Manitoba Communities: Ninette (Unincorporated Village, RM of Prairie Lakes)

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Several possibilities are given for the origin of the name for this community in southwestern Manitoba, established in the 1880s. One is that it was named informally for a French actress (or waitress) and adopted by the Canadian National Railway when it arrived here. Another holds that it commemorates the deceased daughter of a local resident. The third option is that locals proposed the name Elkhorn to officials in the federal government for the name for their local post office but that name was already in use elsewhere in Manitoba. The name Ninette was proposed by postal Inspector McLeod based on the name of a heroine in a novel that he was reading, itself a contraction of the name Antoinette.

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Geographic Names of Manitoba, Manitoba Conservation, 2000.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 3 August 2017