Place Name: Allendale

Feature Type (Year Approved): Neighbourhood (Common Usage), Park (1982), Road (1958)

Name Origins: Commemorative


English: relationship name from the Middle English, Old French personal name Alain, Alein (Old Breton Alan, of uncertain origin), the name of a Welsh and Breton saint, which was popular among the Bretons who came over from Normandy with William the Conqueror, particularly in Lincs.

English: relationship name occasionally perhaps from the rare Middle English personal name Aline (Old French Adaline, Aaline), a pet form of Continental Germanic names in Adal-, especially Adalheidis, which became Old French Adalaide and Alice.

Scottish Gaelic: locative name common in Scotland, where it may also derive from Gaelic Ailéne, Ailín, from ail ‘rock’.

From: Oxford Dictionary of Family Names in Britain and Ireland

Cultural Affiliation: British

Gender: Both

Naming Edmonton: From Ada to Zoie

Irishman Thomas Allen (1847-1920) and his wife Elizabeth (1860-1939) had a farmed here until the turn of the 20th century, when they sold their land. Allendale, then a rural neighbourhood, was annexed by the City of Strathcona in 1907. It became part of Edmonton in 1912 when Strathcona and Edmonton amalgamated. The majority of its development occurred in the 1950s.

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