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Toponym Template

This template shows the format used for all toponym records.
(Changes in the template may not be reflected in records not yet updated.)

Administrative Status (e.g. District, Region or Country Capital) where applicable
Heterographs Spelling variations (*)  Allonyms Different names used (*) 
  • *Sources are given in brackets: 1962/7 = SoG map; 1994 = 1994 Shell/KLM Road Map; 2012 = 2012 Election Polling Station List; GD = GhanaDistricts; GNS = GEOnet Names Server; GW = GhanaWeb; LOGO = LOGODEP (Local Governance & Decentralization Program); MiDA = Millennium Development Authority; MOFEP = Ministry Of Finance & Economic Planning (Composite Budget Statements); PM = Poverty Map (PMn = Poverty Map No.n); SoG = Survey of Ghana; US = US army map.
  • GNS often has multiple heterographs & allonyms.Those which show minor spelling differences or are identical to the 1962 map form may not be listed. Some GNS allonyms are false 'positional allonyms', i.e. they are shown as allonyms only because two closely positioned settlements have been given identical geographical coordinates.

GPN id
Map Sq. MapLinks District 
1962 map square 
Sat. Map: IM    WM Administrative District
Lon / ° Lat / ° Elev / m
Location (If data is 'ghpn', this header may be followed by an asterisk, *.)
+ East,
- West
(all North)
Note on location, especially if place is not shown on the 1962 map, in which case, approximate distance and direction from a 1962 map location. When referring to the 1962 map square, note the 1962 heterograph if different from the header toponym.

Meaning Origin
Indig. Lang. Source Lang.
Language of environment Language of place name

Etymological analysis of name: literal translation of each element¹, and overall meaning
Background to how and why place obtained its name.

If more than one explanation is given, they are numbered to correspond with alternative meanings given, thus: 1., 2., etc.

References to sources below are indicated by name, initials, or 'URL'.

References to regularly used online sources are given by initials only where unambiguous.

Document Author, date, title, publisher
URL Internet address of online information. If unlinked, target is deactivated.
Contributor Initials of contributor if other than Project Manager/Webmaster
Informant Initials of informant