Assign multiple addresses to the same place name alias

Last Published: March 30, 2023


This article applies to retired ArcGIS versions 8.x. Later versions of ArcGIS may contain different functionality, as well as different names and locations for menus, commands and geoprocessing tools.

Geocoding services can use aliases to geocode place names instead of addresses. Each record in a place name alias table includes an address and a name that you can use to refer to the address. For example, the address '501 Smyth Road' can be referred to as 'Hospital.'

In some situations, however, it may be necessary to assign more than one address to a place name. For example, 'Hospital' may have two addresses, '501 Smyth Road' and '1053 Carling Avenue.'



When a geocoding service uses a place name alias table, it substitutes the address for the first record with a matching place name that it finds in the place name alias table. In these cases, it is necessary to qualify the place names with additional information. For example, qualifying the 'Hospital' place name with campus names, as in 'Hospital, General Campus' and 'Hospital, Civic Campus.'

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It is then necessary to qualify the place names in the addresses to geocode in the same way.

Article ID:000003513

  • ArcMap 8 x

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