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Proposed Names for Canada
Can you name some of the other names proposed for what became the Dominion of Canada in 1867?
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This is not by any means a comprehensive list of the proposed names (there were several others, often variations of the names on this quiz)! Names are in alphabetical order. Corrections welcome!
The British Royal Consort at the time
After Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha (1819-1861).
'Northern Albion' (English)
I've also seen this one spelled 'Albionara,' but I think that was a typo.
'Northern Land' (Latin)
This name would have provided an very neat symmetry with Australia.
A Roman province
This would have had the potential to cause confusion, I think.
An early explorer of North America
After Giovanni Caboto, also known as John Cabot (c. 1450-c. 1499).
Well, it was accurate, anyway...
An acronym based on the 6 founding peoples of Canada
'England, France, Ireland, Scotland, Germany, & Aboriginal Lands.' I think we dodged a bullet with this one...
A native village on the site of what is now Montreal.
The word means 'beaver dam' or 'beaver lake' in Iroquoian.
A saint after whom a major Canadian river is named.
'Laurentia' is now the name of the North American geological craton.
'The Land Between the Seas' (Greek)
Ocean water between 200m and 1000m of depth is known as the 'mesopelagic zone.'
'Northern Land' (English)
Nothing much to say about this one except 'meh.'
Of course, this is now the name of one of the Great Lakes
'Across the Atlantic' (Latin)
This is now the name of the London School of Economics' transatlantic relations blog.
An acronym based on a name very similar to that of the country to the South.
'The United Provinces of North America.'
'Land of Bears' (Latin)
I genuinely like this name.
'Land of the Evening Star' (Latin)
'Tales of Vesperia' is now a popular fantasy CRPG.
The British Monarch at the time
After Queen Victoria (1819-1901), obviously.
The original Viking name for the area
It means either 'Wine Land' or 'Pasture Land' in Old Norse.
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