Austin O'Brien Road

Place Name: Austin O'Brien Road

Feature Type (Year Approved): Road (1959)

Name Origins: Commemorative

Definition: 

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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Aspen Drive / Aspen Gardens

Place Name: Aspen Drive / Aspen Gardens

Feature Type (Year Approved): Road (1963), Neighbourhood (1962)

Name Origins: Botanical

Definition: 

Aspen is a common name for certain tree species; some, but not all, are classified by botanists in the section Populus, of the Populus genus.

From: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aspen

Cultural Affiliation: N/A

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Naming Edmonton: From Ada to Zoie

Aspen, a deciduous softwood, is the most prevalent type of tree in the aspen parkland of western Canada.

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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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Anthony Henday Drive

Place Name: Anthony Henday Drive

Feature Type (Year Approved): Road (1988)

Name Origins: Commemorative

Definition: 

'Henday' is not listed in the Oxford Dictionary of Family Names in Britain and Ireland.

Anthony Henday (fl. 1750–1762) was one of the first European men to explore the interior of the Canadian northwest.

Henday was from the Isle of Wight, he may have been baptised in Shorwell on 24 December 1725.

His explorations were authorized and funded by the Hudson's Bay Company (HBC) because of their concern with La Vérendrye and the other western commanders who were funnelling fur trade from the northwest to their forts. Eventually, James Isham, chief at York Fort, suggested someone go to western Rupert's Land to encourage trade with the region's First Nations tribes.

From Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anthony_Henday

Cultural Affiliation: British (English)

Gender: Male

Naming Edmonton: From Ada to Zoie

Anthony Henday, and English-born fur trader with the Hudson's Bay Company, is believed to have been the first person of European descent to make contact with Aboriginal people in today's southern Alberta. Henday, with a party of Cree guides, travelled west from York factory by canoe and foot in 1754-55, reaching the prairies in the fall of 1754. In the spring of 1755 he camped along the North Saskatchewan River, where he met with people from the Cree and Blackfoot nations. Whether or not he was also the first to see the majestic, snow-capped Rocky Mountains, however, remains a matter of dispute. While four copies of Henday's original journal exist, they are contradictory and the identification of quoted place names with con temporary geography has proven problematic.

Employed as a labourer for the Hudson's Bay Company at York Factory, in what is now Manitoba, Henday volunteered to travel west as part of the company's program of expanding its contact with Aboriginal trading partners. Just south of present day Red Deer, Henday met with the chief of the "Archithinue" people (believed to be Blackfoot). He failed, however, to convince the chief of the benefits of trading with the Hudson's Bay Company and returned to York Factory. A second trip west, in 1759, was also unsuccessful. Henday left the Hudson's Bay Company in 1762 and is believed to have returned to England.

Anthony Henday Drive forms a portion of a staged, long-term roadway plan that has been part of Edmonton's and Alberta's transportation network for more than 30 years. It is also an important link in the provincial north-south trade corridor. The ongoing project [since completed] will extend Anthony Henday Drive from Yellowhead Trail in northwest Edmonton to Calgary Trail in the south. The project's western segment, Yellowhead Trail south to 45 Avenue and connecting to Whitemud Drive, was completed in 2001. The easter segment, to follow former Highways 14 and 14X, is in the preliminary design phase. The southwest segment, to Highway 2 in the south, is scheduled for completion in 2005 and will complete the bypass of the city.

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Alex Tayler Road

Place Name: Alex Taylor Road

Feature Type (Year Approved): Road (1958)

Name Origins: Commemorative

Definition: 

English: occupational name from Anglo-Norman French, Middle English taillour ‘tailor’ (Old French tailleor, tailleur).

From: Oxford Dictionary of Family Names in Britain and Ireland

Cultural Affiliation: British

Gender: Male

Naming Edmonton: From Ada to Zoie

A school and a road are named in honour of Alex Taylor (1854-1916), the founder of many of Edmonton's earliest institutions. He was a pioneer newspaperman and businessman who, among many other enterprises, owned the city's first telephone company. Alex Taylor School (built in 1908) is located immediately west of Alex Taylor road.

In 1879 Taylor came west from Ottawa to take the position of telegraph operator at Hay Lakes, more than 30 kilometres east of Fort Edmonton. This was the closest station to the fort at the time. By 1880, Taylor and other local entrepreneurs had extended the line to John Walter's property, located directly across the North Saskatchewan River from the fort. Over this line, he took down news bulletins that went into the Edmonton Bulletin, the city's first newspaper, which Taylor founded with Frank Oliver in 1881.

In 1884 he brought the first telephone to Edmonton and, on November 1, 1887, made the first long distance call, to Battleford, 480 kilometres away. Within a year, there were twelve telephones in Edmonton, all made possible by Taylor's early telephone company later incorporated as The Edmonton District Telephone Company. Taylor was a majority stockholder in the Edmonton Electric Light Company, established in 1891, the post master from 1893 to 1896, and from 1886 to 1909, Taylor was also chairman of the Edmonton School Board.

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