Avonmore

Place Name: Avonmore

Feature Type (Year Approved): Neighbourhood (1954), Park (1967)

Name Origins: Commemorative, Royal

Definition: 

Ireland. Counties Cork, Sligo, and Wicklow. 'The big river'.

From: Oxford Dictionary of British Place Names

Cultural Affiliation: British

Gender: Male

Naming Edmonton: From Ada to Zoie

Algernon William Yelverton, Viscount Avonmore was an Irish peer and adventurer who stopped in Edmonton en route to his 1897 expedition to the Klondike Gold Rush. During the mid-1950s, parts of Avonmore were also called the Avonmore Addition.

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Argyll

Place Name: Argyll

Feature Type (Year Approved): Neighbourhood (1954), Road (1956), Park (1967)

Name Origins: Commemorative, Royal

Definition: 

English: nickname from Middle English *erguil(e), a variant of Middle English orguil(e), Old French orguel ‘pride, arrogance’.

No evidence has been found to support the idea that this is a locative surname from Argyll, the county of southwestern Scotland, though folk etymology to this effect may be partly responsible for the modern spelling of the surname.

From: Oxford Dictionary of Family Names in Britain and Ireland

Cultural Affiliation: British

Gender: Male

Naming Edmonton: From Ada to Zoie

This land was subdivided in 1912, just prior to annexation by the City of Edmonton in 1913. The land remained largely undeveloped until the 1950s, when it was replotted. Originally called Edmonton City Heights, the neighbourhood was renamed Argyll in honour of Sir John Douglas Sutherland Campbell, the ninth Duke of Argyll and Marquess of Lorne. He was the husband of Queen Victoria's daughter, Princess Louise Caroline Alberta, after whom Alberta was named. The Marquess was governor general of Canada from 1878 to 1883, and founded the Royal Society of Canada in 1882 and the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts, a precursor to the National Gallery, in 1880. In 1881, he was the first vice-regal to tour western Canada.

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