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sexyldy1000 60F  
10047 posts
7/19/2020 12:29 pm
What's In A Name? You Might Be Surprised.



How did Canada get its name? Well, it wasn't without some trial and error first; there were many other names in the mix.

Although government officials ultimately settled Canada, which likely comes from the Huron-Iroquois word "kanata" meaning "village," they almost went in a different direction. Here are the other names Canada was almost given.

Albertsland
This name was presumably after Prince Albert, who was married '' Queen Victoria when Canada became a country.

Albionora
Although it sounds like an island straight out of Game of Thrones, the name actually means "Albion of the North." Albion is the oldest name for Great Britain.

Borealia
This name literally translates 'to' "Northern" in Latin.

Brittania
Yet another version of Great Britain.

Cabotia
This name derives from John Cabot, an Italian explorer that mapped much of Canada's Eastern coast for England around 97.

Colonia
Canada was almost just named Colonia, presumably because we're a colony of Great Britain.

Efisga
This cumbersome acrostic was quite literally a combination of the first letters of England, France, Ireland, Scotland, Germany, and Aboriginal lands.

Hochelaga
This name originally refers '' an Indigenous village in what is now Quebec. The Iroquoian term is widely thought mean "beaver path" or "beaver lake." Some people have even suggested that the name of Montreal's Osheaga music festival could be derived from Hochelaga.

Mesopelagia
The word translates '' "the land between seas," which is somewhat accurate considering Canada has the world's longest coastline. We're also surrounded by oceans.

Norland
This name breaks down '' the "land in the North." It's a pretty bang-on description, although it would definitely reinforce the Canadian stereotype that we live in igloos.

Superior
No, this doesn't refer '' Lake Superior; it quite literally means higher in rank or status. Canadians certainly wouldn't have the stereotype of being polite and humble if we were named Superiorites.

Transatlantia
Presumably, this name means "crossing the Atlantic," which many English people would have done '' migrate Canada circa the seventeenth century.

Tuponia/Tupona
This name was yet another acrostic, standing for "The United Provinces of North America." It's probably a good thing Canada didn't choose this name, considering our neighbours '' the south are also part of North America.

Victorialand/Victorialia
Queen Victoria was the ruling monarch of the U.K. when Canada became a country in 1867, and the country was almost named in her honour.

The name Canada was ultimately chosen in 1867, more than two years after Thomas D’Arcy McGee made an impassioned speech arguing for the name. "I read in one newspaper not less than a dozen attempts to derive a new name," McGee said. "Now I ask any honourable member of this House how he would feel if he woke some fine morning and found himself instead of a Canadian, a Tuponian or a Hochelagander."



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sexyldy1000 60F  
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7/19/2020 12:36 pm

Canada - easy 'to' say, easy to spell . Couldn't imagine waking up anywhere else. What parts of Canada have you visited?

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lonlyforlove2 78M
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7/19/2020 1:17 pm

I have toured through most of Ontario, 4 days just wandering around..Nice place and it was in late July weather was nice and cool..

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mc_justmc 61M  
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7/19/2020 1:37 pm

really? Not Great White North? Or Canuckland?


redrockrascal 63M
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7/19/2020 1:47 pm

I've yet to travel to Canada or as I may have called it . . . Igloolandia

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AnewWoman 63F
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7/19/2020 1:57 pm

I grew up in Seattle, WA and honeymooned in Victoria B.C. Traveled to Vancouver and other places in B.C. numerous times. Beautiful country.


ULIXBIG 67M
9229 posts
7/19/2020 1:58 pm

I am surprised, indeed! Great post!
Greetings to the "village".


superbjversion2 66F
23459 posts
7/19/2020 2:15 pm

Living most of my life in the Metro Detroit area, that little bit of southern Ontario was very familiar. We would cross at Sarnia and again at Niagara just to travel east. I did take the scenic route along the north bank of the St. Lawrence river to Quebec before heading into Maine.

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Tmptrzz 58F
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7/19/2020 2:32 pm

What interesting names they almost chose for Canada. I hope you enjoy your evening..

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JustlomesumMe 66M
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7/19/2020 2:37 pm

As a child my minister Uncle had a few churches in North Dakoda and we crossed the border. I just remember a giant buffalo statue and being eating alive by mosquitos. 4 years ago this week I was in Vancouver for 5 days.

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Brownie202 64F  
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7/19/2020 3:05 pm

    Quoting  :

It is. My mother is from a small town in Newfoundland. Only been there once by plane then taxi. Another time by car and overnight in a ferrry. I remember very little because it has been over 40 years ago except how I loved the trip. Especially the small town my mother is from on the shore.

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mufdiver69er2 61M  
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7/19/2020 4:41 pm

i spent 5 five winters hauling florida produce into just about every national grocers warehouse there is..all over ontario,some ottowa..once in montreal..and once in a maritime. the people..except for quebeccers..were almost to a tee as sweet as could be.cant speak to the natural beauty as it was always snow and ice covered.to this day,as i mention occasionally to a canadian blogger,i still love me some Timmy's.this was all back in the late nineties before the turn of the century..

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thikhead 64M
3336 posts
7/19/2020 6:08 pm

interesting.
isnt ottawa senators canadian tire center arena
in kanata ontario?

visited? only niagara falls a couple times as a kid
with family vacations,
and once as an adult drove to toronto overnite
(hamilton skybridge was unreal at night).
watched the sun rise over lake ontarios western edge
with my toes dangling in the water.
then later, on to chicago, also ovenite,
crossing from windsor to detroit.

went to both to visit people, left FAR too little time
for sight-seeing

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sexyldy1000 60F  
9187 posts
7/19/2020 6:30 pm

    Quoting lonlyforlove2:
    I have toured through most of Ontario, 4 days just wandering around..Nice place and it was in late July weather was nice and cool..
The province of Ontario has approximately '38%' of of Canada's population, and is the second-largest province in total area. We have been in a heat and humidex extended period and today tornado warnings were issued!

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sexyldy1000 60F  
9187 posts
7/19/2020 6:33 pm

    Quoting mc_justmc:
    really? Not Great White North? Or Canuckland?
Thus perpetuating the stereotype lol? Although our Vancouver-based pro hockey team is the Canucks. Did you know, the term "Kanuck" was first recorded in 1835 as an Americanism, originally referring to Dutch Canadians or French Canadians. It switched to the spelling with a 'C' in the '1850s'.

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pagancountrygirl 63F
6065 posts
7/19/2020 6:37 pm

I've been in Yukon Territory, British Columbia and Alberta. Came down from Anchorage, Alaska across the Alcan Highway in January. It was an interesting trip! Beautiful country and I remember just about everyone I encountered along the way was very friendly.

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sexyldy1000 60F  
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7/19/2020 6:38 pm

    Quoting  :

It is a beautiful country! It is the second largest country in the world.

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sexyldy1000 60F  
9187 posts
7/19/2020 6:40 pm

    Quoting redrockrascal:
    I've yet to travel to Canada or as I may have called it . . . Igloolandia
Thus perpetuating the stereotype and why we laugh when we see American tourists with a ski rack strapped to their cars in the summer

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sexyldy1000 60F  
9187 posts
7/19/2020 6:46 pm

    Quoting AnewWoman:
    I grew up in Seattle, WA and honeymooned in Victoria B.C. Traveled to Vancouver and other places in B.C. numerous times. Beautiful country.
British Columbia is our westernmost province, nestled in between the Pacific Ocean and the Rocky Mountains. A lot of folks in BC, travel to Seattle to watch professional sports

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sexyldy1000 60F  
9187 posts
7/19/2020 6:47 pm

    Quoting ULIXBIG:
    I am surprised, indeed! Great post!
    Greetings to the "village".
Glad to hear you learned something new. Thanks for stopping by

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sexyldy1000 60F  
9187 posts
7/19/2020 6:53 pm

    Quoting superbjversion2:
    Living most of my life in the Metro Detroit area, that little bit of southern Ontario was very familiar. We would cross at Sarnia and again at Niagara just to travel east. I did take the scenic route along the north bank of the St. Lawrence river to Quebec before heading into Maine.
Yes I recall you saying previously that you had taken those travels. I have been to Holland and Grand Rapids , Michigan. Thanks for stopping by.

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sexyldy1000 60F  
9187 posts
7/19/2020 6:54 pm

    Quoting Tmptrzz:
    What interesting names they almost chose for Canada. I hope you enjoy your evening..
I certainly learned something new! I think 'CANADA' has a nice ring to it

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sexyldy1000 60F  
9187 posts
7/19/2020 7:00 pm

    Quoting JustlomesumMe:
    As a child my minister Uncle had a few churches in North Dakoda and we crossed the border. I just remember a giant buffalo statue and being eating alive by mosquitos. 4 years ago this week I was in Vancouver for 5 days.
Sounds like you had some interesting travels up here . Thanks for stopping by and sharing your experiences.

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CharlesD6996 51M

7/19/2020 7:04 pm

Only been through BC and Yukon driving through to Alaska. Still have a couple of Loonies from that trip.

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sexyldy1000 60F  
9187 posts
7/19/2020 7:04 pm

    Quoting Brownie202:
    It is. My mother is from a small town in Newfoundland. Only been there once by plane then taxi. Another time by car and overnight in a ferrry. I remember very little because it has been over 40 years ago except how I loved the trip. Especially the small town my mother is from on the shore.
Newfoundland is unlike any other part of our country. The locals are affectionately called 'Newfies' and are known to be the [B/] friendliest people. Nowhere else would have managed what they did when 38 planes, carrying thousands of people from across the globe, were diverted to Gander’s air strip on September 11, 2001.

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sexyldy1000 60F  
9187 posts
7/19/2020 7:05 pm

    Quoting  :

I thought so too and that's why I shared the information here

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sexyldy1000 60F  
9187 posts
7/19/2020 7:08 pm

    Quoting mufdiver69er2:
    i spent 5 five winters hauling florida produce into just about every national grocers warehouse there is..all over ontario,some ottowa..once in montreal..and once in a maritime. the people..except for quebeccers..were almost to a tee as sweet as could be.cant speak to the natural beauty as it was always snow and ice covered.to this day,as i mention occasionally to a canadian blogger,i still love me some Timmy's.this was all back in the late nineties before the turn of the century..
Well I am a proud Canadian blogger too! Although I am not a coffee drinker, I do manage to find other things to have at Tim's. Thanks for stopping by and sharing your experiences.

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sexyldy1000 60F  
9187 posts
7/19/2020 7:13 pm

    Quoting thikhead:
    interesting.
    isnt ottawa senators canadian tire center arena
    in kanata ontario?

    visited? only niagara falls a couple times as a kid
    with family vacations,
    and once as an adult drove to toronto overnite
    (hamilton skybridge was unreal at night).
    watched the sun rise over lake ontarios western edge
    with my toes dangling in the water.
    then later, on to chicago, also ovenite,
    crossing from windsor to detroit.

    went to both to visit people, left FAR too little time
    for sight-seeing
Yes - the Canadian Tire Centre is located in the western suburb of Kanata. Perhaps some day you will come back for more sight-seeing

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sexyldy1000 60F  
9187 posts
7/19/2020 7:17 pm

    Quoting pagancountrygirl:
    I've been in Yukon Territory, British Columbia and Alberta. Came down from Anchorage, Alaska across the Alcan Highway in January. It was an interesting trip! Beautiful country and I remember just about everyone I encountered along the way was very friendly.
Wow! Sounds like an amazing trip. I haven't been to that part of the country. Maybe you will come back some day and enjoy another area when it's not winter

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thikhead 64M
3336 posts
7/19/2020 7:28 pm

    Quoting thikhead:
    interesting.
    isnt ottawa senators canadian tire center arena
    in kanata ontario?

    visited? only niagara falls a couple times as a kid
    with family vacations,
    and once as an adult drove to toronto overnite
    (hamilton skybridge was unreal at night).
    watched the sun rise over lake ontarios western edge
    with my toes dangling in the water.
    then later, on to chicago, also ovenite,
    crossing from windsor to detroit.

    went to both to visit people, left FAR too little time
    for sight-seeing
OOPS, meant watched the sunrise over the EASTERN side of lake ontario

FROM the western edge. sorry for mis-stating that.

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clittywhisperer1 57M
1415 posts
7/19/2020 8:55 pm

since ive lived in buffalo ny area all my life almost ,I have been to canada hundreds of times . we just jump over on the bridge and bam in ontario, drive to toronto 80 minutes . have had 4 canadian ladies as lovers , very fine ladies indeed , we had the first timmies outside of canada here . my kids are 1/8th canadian on moms side ,grampa from quebec .we cannot get swiss chalet chicken until they open the stupid border . eh ! we call it canuckdia at times


sexyldy1000 60F  
9187 posts
7/19/2020 11:33 pm

    Quoting thikhead:
    OOPS, meant watched the sunrise over the EASTERN side of lake ontario

    FROM the western edge. sorry for mis-stating that.
Thanks for coming back and correcting your statement 😊

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Paulxx001 64M
21606 posts
7/19/2020 11:34 pm

Hmmm... Who knew?


sexyldy1000 60F  
9187 posts
7/19/2020 11:37 pm

    Quoting clittywhisperer1:
    since ive lived in buffalo ny area all my life almost ,I have been to canada hundreds of times . we just jump over on the bridge and bam in ontario, drive to toronto 80 minutes . have had 4 canadian ladies as lovers , very fine ladies indeed , we had the first timmies outside of canada here . my kids are 1/8th canadian on moms side ,grampa from quebec .we cannot get swiss chalet chicken until they open the stupid border . eh ! we call it canuckdia at times
Cross-border shopping was always very popular too. Personally, I love Swiss Chalet and remember getting take-out at the first location in Toronto.
‘Canuckdia’ eh?

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sexyldy1000 60F  
9187 posts
7/19/2020 11:43 pm

Hmmm...🤔 Seems that’s become your ‘standard’ comment.
I didn’t know the history until I looked it up. Now many others know.

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sexyldy1000 60F  
9187 posts
7/20/2020 1:06 am

    Quoting CharlesD6996:
    Only been through BC and Yukon driving through to Alaska. Still have a couple of Loonies from that trip.
Yukon and Alaska are areas haven't been to yet. I still have some US currency from my last trip through the New England States in 2019.

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thikhead 64M
3336 posts
7/20/2020 9:52 am

    Quoting sexyldy1000:
    Thanks for coming back and correcting your statement 😊
didnt want you to think were ALL daft down here, LOL

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sexyldy1000 60F  
9187 posts
7/20/2020 12:00 pm

    Quoting  :

I didn't know either and agree that CANADA was the best choice! Your travels are impressive! There are places I have not been to and would love to be able to do so someday.

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sexyldy1000 60F  
9187 posts
7/20/2020 12:47 pm

    Quoting thikhead:
    didnt want you to think were ALL daft down here, LOL
No worries. It would take a lot more than that minor slip-up for me to think that 😊

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trixietrixster 53F  
3073 posts
7/20/2020 5:55 pm

Some interesting names there and great info! A few of these sound like they could be phobia's. Odd. Happy Monday!

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sexyldy1000 60F  
9187 posts
7/20/2020 7:41 pm

    Quoting trixietrixster:
    Some interesting names there and great info! A few of these sound like they could be phobia's. Odd. Happy Monday!
It was interesting and fun to research. AND I learned a lot too! We had a slight break in the weather today. Hope you had a great one!

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7/21/2020 5:17 am

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sexyldy1000 60F  
9187 posts
7/21/2020 10:36 am

    Quoting mamacita38dd:
    Once again great blog my friend, you truly come with the most interesting posts I have seen here in a while... thank you for bringing us valuable information about Canada. Can't wait to see what's next
Thank you. I really do enjoy doing the 'legwork' and am pleased when others enjoy what I post. Stay tuned!

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