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If you know the origin of a Burlington street name, your wisdom is appreciated. Some are obvious topographical references and aren’t worth pursuing (Rocky Hill etc.) And some have obvious historical roots (Winn). It’s the myriad other names that need clarification (Winona, Van Norden etc.). Please email the information to


Ainsworth St

Ainsworth Street, Burlington MA

Alcine Ln

Alcine Lane, Burlington MA

Algonquin Dr

Algonquin Drive, Burlington MA

Allison Dr

Allison Drive, Burlington MA

Alma Rd — Alma Bird, president of the town’s American Legion Auxiliary organization in the 1950s and 60s. Her husband was Benjamin Bird. This was one the first streets built with an organized house numbering system that we take for granted now. The first nine fully-numbered streets: Florence Road, Crawford Road, Sylvester Road, Frances Road, Foster Road, Bradford Road, Luther Road, Alma Road and Sunset Drive.

Alma Road, Burlington MA

Amherst Rd — Part of a college-themed neighborhood including Dartmouth, Princeton and University.

Amherst Rd. Burlington MA

Angela Cir — Angela Ruping, daughter of developer Hubert Ruping and current Locust Street resident.

Angela Circle, Burlington MA

Anna Rd

Anna Road, Burlington MA

Arbor Court

Arbor Court, Burlington MA

Arboretum Way

Arboretum Way, Burlington MA

Arborwood Dr

Arborwood Drive, Burlington MA

Ardmore Ave — Became a public way in 1940.

Ardmore Ave Burlington MA

Arlington Rd — The entire high school driveway was Arlington Road before the high school existed. Turning back the clock even more, it was actually a section of Cambridge Street. But that section was too curvy, so the state highway department created the straighter section we know today, leaving Arlington Road as a separate roadway. In sum, it’s called Arlington Road because it was once a section of the main road to Arlington (and Cambridge).

Arlington Road, Burlington MA

Arnold Ter

Arnold Terrace, Burlington MA

Arthur Woods Ave

Arthur Woods Ave. Burlington MA

Austin St

Austin St. Burlington MA

Azalea Dr

Azalea Dr. Burlington MA