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 first platted. How much confusion like names must have caused
over the years!
A trio of "cousins": Idlewood, Inglewood, and
Englewood Roads. Idlewood was actually the earlier name of University
Heights, when Idlewood Village extended west of Taylor Road. All three
names were part of the early 20th century trend to name new streets combining
'wood' (i.e., for a forest image) with tree names or other English words.
The 'inglenook' common to English-inspired homes of the era stems from
"ingle," a Gaelic word for fire.
Oaks were ubiquitous in our early years and, not surprisingly, we have
Oak (no-nonsense tree name itself) Road plus Oakwood (like the club it
adjoins) and Oakridge Drives and Oakdale Road - adding topographical suffixes.
Maple and Maplewood Roads conform with the first part of the same pattern,
and Parkdale and Parkhill follow the second part - topographical. Corydon,
Clarendon and Cleviden Roads sport Scottish and English, English, and
mysterious-origin names, respectively (well, the last is mostly in East
Nordway and Northcliffe Roads do not sound that similar, but have the
peculiar problem of being located so close together (both off Silsby)
that they surely have caused major confusion over the years. Windsor and
Winsford have similar names and similar type locations - both residential
streets in northern Cleveland Heights, which cut across a series of north-south
streets and graced with a series of stop signs.
Penfield and Renfield Roads are simply two variations of the same type
British name, with Penfield more English and common across the U.S., while
Renfield is more Scottish.
Delamere and Delaware Drives are both in Roxboro, but Delamere is a town
and forest in England, while Delaware, a British name probably of French
origin, could be honoring the state, the river, or even the Native American
Finally we have the confusion of Exeter vs. Essex Roads - both proud
English names with royal connections. This writer himself confused them
when speaking at a Community Improvement Award Committee meeting last