Skip to content


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


Radcliff St

Radcliff St. Burlington MA

Rahanis Playground — Turkish pig farmers Stylianos and Lena Rahanis. Story here.

Rahanis Playground Burlington MA

Rahway Rd

Rahway Rd. Burlington MA

Randall Dr

Randall Drive, Burlington MARandall Drive, Burlington MA

Ray Avenue — Lala and Bob Ray and their family’s farm. Story here.

Ray Avenue, Burlington MA

Raymond Rd — Charles A. Raymond, who owned the whole stretch of what is now Terrace Hall Avenue and built this namesake house.

Raymond Rd. Burlington MA

Raymond Rd Ext

Raymond Rd. Extention Burlington MA

Red Coat Ln

Red Coat Lane Burlington MA

Redmond St

Redmond St. Burlington MA

Reed St

Reed St. Burlington MA

Regan Playground — Origin story here.

Regan Playground Burlington MA

Reserve Way

Reserve Way Burlington MA

Rhuey Pass

Rhuey Pass Burlington MA

Richard Rd

Richard Rd. Burlington MA

Richardson Rd

Richardon Rd. Burlington MA

Richfield Rd

Richfield Rd. Burlington MA

Ridge Rd — A little nub off Colburn St. with one house on it, number 5.

Ridge Rd. Burlington MA

Ridgewood Ln

Ridgewood Lane Burlington MA

Rita Ave — Daughter of Tony Marino, who built some houses on the street.

Rita Ave. Burlington MA

Robert St — Robert Murray, owner of Murray Hills Inc. development company.

Robert St. Burlington MA

Robin St

Robin Street, Burlington MA

Robinhood Ln — Part of a development mysteriously dubbed Sherwood Forest(!) by its developer, attorney Jack Moss. It consists of Nelson Road, Davida Road, Holly Street, Dolores Drive, Laurie Lane, Cheryl Ave.

Robin Hood Lane Burlington MA

Rocky Hill Rd

Rocky Hill Rd. Burlington MA

Rolling Ln

Rocky Hill Road, Burlington MA

Rosario Way

Rosario Way Burlington MA

Ruping Dr — Developer Hubert Ruping.

Ruping Drive, Burlington MA

Russell Cir

Russell Circle Burlington MA

Ruthven Ave

Ruthven Ave. Burlington MA