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Peel County was established in 1852 from York County. "Peel tried to separate from York in 1856, but separation was not official before 1866."3
Named for Britian's Prime Minister, Robert Peel.
Settlement in the area had started as early as 1807. In 1819 a large number of Irish settlers arrived, they had planned to settled in the United States but instead chose this area of Canada. Most of the early settlers were Irish, Scotch or descendants of United Empire Loyalists.
In 1974 Peel County was dissolved and the Regional Municipality of Peel was established.
"Population 24,816 in 1852 and 111,575 in 1966."3
Prior to 1851 - York County
1974-present - Regional Municipality of Peel
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3 Place Names of Ontario by Floreen Carter, 1984