I don’t know if this is a worldwide phenomenon but it is certainly a British one.
In every city in Britain you will find a ‘Hope‘ Street, a ‘Union’ Street, a ‘King’ Street and a ‘Queen’ Street.
Well, as silly as it sounds, it is actually an early form of propaganda, a constant reminder of who is who and what is supposed to be what, similar to the statues of mass murderers, sorry, war heroes, we see everywhere. Like many other things, it just slips into the subconscious and people use the names without considering what they mean.
Union St. in Glasgow for example, is where you get the bus, but it is named so to celebrate something that most people in this country never wanted.
The act of union was a very unpopular measure. There was mass unrest in almost every town over a certain size in this country (Scotland) when it was signed.
No other point to this, just mentioning it.
Thanks to Kevin Williamson for this little video showing some street signs being ‘liberated’