How to pronounce New Orleans street names (

We had a tough time pronouncing New Orleans street names when we moved here. Tchoup – a – what? Thank goodness our friends walked us through it: Tchoupitoulas is “chop-uh-too-lus” or more frequently “Chop.”

Some names are French, some are Native American and some are plain ol’ New Orleanian. We enjoyed this column from New Orleans real estate agent Jean-Paul Villere about how to pronounce street names.

Jean-Paul Villere (image via

Jean-Paul Villere (image via

His column originally appeared on, a hyperlocal news site for the Uptown neighborhood in New Orleans. The folks were kind enough to let us repost the column.

And now for an excerpt from Villere’s column:

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