Lac Le Jeune

Feature Type:Lake - Inland body of standing water.
Status:
Name Authority: BC Geographical Names Office
Relative Location: SW of Kamloops, Kamloops Division Yale Land District
Latitude-Longitude: 50°28'59''N, 120°28'44''W at the approximate centre of this feature.
Datum: NAD83
NTS Map: 92I/8
Related Maps: 92I/7
92I/8

Origin Notes and History:

Labelled "Batchelor (Trout) Lake" on BC maps 2B, 1914, and 1EM, 1915. Chuwhels Lake incorrectly adopted in this location 7 June 1927. Name changed to Le Jeune Lake 7 December 1927; form of name changed to Lac Le Jeune 5 April 1956 (file N.3.26).

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

Mr. Taggart, DLS, suggested the name, after Father Jean-Marie Le Jeune, OMI. Born 12 April 1855 in Pleyber Christ, France, and arrived in BC in 1879 to work as a Catholic missionary amongst the Sechelt and Sto:lo. Transferred to Kamloops in 1882, later encompassing the Nicola and Shuswap groups. Le Jeune spoke dozens of languages and dialects, and created a pictograph alphabet for the Indians modified from the Duployan system of shorthand, and published the "Wawa", the Chinook jargon newspaper. [Wawa means "speak" or "talk" in Chinook jargon]. See also Lac Le Jeune (locality).

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