The quirky spellings
of some of our street names have long perplexed even excellent spellers.
Let’s begin with Beechwood Avenue, spelled like the tree rather
than the eastern suburb. The name is in the pattern of Oakwood and Elmwood
Roads, and is older than the Beachwood suburb, which originally was spelled
like our street.
Beechwoods’s neighbor, Altamont Avenue, has the “mont”
spelling, like the Altamonts in California, Illinois, and New York—not
the “mount” of Rydalmount (Rydal Mount is in the Lake District
of England) or Fairmount Boulevard. Fairmount, in turn, is spelled like
the district and famous park in Philadelphia, not with the “mont”
of the luxury hotel of San Francisco’s Nob Hill.
Bendemeer Road, with its “meer” ending, is named
for a village in New South Wales, Australia, while Delamere Drive’s
name, with its “mere,” is also an Australian town but was
more likely named for the district and forest in England. We also have
Vandemar (generally alone, but sometimes three-word surname, with the
“mar”) Street and Montevista Road—“Montevista”
a picturesque Spanish name as one word, but as two words (Monte Vista),
the Colorado village.
Scarborough was originally spelled “Scarboro”—in
the style of Marlboro Road and Roxboro Drive. Interestingly, there are
many legitimate “Roxboro” and “Roxborough,” “Marlboro”
and “Marlborough” around the United States, Canada and England,
but “Scarboro” seems to be only a common shortened form of
“Navahoe” (Road) ending with an “e”
was once a more common spelling for the Native American tribe than today.
Our Forest Hills Boulevard still retains the “s” in the “hills,”
even though other uses of the name in that district have recently returned
to the original “Forest Hill” appellation—what the Rockefellers
called their sprawling estate (though the famous development in Queens,
New York has the “s”).
Finally, our North Park and West Park Boulevards—should
they be listed in street listing under “N” and “W”
or under “P?” Directory publishers, as well as the County
Auditor, have disagreed on that point for almost a century!
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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.