Place Name: Connaught Drive
Feature Type (Year Approved): Road (common usage)
Name Origins: Commemorative, British Royal
Connaught is a variation of Connacht which means ‘Province of the Connacht people’.
From: A Dictionary of British Place Names
Cultural Affiliation: English
Naming Edmonton: From Ada to Zoie
This road, which has existed since around 1912, was probably named after His Royal Highness Arthur William Patrick Albert, 1st Duke of Connaught and Strathearn (1850-1942). The third son of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, he was governor general of Canada from 1911 to 1916 and was the first member of the royal family to be appointed to the position. He was considered to have taken the post seriously, sometimes disagreeing with the government and causing tension between himself and Minister of Militia Sam Hughes and Prime Minister Robert Borden. He visited Edmonton in 1912, when he officially opened the Legislature Building.
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