Amman Street

From Pittsburgh Streets
Amman Street
Neighborhood Brookline

This street appears as Amman Avenue in the 1910 Hopkins atlas.[1] It was changed to Amman Street by a city ordinance in 1911.[2]

Bob Regan includes "Amman" in a list of streets named for cities.[3] However, in 1910, the city of Amman, today the capital of Jordan, was a small village in the Ottoman Empire that had been abandoned for centuries before the start of its resettlement in 1878 by Circassian refugees from Russia.[4] It is unlikely that a street in Pittsburgh would have been named for this village.

The 1910 city directory lists two people named Amman (and 13 Ammons and eight Amons);[5] it seems more likely that the street was named after a person.


  1. Atlas of Greater Pittsburgh, plate 28. G. M. Hopkins & Co., Philadelphia, 1910.; 1910 layer at Pittsburgh Historic Maps ( [view source]hopkins-1910
  2. "An ordinance changing the names of certain streets, avenues and alleys in the City of Pittsburgh." Pittsburgh city ordinance, 1911, no. 558. Passed Feb. 14, 1911; approved Feb. 16, 1911. Ordinance Book 22, p. 498. In Municipal Record: Minutes of the proceedings of the [Select and Common Councils] of the City of Pittsburgh for the years 1910–1911, appendix, pp. 322–323, Devine & Co., Pittsburgh, 1911 (Google Books 0X0zAQAAMAAJ; HathiTrust uiug.30112108223840; Internet Archive Pghmunicipalrecord1910). Reprinted in the Pittsburgh Post, Mar. 10, 1911, p. 13 ( 86499788), and Mar. 11, p. 13 ( 86499822). [view source]ordinance-1911-558
  3. Bob Regan. The Names of Pittsburgh: How the city, neighborhoods, streets, parks and more got their names, p. 65. The Local History Company, Pittsburgh, 2009, ISBN 978-0-9770429-7-5. [view source]regan
  4. "Amman." Encyclopædia Britannica, Sept. 30, 2021. [view source]britannica-amman
  5. R. L. Polk & Co. and R. L. Dudley. Pittsburgh Directory 1910, fifty-fifth annual issue. R. L. Polk & Co. and R. L. Dudley, Pittsburgh, 1910, p. 118. Pgh1910M; Historic Pittsburgh 31735058193834. [view source]polk-1910