Place Name: Alexander Circle
Feature Type (Year Approved): Park (1968), Road (1968)
Name Origins: Commemorative, Royal
Earl Alexander of Tunis is a title in the Peerage of the United Kingdom. It was created on 14 March 1952 for the prominent military commander Field Marshal Harold Alexander, 1st Viscount Alexander of Tunis. He had already been created Viscount Alexander of Tunis, of Errigal in the County of Donegal, on 1 March 1946, and was made Baron Rideau, of Ottawa and of Castle Derg in the County of Tyrone, at the same time he was given the earldom. These titles are also in the Peerage of the United Kingdom. Alexander was the third son of James Alexander, 4th Earl of Caledon.
From Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Earl_Alexander_of_Tunis
Scottish, English: relationship name from the Middle English personal name Alexander, itself from Greek Aléxandros, a compound of the stem of the verb aléxein ‘to ward off, defend’, and the genitive stem andr- of the noun aner ‘man’.
From: The Oxford Dictionary of Family Names in Britain and Ireland.
Cultural Affiliation: British
Naming Edmonton: From Ada to Zoie
Property owners who donated part of the costs involved in developing this park requested that it be named for Earl Alexander of Tunis, governor general of Canada from 1946 to 1952. Alexander Circle Park, with its ornate fountain, is well known in the neighbourhood. Homeowners first attempted to have the road name changed to Alexander Circle in 1958-1959. The motion was defeated by City Council but a later request was approved. This 0.26-ha. circular park is located in the Glenora neighbourhood.
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