[tz] Change Request: Europe/Kiev to Europe/Kyiv

Garrett Wollman wollman at csail.mit.edu
Sat Aug 15 22:56:10 UTC 2020

On August 15, 2020 6:19:08 PM EDT, Paul Eggert <eggert at cs.ucla.edu> wrote:

>Many sources are using "Kyiv", as you mentioned; but many are also
>using "Kiev". 
>A Google web search today from Los Angeles reports about 48 million
>results for 
>"Kyiv" and about 108 million for "Kiev", and a Google News search
>reports about 
>4.1 million for "Kyiv" and about 9.4 million for "Kiev". This
>quick-and-dirty) sanity check suggests that "Kyiv" is not yet the

I did a more reliable Google Ngram search, which shows the usage in edited text, and found that while the Official Government spelling is clearly gaining ground, it hasn't quite crossed over yet.


That said, the gap is quite similar to that between Bombay and Mumbai or Calcutta and Kolkata. By contrast, Beijing surpassed Peking in edited English text by about 1980.

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