Austin O'Brien Road

Place Name: Austin O'Brien Road

Feature Type (Year Approved): Road (1959)

Name Origins: Commemorative


Irish: from Ó Briain ‘descendant of Brian’, an ancient Celtic personal name probably based on bre- ‘hill’, in the transferred sense ‘eminence’, i.e. ‘exalted one’.

From: Oxford Dictionary of Family Names in Britain and Ireland

Cultural Affiliation: British

Gender: Male

Naming Edmonton: From Ada to Zoie

Austin O'Brien (1896-1972) was superintendent of the separate school board for 37 years. He was born in Prince Edward Island and taught there and in Alberta before being named superintendent in 1924. He retired in 1961.

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