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Well, Lévis still won Nouvelle-France's last battle (Sainte-Foy battle, 1760). It's not his fault that France decided to keep its sugar/slave colonies instead of the furry snowy ones and didn't send the ships . He deserves his city. More than the obscure Mr. Sherbrooke, who also appears to have one of Montreal's main streets ? What's with this Sherbrooke fetichism in the province ? Since it doesn't mean anything to about anyone, maybe it would be the time to "frenchify" it : Cherbrouque ;-)
Sir John Coape Sherbrooke was actually a pretty significant guy in history. He played an important role in the War of 1812 and he explored and mapped out much of what became the northeastern border region between Canada and the U.S.

"Cherbrouque" is actually pretty much how it's pronounced these days anyway. At least by the vast majority of francophones (genre, 95%) although some especially older francophones still insist on pronouncing it in a pseudo-English way, which out their mouths doesn't really sound as nice.
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Embrun was the name of the town in the French Alps that Embrun, ON's first priest originated from. Named the village after his home town, simple enough.
There is also a Limoges near there, which isn't anywhere near Embrun in France, but is famous for its porcelain. I have no idea how it got its name.

"Embrun" actually means "mist", though it's not a word that's used that much in Canadian French.
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I wonder who gave this name to a street in Saint-Jean-Port-Joli, QC, and why ?
Imagine driving *this* car down *that* street.

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It seems more than half of the places in Quebec are named after saints. Those of us who aren't Catholic never even realised there were so many saints. Is there a possibility of such names being changed in future, as the religious influence fades?

https://www.google.ca/maps/@45.49506...4,10.37z?hl=en
There is no mass movement to change religious-based place names in Quebec. (No more than there is one to change St. Mary's or St. Catharines in Ontario.)

Sometimes, especially when the issue of the name of a town "comes up" for review, as in a merger, the religious part of the name may disappear.

But there is no burning desire to purge our map of religious names.

One interesting is the town of St-Rémi-d'Amherst which is in the Laurentians on the way from Montebello to Mont-Tremblant.

Some years ago the (100% francophone AFAIK) residents of the town decided to change the name to just... Amherst.

Oh well...
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Especially when you consider how the correct pronunciation of Regina causes a visible malaise among non-Canadian visitors.
No way! Love the town that rhymes with fun!



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Old Posted Feb 9, 2018, 2:18 PM
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Interesting thread.

If I am correct, "Canada" means "village".
Yeah, the story goes that Jacques Cartier met aboriginal people near the tip of Gaspé.

He asked them where the river he saw there (which was the mouth of the St. Lawrence) led, and they answered him "Canada", meaning "village", "town" or "community". They were referring to Quebec City, which was a village called Stadacona or Stadaconé at the time.

But Jacques Cartier interpreted that conversation as meaning that the St. Lawrence was the great river of a land called "Canada".

And the rest is history.
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I've also found out that "Ottawa" originates from an indigenous word "Odawa" or "Odaawaa" which means "trader".
Yes, Ottawa is the English interpretation of "Odaawaa" or "Atawe" as they heard it.

The French heard the same word from the same native people and came up with "Outaouais" which is the French name for the Ottawa River, this region of Quebec and of the aboriginal group. (It's a unique word in that it has 5 consecutive vowels.)

The Odawa people themselves referred to the Ottawa River as Kitchissippi, which means "great river". The City of Ottawa has a ward called Kitchissippi as well as a beach and a lookout I believe.

The high school and a few other things in the Aylmer district of Gatineau are named "Grande-Rivière".

And a few years ago a street in Gatineau was renamed from "Chemin du Lac-Leamy" to "Rue Atawe".
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What's in a Name
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Because, well. As far as I can tell, most of the story is probably complete and utter nonsense.

If you want to experience more of the place, there's more in my photo thread on Dildo and Trinity.
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Hopefully that post about Dildo hasn't screwed up this thread!
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If anything, I will have increased Internet traffic to this very thread.

Five of my top-ten most viewed photos on flickr are of Dildo, NL.
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If anything, I will have increased Internet traffic to this very thread.

Five of my top-ten most viewed photos on flickr are of Dildo, NL.
My post was supposed to be a devious pun!
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I wasn't going to "insert witty comment here" reply to that.
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I wasn't going to "insert witty comment here" reply to that.
I saw what you did there!
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You'll never guess the origins of North Vancouver.

It used to be called Moodyville, after an American (!!!) sawmill owner named Sewell Moody who was the biggest employer.

Vancouver of course is from British explorer George Vancouver, which is in turn a British mangling of what was probably the Dutch name Van Coeverden. Meaning "of Coeverden," a city in eastern Netherlands.
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You'll never guess the origins of North Vancouver.

It used to be called Moodyville, after an American (!!!) sawmill owner named Sewell Moody who was the biggest employer.

Vancouver of course is from British explorer George Vancouver, which is in turn a British mangling of what was probably the Dutch name Van Coeverden. Meaning "of Coeverden," a city in eastern Netherlands.
"upon Oxford", strictly since English doesn't seem to have Cowford, Steerford, Bullford or what not.
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You'll never guess the origins of North Vancouver.

It used to be called Moodyville, after an American (!!!) sawmill owner named Sewell Moody who was the biggest employer.

Vancouver of course is from British explorer George Vancouver, which is in turn a British mangling of what was probably the Dutch name Van Coeverden. Meaning "of Coeverden," a city in eastern Netherlands.
And Vancouver's had a number of different names before then. The first settlement was Gastown (named after "Gassy" Jack Deighton), and then the colonial government laid out a townsite named Granville (named after Lord Granville), and Vancouver proper absorbed the municipalities of Point Grey and South Vancouver in 1929.
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Sir John Coape Sherbrooke was actually a pretty significant guy in history. He played an important role in the War of 1812 and he explored and mapped out much of what became the northeastern border region between Canada and the U.S.

"Cherbrouque" is actually pretty much how it's pronounced these days anyway. At least by the vast majority of francophones (genre, 95%) although some especially older francophones still insist on pronouncing it in a pseudo-English way, which out their mouths doesn't really sound as nice.
The P.Q. wanted to rename it “Frontenac” at one point, I seem to recall.
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Because, well. As far as I can tell, most of the story is probably complete and utter nonsense.

If you want to experience more of the place, there's more in my photo thread on Dildo and Trinity.
This actually piques my interest a little more. Not the Dildo part, but assuming this is still talking about Anderson's Cove, NL, then my mother grew up there until it was resettled in the mid 1960s. I did not know that fact!
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^ That's so poorly written that it's hard to believe any of it.
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Read the whole thing, its quite a tale. I dislike the name but its just how it is.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Berlin...er_name_change
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