[tz] Spelling of Ukrainian cities #KyivNotKiev

Vitaliy Stavropolskiy stavvit at gmail.com
Thu May 9 06:07:34 UTC 2019

Dear Pavel (I suspect, that this is your real given name and you use Paul
only because it's more popular ;-) ),
Thank you for your answer.
I'm sure, you know better what to do. Thanks for supporting TZ database all
this time. As always, you do your best.

I just would like to share my incentive to appeal.

Maybe Kiev is more popular for exUSSR population and the rest of the
world (because the Russian language is more popular, and, as you know,
'Kiev' is a transliteration from russian 'Киев' and 'Kyiv' is the
transliteration from ukrainian 'Київ'), however, as a Ukrainian, I feel
irritated every time when I have to choose my timezone and see the wrong
spelling (in my country we have the only one official language, it's
Ukrainian and, e.g. all road signs, IDs and official documents use
transliteration from Ukrainian, not from Russian).

P.S. Even the United Nations and the Orthodox Church are less conservative
than TZ. It's a little bit funny, however, you definitely have all the
rights to make decisions and, I'm sure, think of the tz customers first. :)

Probably we, Ukrainians, living in the Kyiv time zone, should wait until
the Ukrainian language becomes more popular than Russian all other the

чт, 9 мая 2019 г. в 08:01, Paul Eggert <eggert at cs.ucla.edu>:

> Vitaliy Stavropolskiy wrote:
> > Maybe it's time to change the spelling of Ukrainian cities
> > <https://mfa.gov.ua/en/page/open/id/5418>?
> No, let's be more patient. Although one can find many sources that say
> "Kyiv",
> in English "Kiev" is still by far more popular, and even if the popularity
> were
> even we wouldn't switch until "Kyiv" became the clear winner. Transitions
> like
> these take many years, as a rule.

С уважением,
Виталий Ставропольский
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