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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


Valley Cir

Valley Circle Burlington MA

Van de Graaff Dr — Robert Van de Graaff, one of the founders of High Voltage Engineering. More here.

Van de Graff Drive Burlington MA

Van Norden Rd

Van Norden Rd. Burlington MA
Someone named W.F. Van Norden advertised property there in 1917, in the Boston Evening Globe

Veterans Playground — Probably should have been called Olson Playground. More here.

Veteran's Playground Burlington MA

Victor Ave

Victor Ave. Burlington MA

Villagewood Dr

Villagewood Drive, Burlington MA

Vincent Rd

Vincent Road, Burlington MA

Violet Rd — Violet Graham, mother of Fred, Jon and Whitey Graham. They were farmers and, later, prolific developers.

Violet Road, Burlington MA

Virginia Rd

Virginia Road, Burlington MA

Visco Rd — Joe Visco, who built not only houses, but also the log cabin near the Simonds Park wading pool and the bandstand on the common.

Visco Road, Burlington MA