Place Name: Caine Memorial Park

Feature Type (Year Approved): Park (1998)

Name Origins: Commemorative


Manx*: relationship name from Gaelic Mac Catháin ‘son of Cathan’, see Kane. The personal name literally meant ‘warrior’, a derivative of Manx cah ‘battle’ (Irish cath). Several farms called Ballacain in the Isle of Man (in Ballaugh, Braddan, Jurby, Onchan, and Patrick) take their name from the surname.
Norman, English: locative name from Caen (Calvados). Compare Camm, Cham, Cane.
From: Oxford Dictionary of Family Names in Britain and Ireland

*Manx, things or people from the Isle of Man

Cultural Affiliation: Manx, English, Norman

Gender: Male

Naming Edmonton: From Ada to Zoie

This 0.33-ha. park, located in the Pleasantview neighbourhood, was named in honour of the WWII flying ace John Todd Caine (1920-1995). The Edmonton-born Caine grew up working on his father's 6-ha. fox and mink ranch west of Mount Pleasant Cemetery, on the outskirts of the city. In 1929 this land became the site of the Harry L. Caine Market Garden. In 1939 John Caine attempted to enlist in the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF), but was rejected because of his lack of education. He then enrolled in Royal Canadian Legion correspondence courses and, in a little over a year, upgraded his education from grade eight to grade 11. He was then accepted into air crew training and became a Mosquito Bomber pilot. Caine went on to be awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross medal with two bars, one of only six such honours to be bestowed. Following the war he became a partner in his father's fur farm and later opened his own farm. By 1966 the Caine mink ranch was one of the largest in Canada. He closed the business in 1973.

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