From medieval cattle routes to streets named after jute barons to a thoroughfare inspired by the mischievous Bash Street Kids.
Dundee’s heritage is splashed across our street signs.
“Almost every name means something,” said city archivist Iain Flett.
“They’re all connected with the story of Dundee.”
The history behind some of the city’s most memorable street names is being documented by historians across Dundee, including the Dundee Civic Trust and Leisure and Culture Dundee.
There’s Peep-o-day Lane, named after the mansion which once stood there, and Couttie’s Wynd, so-called because of the prominent 16th century butcher William Couttie.
Or what about Beefcan Close, which used to run between Victoria Road and King Street and was home to the city’s poorest residents.
The people there were so destitute they had to sell their cooking utensils and use cans as pots and pans.
Mr Flett said city street signs provide a snapshot of the people, folklore and events that made Dundee what it is today.
Murraygait, now Murraygate, can be traced back to Randolph, Earl of Moray, a companion-at-arms of William Wallace and Robert the Bruce, who came to Dundee in 1314.
And Caird Avenue, Ogilvie Street, Maitland Street and Malcolm Street are names all taken from Dundee’s jute barons.
Many city street names come from old Dundee professions.
Still existing today is Candle Lane, Soapwork Lane and Cowgate where the ‘town herd’ would drive the cattle down into the city centre.
In the last year or two new street names have been added to celebrate Dundee’s latest accomplishments.
Most recently Bash Street was created on a road in West Marketgait in honour of badly behaved Beano school pupils, The Bash Street Kids.
The characters were reputedly inspired by the pupils at the High School of Dundee.
And the stretch between West Port roundabout and Lidl supermarket carpark became Argyllgait last year it was the old name for what is now the Overgate.
Mr Flett said: “The street names are a good reminder of our heritage, especially as they keep changing.
“For instance, Victoria Road named after Queen Victoria used to be Bucklemaker Wynd.”
Hilltown was originally known as Rotten Row. Wellgait where the Wellgate Shopping Centre is now had a barrier to keep out those living in the Row because they upset more privileged folk.
The Row was chiefly occupied by bonnet makers before long this gave rise to the nickname ‘Bonnet Hill’.
Dundee’s rich seafaring history hasn’t been forgotten either.
Mr Flett said: “There’s East Whale Lane, Baltic Street and Baffin Street inspired by Dundee’s role in the whaling industry and linen trade. I also like Reform Street, which is a constant reminder of the beginning of democracy in this country.
“It was named after the 1832 Reformation Act which gave those with property the vote. Before there had just been corrupt self-elected town councils.”
But inspiration can also strike from sources beyond city limits.
Outside the city centre, Ardler street names have been inspired by famous golf courses. For example, Gleneagles Road, Turnberry Avenue and Troon Avenue.
And in Whitfield several streets have been named after areas of East Lothian, including Haddington Avenue and Berwick Drive.