Saigon is the name of this city from 1976 and earlier.
An etymology of Saigon (or Sài Gòn in Vietnamese) is that Sài is a Sino-Vietnamese word. meaning "firewood, lops, twigs; palisade", while Gòn is another Sino-Vietnamese word. meaning "stick, pole, bole", and whose meaning evolved into "cotton" in Vietnamese (bông gòn, literally "cotton stick", i.e., "cotton plant", then shortened to gòn).
Ho Chi Minh is our honor President.