One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A native or inhabitant of the Canadian city of Halifax in Nova Scotia.‘Haligonians have wanted a new library since the 1980s’
Relating to or characteristic of the Canadian city of Halifax in Nova Scotia.‘the donair was number one on his list of Haligonian foods he wanted to sample’
Mid 19th century: apparently from Hali- (in Halifax) + -onian (on the pattern of words such as Aberdonian) with the insertion of g. The name has been said to derive from Haligonia, a putative medieval Latin name for the West Yorkshire town of Halifax (based on the erroneous derivation of Halifax from Old English hālig faex ‘holy hair’), but evidence to support this theory is lacking, and other models for the form exist, such as Oregonian and Patagonian.
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