What Crazy Names Did These Major Cities Used To Have?

Do you know which names these major world cities used to have? It's definitely not what you have in mind! Take these 12 questions and see if you can decipher these names!
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Before it was known as Melbourne, what was this city officially named?
Bearbrass
Lionclaw
Silversmith
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Ottawa used to bear which unique name?
Mindville
Bytown
Ebytown
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Prior to being named Paris, what was the city of lights officially called?
Brightmark
Marisol
Lutetia
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Prior to being namec Vicenza, what name did this Italian city bear?
Mutina
Olbia
Vicetia
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Before being officially named Milan, what name did this Italian fashion empire hold?
Mantua
Mediolanum
Messana
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Before it was the bustling city of Tokyo, what name did this Japanese city bear?
Edo
Ido
Icko
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Before being named Osaka, what was this Japanese city called?
Naniwa
Nutana
Owana
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Before earning the name Zurich, what was this Swedish city called?
Brenno
Turicum
Augusta
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Prior to being called London, what what moniker did this amazing city hold?
Londinium
Londontown
New London
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Before it was officially San Francisco, what name did this California city hold?
Tuleburg
Wineville
Yerba Buena
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Jacksonville, Florida used to go by what name?
Alligator
Cowford
Jernigan
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Prior to being called New York City, what name did the Big Apple go by?
New London
New Tarrytown
New Amsterdam
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Based on the results of this quiz, you're city smart! Even though you didn't pass this quiz, you demonstrated a basic understanding of name etymology and connecting the dots. History can be a bit convoluted, but that didn't stop you from giving it your all!

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Based on the results of this quiz, you are totally city slick! You're an excellent problem solver with a solid handle on culture and word etymology. By putting all of your powers to good use, you were easily able to determine which cities used to be called what!

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Based on the results of this quiz you are a true city master! You're strong knowledge of history, word etymology, and world culture has served you well. When you put together all of the pieces of what goes into a name, you managed to answer every question correctly. Well done!

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1
Before it was known as Melbourne, what was this city officially named?
Bearbrass
Lionclaw
Silversmith
2
Ottawa used to bear which unique name?
Mindville
Bytown
Ebytown
3
Prior to being named Paris, what was the city of lights officially called?
Brightmark
Marisol
Lutetia
4
Prior to being namec Vicenza, what name did this Italian city bear?
Mutina
Olbia
Vicetia
5
Before being officially named Milan, what name did this Italian fashion empire hold?
Mantua
Mediolanum
Messana
6
Before it was the bustling city of Tokyo, what name did this Japanese city bear?
Edo
Ido
Icko
7
Before being named Osaka, what was this Japanese city called?
Naniwa
Nutana
Owana
8
Before earning the name Zurich, what was this Swedish city called?
Brenno
Turicum
Augusta
9
Prior to being called London, what what moniker did this amazing city hold?
Londinium
Londontown
New London
10
Before it was officially San Francisco, what name did this California city hold?
Tuleburg
Wineville
Yerba Buena
11
Jacksonville, Florida used to go by what name?
Alligator
Cowford
Jernigan
12
Prior to being called New York City, what name did the Big Apple go by?
New London
New Tarrytown
New Amsterdam