Scottish Place Names
- Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

For comparability with other cities around the world, Greater Winnipeg has been defined as the City of Winnipeg together with the St Paul-Selkirk area to the north-east and those urban and semi-urban parts of Springfield, Ritchot, MacDonald, Headingley and Rosser municipalities that immediately adjoin the City of Winnipeg. Of the names of the 324 communities and neighbourhoods that have been identified to date in Greater Winnipeg, 101 (31.2%) can be found as place names in Scotland or are based on Scottish family names or Scottish words. Of course, some of these names are used in other parts of the British Isles as well, but at least 74 of them (22.8%) appear to have a unique connection with Scotland, whether directly or indirectly. Admittedly, these statistics may be a little inflated since several names are variations on a single name, for example the numerous neighbourhoods with Inkster, Kildonan and Transcona as part of their name.

Communities and neighbourhoods 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 neighbourhood and suburban names comprises places that can be found in Scotland but which, in Winnipeg's case, definitely or most probably have no Scottish connection.

Other evidence of the Scottish influence on the development of Manitoba's capital city can be found in the names of streets and roads throughout the metropolitan area. Major thoroughfares include: Balmoral Street, Colville Road (East Selkirk), Donald Street, Dugald Road, Grant Avenue, Henderson Highway, Inkster Boulevard, Logan Avenue, McGillivray Boulevard, McIvor Avenue, McLeod Avenue, McMillan Avenue, McPhillips Street, Nairn Avenue, Ness Avenue, St Andrews Road (St Andrews), Strathnaver Avenue (Selkirk), Watt Street and Waverley Street. Many minor roads and streets also bear Scottish names.

Parks, reserves and sports grounds with Scottish-sounding names include:

Judging purely by the names of its communities, neighbourhoods, highways, parks and reserves, Winnipeg is one of the Canadian cities (along with Calgary, Edmonton, Halifax, Hamilton and Regina) where Scottish influences appear to have been particularly marked. Indeed, Winnipeg would seem to be the most 'Scottish' of all the Canadian cities, a legacy, perhaps, of Lord Selkirk's Red River Colony scheme and the large number of Scotsmen later employed by the railway companies. As with other cities in the western half of Canada, Scottish influences were often indirect since several pioneers whose ancestry was probably Scottish came from the eastern provinces of Canada. Nevertheless, Winnipeg's place names certainly illustrate the far-reaching effects of the Scottish diaspora of the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries.


© Ian Kendall
Melbourne, Australia, November 2004
Revised November 2011

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