Although geographical names have formally changed in Turkey, their native names persist and continue in local dialects throughout the country.
At times, Turkish politicians have also used the native names of cities during their speeches. On August 8, 2009, when addressing a crowd in the town of Güroymak, president Abdullah Gul
used the native name Norşin.
On August 12, 2009, when talking about his family origins
, Prime Minister Recep Tayip Erdogan used the native Greek name of Potamya
instead of Güneysu.
Efforts at restoring the former names of geographical terms have been recently introduced in Turkey.
In September 2012, legislation has been introduced to restore the names of (primarily Kurdish) villages to their former native names.
According to the bill, the province of Tunceli would be named Dersim, Güroymak would be named Norşin, and Aydınlar would be named Tilo.