The early name of this street was ‘Attap Street’ (亚答街), generally believed to have been derived from the common use of Attap roofing (palm thatch) by most of the shops there. However, among the locals other names also existed such as ‘Bak Kow Street’ (木扣街) or “Bak Street” (木街). These names were related to the Teochew “Bak Kow Kongsi” (木扣公司). “Bak Kow” or “Bak” are pronunciations in the Teochew dialect for wood. Thus, “Bak Kow Street” echoes the English translation of “Carpenter Street” when this back lane alley was the domain of carpentry.