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Description: This wonderful collection of 76 essays explores the fascinating origin and meaning of the names of some of the towns, villages, cities, islands, mountains, and rivers that make up one of the world's largest countries. This new edition includes fifteen more essays, and updates the previous essays to include changes, corrections and new names to the year 2000.Discover how some of Canada's most unusual place names came to be; unearth the Aboriginal roots of names such as Miramichi, Klondike, Iqaluit, Toronto, and Ottawa; learn the origin of such playful and mellifluous names as Medicine Hat, Twillingate, Flin Flon, Cupids, or Saint-Louis-du-Ha! Ha! From Bonavista and Port au Choix in the east, to Malaspina Strait and Port Alberni in the west, this book also reveals the rich Portuguese, Spanish, and Basque contributions to Canada's toponymic heritage. Naming Can
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division; 1 edition (March 15 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802082939
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802082930
  • Product Dimensions: 14.1 x 2.6 x 21.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 481 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #365,068 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'Enjoyable and informative at the same time.'

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'Naming Canada is a bathroom book in the best tradition of the term. But much much more than that, it is also a book that informs and entertains...'

(Laird Rankin The Beaver)

'Alan Rayburn succeeds in bringing to life an unsuspected wealth of geographical names, associating them with their background and linking them to their history, thus providing the reader with an incredibly rich palette of Canadiana.'

(Andre Lapierre Onomastica Canadiana)

'Naming Canada will be enjoyed and valued as a resource by everyone with an interest in place names or the geography of Canada.'

(H. Gardiner Barnum The Canadian Geographer)

'This little book is full of entertaining stories. It is hard to put down once you start reading it. The stories are entertaining and give us some of the real cultural history of Canada.'

(R.J. Love Fredericton Daily Gleaner)

'A ramble through Naming Canada by Alan Rayburn turns up a wonderful variety of names.'

(Lew Gloin Toronto Star)

'Alan Rayburn is the Map Guy. Always has been.'

(Marke Andrews Vancouver Sun)

'This isn't your garden-variety let's-poke-fun at Dildo, Nfld. Author Rayburn looks at the origins of the place-names and how - and why - they've been altered by local tongue.'

(Halifax Daily News)

'Enjoyable and informative at the same time.'

(Nova Scotia Historical Review)

'The book is more than just names and numbers, Rayburn has also tried to seek out the whys and wherefore's that have been involved in how places in this country were named.'

(George Bentley Regina Leader Post)

'Nothing acts as a mirror for the social and cultural fabric of a country more than place names. Steeped in our past, they linger long after those who named them.'

(Rosalie Hodson Montreal Gazette)

'A handy reference for settling trivia arguments as well as a diversion to pick up at anytime'

(Verne Clemence Western People)

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On a trip once from Ottawa to the Eastern Provinces of Canada I drove by a place in called "St.-Louis-du-Ha! Ha!" and I laughed. Where did a little place in Eastern Quebec get such a ridiculous name? Well that question was answered for me in <I>Alan Rayburn's</I> <b>Naming Canada</b>, a great book exploring the unique names municipalities, cities, provinces and places throughout Canada.
The book is actually a collection of years of columns that appeared in <I>Canadian Geographic</I> that were written by the author. It explores the different ways that places were named, as well as ethnic origins of those names and any standards used to come used to create them.
At times, the essays contained within the book can seem a little academic for the average reader, which can render it a little boring. But the remarkable research put into the content of the book more than makes up for it. Overall, anyone who want to find out about why anyone would name a province Saskatchewan, or which native tribes were most responsible for the names that scatter the Canadian landscape, this is a very fascinating book, and well worth the read.
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HASH(0xa8257888) out of 5 stars Very Interesting Nov. 5 2003
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On a trip once from Ottawa to the Eastern Provinces of Canada I drove by a place in called "St.-Louis-du-Ha! Ha!" and I laughed. Where did a little place in Eastern Quebec get such a ridiculous name? Well that question was answered for me in <I>Alan Rayburn's</I> <b>Naming Canada</b>, a great book exploring the unique names municipalities, cities, provinces and places throughout Canada.
The book is actually a collection of years of columns that appeared in <I>Canadian Geographic</I> that were written by the author. It explores the different ways that places were named, as well as ethnic origins of those names and any standards used to come used to create them.
At times, the essays contained within the book can seem a little academic for the average reader, which can render it a little boring. But the remarkable research put into the content of the book more than makes up for it. Overall, anyone who want to find out about why anyone would name a province Saskatchewan, or which native tribes were most responsible for the names that scatter the Canadian landscape, this is a very fascinating book, and well worth the read.


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