Committee on Geographic Names
   

The Committee on Geographic Names was created by the Washington Legislature (RCW 43.30.292) to review proposals submitted by the public to name geographical features located in the state, and make recommendations to the Board on Geographic Names for proposals approved by the Committee. If a geographic name proposal is approved, the official name is recorded in WAC Chapter 237-990.
 
If you have a name that you wish to propose for a geographic feature located in Washington state, please download a Geographic Name Application Packet.
 
Please note that all geographic name applications must be received prior to 30 days before the next Committee meeting to appear on the agenda. This allows Committee staff time to perform research and outreach.
 
Committee on Geographic Names Policies and Procedures can be viewed here.
 
The Committee has created a mailing list to keep interested parties up to date about proposals that will be heard at upcoming meetings. To sign up for the mailing list and stay informed, click here.
 

Current Geographic Name Proposals

The following proposals were accepted for Final Consideration at the last Committee meeting. The Committee is seeking comments on the following proposals:
 
 
The following proposals are from Tribes regarding derogatory names addressed by U.S. Department of the Interior Secretarial Order 3404 and were deferred for Initial Consideration during the October Committee meeting:
 
  • Wowpu-tushwa - Chelan County
  • Mokeihl - Chelan County 
  • Nosh Nosh Wahtum - Kittitas County
  • Masawii Lake - Chelan County
  • Swaram Creek Ridge - Chelan County
  • Cle Elum Tarn - Kittitas County
 
The following proposals were deferred for Initial Consideration at the last Committee meeting. If approved for Final Consideration at the next meeting, the Committee will be seeking comments; however, the public is encouraged to send comments at any time in the process.
 
 
The following proposals were approved by the Committee at their October meeting. The proposals will now go to the Board on Geographic Names with the Committee's recomendation to approve:
 
 
The following proposals are from Tribes regarding derogatory names addressed by U.S. Department of the Interior Secretarial Order 3404 and have been approved by the Committee at their October meeting. The proposals will now go to the Board on Geographic Names with the Committee's recomendation to approve:
 
  • Noskeliikuu - Jefferson County
  • Sq'wanana - Klickitat County
  • Aalvic Wahtum - Skamania County
  • Pataniks Pushtye - Skamania County 
  • Timla-Timla Pushtye - Skamania County
  • Timla Wapykt - Skamania County
  • Shluxiksikswana - Skamania County
  • Wenaha Peak - Columbia County
  • Tucannon Spring - Garfield County
  • Condon Mountain - Okanogan County
  • Snqilt Creek - Stevens County
 
 
Have a proposal comment?
Please send an email or mail your comment to:
 
WA State Committee on Geographic Names
P.O. Box 47030
Olympia, WA 98504-7030
 
Please note that all correspondence to the Committee on Geographic Names is considered public information.

Meetings

The committee meets four times a year using an online format.
 

2022 MEETINGS

 

October 25, 2022

July 26, 2022

April 26, 2022

April 7, 2022 Special Meeting

The United States Department of the Interior proposed the renaming of 18 geographic features in Washington state that currently have derogatory names. For the state to provide input within the 60-day federal comment period, which closed April 25, 2022, the Committee on Geographic Names held two special meetings to meet to decide whether and how it wanted to provide comments.
 

March 7, 2022 Special Meeting

 

2021 MEETINGS

 

October 26, 2021