According to the Geographic Names Unit of the Surveyor General's Office, Tait was named after Joseph Tait, MPP for Toronto Centre. Shenston was given the name of F. Shenston from a prominent Brantford family. Roseberry got the name of a British Statesman, Lord Roseberry. Barwick got its name from J. Barwick, a Crown Land inspector in this area about 1871, while Dobie was named after James Samual Dobie, a Dominion Land Suveyor. John Mather Esq., President of the Keewatin Lumber and Mill Co. of Kenora, was honoured in the naming of Mather township. Potts was named after the Rev. John Potts of Toronto, and Richardson after a Member of the Legislative Assembly.