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Baby Named Kelowna After Canadian Town

Kelowna, 1920
Early Kelowna
So far we’ve talked about two babies named for newly formed towns — Salida and Nira — and today we have one more: Kelowna.

The Canadian town of Kelowna in British Columbia, Canada, was settled in the mid-1800s and incorporated in 1905. The name of the town means “grizzly bear” in the Okanagan language.

For several decades during the early 1900s, the residents of Kelowna’s Chinatown made up as much as 15% of the total population. But the birth rate in Chinatown was quite low, as most of the residents were men whose families remained in China due to Canada’s discriminatory Chinese head tax.

Chinatown’s first baby didn’t arrive until early 1906. Her name? Kelowna, after her Canadian birthplace.

Sources: Okanagan history not sexy, but it is ours, UBC O 2013 GREEN EDUC 417 “Kelowna’s Chinatown” (video)

P.S. Here’s a related post from the archive: Pay Tribute to a Place Without Using a Place Name.

My Top 40 Baby Name Stories

Open BookOf the hundreds of baby name stories I’ve posted so far, these are my 40 favorites (listed alphabetically).

  1. Actsapostles
  2. Airlene
  3. Aku
  4. Carpathia
  5. Cleveland
  6. Dee Day
  7. Dondi
  8. Emancipation Proclamation
  9. Frances Cleveland
  10. Georgia
  11. Grant
  12. Guynemer
  13. Ida Lewis
  14. Independence & Liberty
  15. Inte & Gration
  16. Invicta
  17. Iuma
  18. Jesse Roper
  19. Job-Rakt-Out-of-the-Asshes
  20. Karina
  21. Legal Tender
  22. Livonia
  23. Louisiana Purchase
  24. Maitland Albert
  25. Maria Corazon
  26. Mary Ann
  27. Medina
  28. Pannonica
  29. Pearl
  30. Poncella
  31. Return
  32. Robert
  33. Saarfried
  34. Salida
  35. Seawillow
  36. Speaker
  37. Speedy
  38. States Rights
  39. Thursday October
  40. Zeppelina

My favorite baby name stories tend to be those that I find most memorable. Several of them (e.g., Aku, Karina, Maitland) even taught me something new. In a few cases, it’s not the original story I like so much as something that happened later on in the tale (as with Georgia, Salida, Speaker).

A Town Named After a Baby

I’ve blogged about babies named after locations (e.g., Salida) before, so here’s something different: a location named after a baby.

The town of Wainwright in Alberta, Canada, was named for Wainwright Marguerite Forster, “the first baby born in the community of 30 settlers in 1908.”

Ms. Forster, in turn, had been named after William Wainwright, who was then the vice president of the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway. (The town was on the Grand Trunk line.)

During the town’s 50th anniversary celebrations in 1958, Wainwright said: “I am very proud of the town and of the fact that it bears my name. It’s a strange first name for a woman and one that has caused quite a bit of confusion, believe me.”

Source: “Gave Wainwright its Name.” Saskatoon Star-Phoenix 20 Jun. 1958: 8.

Baby Named Nira After Iowa Town

While doing research for the NIRA post, I discovered that there used to be a town in Washington County, Iowa, called Nira.

The town wasn’t named after the legislation, though. It had been named decades earlier by Col. William B. Bell, an early Washington County postmaster. He named the town after his wife, Nira.

And here’s an interesting fact: the town of Nira — just like the town of Salida, Colorado — held a baby name contest in its early days:

Col. Bell watched the growth of the village named for his wife, Nira, and offered a gold dollar to the first baby girl born in the town who was named Nira.

The gold dollar eventually was awarded Nira Moffitt, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Moffitt. Her present location is unknown.

(According to the U.S. Census of 1900, Nira Moffitt was born in June of 1880.)

There was a surge of interest in the town in August of 1933, when Nira became one of the first places in the nation to sell NIRA-emblem postage stamps. By that point, though, the town had dwindled to just 20 residents.

After those last residents left, the down of Nira became (and remains) a ghost town.


  • “Nira Enjoys New Boom.” Telegraph-Herald 17 Aug. 1933: 1+.
  • “Nira, Iowa, Enjoys Boom Because of New Stamp.” Reading Eagle 17 Aug. 1933: 11.

Baby Named Salida After Colorado Town

Map of Salida, Colorado, from 1882

Not long after the Colorado mountain town of Salida* was founded in 1880, the town fathers announced that a free plot of land would be given to the first baby girl named after the community.

The Hunt family of Salida took them up on their offer. They welcomed a baby girl in mid-1881 and named her Salida Gertrude.

But when Salida Gertrude tried to collect her prize upon turning 21, she was denied. The offer apparently had never been entered into town record and made official.

Nearly 80 years later, on Salida Gertrude’s 100th birthday, Salida town mayor Ed Touber tried to make things right by presenting Salida with a plaque “bearing her name and the town symbol.”

Something’s better than nothing, I suppose.

*The town name is pronounced sa-LYE-da, even though it appears to be based on the Spanish word for “exit,” salida, which is pronounced sa-LEE-da.


Image: Bird’s eye view of Salida, Chaffee County, Colorado. 1882. – LOC