Place Name: Breckenridge Bay, Close, Court, Drive, Greens, Lane
Feature Type (Year Approved): Road (1992), Road (1992), Road (1992), Road (1992), Neighbourhood (1990), Road (1992)
Name Origins: Commemorative
Scottish: locative name from Middle English braken ‘bracken, fern’ + rigge ‘ridge’. The name may be topographic, for someone who lived ‘(by the) bracken-covered ridge’, or toponymic from Brackenrigg, now Brackenridge (Lanarks), or possibly from any of the various minor places.
From: Oxford Dictionary of Family Names in Britain and Ireland
Cultural Affiliation: Scottish
Naming Edmonton: From Ada to Zoie
Gavin Breckenridge Sr. (1870-1946) was a pioneer dairy farmer. News of the Klondike Gold Rush prompted the Ontario-born Breckenridge to travel west to join a group of gold seekers. He arrived in Edmonton in 1898 and found employment in a coal mine. Breckenridge soon discovered, however, that there was an urgent need for milk in the growing community and helped found Edmonton's first dairy farm.
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