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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


Barbara Cir — Daughter of builder Joe Roberto.

Barbara Circle, Burlington MA

Barnum Rd — David Barnum owned a mill building on Mill Street not far from the current Barnum Road, just a short walk behind Fox Hill Elementary School.

Barnum Rd. Burlington MA

Baron Park Ln

Baron Park Lane, Burlington MA

Bassett Ave — James N. and Dorothy E. Bassett owned property in the area before Route 128 arrived.

Bassett Ave. Burlington MA

Bates St

Bates St. Burlington MA

Baxter Cir — Frank Baxter, a Planning Board member during Burlington’s fastest-growing years in the 1960s. He also helped bring a YWCA program to the town, which operated from the Frothingham mansion on what is now Theresa Ave in the 1960s and 70s.

Baxter Circle Burlington MA

Beacon St — Was originally a driveway to Crawford Farm (now Beacon Village) and ended there. More here.

Beacon Street, Burlington MA

Beaverbrook Rd

Beaverbrook Road, Burlington MA

Bedford St

Bedford St. Burlington MA

Belmont Rd — Frank and Joanne Riccardi at 5 Belmont Rd. were the first homeowners on the street. They hailed from Belmont, MA.

Belmont Rd. Burlington MA

Bennett Ln — The Bennett family traces back to the first days of Burlington and claimed big chunks of town, including Bennett Hill (Center Street). Alas, the name survives only in the form of this tiny road.

Bannett Lane, Burlington MA

Benson Way — Arthur E. Benson, the property owner until his death in 1998.

Benson Way, Burlington MABenson Way, Burlington MA

Bethel Ln

Bethel Ln Burlington MA

Birch St

Birch St. Burlington MA

Birchcrest St

Birchcrest St. Burlington MA

Blackhorse Ln

Blackhorse Ln, Burlington MA

Blanchard Rd — David Blanchard built a house there for his bride, but the marriage never happened. Before 1900, this was informally known as Babylon Road.

Blanchard Rd. Burlington MA

Blueberry Ln

Blueberry Lane, Burlington MA

Boulder Dr

Boulder Drive, Burlington MA

Bradford Rd — 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.

Bradford Rd, Burlington MA

Brantwood Ln

Brantwood Lane Burlington MA

Brenda Ln

Brenda Ln Burlington MA

Briarwood Ln

Briarwood Lane, Burlington MA

Bristol St

Bristol St. Burlington MA

Brookfield Rd

Brookfield Rd. Burlington MA

Brookside Ln

Brookside Ln. Burlington MA

Brown Ave — Roger and Melissa Brown of Lexington Street. Their driveway is now Brown Ave. and their (renovated) house is now 3 Brown Ave.

Brown Ave. Burlington MA

Bruce St

Bruce St. Burlington MABruce St. Burlington MA

Buckman Dr

Buckman Dr. Burlington MA

Burlington Mall Rd — Opened November, 1968 as a single-purpose shortcut from Cambridge St. to the three-month-old Burlington Mall.

Burlington Mall Rd. Burlington MA

Burlington St

Burlington St. Burlington MA

Burton Rd — Burton Blake, who built 5 and 9 Peach Orchard Road and lived in both houses at different times. He drew up the plans for Burton Road, and his brothers built the houses.

Burton Rd. Burlington MA

Butters Ln — James Butters lived nearby in a large house at the corner of Cambridge Street and what is now Terry Ave.

Butters Ln. Burlington MA