Romeo Street

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Romeo Street
Neighborhood South Oakland
Origin of name Romeo, a character in Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet
Homer Street (until 1881)

Romeo Street is named for Romeo, the male protagonist in Shakespeare's tragedy Romeo and Juliet.[1][2] It was originally named Homer Street.[3][4] It was renamed Romeo Street in 1881[5][6] to match the parallel Juliet Street one block to the east. Juliet Street, however, is named not for the Shakespearean character but for Juliet Semple, the daughter of Samuel Semple, an early landowner (and eponym of Semple Street).[7]


  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. [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
  3. H. Boone. Directory of Pittsburgh & Allegheny Cities, the Adjacent Boroughs, and Parts of the Adjacent Townships, for 1872–73. George H. Thurston, Pittsburgh, 1872, p. 6. PghAllegh1872CDM; Historic Pittsburgh 31735055722825. [view source]boone-1872
  4. Atlas of the Cities of Pittsburgh, Allegheny, and the Adjoining Boroughs. G. M. Hopkins & Co., Philadelphia, 1872.; 1872 layer at Pittsburgh Historic Maps ( [view source]hopkins-1872
  5. "An ordinance establishing the names of avenues, streets, lanes and alleys of the City of Pittsburgh." Pittsburgh city ordinance, 1881, no. 33. Passed Feb. 28, 1881; approved Mar. 4, 1881. Ordinance Book 5, p. 212. In Municipal Record: Minutes of the proceedings of the Select and Common Councils of the City of Pittsburgh, for the year 1880, pp. 213–234 (Internet Archive pghmunicipalrecord1880). [view source]ordinance-1881-33
  6. Atlas of the Cities Pittsburgh and Allegheny. G. M. Hopkins & Co., Philadelphia, 1882.; 1882 layer at Pittsburgh Historic Maps ( [view source]hopkins-1882
  7. George T. Fleming. "Oakland once beautiful suburb: Much interesting history to be evolved from street names in that district: John Fraser, pioneer." Pittsburgh Gazette Times, Jan. 16, 1916, sec. 6, p. 6. 85762578. [view source]fleming-oakland