Gribbell Island

Feature Type:Island - Land area surrounded by water or marsh.
Status:
Name Authority: BC Geographical Names Office
Relative Location: E side of entrance to Douglas Channel, SW of Kitimat, Range 4 Coast Land District
Latitude-Longitude: 53°24'15''N, 129°01'30''W at the approximate centre of this feature.
Datum: NAD83
NTS Map: 103H/6
Related Maps: 103H/10
103H/11
103H/6
103H/7

Origin Notes and History:

Adopted in the 2nd Report of the Geographic Board of Canada, 1900.

Source: BC place name cards, or correspondence to/from BC's Chief Geographer or BC Geographical Names Office

Incorrectly spelled "Gribbel" on 1953 edition of C3743.

Source: BC place name cards, or correspondence to/from BC's Chief Geographer or BC Geographical Names Office

"Named in 1867 by Capt. Daniel Pender, RN, after his brother-in-law, the Rev. Francis Barrow Gribbell, a clergyman of the Church of England. Arrived in Victoria, 1865; in charge of St. John's, Victoria, 1868; Rector of St. Paul's, Esquimalt, 1869; Principal of the collegiate school, Victoria, 1870-1875, when he returned to England. Vicar of Erith, Kent 1881; Vicar of Ringmer, Kent, 1891, where he now resides, 1906."

Source: Walbran, John T; British Columbia Coast Names, 1592-1906: their origin and history; Ottawa, 1909 (republished for the Vancouver Public Library by J.J. Douglas Ltd, Vancouver, 1971)

"Haisla traditional territory included the watersheds on the eastern side of the island (from north to south: T'lekemalis, Wa, Wawagelisla and Luq'wayac'i) and the northeast section of the island (called Paq'atam) from Amy Point to Jenkinson Point, where Haisla traditional territory meets that of [the Gitga'at people of] Hartley Bay." (information contributed February 2007 by anthropologist James V. (Jay) Powell, Professor Emeritus, University of British Columbia, Vancouver; consultant to Haisla Nation, 2000-present).

Source: included with note