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This question came up in another forum: excluding Eastern Bloc nations, are there any examples of towns of appreciable size in any Western European country being renamed in the last 50 years or so? Best I could come up with were Wuppertal (1930) and Milton Keynes (still uses the original village names as well).
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None that I can think of off the top of my head. I'm assuming you're not referring to newly founded cities, such as Lelystad and Almere?

Also probabely not what you're looking for: in the parts of Holland where "Carnaval" (similar to Mardi Gras) is observed, towns often get a different name for the duration of the feast. This includes changing the placename signs that you come across when entering the town. It's in no way official though.
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Not quite a change of name, but Dingle in south-western Ireland recently held a vote on whether to change it's official name to the Irish language version, An Daingean.

Irish town name change row goes to vote

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