Former name for Moose Lake
“Orignal” is Canadian French for “moose,” derived from Basque oreina “deer” via orignac, the form that the Basque word took on in the Basque-Mi’kmaq pidgin used by the Mi’kmaq and visiting Basque fishermen and whalers.
On Arrowsmith’s 1859 map, Moose Lake appears as “Lac L’Original [sic],” and the two sections of Yellowhead Lake are called Moose Lake and Cow dung Lake.
- Arrowsmith, John [1790–1873]. Provinces of British Columbia and Vancouver Island; with portions of the United States and Hudson’s Bay Territories. 1859. UVic