Boyle Street

Place Name: Boyle Street

Feature Type (Year Approved): Neighbourhood (1946)

Name Origins: Commemorative

Definition: 

Irish: from Ó Baoighill ‘descendant of Baoigheall’, a personal name.
From: Oxford Dictionary of Family Names in Britain and Ireland

Cultural Affiliation: Irish

Gender: Male

Naming Edmonton: From Ada to Zoie

Boyle Street, the former street designation for 103A Avenue, is one of the oldest neighbourhoods in Edmonton. The rectangular blocks and straight streets of Boyle Street neighbourhood have existed since 1892 and conform to the original Edmonton Settlement, which was subdivided on the basis of river lots. The Hudson Bay Reserve, located north of Fort Edmonton, forced the emerging town of Edmonton to spread eastward and away from the fort. Consequently, Edmonton's early commercial district was located along Jasper Avenue and 97 Street (Namayo Avenue) near what is now the Boyle Street neighbourhood. It is likely that Boyle Street was named after an early resident of Edmonton, John R. Boyle (1870-1936). Born in Ontario, Boyle moved west to Regina in 1894 and studied law with McKenzie and Brown. Two years later, Boyle came to Edmonton where he worked at the office of Hedley C. Taylor (later Judge Taylor). After being called to the bar in 1899, Boyle entered into partnership with Taylor. Between 1904 and 1906, Boyle served with K.A. McLeod, Thomas Bellamy, W.H. Clark, J.H. Picard, D.R. Fraser, W.A. Griesbach and, later, Robert Mays and D.G. Latta on the first Municipal Council of Edmonton. Roadways off Boyle Street carried the names of some of these same men-Bellamy, Clark, Picard and Griesbach. Boyle was elected to the provincial legislature in 1905, re-elected in 1909 and remained undefeated until his retirement from provincial politics in 1926. In 1912 he was appointed King's Counsel and minister of education. He was named attorney general in 1918 and, in 1924, a judge.

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