Hamlet Street

From Pittsburgh Streets
Hamlet Street
Neighborhood South Oakland
Origin of name Hamlet, the main character in Shakespeare's Hamlet

Hamlet Street is named for Hamlet, the eponymous character of Shakespeare's tragedy (see also Ophelia Street and Joe Hammer Square, formerly Elsinore Square). Other streets in South Oakland named after Shakespearean characters include Cato Street, Juliet Street, and Romeo Street.[1][2]


  1. Chris Potter. "Where did 'Joe Hammer Square' in Oakland get its name, especially when the nearby streets are named after Shakespeare characters?" Pittsburgh City Paper, Feb. 10, 2005. https://www.pghcitypaper.com/pittsburgh/Content?oid=1337560. [view source]joe-hammer
  2. Bob Regan. The Names of Pittsburgh: How the city, neighborhoods, streets, parks and more got their names, p. 60. The Local History Company, Pittsburgh, 2009, ISBN 978-0-9770429-7-5. [view source]regan