Those who migrated to the New England colonies were subjects of the English monarchy until the American Revolution. I am of the opinion that the settlements, shires, towns, villages, counties, etc. in the Location Field could contain any one of the following names, as referenced in various English documents: Petition for a Charter of New England by the Northern Company of Adventurers; March 3, 1619/20-"the territories where your petitioners make their plantation has been named, New England"; The Charter of New England: 1620-"New-England, in America"; The Charter of Massachusetts Bay: 1629-"Newe England in America"; The Act of Surrender of the Great Charter of New England to His Majesty: 1635-"New England in America"; Commission of Sir Edmund Andros for the Dominion of New England, April 7, 1688-"dominion of New England in America known by the names of our Colony of the Massachusetts Bay, our Colony of New Plymouth"; William Bradford, & c. Surrender of the Patent of Plymouth Colony to the Freeman, March 2d, 1640-" Corporacon of New Plymouth"; "New England"; The Charter of Massachusetts Bay - 1691-"Our Province of the Massachusetts Bay in New England"; "Colony of the Massachusetts Bay in New England"; "Our Subjects in New England"; "Company of the Massachusetts Bay in New England"; "Colony of New Plymouth". SOURCE: Yale Law School, Lillian Goldman Law Library, The Avalon Project: Documents in Law, History, and Diplomacy.
Many original colonies' land patents came from the corresponding country of control (e.g. England). Most such patents were permanently granted. This patents are still in force; the United States government honors these patents by treaty law, as with all such land patents, they cannot be change.
Our Honor Code, Section II, states "We care about accuracy". Should all data be standardized in order for it to be considered accurate? After all, "A rose by any other name..." etc. SOURCE: "Romeo and Juliet", Act 2, Scene 2; author William Shakespeare.