Beechmount Cemetery

Place Name: Beechmount Cemetery

Feature Type (Year Approved): Cemetery (Common Usage)

Name Origins: Land Feature

Dating from 1285, the place-name Beech refers to “Place at the beech-tree”.

From: A Dictionary of British Place Names

Middle English: from Old French munter, based on Latin monsmont- ‘mountain’.

Cultural Affiliation: British

Gender: N/A

Naming Edmonton: From Ada to Zoie

Opened in 1914 by the City of Edmonton, the Beechmount Cemetery was the first municipal cemetery in Edmonton. It was named for Beechmount subdivision, which dated from around 1910. Possibly a descriptive name as a beech is a long-lived, medium-sized tree with light coloured, smooth bark, while a mount refers to a hill or a mountain. The Beechmount Cemetery is located in the Westwood neighbourhood.

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