Badgerow Avenue was named for George Washington Badgerow who was born at Markham, May 28, 1841. He studied at Markham High School and, after working in the office of Chief Justice Harrison, was called to the Bar in 1871. He was head of the law firm of Messrs. G. W. Badgerow & Co. He was elected to the Ontario Legislature for the riding of East York as a Liberal in 1879.