Bonnie Doon

Place Name: Bonnie Doon Neighbourhood, Park

Feature Type (Year Approved): Neighbourhood (common usage), Park (1982)

Name Origins: Descriptive Land Feature


Scottish English “bonny” meaning “beautiful”.

I cannot find a definition of “Doon” as pleasant rolling countryside. A Dictionary of British Place Names defines “Doon” (Dun) as ‘Fort’. The Collins English Dictionary defines “Doon” as down (as in to go down something) or as a river in Scotland.

English, Scottish: nickname from northern dialect bonnie ‘fine, beautiful’ (still in common use in northern England and Scotland) for a handsome person, especially a large or well-built one.

From: Oxford Dictionary of Family Names in Britain and Ireland

“Doon” is not found in the Oxford Dictionary of Family Names in Britain and Ireland.

Cultural Affiliation: English, Scottish

Gender: N/A

Naming Edmonton: From Ada to Zoie

The neighbourhood of Bonnie Doon was named around 1912. The name is Scottish for "pleasant, rolling countryside." In the early 1900s, Canadian-born Premier Alexander Cameron Rutherford owned a portion of land east of the Mill Creek which later became part of the Bonnie Doon neighbourhood. Rutherford is believed to have subdivided the land in 1906 and then named it Bonnie Doon in memory of his ancestral homeland, Scotland. He also named a second, nearby, subdivision Scona Brae (the subdivision no longer exists under this name). In keeping with Rutherford's fondness for reminders of Scotland, his second home, located along Saskatchewan Drive, was named Achnacarry, after a castle in the County of Inverness, Scotland.

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