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What's in a name

Giggleswick Lane

The name may sound funny, but it comes from a peaceful, historic village in England's mountain country.

By Michelle Jones
Published July 4, 2003

Giggleswick Lane.

Go ahead. Giggle.

The Shiver family named the street in 1987 when they sold five acres for a subdivision that was later named Sheffield East. Determined that their street wouldn't be named after a dirty mining town in England, they researched and came up with the name Giggleswick.

This short cul-de-sac off busy Lumsden Road in Brandon is named after a whimsical village in England where 17th century cottages, many colorwashed with divided windows, face the River Ribble or the mountains of Ingleborough and Pen-y-ghent. The village, located in North Yorkshire County, reportedly is one of England's most peaceful and enchanting.

Streets in Hillsborough County usually are named by the developers with approval from the county. Basic rules require no duplication of names, or at least none that could be confusing to people looking for an address. Nothing that sounds too similar, not too many variations on the same theme, it mustn't offend and must be easy to pronounce.

Giggleswick meets all criteria.

[Last modified July 3, 2003, 09:38:24]

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