Today marks a very big anniversary in Kitchener’s history. 100-years ago today, the city that would eventually become Kitchener, dropped it’s original name – Berlin.
At that time, we were at war with Germany and many thought it’d be a good idea to change the name to show our loyalty to the British Empire. A referendum was held in which 51% of residents voted to do away with ‘Berlin’.
But we didn’t adopt the name Kitchener right away. In fact, it was a painful process.
A group of 99 men were tasked with coming up with a short list of new names for the city….and they were terrible. Huronto, Bercana, Dunard, Hydro City, Renoma, and Agnoleo.
The city was eventually named after British war hero Lord Horatio Herbert Kitchener. But that didn’t happen until six weeks after we did away with ‘Berlin’.