English Lane

From Pittsburgh Streets
English Lane
Neighborhood Squirrel Hill South
Origin of name Thomas English

This lane appears, unlabeled, in the 1872 Hopkins atlas, running along the southern edge of the property of Thomas English, for whom it is named.[1][2]

Bob Regan includes "English" in his "Streets of Pittsburgh" crossword puzzle, clued as "The people of England, the native language of the United states [sic]."[3] Putting aside the fact that English is, of course, not a native language of North America, this is only a dictionary definition of the word English and gives no information about the origin of the name.


  1. Atlas of the Cities of Pittsburgh, Allegheny, and the Adjoining Boroughs, p. 67. G. M. Hopkins & Co., Philadelphia, 1872. http://historicpittsburgh.org/maps-hopkins/1872-atlas-pittsburgh-allegheny; 1872 layer at Pittsburgh Historic Maps (https://esriurl.com/pittsburgh). [view source]hopkins-1872
  2. "Squirrel Hill residents who were early Dollar Bank customers." Dollar Bank. https://dollar.bank/about/our-history/squirrel-hill-residents-who-were-early-dollar-bank. [view source]dollar-bank-squirrel-hill
  3. Bob Regan. The Names of Pittsburgh: How the city, neighborhoods, streets, parks and more got their names, pp. 183–186. The Local History Company, Pittsburgh, 2009, ISBN 978-0-9770429-7-5. [view source]regan