Place Name: Central McDougall
Feature Type (Year Approved): Neighbourhood (common usage)
Name Origins: Commemorative
Scottish Gaelic, Irish: from Mac Dubhghaill ‘son of Dubhghall’, a byname meaning ‘dark stranger’. This was a name originally applied by the Irish to Danes, to distinguish them from the typically fair-haired Norwegians.
From: Oxford Dictionary of Family Names in Britain and Ireland
Cultural Affiliation: Scottish, Irish
Naming Edmonton: From Ada to Zoie
John Alexander McDougall (1879-1928) was an early Edmonton businessman who was twice elected mayor (town mayor in 1897; city mayor in 1908). He also served as an MLA, on the senate of the University of Alberta, the school board and city council. McDougall was born in Ontario and came to Edmonton in 1879, opening the first general store on Jasper Avenue. In 1897 McDougall went into partnership with Richard Secord (1860-1935). Together, they ran a fur trading business and, later, a finance company. During the real estate boom of 1912, the Hudson's Bay Company (then the owner of this neighbourhood) paved 3.2 km of Portage Avenue (present-day Kingsway) and offered lots for sale. In 1913 McDougall School was built at 10930-107 Street.
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