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Naming convention[edit]

The comment of one editor in the current debate at Talk:Dover#Requested move has set me thinking as to whether we are right to name articles on districts which share a name with a settlement x (district) rather than x District. The editor thought that Dover was "highly likely" to refer to the district. I don't think that's at all right. It is just possible, but unlikely. I think District should be part of the name, not simply a disambiguator. The official title is Dover District. We use City of Leeds rather than Leeds (City) - why not apply the same principle to districts? --Mhockey (talk) 12:10, 24 October 2010 (UTC)

This has come up a few times over the years and I think it is perfectly reasonable to move to X District. Although many of the districts have borough status and would move to Borough of X. Some things to get straight upfront:
  1. If the name is unambiguous, we should not move South Cambridgeshire to South Cambridgeshire District or Thurrock to Borough of Thurrock.
  2. Many boroughs had a previous existence pre 1974 and some work would be needed to ensure Borough of X and Municipal Borough of X are properly disambiguated.
MRSC (talk) 15:08, 24 October 2010 (UTC)