Street suffix

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A street suffix is the word that follows the name of a street to further describe that street. Sometimes it would be used just for naming, not for description, like for example, Street is the most common, Avenue being second.

United Kingdom[edit]

In the United Kingdom, councils maintain lists of locally approved suffixes for new roads. For example, Harringay council[1] in London provides this guidance:

Allowed

  • Road for any thoroughfare
  • Street for any thoroughfare
  • Way for major roads
  • Avenue for residential roads
  • Drive for residential roads
  • Lane for residential roads
  • Grove for residential roads, usually a cul-de-sac
  • Gardens subject to there being no confusion with any local open space
  • Place subject to there being no confusion with any local open space
  • Circus for a Circus or for a large roundabout
  • Crescent for a crescent-shaped road
  • Bypass for a dual carriageway or motorway that bypasses a nearby village, city or town
  • Close for a cul-de-sac only
  • Square for a square only
  • Hill for a hillside road only
  • Mews provided it does not repeat the name of the road from which access is gained
  • Vale for residential roads (only for exceptional circumstances)
  • Rise/Row for residential roads (only for exceptional circumstances)
  • Mead/Wharf for residential roads (only for exceptional circumstances)

Disallowed

  • End
  • Court
  • Cross
  • Side
  • View
  • Walk
  • Park
  • Meadow

United States[edit]

This list is composed of 211 suffixes[2] recognised by the United States Postal Service. Commonly used street abbreviations within brackets.

  • Alley (Allee, Ally, or Aly)
  • Annex (Anex, Annx, or Anx)
  • Apartment
  • Approach
  • Arcade (or Arc)
  • Avenue (Av, Ave, Aven, Avenu, Avn, or Avnue)
  • Barrel
  • Bayou (or Bayoo)
  • Beach (or Bch)
  • Bend (or Bnd)
  • Bluff (Blf or Bluf)
  • Bottom
  • Boulevard (Boule, Blvrd, or Bvrd)
  • Box
  • Bow
  • Branch
  • Bridge
  • Brook
  • Burg
  • Bypass
  • Camp
  • Can
  • Canoe
  • Canyon
  • Cape
  • Cartway
  • Causeway
  • Center
  • Chain
  • Circle
  • Cliff
  • Club
  • Cobble
  • Common
  • Condos
  • Corns
  • Corner
  • Cottage
  • Course
  • Court (Ct)
  • Cove
  • Creek
  • Crescent
  • Crest
  • Crosscut
  • Crossing
  • Crossroad
  • Curve
  • Dale
  • Dam
  • Divide
  • Drive
  • East
  • Edge
  • Estate
  • Expressway
  • Extension
  • Fall
  • Fence
  • Ferry
  • Field
  • Flat
  • Ford
  • Forest
  • Forge
  • Fork
  • Fort
  • Freeway
  • Front
  • Garden
  • Gate
  • Gateway
  • Glass
  • Glen
  • Green
  • Grove
  • Harbor
  • Haven
  • Heights
  • Highlands
  • Highway
  • Hill
  • Hollow
  • Horn
  • Inlet
  • Island
  • Isle
  • Joist
  • Jump
  • Junction
  • Kame
  • Key
  • Knoll
  • Lake
  • Land
  • Landing
  • Lane
  • Lanterns
  • Lawn
  • Latch
  • Leaf
  • Light
  • Loaf
  • Lock
  • Lodge
  • Loop
  • Mall
  • Manor
  • Meadow
  • Meadows
  • Mews
  • Mill
  • Mission
  • Motorway
  • Mount
  • Mountain
  • Neck
  • Nook
  • North
  • Northeast
  • Northwest
  • Orchard
  • Oval
  • Overpass
  • Park
  • Parkway
  • Pass
  • Passage
  • Passway
  • Pasture
  • Path
  • Perch
  • Pudding
  • Pike
  • Pine
  • Pipes
  • Place
  • Plain
  • Plate
  • Plaza
  • Point
  • Pointe
  • Port
  • Post
  • Prairie
  • Radial
  • Ramp
  • Ranch
  • Rapid
  • Reach
  • Rear
  • Rest
  • Ridge
  • Rise
  • River
  • Road
  • Rock
  • Route
  • Row
  • Run
  • Shale
  • Shoal
  • Shore
  • Skyway
  • Sorrel
  • South
  • Southeast
  • Southwest
  • Sprig
  • Spring
  • Spur
  • Square
  • Station
  • Stick
  • Stone
  • Stravenue
  • Stream
  • Street
  • Stroll
  • Summit
  • Terrace
  • Trellis
  • Throughway
  • Throw
  • Trace
  • Track
  • Trafficway
  • Trail
  • Trailer
  • Tunnel
  • Turnpike
  • Underpass
  • Union
  • Vale
  • Valley
  • Viaduct
  • View
  • Villa
  • Village
  • Ville
  • Vista
  • Walk
  • Wall
  • Way
  • Waye
  • Well
  • Wells
  • West
  • Wind
  • Wood
  • Wharf
  • Yard

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ C1 Street Suffix Abbreviations for the 146 suffixes