Prince Edward Island

Prince Edward Island was named for the fourth son of George III in 1798. The prince, who was also the Duke of Kent, commanded troops in Halifax at the time and had improved the fortifications of Charlottetown on the island. Edward was also the father of Queen Victoria, although she wasn’t born until 1819 and this fact had no bearing on the naming of the island.

Prior to this, the island had been named St. John’s Island, the name of which had been inherited from the French Île Saint-Jean.1


1Alan Rayburn, Dictionary of Canadian Place Names (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1999), 313;
Illustrated Dictionary of Place Names: United States and Canada, edited by Kelsie B. Harder (New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold Company, 1976), 160.

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