Aiyansh

Feature Type:Locality - A named place or area, generally with a scattered population of 50 or less.
Status:
Pronounced: eye-ANSH
Relative Location: NE of junction of Ksi Sii Aks (Tseax River) and Nass River, Cassiar Land District
Latitude-Longitude: 55°15'59"N, 129°05'06"W at the approximate population centre of this feature.
Datum: WGS84
NTS Map: 103P/6

Origin Notes and History:

Aiyansh (Post Office) adopted in 1930 BC Gazetteer, NOT Ayansh, as spelled on Geological Survey sheet 69A, Route map of part of the Nass River, 1912. Form of name changed to Aiyansh (Settlement) in 1973 Supplement to the BC Gazetteer. Form of name changed to Aiyansh (Locality) 15 December 1982 on 103 P/3. Name rescinded 26 October 1988.

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

Following a disastrous fire in the early 1980's, the residents and businesses of Aiyansh relocated to "New Aiyansh" about 3 miles southwest of here.

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

Nisga'a name meaning "place of the first leaves" (in spring), or "place of early blooming".

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