That most Cleveland Heights
streets sport the name of English towns or London streets or are derived
from words in the English language is well agreed, but we have many street
names originating from other nationalities gracing our community. First,
there are a few common American first names, such as Janette and Blanche,
of French origin, and Radcliffe, an English last name of French origin.
Perhaps these streets were named for women in the Minor family, and after
Our two Native American tribal names are Navahoe (a common
spelling in the 1920s) and Delaware. Ormond Road, believes a member of
one of its original families, was named for fashionable Ormond Beach,
Florida, where John D. Rockefeller, Sr., wintered and died; that resort,
in turn, was named for a Captain James Ormond. Ormond as a surname is
English, French or Irish (often with an "e" added); it is also
the name of a major street in London.
Monte Vista (note spelling) and Pomona are communities in
California and also towns in Colorado and Florida, respectively-named
in the Spanish, which apparently had a stylish ring in the 1920s Midwest.
Alpine is, of course, the Latin-origin name of the Central European mountain
range (and our Alpine Road does not have a steep slope for such a short
street). Vandemar is surely from the Dutch.
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City Of Few Streets Have you ever wondered how your street got
its name? Perhaps Cleveland Heights' bright new street signs will
heighten awareness of your street names.
Boulevard? How many readers know of streets in Cleveland
Heights that actually are called "Street?"
Origins That most Cleveland Heights streets sport
the name of English towns or London streets or are derived from
words in the English language is well agreed, but we have many
street names originating from other nationalities gracing our
Names Some of our Cleveland Heights streets take
their names from thoroughfares they are near.
Suburb Some hear the word “north” and
start to shiver. Some label “northern Cleveland Heights”
what is north of Mayfield, which for many years was lucky to be
closer to Euclid Beach amusement park.
The Avenue Jan Cigliano's The Grand Avenue: 1850-1920,
of 1994, describes the history of selective prestigious thoroughfares
in large American cities, including Cleveland.
The Boulevard Officially naming a street 'Boulevard' was
popular in the Cleveland of 1900-30.
London Connection Images of England were important to early
Cleveland Heights developers, residents and would-be residents.
Wood Streets Our Cleveland Heights streets can boast
no fewer than 16 streets with names ending in 'wood.'
Street Spellings The quirky spellings of some of our street
names have long perplexed even excellent spellers.
Roads Cleveland Heights has several streets which
honor the area's 19th-century quarries, including Quarry Road
Among Us Cleveland Heights' 'royal streets'-Queenston,
Kingston, Princeton and Canterbury Roads-were named with the English
aristocratic imagery generally favored in the time of their development,
Shorties Cleveland Heights has its turn-of-the-century
'country lanes,' but also has its very short streets-cut-throughs
not found in the newer suburban areas of highways, winding drives
and cul-de-sacs. Most of our short streets are by-ways connecting
two to four streets.
A Drive What image does 'Drive' in a street name
evoke to you?
And Twos Our community is flush with streets grouped
in trios and pairs.
Name's (Almost) The Same Cleveland Heights, with most of its streets
named within a 25-year period many years ago, has a number of
street names so similar that they have confounded the public since
Flattered! If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery,
Cleveland Heights must be appealing to residents elsewhere because
some of our street names have been conscientiously copied in other
In A Name? Sometimes the name of a street is influenced
by that of a more major street nearby.