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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


Independence Dr — Originally called Arlington Road Extension due to its proximity to Arlington Road. This caused confusion among mail carriers and emergency services. It was renamed Independence Drive during America’s bicentennial celebration, when lots of streets received patriotic names.

Independence Drive, Burlington MA

Indian Hill Rd

Indian Hill Rd. Burlington MA

Irene St — Randomly named by Donald Gedick, who built many of the area’s homes.

Irene St. Burlington MA

Ivy Lane

Ivy Lane Burlington MA