Place Name:  Caernarvon, Caernarvon Park

Feature Type (Year Approved): Neighbourhood (1972), Park (1982

Name Origins: Commemorative


Caernarvon is the Anglicised spelling of a Welsh town Caernarfon meaning ‘Fort in Arfon’.

From: A Dictionary of British Place Names

Cultural Affiliation: Welsh

Gender: N/A

Naming Edmonton: From Ada to Zoie

As with other neighbourhoods in Castle Downs, the name of Caernarvon, located in the Warwick subdivision, is taken from a famous castle. In order to strengthen English influence in Wales, Edward I began building this castle in 1283. Construction was done in two phases and took decades to complete. Architecturally, Caernarvon Castle is considered one of the most impressive of all castles in Wales. Caernarvon was the birthplace of the first English Prince of Wales, Prince Edward (later Edward II) in 1284. After centuries of neglect, repairs to the castle were carried out in the late 19th century.

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