Place Name: Brown Industrial
Feature Type (Year Approved): Neighbourhood (1914)
Name Origins: Commemorative
English, Scottish: nickname for a person with brown hair or brown complexion, from Middle English brun (Old English brūn) or Old French brun ‘brown’ (originally from Continental Germanic).
English: relationship name from the Middle English personal name Brun, Broun (Old English Brūn, ‘brown’ as in (above), or possibly Old Scandinavian Brúnn or Brúni).
Irish, Scottish: relationship name adopted for Ó Duinn (see Dunne) or for any of the many Irish and Scottish Gaelic names containing the element donn ‘brown-haired’ (also meaning ‘chieftain’), for example Donohue.
Irish: phonetic anglicization of Mac an Bhreitheamhnaigh; see Breheny.
German, Jewish (Ashkenazic): anglicization of German Braun or Yiddish bron, see Bron.
From: Oxford Dictionary of Family Names in Britain and Ireland
Cultural Affiliation: English, Irish, Scottish, German Jewish
Naming Edmonton: From Ada to Zoie
Brown Industrial takes its name from the historic subdivision, Brown's Estate. Brown's Estate was established around 1914 and located at approximately the same site where Brown Industrial exists today. It may have been named after Clifford W. Brown, a real-estate and financial agent who lived in Edmonton in the 1910s. (His name appears in the 1914 local directory.) In 1954 Brown's Estate was replotted and later, in 1960, rezoned for industrial use from Canadian National Railways (CNR) to 137 Avenue and west of 149 Street.
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