Place Name: Baranow
Feature Type (Year Approved): Neighbourhood (1979)
Name Origins: Commemorative (Place)
Polish and Jewish (eastern Ashkenazic): locative name from any of many places named with Polish baran ‘ram’. In Polish-speaking regions this was also adopted as an ornamental name among Jews.
From: Oxford Dictionary of Family Names in Britain and Ireland
See also: Baranów Sandomierski Castle
Cultural Affiliation: Polish (and possibly Jewish)
Naming Edmonton: From Ada to Zoie
Baranow, like all the neighbourhoods and subdivisions in the Castle Downs area, is named for a famous castle. The Baranow castle is located in eastern Poland and was built between 1591 to 1606. Designed in the late-renaissance style, the castle has an arcaded courtyard and turrets. The castle and estate, formerly the family residence of Prince Lubomirski, have been converted into a museum and are owned by the state.
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