That, of course, is not the "standard" way to name historical places in genealogical research. The "standard" (recommended) method is to name the jurisdictions as they existed at the time of an Event (e.g., a birth, baptism, marriage, death, burial, will, residence, etc.). For instance, I have many Events that happened in Medfield, Massachusetts, which is currently in Norfolk County.
My "standard" location for this place is "Medfield, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States." However, many records for my Medfield ancestors are in Suffolk County, Massachusetts, not Norfolk County. My preference is that the historical place names should be used depending on the time frame of the event, but I'm stymied by the limitations of the genealogy programs and my desire to have the historical place names associated with a map location.
As an example, here is my list of place name jurisdictions for Medfield (and I may have them wrong... this is just an example):
1649 to 1691: Medfield, Suffolk, Massachusetts Bay Colony, British America
1691-1777: Medfield, Suffolk, Massachusetts Bay Province, British America
1777-1793: Medfield, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States
1793-present: Medfield, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States.
Another example, this time for San Diego (city), California:
1769-1823: San Diego, Alta California, Spanish America
1823-1848: San Diego, Alta California, Mexico
1848-1850: San Diego, California Territory, United States
1850-present: San Diego, San Diego, California, United States
I described some of the historical place names I found in the RootsMagic 5 County Check system in my post "Exploring RootsMagic 5 New Features - Post 4: The CountyCheck Report."
There are at least two "standardized location databases" online for genealogists. The two I know about are:
1) The FamilySearch Standard Finder (https://labs.familysearch.org/stdfinder/PlaceStandardLookup.jsp). A user can input a place name and obtain place name variants. the place type, the place time period, standard text, culture, iso-code, geo-code (latitude and longitude) and an identification number for the place name.
This Standard Finder includes many variant names for the current place name. However, it does not include all historical place names as an entity (e.g., the name of Raby in New Hampshire Province changed to Brookline in 1788).
2) Dallan Quass has formed a standardized location database (see https://github.com/DallanQ/Places). He spoke about "An Open-Source Place-Finder for Genealogy" this at RootsTech 2012 (you can see his syllabus here) and says: