Old/New names

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In 1989, the government officially changed the English version of its name from Burma to Myanmar (along with changes in the English versions of many place names in the country). The offical name of the country in the Burmese language, Myanmar, did not however change.

Old Names/New Names

Given by British/Original

  • Burma/Myanmar
  • Rangoon/Yangon
  • Pagan/Bagan
  • Akyab/Sittwe
  • Amherst/Kyaikkami
  • Arakan/Rakhine
  • Bassein/Pathein
  • Maymyo/Pyin U Lwin aka Pyin Oo Lwin
  • Moulmein/Mawlamyine
  • Myohaung/Mrauk U
  • Pegu/Bago
  • Prome/Pyay
  • Sandoway/Thandwe
  • Syriam/Thanlyin
  • Yaunghwe/Nyaung Shwe
  • Irrawaddy river/Ayeyarwady river
  • Salween river/Thanlwin river
  • Sittang river/Sittoung river
  • Tennasserim/Tanintharyi