This thesis investigates the narratives of two municipal proceedings during the first half of the 20th century in the Austrian cities of Graz and Linz. In both cases, the repeated renaming of squares constitutes the focus of the examination, as two very prominent squares the Freiheitsplatz and the Hauptplatz are discussed. The course of the repeated renaming of these places hence forms the basis for a comparison of the predecessor town squares in the two cities, as similarities and differences of both places are carved out in order to recount the narratives of the events. It is thereby specifically focused on the town square renamings that occurred in the years of 1918/19, 1934, 1938 and 1945, as all four constitute periods of upheaval, and the political agenda of those responsible for the processes is accordingly analyzed. For this purpose, documents from the city archives of both Graz and Linz constitute the main sources, beside literary research, that is. While it is generally possible to directly compare the narrative of both cities, severe differences can be found when taking a more detailed examination of the investigated town squares renamings. Here, one of the largest discrepancies refers to the rejection of using names that hold connection to members of the Habsburg dynasty during the interwar period. While in the case of Graz the detachment from such prominent names only slowly progressed and remained almost unnoticed, authorities in Linz acted after initial hesitation much quicker, as names associated with the former monarchy were removed in a large-scale renaming process of public places. This procedure is also reflected in the cities road network and is still visible today. As for the largest similarities of the name changes in Austrias first republic, the role social democracy played in both cases is indisputable, as local councils in Graz and Linz laid the foundation for the renaming processes.