|Origin of name||Amsterdam, the Netherlands|
This street was officially opened and named Amsterdam Street by a city ordinance in 1920.
There seems to be some confusion about whether this street is named Amsterdam Avenue or Amsterdam Street. All current street signs say "Amsterdam St," except one sign at Windcrest Drive that says "Amsterdam Ave." The confusion likely arises because the street was originally laid out as Amsterdam Avenue, and the 1920 ordinance accepted it under that name, but named it Amsterdam Street.
Bob Regan includes "Amsterdam" in a list of streets named for cities.
- "An ordinance approving Sunny Manor Plan of Lots in the Tenth ward of the City of Pittsburgh, laid out by the Morningside Land Company, in June, 1920, accepting the dedication of Amsterdam avenue, Allied way, Dragoon way, El Paso street, Hawthorne street, Jersey way, Jamaica way, Lansing way, National street, Peggy way, Trinity street and Traverse way as shown thereon, for public use for highway purposes, opening and naming the same and establishing the grades thereon." Pittsburgh city ordinance, 1920, no. 419. Passed Nov. 22, 1920; approved Nov. 24, 1920. Ordinance Book 32, p. 5. In Municipal Record: Minutes of the proceedings of the Council of the City of Pittsburgh for the year 1920, appendix, pp. 317–318, Eureka Printing Company, Pittsburgh (Internet Archive Pghmunicipalrecord1920). [view source] ordinance-1920-419
- 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