A history of street names in North America is available at Potifos.com. Besides providing a brief history of street names, the website also lists several books about street names in North American cities for future reference.
The history of street names in North America goes back to the 19th century. In most American cities, streets tended to be named after a landmark, such as a church, canal or wall, and this pattern lasted until the middle of the 19th century. The words "street" and "avenue" began to be used on a regular basis at the end of the 19th century.