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Old March 29th, 2007, 06:06 PM   #1
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What do road names say about your area?

What do the names of roads say about your area?

Northern Delaware had a strong milling industry back when water power was vital, and that is reflected in the names of roads in the Wilmington and Newark area:

Paper Mill Road
Curtis Mill Road
Powder Mill Road
Red Mill Road
Barley Mill Road
Snuff Mill Road
Snuff Mill Lane
Upper Snuff Mill Row
Center Mill Road
Burnt Mill Road
Auburn Mill Road
Hillside Mill Road
Rolling Mill Road
Mendenhall Mill Road
Smith Mill Road

Also, turnpikes were important roads back in colonial days, and these toll roads connected cities and towns. Many of these roads exist in modern form, and still bear a name similar to what they used to have. The "Pike" suffix is prevalent on these old turnpikes. The names of the roads usually indicate where they went to. Some in the Wilmington/Newark area and where they lead to:

Lancaster Pike
Kennett Pike
Philadelphia Pike
Baltimore Pike
Concord Pike (called Wilmington Pike in Pennsylvania)
Newport Gap Pike (Newport, DE and Gap, PA were the termini of the road; the road is called Gap Newport Pike in Pennsylvania)
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Old March 29th, 2007, 08:19 PM   #2
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I like when motorways have names.

Like:

Autoroute du Soleil
La Languedocienne
Linksrheinische Autobahn
Rechtsrheinische Autobahn
Golden State Freeway
Garden State Parkway
Autostrada del Sol

etc.

The Netherlands doesn't have these kind of names.
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Old March 29th, 2007, 08:38 PM   #3
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Singapore has road names in various languages

Like....

Orchard Road (English)
Jalan Besar [ "Big Road" ] (Malay)
Kadayanallur Street [ place name in India ] (Tamil)
Chin Chew Street [ "Pearl" ] (Hokkien dialect)
Bishan Road [ old village name ](Mandarin)

Reflects our British colonial history, Malay native heritage and the various ethnic groups which immigrated here in colonial times.

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Old March 30th, 2007, 12:24 AM   #4
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In Washington State, and many other western states, Indian names are everywhere. City names, county names, road names, mountain pass names.

The most recognizable are: Yakima, Wenatchee, Snoqualmie, Puyallup, Nisqually, Snohomish, Chehalis, Skagit, Duwamish.

Always amusing when someone new arrives on the media scene and has trouble with the pronounciation.
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Old March 30th, 2007, 04:11 AM   #5
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In Washington State, and many other western states, Indian names are everywhere. City names, county names, road names, mountain pass names.

The most recognizable are: Yakima, Wenatchee, Snoqualmie, Puyallup, Nisqually, Snohomish, Chehalis, Skagit, Duwamish.

Always amusing when someone new arrives on the media scene and has trouble with the pronounciation.
Note Indian = Native American

Anyway, highways here are frequently named after some person that died, and may also have a proper name. In the Bay Area though, everybody just calls the highway by its number.

Streets around my city are named for many random things (birds, explorers, etc.) which reflect the marine/coastal setting, I suppose. There are things like "Port Royal" and "Edgewater" but also "Vasco da Gama" and "Gull"
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Old March 30th, 2007, 06:36 AM   #6
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Indian Names

I'm not sure what your point is about "Indian names = native american". If you are trying to educate those from around the world, fine. But, the truth is, to those who live in the area, they are "Indian" reservations, "Indian" casinos, and "Indian" names. This is the common language used in the Pacific Northwest.

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Old April 2nd, 2007, 03:47 AM   #7
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In Calgary, a lot of the highways are called "trails" and some of them are native names i.e. Deerfoot and Crowchild and Blackfoot.
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Old April 2nd, 2007, 07:59 AM   #8
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To keep it more localised in my city, downtown Vancouver streets are entirely names from British Isles origin and Spanish, and perhaps just one Aboriginal street name.

I love history so I'll expand on a few if you don't mind -

Quite a few street names come from Royal Navy & Spanish Navy origin-

Haro Street. - after Gonzales Lopez de Haro, first mate of the sloop Princesa Real, the seized British merchantman "Princess Royal" in which Spanish naval officer Manuel Quimper was exploring the area south of Vancouver Island.

Georgia St - Named for His Majesty King George III in turn was named from the Straight(Gulf originally) of Georgia in 1792 by Captain Vancouver RN. Formerly the Grand Canal de Nuestra Senora del Rosario la Marinera.

Thurlow St - after Edward Thurlow, 1st Baron Thurlow, the Lord Chancellor of Great Britain.

Denman St - named after British Admiral Joseph Denman. 1864 Commander-in-chief, Pacific. Admiral Denman was involved in the suppression of the slave trade whilst serving as a lieutenant on the HMS Curlew in 1834. He has been described as one of the most successful and passionate officers to serve on the West Africa squadron.

Cordova St - After Puerta de Cordova, the original name of the port in Esquimalt near Victoria.

Harwood St - after Dr. Edward Harwood, Royal Navy surgeon.

Bidwell St - Lieutenant Commander Frederick Bedwell (1796–1853) was a sailor in the Royal Navy. He participated in the Peninsular War, War of 1812, and was a member of the guard that took Napoleon I of France to banishment on Saint Helena.

Cardero St - after Josef Cordero, draughtsman (Dibujante or Dibuxante) of the Spanish ships Sutil and Mexicana, 1792.

Burrard St - after Captain Sir Harry Burrard, R.N. Lord of the Admiralty between 1804 and 1807.

Howe St - after Admiral Richard Howe, 1st Earl Howe. One of Royal Navy's greatest sailors.

Broughton St - after LCDR William Broughton RN, commanded HMS Chatham as part of the voyage of exploration through the Pacific Ocean led by Captain George Vancouver in the early 1790s.

Bute St - after John Stuart, 3rd Earl of Bute. Prime Minister under George III. His botanical work culminated in the publication of Botanical Tables Containing the Families of British Plants in 1785.

Suzhou Alley - after the Chinese city.

Shanghai Alley - after the Chinese city.

Hastings St - Commander-in-Chief of the Pacific Navy, Rear Admiral George Fowler Hastings from 1866–1869.

Alberni St - named for Captain Don Pedro de Alberni, a Spanish officer, who commanded the fort at Nootka on Vancouver Island's west coast.
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French motorways (Autoroutes) have nice names.

here's a list:

A1 Autoroute du Nord (Motorway to the North)
A4 Autorute de l'Est (Motorway to the East)
A6 Autoroute du Soleil (Motorway to the sun)
A7 Autoroute dus Soleil (motorway to the sun)
A8 La Provençale (Motorway of the Provence region)
A9 La Languedocienne (Motorway of the Languedoc region)
A9 La Catalane (Motorway to Catalonia)
A10 l'Aquitaine (Motorway of the Aquitaine region)
A11 l'Océane (Motorway to the Ocean)
A13 Autoroute du Normandie (Motorway to Normandy)
A16 Autoroute du Littoral (Motorway to the Coast)
A20 l'Occitane (Motorway to the Occitane region)
A26 Autorute des Anglais (Motorway to England)
A36 La Comtoise (Motorway through Franche-comte)
A39 Autoroute Verte (Green Motorway (because of the green landscape))
A40 Autoroute des Titans (Motorway of the titans (because of the Alps mountains)
A40 Autorute Blanche (White Motorway (because of the winter resorts in the Alps)
A43 Autoroute de la Maurienne (Motorway of the Maurienne region)
A51 Autoroute du val de Durance (Motorway of the Durance river valley)
A61 Autoroute des Deux Mers (Motorway of the two seas (Atlantic/Mediterranean)
A64 La Pyrénéenne (Motorway of the Pyrenees mountains)
A75 la Méridienne (The Mediterranean motorway)
A77 Autoroute de l'Arbre (Motorways of the trees)
A104 la Francilienne (Motorway around the Ile de Franche, island of France, Paris region)
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In Brief, there're three periods for the Street names in Hong Kong.

1841-1950s, many of them were a mixture of Lingnan (Guangdong) and British Culture. Such as Chung Ching St and Queen's Road Central on Hong Kong Island. There're also some streets reflecting HK was an entrepot, such as Shanghai St, Canton Rd in Kowloon Peninsula.

1950s-1970s, different combinations. You may refer HK Place.

Since 1970s, usually a set of ONE Chinese Character within the new towns in the New Teritorries, such as On Chee Rd, On Po Rd in Tai Po (Using the Character of [i]On[i] "安 ", meaning "Safe"); And Tin Yiu Rd, Tin Shing Rd in Tin Shui Wai.
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^ There are also a number of theme street names, such as Vietnamese cities, Chinese cities, and even trees.
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A1 Autoroute du Nord (Motorway to the North)
A4 Autorute de l'Est (Motorway to the East)
A6 Autoroute du Soleil (Motorway to the sun)
A7 Autoroute dus Soleil (motorway to the sun)
A8 La Provençale (Motorway of the Provence region)
A9 La Languedocienne (Motorway of the Languedoc region)
A9 La Catalane (Motorway to Catalonia)
A10 l'Aquitaine (Motorway of the Aquitaine region)
A11 l'Océane (Motorway to the Ocean)
A13 Autoroute du Normandie (Motorway to Normandy)
A16 Autoroute du Littoral (Motorway to the Coast)
A20 l'Occitane (Motorway to the Occitanie region)
A26 Autorute des Anglais (Motorway to England)
A36 La Comtoise (Motorway through Franche-comte)
A39 Autoroute Verte (Green Motorway (because of the green landscape))
A40 Autoroute des Titans (Motorway of the titans (because of the Alps mountains)
A40 Autorute Blanche (White Motorway (because of the winter resorts in the Alps)
A43 Autoroute de la Maurienne (Motorway of the Maurienne region)
A51 Autoroute du val de Durance (Motorway of the Durance river valley)
A61 Autoroute des Deux Mers (Motorway of the two seas (Atlantic/Mediterranean)
A64 La Pyrénéenne (Motorway of the Pyrenees mountains)
A75 la Méridienne (The Mediterranean motorway)
A77 Autoroute de l'Arbre (Motorways of the trees)
A104 la Francilienne (Motorway around the Ile de Franche, island of France, Paris region)
Actually, the right translation is rather:
A1 Autoroute du Nord (Northern Highway)
A4 Autorute de l'Est (Eastern Highway)
A6 Autoroute du Sud/Autoroute du Soleil (Southern Highway/The Sun Highway)
A7 Autoroute du Soleil (The Sun Highway)
A8 La Provençale (Highway of the Provence region)
A9 La Languedocienne (Highway of the Languedoc region)
A9 La Catalane (Highway of the Catalonia region)
A10 l'Aquitaine (Highway of the Aquitaine region)
A11 l'Océane (Highway of the Ocean)
A13 Autoroute de Normandie (Normandy's Highway)
A16 Autoroute du Littoral (The Coast Highway)
A20 l'Occitane (Highway of the Occitania region)
A26 Autorute des Anglais (The English Highway)
A28 Autorute des Estuaires (The Estuaries Highway)
A35 Autoroute des cigognes (The Storks Highway)
A36 La Comtoise (Highway of the Franche-comte region)
A39 Autoroute Verte (Green Highway (because of the green landscape))
A40 Autoroute des Titans (Highway of the titans (because of the viaducts/tunnels)
A40 Autorute Blanche (White Highway (because of the Mont Blanc valley)
A43 Autoroute de la Maurienne (Highway of the Maurienne region)
A51 Autoroute du val de Durance (Highway of the Durance river valley)
A61 Autoroute des Deux Mers (Highway of the two seas (Atlantic/Mediterranean)
A64 La Pyrénéenne (Highway of the Pyrenees mountains)
A71 l’Arverne (Highway of the Arverni tribe region)
A75 la Méridienne (The Meridian Highway (because of the Paris Meridian)
A77 Autoroute de l'Arbre (Highway of the Tree)
A104 la Francilienne (Highway around the Ile de France, island of France, Paris region)





A40 Autoroute des Titans


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Old April 3rd, 2007, 05:15 AM   #13
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In Canberra, roads can either be named after:
  • Famous Australians
  • Australian Icons
  • References to English Monarchy
  • Aboriginal Words

The way that most streets in surburbs are named in in reference to the name of the surburb.

For example, the surburb of Melba is named after a great Australian opera singer, Dame Nellie Melba and all the streets are named after famous musicians.

Another is the surburb of Florey, named after Australian scientist Howard Walter Florey who won the Nobel Prize for his work on Penicillin research, hence all the streets are named after scientists.
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I like Australian long distance-highway names such as

Great Northern Highway
North West Coastal Highway
Stuart Highway
Buchanan Highway
Great Eastern Highway
South Coast Highway
Eyre Highway
Barkly Highway
Flinders Highway
Bruce Highway
Landsborough Highway
Capricorn Highway
Warrego Highway
Mitchell Highway
Newell Highway
Gore Highway
Barrier Highway
Pacific Highway
Princes Highway
Sturt Highway
Calder Highway
Western Highway

The majority of them aren't motorways though.
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Old April 5th, 2007, 04:58 AM   #15
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I like when motorways have names.

Like:

Autoroute du Soleil
La Languedocienne
Linksrheinische Autobahn
Rechtsrheinische Autobahn
Golden State Freeway
Garden State Parkway
Autostrada del Sol

etc.

The Netherlands doesn't have these kind of names.
Also in Italy many motorways are called with "friendly" names...

Some I remember right now:
A1 Milano-Naples "Autostrada del Sole", the Sun's motorway
A4 Turin-Trieste "Serenissima", ancient name for the Venetian Republic
A8 Milan-Varese "Autolaghi", lakes' motorway (1924: first motorway in this world!!)
A21 Turin-Piacenza-Brescia "Autostrada dei Vini", wines' motorway


and many many others...
Often main roads and motorways get their name by the mountain passes the have to step.
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Also the A23 has a nice name - Alpe-Adria.
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Here you can find the whole list

http://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elenco_autostrade_italiane
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I love this italian one:

- Autostrada del sole - Sun's motorway
- Autostrada dei fiori - Flowers' motorway
- Autostrada dei vini - Wines' motorway
- L'Adriatica - The Adriatic
- La Verdemare - The Green-Sea
- La Serenissima - The Serenissima
- Autostrada dei due mari - The two seas motorways
- Autostrada Azzurra - Blu motorway
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Spain:

(i refer to the number only, because of the overlap of A and AP routes)

1 Autopista del Norte
2 Autopista del Norteste
3 Autovia del Este
4 Autopista del Sur
5 Autovia del Suroeste
6 Autovia del Noroeste
7 Autopista del Mediterráneo
8 Autovia del Cantábrico
9 Autopista del Atlántico
10 Autovia de la Barranca
11 Autovia del Duero
12 Autovia del Camino de Santiago
15 Autovia Navarra Norte Est
16 Autopista de Pau Cascals
17 Autovia Barcelona - Puigcerdà
18 Autovia de Montserrat
19 Autovia Barcelona a Massanet
21 Autovia del Pirineo
23 Autovia Mudéjar
30 Autovia de Murcia
31 Autovia de Alicante
32 Autovia de Levante
40 Autovia de Castilla-La Mancha
42 Autovia de Toledo
43 Autovia Extremadura-Communidad Valenciana
44 Autovia de Sierra Nevada
45 Autovia de Málaga
49 Autovia del Quinto Centenario
50 Autovia de la Cultura
51 Conexión Ávila
52 Autovia de las Rías Bajas
53 Autopista Central Gallega
61 Conexión Segovia
62 Autovia de Castilla
66 Autovia Ruta de la Plata
67 Autovia Cantabria-Meseta
68 Autopista Vasco-aragonesa
69 Autopista dos Mares
70 Circunvalacion de Alicante
71 Autopista León-Astorga
77 Acceso Noroeste a Alicante
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Often the political preferences of the local authority, or the ethnic composition of a neighborhood (in the USA especially) can be deduced from the names of the local streets.

Thus (in France) Place Charles de Gaulle, and Rue Jeanne d'Arc are a good indication of a right-wing district, while Rue Lenine, or Avenue Salvador Allende are a reliable sign that the left is in control. In my native city, Glasgow, Scotland, the city council renamed a street Nelson Mandela Place, which was considered quite radical at the time, since political street names are uncommon in Britain (Glasgow council is permanently controlled by the left).

Likewise in the USA, Martin Luther King Jr Drive, and Cesar Chavez Street are often found in African-American, and Mexican-American neghborhoods, respectively.
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