[Tagging] Numbered streets (1st Street vs First, etc)

Skyler Hawthorne osm at dead10ck.com
Sat Jan 23 19:47:08 UTC 2021

I seem to be unable to find a definitive answer for this on the wiki, but is there a standardization around how to name numbered streets, especially when official sources differ?

For example, the numbered streets in Rensselaer, NY here:


The official data set in the NYS GIS ClearingHouse says these are called "1st Street", "2nd Street", etc.:


However, road signs on the ground have them stylized as they are in OSM with whole words.

What is the "correct" way to name these streets?
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