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Place Names of Ontario (Paperback) BOOK - Place Names of Ontario
by Alan Rayburn

Place names can provide valuable insight into a variety of fascinating aspects of geography, history, languages, cultures, and customs of a particular region. Ontario, with its preponderance of place names with connections to the British Isles, differs markedly in place-name characteristics from Canada's other regions, especially those that have been historically imprinted with the French language and culture.

In this, the first wide-ranging survey of Ontario's place names, Alan Rayburn has reviewed 2285, including those of all 815 municipalities, as well as of unincorporated places with populations exceeding 75 and of a large selection of the more prominent lakes, rivers, islands, points, hills, mountains, and highways.

Rayburn sets the record straight on the origin of many names, including that of Toronto, which does not mean 'place of meeting,' but refers to the Mohawk description of fish weirs in The Narrows between Lake Simcoe and Lake Couchiching. He points out that Kitchener would still be Berlin but for the First World War, and Fort William and Port Arthur might have become Lakehead in 1970 if the ballot had not been rigged in favour of Thunder Bay. Diplomatically he reveals the correct origin of Bastard Township. Rayburn also deals with an impressive array of names of aboriginal origin, including Niagara, Muskoka, Penetanguishene, Temagami, Nipigon, Oshawa, and Wawa.

An informative and entertaining overview of the mosaic of Ontario's toponymy, Place Names of Ontario will rank among the finest of North American place name studies and will appeal to academic and general readers alike.


ALAN RAYBURN is the former executive secretary of the Canadian Permanent Committee on Geographical Names, and the author of Naming Canada (1994).

Praise for Place Names of Ontario:

'Alan Rayburn's book is a success. The retired geographer's collection met the test of locality and interest, and what other test can there be for a book of place names? ... I found what I wanted and learned much I did not know.'
J.L. Granatstein, Quill and Quire

'Alan Rayburn is the country's leading authority on place names and how they truly came into being. His books Naming Canada and Place Names of Ontario are fascinating and fun accounts of the real story behind Canadian names.'
Steve Madely, The Ottawa Sun

'The Names Guy [Alan Rayburn] has now produced one of the most important reference works ever written on the province of Ontario.'
Michael Dawber, The Citizen Weekly

'Place Names of Ontario is an excellent reference for anyone fascinated by history or geography.'
Cheryl MacDonald, Simcoe Tuesday Times-Reformer

'The book is guaranteed to entertain.'
Dave McGee, The Timmins Daily Press

406 pp / 6 x 9 / published 1997

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CAT # 203083......$22.95
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