Heights streets can boast no fewer than 16 streets with names ending in
'wood.' There are also Wood Road and four other streets beginning with
'Wood,' plus four streets with exact tree names: Forest View and Chestnut
Hill Drives, and Birch Tree Path. What was the rationale in the ca. 1900-25
period for naming streets as such?
We can understand 'wood' added to 'Beech,' 'Elm,' and 'Oak.'
'Briar' (root) is closely related to wood as is 'Hart' (horn). 'Redwood'
is an actual tree, and a del or glen may be wooded. 'Kirkwood' (as 'kirk'
means church) may evoke the image of a peaceful church in a woods and
'Idlewood' surely sounds restful. An 'ingle' (fireplace) sounds cozy,
but what are an 'engle' or a 'kerr' and what do 'Brentwood' or 'Rexwood'
mean - a wooded area with wild geese ('brent') and a king's ('rex') woods,
Such names were selected all over the United States by developers
for streets and by publishers of house plan catalogs. In actuality, most
of our 'wood' names are American towns, such as California's Brentwood,
Edgewood, Glenwood, Inglewood, and Kirkwood or New Jersey's Englewood.
A connection with the suburbs of California or the Garden State in the
1910s and '20s assuredly lured Clevelanders to our lush young suburb,
as well as the public to purchase house plans.
Cleveland Heights Index
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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.