Origin Of Names/Places

Origin Of Names/Places

Discover the meaning and history behind a namof people, historical buildings, fishing spots, beaches etc. 

The History of Fisherhaven

The History of Fisherhaven

Fisherhaven arose from the Afdaks River farm  - Fisherhaven is a small town in the Western Cape, South Africa on the banks of the Bot River lagoon

Genadendal - A small village with a mission in South Africa

Genadendal - A small village with a mission in South Africa

Genadendal translated to English and known as Valley of Grace and was established in 1738 by George Schmidt, a German Missionary, sent by the United Brethren (Moravian Church) to preach the gospel to the Khoi.

Hawston and it's history

Hawston and it's history

Close to Hermanus, the town of Hawston with its long, white unspoilt beach lies cosily between the sea and the mountain.  Named after C.R. Haw, a civil commissioner of Caledon.

Waar kom die naam Sopiesklip Vandaan?

Waar kom die naam Sopiesklip Vandaan?

Waar kom die naam Sopiesklip vandaan?  Ek het al menigte stories gehoor oor Spoiesklip en waar die naam vandaan kom, en later besef… dit moes in verskillende tye gebeur het.

Hermanus and it's History

Hermanus and it's History

“Every town or village name has an origin. For many years a variety or stories were told about the name of Hermanus and the man Hermanus Pieters.

Plankhuis a famous fishing spot near Hawston

Plankhuis a famous fishing spot near Hawston

About three kilometres west of Hawston lies the famous fishing spot, Plankhuis — a place shrouded in romanticism and mystery..

Voëlklip Beach and it's origin

Voëlklip Beach and it's origin

How and or where did Voëlklip Beach get it's name?

Gearing's Point in Hermanus - Origin

Gearing's Point in Hermanus - Origin

Gearing's Point was named after Mr. Sydney Gearing a future mayor of Rondebosch who bought a cottage on the corner of Marine and Harbour Road.

St. Peter's Church

In 1868 a small building, a "palehuis", like many of the original houses, was built, to be both English church and school and it was called after the patron saint of fishermen,  St. Peter

Origin of Struisbaai

Struisbaai was named after vogelstruise(ostriches) that roamed in the area.

Elim Mission Station

Elim Mission Station

Elim was founded by German missionaries in 1824 and is inhabited only by Moravian church members.

Gansbaai and it's origin

Gansbaai and it's origin

Gansbaai is named after the Egyptian geese, who visited on the farm farm "Strandfontein" (Fountain on the beach)

Kleinmond and it's origin

Kleinmond share a fascinating history of the early Khoekhoe people being a safe haven for runaway slaves, pirates, whalers in 1900's and fisher folk.

Wendy's Hut

Wendy's Hut

Wendy's cottage is named after a lone female whale that used to visit the town in the late 1930's.  This whale, who was fondly known as Wendy, was considered one of the family by the village folk, as she used to return year after year.

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