Scottish Place Names
- Auckland, New Zealand

For comparability with other cities around the world, Auckland has been defined as the entire urban area from Hatfields Beach and Whangaparaoa in the north to Drury in the south, and from Waiheke Island and Maraetai in the east to the Waitakere Regional Park and Kumeu in the west. Of the names of the 320 suburbs in the Greater Auckland area that have been identified to date, 62 (19.4%) can be found in Scotland, or are based on Scottish family names or noble titles. Of course, many of the names are used in other parts of the British Isles as well, but at least 25 of them (7.8%) appear to have a unique connection with Scotland, whether directly through Scottish settlers, or indirectly, e.g., through royal titles.
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Official suburbs and other localities with names that occur only in Scotland and not elsewhere in the British Isles, and/or are definitely or most probably of Scottish origin are:

Some of the following localities may also prove on further investigation to have a link with Scotland. However, these names are also associated with other parts of the British Isles.

A final category of suburban names comprises places that can be found in Scotland but which, in Auckland's case, definitely or most probably have no Scottish connection.

New Zealand was of course a major destination for Scottish settlers, resulting in many Scottish place names in most of its cities and surrounding countryside. Judging purely by its suburban names, Auckland does not appear to be quite so Scottish as the other New Zealand cities. This is partly because of the preponderance of Maori names in this city and partly because of the opportunities provided by Auckland's many coves and inlets to use descriptive names such as Bayview, Edgewater or North Harbour.

Scottish influences on the development of New Zealand's largest city soon become apparent when looking at the names of major thoroughfares throughout the metropolitan area.

Many parks and reserves throughout the metropolitan area also have Scottish names. The following list is not necessarily exhaustive - there may be many smaller parks and reserves whose names were not given on the maps that were consulted.

An article evidently appeared in the North Shore Times, 30 March 2006, p. 7 on the origin of the names of several North Shore beaches and suburbs including Browns Bay, Campbells Bay and Murrays Bay. The author of this web page would appreciate hearing from anyone who may have read this article, or who has access to it, since it may contain information that could further strengthen the links between these suburbs and Scotland, including clues as to whether Peter Brown may have been Scottish.


© Ian Kendall
Melbourne, Australia, November 2005
Revised July 2009

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