The province of Alberta is named for Princess Louise Caroline Alberta (1848-1939), daughter of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. The province was named in 1882 by her husband, John Campbell, the Marquess of Lorne, who was governor-general of Canada from 1878-1883. At the time it was district of the Northwest Territories and became a province in 1905.1
1Alan Rayburn, Dictionary of Canadian Place Names (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1999), 5;
Illustrated Dictionary of Place Names: United States and Canada, edited by Kelsie B. Harder (New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold Company, 1976), 7.
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