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7 Cities Originally Called Something Else

Many cities have changed their name throughout history for one reason or another. Sometimes there was controversy around the change. Sometimes it was a natural evolution. Here’s a look at seven well-known cities that were originally called something else.

7. Mumbai

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The city of Bombay, India, became Mumbai in 1996, but its earliest names include Mombayn, Bombaim, Mombaim and Bombeye. There is some confusion as to how Bombay came to be, with some people pointing to the English corruption of the word Mumbai. The name Mumbai is actually a combination of several words — Mumba (Maha Amba) for Goddess Mumbadevi and Aayi, which is the word for mother in Marathi.

6. Los Angeles

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The history of Los Angeles’s name is confusing and disputed. One thing is certain – Los Angeles had a different name in its early days, one that would’ve been incredibly hard to market on sports team memorabilia. Some of the original names for Los Angeles include El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora de los Angeles de la Porciúncula and El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora la Reina de los Angeles del Río Porciúncula, which eventually evolved into Los Angeles.

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