GeoNames Points of Interest and Place Names Data from the US Government

We update the data regularly and build optimized offline capable formats and load it into our custom database and API

The US Government (NGA- Foreign GeoNames and USGS-Domestic GNIS) produces a  dataset called GeoNames/ Geographic Names Information Database that includes Place Names, point of interest features, and geographic features.


Tech Maven Geospatial processes this data and optimizes it for use on mobile devices and makes it available for use offline. We update this data monthly.

We divide up the data into nine categories:


•  Administrative

•  Populated Places

•  Locality Area

•  Streets Highways Roads Railroads

•  Hysography – Land features

•  Vegetation

•  Hydrographic – Water features

•  Undersea

•  Spot

This database has over 18 Million points!

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View GeoNames Information

Filter by Feature Class

9 different categories

Filter by Feature Designated Lookup

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Geonames Spatial Search

Search by Filtering

by Feature Class and Feature Designated Codes (also spatial search what’s in mapview/vicinity)

Some popular Spot Feature class Geonames Feature Designated Search

Search for:

Airports, Heliports, Airfield, Airbase

Military Bases, military installation, military school

Border Crossings, Customs Checkpoint

Community Center, 

Fire Station, Police Station, police post, forest station

shopping center or mall


mosque, synagogue, church


See complete listing




For USA we do not include Feature Designated Code Lookup – we standardize the GNIS data to the 9 feature classes only