Delaware Street

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Delaware Street
Neighborhood Perry North
Origin of name The Lenape people, or the state of Delaware

George T. Fleming says that Delaware Street is named for the Lenape people, also called the Delaware people.[1] Their traditional homeland is in New Jersey, northeastern Delaware, eastern Pennsylvania, and southern New York state; today they live in Oklahoma, Wisconsin, and Ontario. The name Lenape comes from the Unami self-designation ləná:p:e, from words meaning "ordinary, real, or original person." The name Delaware was originally that of the English nobleman Thomas West, 3rd Baron De La Warr, first used as a place name by the British to refer to the Delaware River and later applied to the Delaware Colony and the Native American people.[2]

On the other hand, Bob Regan includes "Delaware" in a list of streets named for states.[3]


  1. George T. Fleming. "History recalled by street names: Stanwix brings to mind many important happenings in the early days of the Western Pennsylvania settlement." Pittsburgh Gazette Times, Dec. 6, 1914, sec. 2, p. 8. 85907599. [view source]fleming-history-recalled
  2. William Bright. Native American Placenames of the United States, p. 133. University of Oklahoma Press, Norman, 2004, ISBN 978-0-8061-3598-4. [view source]bright
  3. Bob Regan. The Names of Pittsburgh: How the city, neighborhoods, streets, parks and more got their names, p. 73. The Local History Company, Pittsburgh, 2009, ISBN 978-0-9770429-7-5. [view source]regan