Place Name: Cote Crescent
Feature Type (Year Approved): Road (1984)
Name Origins: Commemorative
French: topographic name for someone who lived on a slope or riverbank, less often on the coast, from Old French coste (Latin costa ‘rib’, ‘side’, ‘flank’, also used in a transferred topographical sense). There are several places in France named with this word, and the surname may also be a habitational name from any of these.
Cultural Affiliation: French (it’s interesting that the official place name Côté does not include the appropriate accents.)
Naming Edmonton: From Ada to Zoie
Jean Léon Côté (1867-1924) was a pioneer land surveyor and politician. Born and educated in Quebec, Côté passed the Dominion Land Surveyor's examination in 1890. He worked for the Department of Interior for about five years before forming a partnership with the Cautley brothers of Dawson City. The company relocated between 1903 and 1904 before being dissolved in 1907. Côté then formed Côté & Smith with F.B. Smith. In 1909 Côté became a member of parliament for the Athabasca riding. In 1918 he was named to the Alberta cabinet as provincial secretary, and was also minister of Mines and Railways. In 1919 Côté helped form the Scientific and Industrial Research Council of Alberta. He was named to the Senate in 1923.
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