Bellamy Hill

Place Name: Bellamy Hill

Feature Type (Year Approved): Road (1983)

Name Origins: Commemorative


Norman, English: nickname from Old French bel ami ‘fair friend’.

From: Oxford Dictionary of Family Names in Britain and Ireland

Cultural Affiliation: English

Gender: Both

Naming Edmonton: From Ada to Zoie

This road is named in honour of the Bellamy family, who played a prominent role in the city's development. The Bellamys lived at the top of the hill, at 99 Avenue and 102 Street. Thomas (1852-1926) and Lorinda (1855-1937) Bellamy came from Ontario in 1892 and established an agricultural implements business. Thomas was a member of Edmonton town council in 1895 and 1896, and on City Council from 1905 to 1906, 1908, 1912 and 1917. Lorinda organized the first women's missionary society, and was a founder of the YWCA. She was also a charter member of the Women's Christian Temperance Union. The Bellamys' son, Ralph, was the first Rhodes scholar from the North-West Territories (which included present-day Alberta). He was an alderman from 1928 to 1931 and from 1934 to 1935.

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