Origins of 8 strange place names in Canada Posted on Wednesday, February 6th, 2013 at 1:39 pm. PTWritten by Shawn King Mental Floss:Every country has place names that make you scratch your head and say, “What were they thinking?” So I looked up what they may have been thinking when these places in Canada got their names. Darcy Fitzpatrick Not surprisingly, my home province of Newfoundland and Labrador took three of the eight places. And that really only scratches the surface. Shawn King LOL Yeah, you could fill many pages just of weird Newfoundland place names. 🙂 sincarne Well, darn: part of my family comes from Joe Batts Arm. I was hoping to hear the origin story of that one. sincarne Update: it was named for Joseph Batt who deserted from Cook’s expedition, and the bay’s resemblance to an arm. Exciting stuff. Moeskido Sounds a lot more interesting than naming a town after a small subsection of some old settler’s farm.