Likely named in memory of Santa Fe Railway manager William George Nevin (1855-1902). The street was laid out months after his death on a tract owned by the Pacific Improvement Company, an offshoot of the Southern Pacific Railroad. Someone – perhaps company secretary Richard Derby (1854-1905) – must have known Nevin through industry circles. Southern Pacific bigwig Henry Huntington certainly did. For more on Nevin, see Gramercy Place.