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Name[fontem recensere]

The real name seems to be "Iwate". Why is the pagename "Ivatea" and the lemma "Niigata"? Andrew Dalby (disputatio) 12:47, 13 Aprilis 2015 (UTC)

I just clicked on an index at the box at one of the prefectures to automatically create the page. I assumed somebody figured that out already. Please change to what you think is correct.--Jondel (disputatio) 12:54, 13 Aprilis 2015 (UTC)
Don't ever assume that old lists on Vicipaedia have had their Latin names figured out already! It's up to the page creators (you and me) to get the names right, and if we can't find a source for a Latin name, it's safer to use the local name. Andrew Dalby (disputatio) 13:18, 13 Aprilis 2015 (UTC)
I'll be correcting the Niigata lemma.--Jondel (disputatio) 12:56, 13 Aprilis 2015 (UTC)
Done with Niigata.--Jondel (disputatio) 13:00, 13 Aprilis 2015 (UTC)
Great. Andrew Dalby (disputatio) 13:18, 13 Aprilis 2015 (UTC)

I assume this should be Iwate, will move this and make similar adjustment on connecting links and names in a few days.--Jondel (disputatio) 13:00, 13 Aprilis 2015 (UTC)

I have now moved to "Iwateensis", having confirmed that Latin form via biological names. It was common in classical Latin to form names of political subdivisions out of geographical adjectives (e.g. Narbonensis, Tarraconensis), so that's what I'm beginning to do for modern countries where it seems suitable. Andrew Dalby (disputatio) 13:40, 9 Iunii 2016 (UTC)

Great work Andrew!--Jondel (disputatio) 20:17, 9 Iunii 2016 (UTC)

Thank you, Jondel! We often find ready-made Latin names for modern cities, but rarely for modern administrative divisions. In retrospect, it took me a long time, some very slow lateral thinking, to see this solution, but I think it should work well for several countries including Japan. Andrew Dalby (disputatio) 09:03, 10 Iunii 2016 (UTC)