SEARCH: History of New Canaan Street Names

More has partnered with the New Canaan Historical Society on a digital Street Names Database that lets readers look up the origins of local street names online.

Looking up Ponus Ridge at Frogtown Road in New Canaan. The history of 'Frogtown' is a fun one—look it up! Credit: Michael Dinan

Looking up Ponus Ridge at Frogtown Road in New Canaan. The history of ‘Frogtown’ is a fun one—look it up! Credit: Michael Dinan

With information drawn from a 1960 annual of the member-supported Historical Society, the searchable database is a drop-down menu (above) that captures information on how New Canaan streets got their names, in a snapshot from that year.

The Historical Society has taken the further step of building out a completely updated list—should residents seek information that’s missing from the database (such as more modern street names) or want to review in greater detail what’s included in it—and that’s all available in the organization’s research library at 13 Oenoke Ridge Road (top of God’s Acre).

We’ve created a new category, all the way on the right on the main navigation bar on the homepage called “Bookmarks” where we’ve filed this Street Name Database, so you can find it easily next time you’re looking:

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This is a fluid database: If you have any memories, photos or information to share about street name history in New Canaan, please feel free to post a comment on this article or email and we’ll incorporate it into the appropriate entry.

12 thoughts on “SEARCH: History of New Canaan Street Names

    • Thanks Kim. When did you grow up there? For any street created since 1960, you will be able to get information on how it was named at the New Canaan Historical Society’s research library (13 Oenoke Ridge Road). Under our partnership with the historical society to produce this database, researchers there did the legwork of pulling together all of that info.

    • Hi Kim,

      Running Brook Lane did not exist until the late 80’s or early 90’s. The property was part of a Franciscan Monastery that stood on the site up until that point. The New Canaan Historical Society can help you with learning how the “Running Brook” name was chosen as well as provide an in-depth history on the Monastery itself.


      • I knew about the Monastery as there are still parts and stairs to it in the woods. Our house was built from 92-94. I just think that it would be great to eventually include all of the street names! Thank you for the information!

        • That is fascinating Kim! I’ve often thought about doing an 0684-OLD story about the monastery but have not gotten around to researching it. The fact that there are remnants still there might be enough to do one, and then we will definitely update the database.

      • Thank you for this information. My great grandfather was a Monk at the Franciscan Monastery back in 1934. I was looking for information on the Monastery and perhaps finding some information on him. He was born in Ireland and we are trying to trace our family tree.

  1. I know Proprietor’s Crossing wasn’t around in 1960 but I’m curious as to whether there is any information on why it was named that. It was a big word to learn how to spell back in 4th grade.

  2. Apparently I don’t know where I live!!!

    Do I live on Ponus Ridge or on Ponus Ridge Road???

    Mailboxes show both street names.

    I do prefer Ponus Ridge

    And at 73 years old, it does make it more difficult to find my way home 🥴

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