Baby born in Alberta town of Wainwright, named Wainwright

Welcome sign in Wainwright, Alberta

The town of Wainwright in Alberta, Canada, was established in 1908 and named in honor of William Wainwright, a vice-president of the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway. (The town was on the Grand Trunk line.)

The first baby born in the small community was the daughter of Martin L. Forster, proprietor of the Wainwright Hotel. She was named Wainwright Marguerite Forster, after the town.

(Wainwright was the fourth of eight children. Her siblings were named Russell, Claudine, Carl, Jessie, Doris, Eileen, and Jeanette.)

While being interviewed in 1958 — just before the town’s 50th anniversary celebration — Wainwright admitted: “It’s a strange first name for a woman and one that has caused quite a bit of confusion, believe me.”

(Other babies named after towns include Salida, Kelowna, and Nira.)


Image: Adapted from Wainwright sign by Awmcphee under CC BY-SA 4.0.

2 thoughts on “Baby born in Alberta town of Wainwright, named Wainwright

  1. Hi!
    My daughter is pregnant and we’re planning her shower, etc. I was wondering if you knew if there were any towns in the US that were named “Baby”? The hope is that we can have her announcements, etc. posted from a town named “Baby” or something like that!

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