making up fake names for unnamed peaks that I climb. My favorite from 2019, The Bergy Bit, for the unnamed hump between Mount Berge and Mount Cleator.

https://nsidc.org/cryosphere/glossary/term/bergy-bit
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PostFri Nov 01, 2019 12:23 pm 
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Why do you need a name? Peak 6850 works fine for me.
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