SPECIAL REPORT : What’s in a Name?

What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet
William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet.

Some people may wonder why the name for a diamond or other location isn’t what they expect, e.g. why this site refers to a diamond as Sue Starkey instead of Mississauga Valley or The Valleys.

The basic problem is that some locations have several names or have ambiguous names. This site tries to avoid confusion by using a standard, unique name for each location: a rose by another name would smell as sweet, but a location with a confusing name could be hard to find.

Examples of variations in names are:

  • Brampton’s Sesquicentennial Park was once named Bramalea Countryside Park.
  • Georgetown’s Gellert Community Park was once named Georgetown South Community Centre, and sometimes is referred to as Georgetown South.
  • Georgetown’s Fairgrounds Diamond 1 has also been referred to as Fairgrounds Diamond A.
  • Mississauga’s Sue Starkey is often called Mississauga Valley or The Valleys.
  • Mississauga’s Applewood Major is sometimes called Applewood South or Fred Halliday Memorial Park.
  • Mississauga’s Bloor Athletic Field is sometimes called Applewood or Bloor.
  • Mississauga’s Quenippenon Park #1 is usually called Q1.
  • Mississauga’s Meadowvale Sports Complex is sometimes called Meadowvale North.
  • Oakville’s Bronte Athletic Park is often referred to as Bronte Park.
  • Oakville’s River Oaks Youth has also been referred to as Riveroaks North or River Oaks North.

Sometimes people use several names for a location because the original name was changed: e.g. from Bramalea Countryside Park to Sesquicentennial Park. Sometimes people use several names due to carelessness: e.g. River Oaks Youth and Riveroaks Youth. Sometimes people use several names because the proper name is awkward or poorly known: e.g. Gellert 1 and Gellert Community Park Diamond #1. And inconsistancy begets confusion.

This site tries to use either the official name or the most common name.

Sometimes this site uses a correct but relatively unknown name because it is less ambiguous. For example, Sue Starkey is used because it is less ambiguous than its common aliases, Mississauga Valley and The Valleys: because the Mississauga Valley Community Centre has three diamonds, Mississauga Valley or The Valleys could denote any of the three, creating possible confusion. Similarly, Oakville’s Bronte Athletic Park is less ambiguous than Bronte Park, because other places named Bronte Park and Bronte Meadows Park exist.

Sometimes the name of a location is unknown, so I just coined a descriptive name: for example, the name of the northernmost diamond at the Mississauga Valley Community Centre is unknown, so I have simply labelled it Mississauga Valley Diamond #1.

Changing a name used by this site is very difficult if the location has already been used for events, since changing the name might cause older references to break, e.g. to no longer be associated with a map. It is easier to change a name which hasn’t yet been used.