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:
 
 
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

Given the new legislation and reopening of state buildings, future Committee on Geographic Names meetings are being restructured to allow meetings to provide an option to attend in person or remotely. Committee meetings will be conducted in a hybrid format to allow in-person and remote attendance and participation.
 
Detailed instructions on how to register for the Committee meetings are included below. Please read the instructions and attempt to join the webinar before 9 a.m. so that any technical difficulties can be addressed before the meeting begins.
 

2023 MEETINGS

 

April 18, 2023

January 19, 2023

 

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