Matt Groening Named Several Characters From The Simpsons After Streets in Portland


photo by Scott Beale

Matt Groening grew up in Portland, OR and he named several of the characters from The Simpsons after streets in Portland as a tribute to his hometown. This is one of the things he talks about in the recent documentary “The Simpsons 20th Anniversary Special – In 3-D! On Ice!” by Morgan Spurlock

Here’s a list Portland streets and their associated Simpsons characters from a 2002 Portland Tribune interview with Matt Groening.

Driving around Portland we found ourselves on NE Flanders, which of course is what Ned Flanders is based on. Heidely-ho, neighbor!

Scott Beale
Scott Beale

Scott Beale is the founder of Laughing Squid and is based in New York City. When not running the blog, Scott can be found posting on Threads and sharing photos on Instagram.