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Guelph aka "The Royal City"

A Brief History of the Royal City

The city of Guelph was named by founder John Galt in 1827 to honour the British Royal Family, the Hanoverians, who were descended from the House of Welf (also known as the Guelfs or Guelph), one of the great political factions in late medieval Germany and Italy and the ancestral family of the reigning British monarch at the time George IV.

The origin of the city’s name is also why you might hear Guelph referred to as “The Royal City.” The spelling has been changed to today’s “Guelph” — but it’s pronounced just as it was over 170 years ago: gwelf (rhymes with self).

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