The full list of proposed names for the 77 new local governments and 12 rural districts was unveiled Wednesday afternoon at a press conference in Irishtown.
Many of these names are identical, or nearly identical, to the larger communities they encompass.
Familiar titles like Kedgwick, Campbellton and Belldune abound.
But on the list of completely original names, some clear patterns emerge.
Rivière-du-Nord, Five Rivers, La Communauté de Trois-Rivières, Vallée-des-Rivières, Valley Waters, Miramichi River Valley, District of Tobique Valley and Butternut Valley are some of the names announced on Wednesday.
“So we have three Fundys and three Miramichis,” said Daniel Allain, Minister of Local Government and Local Governance Reform.
“The creativity of these short months has been great,” he added immediately.
Allain said the ministry had to change some of the submitted names because they were just too similar to each other.
Arcadia had to be changed to New Arcadia because Arcadia was already submitted by another community. Allain said small changes also needed to be made to ensure that Miramichi, the Miramichi River Valley, and the Upper Miramichi were different enough from each other.
While many entities used the rivers and valleys as their muse, some simply took a less inspired route and chose to use its location in their respective counties. This includes Central York and Sunbury-York South. The District of Carleton North and the Regional Community of Southern Victoria have also taken this route.
But if you’re looking for a bit of wry humor in the province of rivers and valleys, look no further than Belle-Baie.
It is the name of a television drama filmed in northern New Brunswick and broadcast for four seasons on Radio-Canada.
Allain said there had been “hot topics” and not everyone was happy, but “I would say 95 per cent everyone is happy and moving forward”.
“Today we celebrate a historic moment as these names will be here hopefully for the next hundred years,” Allain said.
Toponym Maurice Basque, who studies place names, was one of two experts the province relied on to help with the naming process.
“When you choose a new name, it’s not something superficial; a name is very important,” Basque said at the press conference.
Basque said the vast majority of New Brunswickers who worked to choose the new names were very careful to avoid names that would be considered offensive now or in the future.
Many also wanted names that were easy to pronounce.
“Why? Because the kids would be the ones who would really give this new name a new personality, a real existence,” Basque said. “Easy to pronounce for newcomers [too]it is very important for our province where newcomers are also important. »
These proposed names are expected to become permanent in September as the local government reform process enters its next stages. However, in the press release issued by the province, it is noted that “Section 60 of the Local Governance Act will allow a local government to change its name in the future if it so wishes”.