Here is the code I'm using to change the name field of my nodes if they contain certain phrases.

$query = new EntityFieldQuery();
    ->entityCondition('entity_type', 'node')
    ->entityCondition('bundle', 'my_product')
    ->fieldCondition('field_my_name', 'value', 'Old Phrase%', 'LIKE');

foreach ($result['node'] as $key => $value) {
    $node = node_load($key);
    $node->field_my_name[LANGUAGE_NONE][0]['value'] = str_replace('Old Phrase', 'New Phrase', $node->field_my_name[LANGUAGE_NONE][0]['value']);

It successfully changes the name; however, I'd like to automatically create a new URL and also a redirect entry from the old URL to the newly generated one.

I have pathauto installed and my URL Alias is configured to use the my_name field, but the code above does not change the Alias.

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Pathauto should automatically create a new alias with the updates (unless you have it turned off on the node). pathauto.module lines 519-522:

// Skip processing if the user has disabled pathauto for the node.
if (isset($node->path['pathauto']) && empty($node->path['pathauto'])) {

The Global Redirect module can then provide 301 redirects to the new URL alias.

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