Scottish Place Names
- Hamilton, New Zealand

For comparability with other cities around the world, Hamilton has been defined as the urban area extending from Horotiu and Rototuna in the north to Rukuhia in the south and from Newstead in the east to Rotokauri and Temple View in the west. Of the names of the 57 suburbs in the Hamilton area that have been identified to date, 19 (33.3%) can be found in Scotland or are based on Scottish family or personal names. Of course, some of the names are used in other parts of the British Isles as well, but at least 11 of them (19.3%), including the name Hamilton itself, appear to have a definite Scottish association.

Picture of Waikato Hospital, Hamilton, New Zealand, via Wikipedia.

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:

Other localities with names that can be found in Scotland but that are not unique to Scotland are:

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. Hamilton is no exception in this regard. Of the five cities in New Zealand with a population of 100,000 or more, Hamilton appears to rank second (after Dunedin) in terms of the proportion of its suburbs that have Scottish-related names. The number of parks and reserves in Hamilton that have Scottish names provides further evidence of the contribution made by the Scots to the development of New Zealand's fourth largest city. The list includes Clyde Park (Hamilton East), Edinburgh Reserve (Hillcrest), Galloway Park (Hamilton East), Graham Park (Hamilton West), Hamilton Gardens (Hamilton East), Innes Common (Frankton), Milne Park (Beerescourt), Ranfurly Park (Fairfield), St Andrews Golf Course (St Andrews) and St Andrews Park (St Andrews). There are also at least 200 roads, streets, avenues and crescents throughout the city and suburbs with obviously Scottish names.


© Ian Kendall
Melbourne, Australia, March 2008
Revised September 2012

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