Place Name: Cloverdale
Feature Type (Year Approved): Neighbourhood (common usage)
Name Origins: Commemorative
Clover: English, perhaps a variant of Cleaver, from a derivative of Old English clēofan ‘to split’, with change of stress within the diphthong to cleōfan, cloven, whence Clover.
From: Oxford Dictionary of Family Names in Britain and Ireland
Dale, Old English meaning ‘place in the valley’.
From: A Dictionary of British Place Names
Cultural Affiliation: English
Naming Edmonton: From Ada to Zoie
Cloverdale was named for the Clover Bar Road, which ran from this neighbourhood to Clover Bar. Clover Bar and Cloverdale are named after Thomas H. Clover, a pioneer who mined the North Saskatchewan for gold. The neighbourhood was originally called Gallagher Flats, after the landowner Cornelius Gallagher, who owned a meat store and was later a mayor of Edmonton. The name Cloverdale seems to have emerged in the 1930s. For instance, the local Bennett School Community League was renamed the Cloverdale Community League in 1934. Both Cloverdale and Gallagher Flats were used to refer to the district until the 1950s, when the name Cloverdale was used on maps and in the Henderson's Greater Edmonton Directory.
This road was commonly referred to by several names, including Cloverdale Road, Cloverdale Hill Road and Cloverdale Hill. In 1973 Cloverdale Hill was recognized as the official name.
Suburb Boundary Cloverdale, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
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