What Does 'CV' Mean in Street Names?

Have you ever run across the abbreviation "Cv" as a part of a street name? For example, a street named Frontier Cv, or Sunhaven Cv, or Glen Breeze Cv, or any other example you can think of. What does that "Cv" mean? Street abbreviations such as "St.," "Rd.," "Blvd.," are easy and well-known, but what about Cv?

When you see Cv as part of a street name, it stands for "Cove." The United States Postal Service recognizes both Cv and "Cvs" (for "Coves") in its official street naming guidelines.

So if you see a Frontier Cv or a Sunhaven Cv, now you know such a street's full name is Frontier Cove or Sunhaven Cove.

But that brings up a follow-up question: What types of streets are named coves? Does the cove designation actually mean anything? Yes, it does.

When a street is designated a cove, or Cv, it is probably a cul-de-sac. It is almost certainly, at minimum, a dead-end street, and probably a cul-de-sac, and a short one at that.

So when you see "Cv" in a street name, know that it stands for "cove," and that street branches off one of the main arteries through the neighborhood and is a short road that leads to a cul-de-sac, or at least a dead-end.