So we were wondering recently why so many streets in Sunnyvale have women’s names. Mary, Maude, Mathilda, Evelyn, etc. We developed a theory. So as you may or may not know, one of the early settlers of the area was this guy named Martin Murphy (hence Murphy St in “downtown” Sunnyvale). I read this at the Sunnyvale main post office. So our theory was that Evelyn was his wife, and Mary, Maude, and Mathilda were his daughters.

After a little web research it turns out that Mary and Mathilda were his twin granddaughters. So we were close. But no clue who Maude and Evelyn were. Or Lawrence.

Also interesting – Murphy bought his land from the Castros of Mountain View, hence Castro St. Interesting, no?

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