How to name a home?

UK house naming rules for homes in Great Britain

The Rule is different if your property already has an existing house name and NO allocated house number. If you wish to change the name of the property, permission must be sought from the Your Local Council first. – You will need to notify your local council of your intention of changing the house name in writing before you can use the new house name for your address.
In the case of addresses where there is no number allocated, the registered house name forms part of the official address. – In this instance property owners wishing to change their property name should also put a request in writing to: Royal Mail Address Maintenance Unit, Sunderland, SR3 3XW, Email: [email protected] AND also their local Council’s department responsible for street naming and numbering.
The request should state your full name, the present full address of the property and state clearly the new preferred name. The property owner must contact the Royal Mail Address Maintenance Unit to see if the name is satisfactory, then the new address needs to be registered by the Royal Mail Address Maintenance Unit. If there is an issue with your preferred name, they will ask you choose an alternative name.
It is the responsibility of property owners to inform their own personal contacts and relevant council services of any official change or addition to address. Various councils have different rules and procedures to change an existing house name, so it is wise to first check on your local council website about their procedures and regulations before you order a house sign with your new chosen house name.
If a property in the local neighbourhood already has the same name that you have chosen, or if it sounds similar, you may not be able to use the house name because it could cause confusion to the post office, emergency personnel or council workers. – It is worthwhile just taking a walk around your local neighbourhood making notes of existing house names and thinking of several alternatives before applying to the Council. Some Councils charge a registration fee for their service and some don’t.
Most UK local councils have a web page showing their house naming and street numbering policy. To enquire with your local council use this link to an alphabetical list of LOCAL COUNCILS

Here’s what you should do to add or change the house name on your property

If your home has already has a house number and no house name

Usually it is okay to just add a house name although it is always worthwhile having a quick check with your own local authority to find out if you need to seek approval. Use the link below to find the website of your own local authority for more information.

If your home does not have a number and you wish to change the existing house name.

You need to seek permission first from your own Local Authority.

To contact your local authority

Please use the following link to find your Local Authority details with the postcode checker.

https://www.gov.uk/find-local-council

History of House Names in The UK

Naming ones House is an old British custom which began with the gentry naming their manors, halls, and castles. The custom gradually spread to the masses and everyday folk began naming their homes as well. Traditionally the house name is based on who the house was ‘tied’ to or located at. For instance, the Lord of ‘Evesham Manor’ would have several properties tied to the estate. You might reasonably find Evesham Hall, Evesham Lodge, Evesham Cottages, The Gate House, The Dairy, The Barn, The Forge etc within walking distance of the Manor House.

Tradesmen and merchants also started naming their properties – Mill House, Forge Cottage, Wool Hall etc. Once the convention of house naming became the norm many other property owners followed suit by naming their house after distinguishing features within the boundaries of the house – Oak Cottage, Rose Cottage, The Pines, Orchard House, Meadow View etc.

Nowadays people name their homes from all kinds of inspirations. – The previous usage of the building inspires house names like The Barn, The Old Schoolhouse, The Old Rectory whilst some home owners name their house after well known beauty spots or places they have had happy holidays at like Ambleside, Windermere, Broadstairs, Sorrento, Santorini or Vermont. Other house owners choose features of their home like Red Gables, Two Chimneys or Grey Tiles. Sometimes the view from the property is used like River View, Mountain View, Vista Montenasa etc. Some home owners name their residence with terms like Serenity, Nirvana, Madhouse etc. Naming your home after animals usually seen around the property is also very popular – Badgers Cottage, Cuckoo Cottage, Curlew Cottage, Dolphin Cottage, Fox Hollow, Kestrels, Magpies, Mole End, Nightingale Cottage, Robins Nest, Rookery Nook, Squirrels Leap, Swallow Barn, The Jays and Two Hoots are all favourites.

Properties throughout the British mainland had just house names until 1765 when an act of Parliament decreed that all new properties must also have a house number and street name for better identification of properties and boundaries.

About House Numbers in the UK

Since the introduction of street numbering by act of Parliament in 1765, every house built in a town and city has a designated number followed by the name of the road it is located in e.g. 20 Salisbury Avenue. The first house in the road is number one and the last house is the number of individual dwellings or buildings in the street. The number identifies the location of a property in a road and so makes it easier for the postal service or emergency personnel to find houses.

Odd numbers are usually assigned to the left side of the street and even numbers to the right side heading out of the town center – usually from the town hall or other civic building. Many houses that have been added to a street since it had been given numbers would have been given a suffix instead. For example, next door to number 12 may be 12A and 12B as they where built on a parcel of land sold by the owner of number 12. Also a larger building may have been turned into apartments or flats which may be additionally numbered or given a suffix.

Even though each house has been designated a number it does not mean that we can’t personalise our homes with a house name as well. We can’t change the designated house number but we can add a house name or even change an existing house name if we want.

Latest top 50 most popular UK house names 2015 according to Royal Mail This list shows the most popular words used in UK house names with the actual number of of properties listed with that word. For example, ‘Orchard’ is the most popular word which most likely would be combined with House, Cottage, View etc.

Orchard – 11894
Meadow – 11473
Rose Cottage – 11308
Holly – 8131
Oak – 8032
Willow – 7913
School House – 4323
The Willows – 4107
Sunnyside – 3982
Springfield – 3958
Corner – 3902
Highfield – 3873
Old School – 3012
Primrose – 2598
Mill House – 2526
The Old Rectory – 2500
Yew Tree Cottage – 2359
The Old Vicarage- 2216
Oaklands – 2077
The Old Post Office – 2060
Lilac – 1973
Honeysuckle – 1911
Hillside – 1779
Treetops – 1676
Woodside – 1515
The Old School House – 1482
Ivy House – 1249
Woodlands – 1158
Red House – 1037
White House – 743
Wayside – 741
Granary – 700
Lakeside – 549
Stables – 549
Toad Hall – 496
Haven – 483
Vicarage – 461
Fairview – 407
Laurels – 341
Thornfield – 311
Hillcrest – 310
The Barn – 298
Firs – 292
The Cottage – 260
Nook – 238
Coach House – 233
Clarence – 230
Beeches – 195
Highclere – 188
Gables – 172

Any house name makes a personalized statement about the property or the occupants of the house. House Names can be historic, sentimental, descriptive, humorous or simple. The most popular house name ordered on this website in 2015 is THE ORCHARD seconded by ROSE COTTAGE with MEADOW VIEW in third place – the most unusual house name we ever made was ZINKYBONKYBOO – We asked the customers why they chose that peculiar name and they replied ‘ that’s how we both felt when we got our offer for the house accepted’.
Dunroamin or Dun-something are still quite popular house names ordered with us and house names made up of the first few letters of the Christian names of the occupants of the home like SAMBETH for Samuel and Elizabeth are ordered quite a lot. We have also made lots of housenames like COSTA PLENTY, COSTA FORTUNA and other plays with words like LLAMEDOS – read this backwards.
Whatever you decide to call your home, we are here to help show off your house name in style. Our house name signs can be customised as individually as you want with several colour options & choice of font to suit the name you have chosen

Choose A Name

Use this page to help choose your own special house name! It’ll direct you to pages specially designed to help you make this momentous choice and at the same time bring thousands of possible names to your attention.

First of all why not visit our page Introducing house names.

Not Just a Number emphasises your right to name your house. How often can you name anything?

It’s not often you can Create Living History. This is your chance!

You want to check out the official position? Read The Official View – Quick Version to get some background. There’s a longer version in our Lots of Extras section if you wish to delve a bit deeper – but will you be any wiser?

If you’re concerned about how a house name could affect the value of your property, you really needn’t worry if you use a suitable and well chosen name. Visit Increased House Values for more information on how house names could affect the value of the property and its saleability.

Consider This

Naming your house should be an enjoyable and beneficial experience, but the actual choice of name should receive serious consideration.

A good starting point in naming your house is to ensure you’re not duplicating a name that already exists in your local area or post-code area – this could cause problems. Walk the streets, see what names are already in use, and if there are any constants or common themes to the house names in your area.

Why not do some research? Are their any local geographical features that could be reflected in your choice of name? Is there anything of historical significance? A look at the old maps in your local reference library could bring that unique idea to mind.

Ideally you want a name to be proud of and that has some local or personal significance. A new house name should be unique and of relevance to you or the area. Above all, any new name should be suitable and well-chosen.

It’s Time to Choose

Between them, the following nine pages will give you thousands of existing house names and possibly millions of ideas to consider.

Favourites – national and regional favourites from the UK courtesy of the various surveys carried out over the years by the Halifax and HBoS.

Unusual House Names – over 250 of the most unusual house names from the UK and beyond.

Rich and Famous – names used by some of the rich and famous over the years.

Cherished House Names – over 100 well-loved house names.

Common Themes – trees, plants, flowers, animals, locations, views, the seasons, local history, safe havens and literature – all common themes found throughout the house naming world.

Our Photo Bank – a selection of our photos of house names that we hope to expand considerably over future years.

What’s in a Name – a section to help you identify the meanings of words, pre-fixes, suffixes and terms found in house names.

10,000+ – explore our alphabetical database of over 7000 house names from around the world. If you’re really finding it difficult to decide on that special name, you’ll find the answer here!

World Showcase – a selection of house names from different areas, countries and cultures around the world.

Hopefully that’s been a successful exercise!

How To Name Your House

Prior to a bill being passed requiring the naming and numbering of streets in Britain in the mid 18th century, the naming of houses was the only means of locational identification. The naming of homes gave character and personality to each area.

This tradition was brought to Australia by the first British settlers, who often named their homes after places they longed for in England.
Today, Australians come from every country in the world and the variety of names is boundless. To start you thinking about a name for your home, we’ve compiled this list.
You can derive inspiration from anywhere… perhaps even give your home a made up name by taking the first few letters of your own names (eg. Barbara, Robert and Sally, becomes “Barosa” or “Barosa House”). You might like to add a suffix such as : Villa, Lodge, Court, Place, Downes, Hall, Cottage etc. The geographical location of the house and the surrounding vegetation can also suggest possiblities (eg. “Hillcrest”, “Seascape”, “The Pines” and “The Gums”).
Your house may already have a name. You may find this on the title deeds especially if it is old enough to fall under the Old Systems title. Incidentally, this form of Title Deed lists the names and occupations of all the previous owners and this, in itself can be a source of inspiration for naming the house.
Other sources of information are the local Post Office, the local Council, local historical societies and also the State libraries. In Sydney it is possible to find the original names of older houses in the Sand directory in the Mitchell Library.
A good source of Aboriginal names can be found in “Aboriginal Place Names” published by Reed Books P/L.

BRITISH NAMES
Cheddingham
Kenilworth
Abernathy
Fallowfield
Sherwood
Moorefield
Newstead
Glenoak
Victoria Manor
Granville
Caversham
Argyle Grange
Creswick
GEOGRAPHICAL NAMES
Valley View
Greenacres
The Ridge
Park View
Sunridge
Summit House
Eastlakes
Highview
Redhill
Willowbrook
Bankhouse
The Croft
Glenview
Greenlane
ABORIGINAL NAMES
Willunga
Carinya
Amaroo
Pindari
Warrina
Bunyarra
Wahroongah
Bimbimbie
Wallami
Woongarra
Araluen
Coraki
Currumbin
POPULAR PLACE NAMES
Sorrento
Leumeah
Avonlea
Berowra
Loch Lomond
Glenelg
Wahroongah
Clovelly
Annandale
Kyogle
Vermont
Innisfree
Kooyong
Brunswick
Kirribilli
Elanora
FLORAL NAMES
Jasmine Cottage
The Laurels
Rosebud
Magnolia House
Boronia Cottage
Waratah Place
The Camelias
Holly Cottage
Banksia House
Wisteria Cottage
Rosemont
Fernbank
Lillydale
Glenheather
NAMES FROM LITERATURE
Windermere
Rivendell
Elsinore
Camelot
Toad Hall
Lothlorien
Green Gables
Tara
Heathcliffe
Bleak House
Hiawatha
Arcadia
Mandalay
Wakefield
NAUTICAL NAMES
Seacrest
Sea Whispers
Oceania
Sandfield
Portsea
Beaumaris
Gull Cottage
Hawknest
A PLACE OF REST
Dunromin
Dunrovin
Everholme
The Haven
The Homestead
Rest Harrow
Mon Repos
Blue Haven
Thisledome
HUMOUROUS NAMES
Itldous
Gert-by-Sea
Bad Manors
Raven Haven
Angyerat
Myleech
The Bolt Hole
Emoh Ruo

What’s in a name? When it comes to houses, technically, the answer is: not very much. Most homeowners in the UK get by just fine with a number and a street name. Their post arrives at the right address, taxis turn up on time, and house-guests are able to track them down just as well. But a substantial minority of us give our homes a name – either because they had names when we moved in, or because we’ve come up with one ourselves.

This isn’t a new idea. For most of history, houses in Britain have had names (or vague descriptions) rather than numbers. It wasn’t until the 18th century that house numbering came to be widespread – and even then, the practice wasn’t regulated by any central authority. This only came in 1855 with the introduction of the Metropolitan Management Act. This made possible the modern world of logistics and made it possible for the government to keep a comprehensible (and comprehensive) record of where everyone in the country lived.

But there’s something a little bit special about a house with a name – especially if the home in question has sentimental value. Here, we’ll delve deeper into the thorny topic of house-names, and see how you might go about changing yours. We’ll start by asking whether changing your house-name is possible.

Can A House Name Be Changed?

For most of us, changing a house’s name is perfectly possible. However, there are exceptions, as your local authority might have rules governing house naming. You will still need to display your house’s number prominently on the front, and it will still form part of your address line. So, a house name isn’t a substitute for a number, but a supplement for one. Technically, in this instance the house name wouldn’t be an ‘official’ part of the address line: it’s just something you’re instructing your correspondents to add to the top of incoming mail, and possibly a sign that you’re hanging around the front of your home.

Changing a house’s name will incur a small administrative fee, typically in the region of £40 – though, as we’ll see, this cost can more than pay for itself by bolstering the property’s value.

How to Change my House Name

If you’re a house without a number, but which already has a name, then you’ll almost certainly need the permission of your local council. You may also need to notify the Royal Mail, as they’ll need to update your property’s name on their databases. In most cases, your council will take care of this for you – and they’ll also keep the emergency services informed.

The Royal Mail has a special department called the Address Maintenance Unit to deal with this. You’ll need to check with them whether the new name is acceptable. If it isn’t, you’ll need to either choose another one or stick with the status quo.

How to Choose a House Name

Now that we’ve got the administrative stuff clarified, we can think about what we’re going to name the house.

Obviously, obscene or inflammatory names are unlikely to be approved. The same goes for names which are the same (or similar to) those of other houses in the same area. While there might not be anything objectionable about ‘Apple Tree Cottage’, having multiple ‘Apple Tree Cottages’ on the same street would create a major headache for postal workers and emergency services.

Certain sorts of names come with prestige that will add to their market value: some homebuyers are looking for something that they perceive to be prestigious or valuable. Giving a home a swanky-sounding title like “Crown House” or “Royal Castle” might make the difference of thousands of pounds when you come to sell up.

Of course, there’s only so much you can achieve with this sort of marketing. You’re not going to convince anyone that your bungalow is a palace simply by declaring it so. In fact, the attempt might even have the opposite effect, as it will draw attention to the home’s shortcomings.

Many people choose to rename their homes for reasons that have nothing to do with marketing or money: they simply have a sentimental name for the place, and they’d like their preference to be immortalised on the land registry. If you enjoy certain films, books or television programmes, then naming your home in tribute might work: Toad Hall, The Burrow, Bag End, Casterly Rock – they’re all worthy options.

Some of the best house-names are those which reflect the location and the shape of the building. If your house is made from red bricks, then calling it ‘Red Brick House’ might be an obvious way forward. Local geography, like hills, forests and rivers, might also provide inspiration.

On the other hand, you might opt for something completely off-the-wall, like “Metallica Rules” or “Bacon Sandwich”. Your Local Council may simply reject these, as there isn’t such a thing as the right to alter the address register to suit your taste. Moreover, just as prestigious names can make it easier to sell a house, one that’s too quirky can make it difficult to offload. Even if you intend to live out your days in the building, you should still be aware that you’re effectively passing on less to your inheritors.

Another option is to name your house after yourself. That is if you’re comfortable following the footsteps of Bruce Wayne, Monty Burns, and Lucius Malfoy. Naturally, this will also affect the resale price of the house, as your buyers probably won’t have the same name as you.

So what’s the most popular house-name in the UK? As of 2015, the honour goes to ‘Orchard’, at just over 11,900 houses. Meadow and Rose Cottage are in second and third place, with 11,473 and 11,308 houses respectively. This is according to the Royal Mail’s own figures.

In Conclusion

Changing a property’s name (or giving it one in the first place) is a great way to add character to the place. In many cases, the decision can pay for itself in the value it will add to your property, and it involves just a little bit of work. Choose your house’s name carefully, however, as a poor name can have the opposite effect to the one you’re after!

THE OFFICIAL VIEW:
THE LONGER VERSION

In a suitable setting wouldn’t ‘The Official View’’ make a fantastic house name!

We are convinced that the vast majority of people who name their houses do so, when they are already numbered, without reference to anyone or any official body, and without major problems.

We believe that everybody should have the right to name their house. However rules, regulations and recommendations touch on every aspect of our lives, including naming houses.

When naming our homes, we need to be responsible citizens and be absolutely certain how we are legally placed. To this end it is always advisable to first look into the law as it affects where you live and determine the attitude of Local, Regional or National Government Authorities and mail service providers.

We strongly recommend, and would insist if we could, that if your house already has a number, it should always be clearly displayed along with your house name in order to help the mail and courier services and, more importantly, the emergency services.

The situation becomes more involved if you are wishing to name a house that doesn’t already have a number, or wanting to change the name of a house when it already has a name. In these situations you are advised to check up on official requirements or at least any official ‘advice’.

All the following is UK based. If you are anywhere else in the world we would always recommend that you check your official position locally. We should however be pleased to hear of the different rules, requirements and recommendations that apply elsewhere in the world to see if there is any commonality of approach to house naming.

For UK based homes, we print the information given by Halifax plc to accompany the results of their 1998 House Name survey (Favourites) : “Under various Acts of Parliament, Local Authorities have obligations to ensure that properties have a number wherever possible. The exceptions tend to be relatively isolated homes situated in rural areas, where there is no existing numbering system. A key advantage of having a house number is that the emergency services can generally find the property more quickly if called.

“If your house has a number and this is already recognised as the official address, and you want to give your property a name, you are advised to contact the Local Authority to establish whether they need to approve this change. Most Local Authorities will confirm that they do need to approve this change and will require you to send them details in writing”.

(Note – this refers to a ‘change’ in the means of identification. If you are ‘adding’ a name to an existing house number we recommend that both the name and the number should be clearly visible. Whether the Local Authority needs to approve the addition of a name to an already numbered property that will remain numbered, is uncertain. You are advised to check.)
“If your house has an existing name but is not numbered, and you wish to change the name, you will need to advise the Local Authority (it is also advisable to check for any implications with the Land Registry). The Local Authority will liaise with the Royal Mail to ensure there is no conflict with names of other properties in the same street or immediate area, before formally registering the name. If there is a problem, an alternative name must be submitted. In some cases, the Local Authority may explore the possibility of a house number being registered at this point, in addition to (or instead of) the new name. Once the change has been approved, the Local Authority will normally advise relevant bodies such as the emergency services. The same procedure applies for brand new properties which, for whatever reason, cannot be numbered (however, virtually all new properties today are numbered).

“The Royal Mail’s preference is for a house to have a number rather than a name, or at least to have a number as well as a name. This helps them, for example, during holiday periods, where the person delivering the post may not be the usual Postman/woman.”

In the press release of the Halifax/HBoS 2003 survey of house names, the editor included the following note:

‘If you want to name your home for the first time – or change its name – and it already has a number, it is important to contact your local Royal Mail delivery office. If the name clashes with a very similar one nearby you may be asked to choose an alternative. You should also inform all those who need to contact you by post including the local authority, household utilities such as gas, electric and telephone as well as financial organisations such as your bank, building society and insurance companies. The Land Registry also welcomes details of new names and name changes.

If your house has an existing name, but no number, and you wish to change it you will need to advise the Local Authority. The Local Authority will liaise with the Royal Mail to ensure there is no conflict with other properties in the same street or immediate area before formally registering the name. If there is a problem an alternative name must be submitted. Once the change has been approved, the Local Authority will normally advise relevant bodies such as the emergency services although the onus is on you to inform organisations that need to write to you. As well as telling the Land Registry of the name change you should also inform Ordnance Survey’.
The Post Office Guide used to give advice to UK residents on the use of house names. However, writing in 2008, this seems to be no longer published or at least not according to our local reference library. We are directed instead to the Royal Mail website www.royalmail.com.

The Royal Mail website, www.royalmail.com in 2003, under the heading ‘How do I go about changing my house name?’ stated: “Royal Mail doesn’t name and number properties or streets. This responsibility lies with the local authority naming and numbering department (sometimes known as Engineers or Highways). You’ll need to put your request to them in writing and they’ll make checks (including asking our (Royal Mail) opinion for delivery purposes) to ensure that the name doesn’t exist within the local area. It may pay to suggest alternatives. Be aware that if your property is officially numbered you can’t drop the number but you can use a house name in addition to it.”

Searching www.royalmail.com in 2008, we couldn’t find any useful reference to the house names or naming. If you can find anything useful kindly Contact Us with webpage details.

Local Authorities tend to detail their policies, procedures, comments and ‘advice’ on their websites.

For example, West Devon Council – www.westdevon.gov.uk – under the heading ‘Naming Your House – Guidelines’ state the following (in which the first sentence is illuminating):

‘Although the council has no jurisdiction in this matter, and will only act in an advisory manner, you are quite at liberty to incorporate a name into your current address, change the existing name of your property or give a name to your new house. Follow these simple guidelines:

  • You must retain the postal number in your current address, if you have one.
  • To avoid confusion and misdirected deliveries it is prudent to check that no other properties with a similar name are already in use within the local vicinity.

Once you have decided upon a name, inform the street naming and numbering section (of the local authority) in writing, by email or by completing the (supplied) form, (detailing) your current address, your proposed address and enclose a copy of a plan to indicate the location of your property.

The council will liaise with the Royal Mail before writing to you to confirm your official postal address.

The council will advise various departments internally, the Royal Mail, the emergency services and various other agencies of your new official postal address’.

To simplify and summarize, the advice give by www.yoursigns.co.uk, one of the UK’s leading sign suppliers, on its website (see Signs 4 Sale) is more straight forward and logical:

‘If your property has already been designated a number, you must display the house number clearly within the boundary of the property and always use the house number in your address line. You can then also choose to use any house name you like without notifying the Post Office or local council as long as you use your house number in your address line. For example if your house number is 20 and you decide to name your house ‘The Laurels’, the address line should always be as follows:

The Laurels
20 Anywhere Street
Anywhere Town
Anyshire
AB12 3CD.

‘If your property already has an existing house name and NO house number allocated and you wish to change the name of the property, permission must be sort from the Post Office (Royal Mail) and your local authority first – you need to notify your local council of your intention of changing the house name in writing before you can use the new house name for your address.

‘In the case of addresses where there is no number allocated, the registered house name forms part of the official address. In this instance property owners wishing to change their property name should put a request in writing to Royal Mail Address Maintenance Unit, Sunderland, SR3 3XW, email address[email protected] AND also (to) their local council’s department responsible for street naming and numbering.

‘The request should state your full name, the present full address of the property and the new preferred name. The owner must contact the Royal Mail Address Maintenance Unit (see above) to see if the name is satisfactory, then the new address needs to be registered by the Royal Mail Address Maintenance Unit. If there is an issue with your preferred name, they will ask you to choose an alternative name. . . . if a property in the local neighbourhood already has the same name that you have chosen, or if it sounds similar, you may not be able to use the house name because it could cause confusion to the post office, emergency personnel or council workers – it is worthwhile just taking a walk around your local neighbourhood making notes of existing house names and thinking of several alternatives before applying to the council. Some councils charge a registration fee for their service and some don’t.’

It is always best for property owners to assume responsibility themselves for informing personal contacts, council services, insurers, banks, emergency services, utility providers, etc. of the new, full and correct official postal address.

The information given above relates to the UK. Please Contact Us to tell us about the house naming rules that apply in other countries.

In conclusion, wherever you live the onus is on you to check that your house naming intentions meet all official requirements.

Ideas For House Names

Real estate agents say the right house name can help sell a house! Surveys indicate that people are prepared to pay more for a home that has a name. Even those that were not prepared to pay more said their opinion of the property would improve, with many saying they would be more interested in viewing a named property.

There are many things to consider when choosing a name for your house or property. Do you want a unique house name? Do you prefer a ‘cool’ house name? Perhaps you would like to see some humorous house name suggestions? Below we have listed a number of house name ideas and property name ideas which we have collected from around the world. Whether you are adding value to your home for an imminent sale or for your family to enjoy for generations to come we hope these house name suggestions will get you started.

Property Style

Many people name their houses with a reference to the style of house or property, or possibly the former use of the house.

  • Corner Cottage
  • Ivy Cottage
  • Mill House
  • Orchard Cottage
  • School House
  • The Barn
  • The Bungalow
  • Mill House
  • The Coach House
  • The Cottage
  • The Croft
  • The Gables
  • The Granary
  • The Haven
  • The Lodge
  • The Nook
  • The Old Post Office
  • The Old Rectory
  • The Old School
  • The Old School House
  • The Old Vicarage
  • The Stables
  • The White House
  • White Cottage

Location

If there is something unique or distinctive about the location of your house, consider that as a starting point for a house name.

  • Fairview
  • Four Winds
  • Highfield
  • Hillcrest
  • Kynance
  • Meadow View
  • Orchard House
  • Sea Breezes
  • Springfield
  • Sunnyside
  • Top Cottage
  • Tresco
  • Valetta
  • Wayside
  • Woodlands
  • Woodside

Humour

  • Allmine
  • Dun Grocklin
  • Dun Sailing
  • Dun Struglin
  • Dunitall
  • Dunroamin
  • Justus
  • Kuminside
  • Uanmee

40 Popular House Names and their origins

40 Popular House Names and their origins

40 Popular House Names and their origins. Naming your home is no longer just reserved for those of us who own lofty mansions, grand halls, exquisite manors or majestic castles. Nowadays, even we mere peasants spend hours deliberating what to call our homes. Nowadays it’s not just traditional popular house names, reflective of the local environment or a family name, that are used but whimsical and quirky names to reflect our personality are on the increase too. One thing is for sure though: it isn’t something we should take too lightly. Research carried out by Globrix in the UK, where they surveyed 4000 consumers, revealed that 40% of buyers would be more interested in viewing a property if it had a name. However, although a moniker can make your property more desirable and add value, an ill-chosen name, albeit tongue in cheek, can also put buyers off.

So if you are looking for inspiration or want to check out what your house says about you then check out 40 of the most popular house names in the UK:

  1. Orchard House

Popular amongst literary fans as well as those of us lucky enough to have a home situated amongst a beautiful orchard. Orchard House is the name of the long-standing Massachusetts home of the famous literary family, the Alcotts. Louisa May Alcott, of ‘Little Women’ fame, returned to her home, Orchard House, to find inspiration to pen her famous American Classic celebrating the relationship of the four sisters, which was firmly based on her own childhood. Therefore the name, not only reflects beauty and heritage, but one of a loving, close-knit family.

  1. Meadow View

If you are lucky enough to have stunning views of meadows and countryside then this popular house name suggests the tranquillity and natural beauty surrounding your home.

  1. Rose Cottage

Giving the impression of an idyllic way of life. Far from the hustle and bustle of modern day life. Rose Cottage conjures up associations of a traditional English home set amongst beautiful rose bush gardens.

  1. The Hollies

Another name steeped in nature and reflective of being surrounded by Holly trees. Invoking an image of being tucked away in glorious countryside … unless of course you’re just a huge 1960s pop fan and wish your home to be named after your favourite band, The Hollies!

  1. Oak Barn

Many converted barns are done so with the desire to keep as many original features as possible. In many cases the original frame of the barn would be built from solid oak, hence making it an obvious name choice for a converted barn.

Oak trees are arguably the most loved and well known species of tree as well as being the most common in Britain and are a symbol of strength and survival. Seeing as they have to grow for 150 years before they can be used in construction, they embody history and tradition and create an image of a home built to last.

  1. The Willows

Another name used by those of us lucky enough to be surrounded by nature. The presence of a beautiful willow tree would make this name a popular choice. However, it could be a favourite amongst literary fans too.

The Wind in the Willows, set in pastoral Edwardian England. It celebrates an idyllic rural way of life and could be used as inspiration for a country home.

  1. School House

Lots of homes are conversions of buildings that were used for other purposes in the past.

Before the days of huge schools, with hundreds and thousands of students, children who were lucky enough to have an education were taught in school houses.

Nowadays, of course, these houses would be bursting at the seams with pupils, so most have been converted into residential dwellings. If you are lucky enough to own a home with a history, then what better name can you give it than one that nods at its previous life.

  1. Sunnyside

What a pleasant, happy image this invokes. Giving the impression of a wonderful, warm home. That is of course, if we ignore the association with the ironically named nursery Woody and the gang are subjected to in Toy Story 3!

  1. Springfield

Another name linked to nature and countryside, giving an idyllic, serene feel to your home. Possibly popular with people looking for a fresh start and a new life (hopefully without any comical mishaps caused by Bart Simpson and his family!)

  1. Corner House

Pretty self-explanatory … if you live on a corner then this could be the name for you.

  1. Highfield

Giving the impression of importance, sitting on the highest field overlooking the countryside. This popular house name has a feeling of grandeur.

  1. Old School

A less formal version of School House.

  1. Primrose Cottage

Representative of spring and often found growing wild in woodlands. Primroses create an impression of new life and represent the popular idyllic country atmosphere a lot of homeowners like.

  1. The Mill House

Following in the footsteps of the high and mighty, tradesmen and workers decided to follow suit and start naming their homes. Traditionally using their trade as inspiration. So if your home is a former Mill House then this is the perfect name to celebrate its history.

  1. The Old Rectory

Unless you are Vera Duckworth from Coronation Street, who named her 20th century terraced house this purely because it made her sound ‘posh’. This is best used by those of us that live in a converted rectory and wish to celebrate its origins.

  1. Yew Tree Cottage

Yew trees are admired for their unique and mysterious appearance. They have represented strength and history since the times of the Druids. They were seen as sacred by spiritual clans. Thus making this a perfect name for a unique home as well as one built in the presence of a Yew Tree.

  1. The Old Vicarage

Another version of The Old Rectory and if your home used to be a vicarage then this is the perfect name.

  1. Oaklands

Giving the impression that your home is built amongst a land filled with oak trees. It creates the impression of many acres and a beautiful view of majestic Oak Trees.

  1. The Old Post Office

With post houses in many villages closing down, most former post offices are being converted into residential dwellings. What better name than one that makes tribute to its former life?

  1. Lilac Cottage

As well as being named after the plant that may be grown in the gardens of such a named cottage. Lilac has associations with peace and serenity and has a spiritual feel due to the colour being connotative of the misty area between the sky and heaven.

  1. Honeysuckle

The honeysuckle flower originates from China but represents eternal love. In Art, a Baroque painting called the Honeysuckle Bower painted by Paul Rubens in the 1600s. He honoured his marriage to Isabella Brant and the painting depicts the couple sitting in a bower surrounded by Honeysuckle as a symbol of undying love.

  1. Hillside

Pretty self-explanatory. If your home sits at the side of a hill then this name could be perfect for it.

  1. Treetops

This creates a simple, rustic, natural feel about your home. It suggests the luxury of living amongst the trees.

  1. Woodside

Again, this creates the feel of a natural, simplistic way of life surrounded by nature and most probably at the side of a wood.

  1. Ivy House

Ivy, being an evergreen plant, represents eternity, fidelity, and a strong affectionate attachment, such as wedded love and friendship. The image of a house covered in ivy, conjures up thoughts of beautiful manors and halls with character and history

  1. White House

Unless situated in Washington, this name purely alludes to the colour of one’s home. However, the associations with the American home of the President also gives this name an air of importance.

  1. Lakeside

Suggests your home has beautiful views over a lake and creates the impression of an airy, open home in peaceful surroundings.

  1. Stables

Popular with horse lovers and those who actually have stables or even a building that used to be stables but has been converted to a residential dwelling.

  1. Toad Hall

With definite links to ‘The Wind in the Willows’, and ‘Toad of Toad Hall’. This suggests a home of grand proportions and importance, as well as a love of literature.

  1. The Barn

With the loss of many farms, converting barns into homes has become quite a trend. This name simply states its former use.

  1. Haven

Meaning a place of safety or sanctuary. Haven is a popular name for a home as it suggests a calm, peaceful abode, where you can hide away from the stresses of the outside world.

  1. Fairview

If you are lucky enough to have a home overlooking beautiful views then Fairview is an appropriate, albeit rather modest, name for your home.

  1. Laurels

Laurels, referring to the leaves of bay trees, are seen as a symbol of victory and honour after wreaths of laurels were presented to winners in the Pythian Games. The games were held at Delphi in honour of Apollo, the Greek God who made himself a laurel wreath after his true love, Daphne turned into a bay tree.

  1. Thornfield

A surprising entry on the 40 most popular house names list at first glance. As a field of thorns hardly conjures up an image of a comfortable, welcoming home. However, its popularity may be thanks to Charlotte Bronte. Thornfield is one of Mr Rochester’s residences in said novel.

  1. Firs

A popular name for a home set amongst or overlooking a forest of fir trees.

  1. Nook

Popular for smaller houses. It creates the impression of a small but cosy home tucked away from the world’s hustle and bustle.

  1. Clarence

Creates a regal and stately impression. As homes called this share their name with the royal residence that has been the official residence for Prince Charles, Prince William and Prince Harry.

  1. Beeches

As with houses with Oak, Fir, Yew etc in their name. Beeches is more than likely used by home owners who are situated alongside a magnificent beech tree.

  1. Highclere

Named after the castle that is known as ‘the real Downtown Abbey’. This house name has become very popular since the popular period drama aired on our television sets.

  1. Gables

Traditionally, this house name is based on the style of roof the home. It could also be popular due to its association with the novel Anne of Green Gables.

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What’s in a name? A lot if you’re talking about your house

Some homes are the primary setting for — or even major characters in — the stories of our lives. The place you grew up, your aunt’s house where you learned to swim on muggy summer days, your first apartment in the city — each one is a star that holds in its orbit countless important and lasting memories that make you who you are.

It’s no wonder, then, that people sometimes name their homes. We’ve named our boats for centuries, and a quarter of us name our cars. (More than 151,000 New Hampshire drivers even seal the deal with a vanity license plate.) Why not honor a key player in our life’s drama with the dignity of a proper title?

Plus, recognizing your home’s significance with a name can potentially make it appear more valuable to future buyers as well.

The practice is quite common in the United Kingdom. English manor houses and royal estates have held names for centuries, but so, too, have more modest residences. In fact, well over a million British homes are named as part of their official mailing address, according to the Royal Mail, ranging from the traditional (such as Orchard or Rose Cottage) to pop culture references. There are dozens of homes named Highclere (after the Crawley residence in “Downton Abbey’’), Bag End (Bilbo Baggins’s home in “The Hobbit’’), and Tardis (the time machine from “Doctor Who’’), among other cultural references.

Here in New England, we know many historic homes and grand estates on a first-name basis, such as the Old House at Peace field, the Adams family home in Quincy, or The Breakers, the Vanderbilt summer mansion in Newport, R.I. But it’s the modest vacation homes dotting beaches, lakes, and ski slopes that are more likely to be christened with a name today. Perhaps it’s because these are the places most dear to their owners — where some of the most enduring memories are made.

Some names are strictly historic, while others hint at heritage. Many make cloying puns from family names or locales, and still others leave outsiders scratching their heads about what can only be an inside joke. All of these styles can be found on Nantucket, where the coalescence of Colonial English influence, historic maritime tradition, and free-spirited summer vacationers has left the island brimming with house names.

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In the Nantucket village of Siasconset (or ’Sconset), a handful of antique cottages — with names such as Auld Lang Syne, Nauticon Lodge, and House of Lords — date from the late 1600s and 1700s, though the monikers mostly came later. Nantucket’s naming tradition really took hold in the 19th century, when a maritime practice came ashore.

In an effort to augment an anemic Navy during the War of 1812, the United States enlisted an amateur armada of private sea captains to help fight the British — and fight they did, capturing hundreds of enemy ships in exchange for rights to some of the bounty. “We had a whole bunch of guys on fast, quick ships plundering the British, and they were all called privateers,’’ said sign carver Paul McCarthy, co-owner of Nantucket Carving and Folk Art.

“But after the war was over, they were no longer privateers,’’ McCarthy continued. “They were pirates, because they kept right on going. The government realized it was a problem, so they issued a maritime law saying all vessels in the US had to be identified by name on the side of the ship’s quarters.’’ Those wooden ship signs thus became known as quarterboards, and some of them began to find their way onto the homes of Nantucket residents.

“The shoals of Nantucket, before radar and sonar, were very treacherous, and there were shipwrecks right and left,’’ said Sharon Hubbard, author of “Quarterboards: A Unique Art Form.’’ Carved quarterboards from wrecked ships would often wash up on the beach, and whoever found one might take it home and hang it on his house or barn.

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For example, a circa 1680 house in ’Sconset was originally known by the name Saint’s Rest, but when 19th-century homeowner Captain William Baxter got his hands on the quarterboard from the 1852 shipwreck of the Shanunga, he proudly displayed the sign on his barn. The name, like the custom, stuck.

By the 1970s or ’80s, a quarterboard craze hit the island again. “Homeowners all over Nantucket began to create names that had a family or personal meaning, and had them carved on quarterboards to mount on their houses,’’ Hubbard wrote in her book. When a house is sold, some people leave the board for the new owner, who might never know the name’s origin. But with a hand-carved quarterboard costing upward of $1,000 and bearing a personalized name, it’s not uncommon for the sign to stay with the owner, not the house.

Walking around Nantucket, you see names ranging from cutesy to clever. “Pretty much everyone who has a quarterboard has a story that goes with it, which makes it a lot of fun,’’ Hubbard told me.

A plastic surgeon on the island ordered a fitting quarterboard, McCarthy said: Nip Tuck It. “On another one, I had to carve a moon on one end and a cresting wave on the other end, and the sign said Luna Sea,’’ McCarthy said. “That was for a psychiatrist.’’

Family and hobbies come into play, too. A house named Three Lights bears a quarterboard with carved renderings of Nantucket’s three lighthouses — but the family’s three daughters were the real inspiration for the name.

. —Dan Driscoll

“Our house quarterboard is Magic Hour, which was a gift from our children,’’ said Nantucket filmmaker and photographer Dan Driscoll, whose work is showcased in Hubbard’s book. It’s a reference to the magical time of day around sunset “when the light is spectacular,’’ he said.

Sometimes people just want to take a bit of that vacation magic home with them in the form of a traditional quarterboard. “Visitors who come here in the summer, they see the signs on houses, and they like to bring a piece of the Cape back home with them,’’ said Dawn Fancy, co-owner of Young & Fancy Signs in Orleans.

. —Dan Driscoll

Indeed, people all over the country name their homes, farms, and ranches, said Bob Lacy, owner of Chatham Sign Shop. “They’re most popular on Nantucket, but I really can’t think of a state that hasn’t received at least one,’’ Lacy said of his hand-carved signs.

At Lake Shore Park in Gilford, N.H., many of the small cabins that crowd the shores of Lake Winnipesaukee display names out front, from Paradise Found to Honey Bun’s Hut. Some are rustic, painted signs, while others are hand-carved; and many have changed over the years.

Jensen and Pamela Penney bought a cottage here in the 1970s, which they named Penney Arcade. When they later sold the house to put their kids through college, buyers Bob and Sherrie Rudy (who, ironically, tapped their own kids’ college funds to buy it) renamed the cabin Rudy’s Roost in a nod to their large family. These days, the retired Penney Arcade sign hangs as a memento inside the Penneys’ new home: Common Cents Cottage.

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But can a name actually add to the home’s value? Maybe: A 2011 survey found that 1 in 14 British buyers would be willing to pay more for a house with a name, and 40 percent would be more interested in viewing such a property.

That could be because a name implies pride in the home. “I’m sure there’s a bit of selection bias,’’ said Michael Seiler, a professor of real estate and finance at the College of William & Mary. “If I have a piece-of-crap house, I’m not going to name it, so people are probably naming residences that are pretty substantial anyway.’’

Properties with historic designations have a proven price benefit, Seiler added. But even a vanity name could potentially help your home stand out to buyers left dizzy by weeks of house-hunting. “One thing I tell people is, if you’re selling your house, you want it to stick in people’s minds somehow,’’ Seiler said. “If you name your house, people will have a much easier time referring to it and also remembering it. They’ll remember it after seeing two dozen houses, and maybe that’s the house that’s going to get the offer.’’

The only question is, what will you name your home? It’s a delicate decision: A grandiose name on a dumpy house could backfire, Seiler said, and you don’t want it to come off as pretentious (like some luxury buildings around Boston).

Even gifted wordsmiths hesitate when trying to capture the essence of their home in a pithy title. E.B. White, author of “Charlotte’s Web,’’ never named his charming farmhouse in Maine, the home’s current owner told Yankee Magazine, because he thought it would be pretentious. “But he said if he had to, he would call it Two Big Chimneys and a Little One,’’ she told the publication.

. —Dan Driscoll

Straightforward family surnames used to be very popular, Fancy said, but customers have shied away from them in recent years for security reasons. “They’ve become more inventive and whimsical with the names of their homes,’’ she said.

Fancy recalled a customer who bought a quarterboard as a gift for a friend’s home, called Light on the Cranberry. “I said, ‘Oh, does the house overlook a cranberry bog?’ And they said, ‘No, that’s how we like our vodka!’ ’’

Coming up with an original name that everyone likes is the hardest part, Fancy said. “So many customers come in and say, ‘It’s taken us five years to come up with a name for the house!’ And then they start arguing about it again at the last minute.’’

But the right name on the right house makes a perfect match. “My favorite is one we did for a newly married couple, both of whom had gone through divorces,’’ Lacy said. “The quarterboard read ‘Eat, Drink, and Remarry.’ ’’

Jon Gorey blogs about homes at HouseandHammer.com. Send comments to [email protected] Follow him on Twitter at @jongorey. Subscribe to our free real estate newsletter — our weekly digest on buying, selling, and design — at pages.email.bostonglobe.com/AddressSignUp. Look for our special Fall House Hunt coverage starting Sept. 11.

How to write a good headline for your property

When guests scroll through lists of available holiday let properties, the title or headline is often the first thing they see. It’s the gateway to the rest of your listing, so needs to grab their attention and get them to click to learn more. Follow our tips to make sure you give your property a great headline which that encourages guests to look at the rest of your listing.

Don’t use property names or numbers

Many homeowners, especially property managers, are tempted to use a headline like Montbleu Suites 1 @ Lost Woods or Bob’s Cabin. Doing this is confusing and makes it difficult for potential guests to easily understand the unique selling points of your property. Above all, remember who you are writing for – although naming your properties in this way might make your life easier, it means nothing to potential guests, and can detract from your property.

Instead, use a formula like this:

So, you get something like these:

  • Cosy Two Bedroom Apartment with Wood Burning Fireplace and Free Onsite Parking
  • Delightful Three Bed Cottage in Tranquil Woodland Setting
  • Luxury City Apartment for 10 guests – Two Minutes from Bars and Restaurants

Highlight special features

When selecting special features, think about what makes your property unique. Do you live in a city with parking issues, but offer free parking? Do guests have access to a private hot tub or sauna? Does your bathroom include a jacuzzi bath or rain shower?

If you have any of the following remember to include them:

  • Private hot tub
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Garden with BBQ
  • Private patio
  • Sky TV, Netflix, HBO, etc.
  • Fireplace
  • Washer and dryer

Avoid confusing abbreviations

Having lots of abbreviations in your property headline might help you save on space, but they can be confusing for guests, and potentially put them off from booking your property. While simple abbreviations like A/C (air-conditioning), or w/ (with) are OK, be careful of including too many and putting potential guests off.

We know that investing in a new kitchen or bathroom, or revamping the front of your house, are good ways to add value to your home. But there’s one property change you can make that costs just £40 – and could actually add thousands of pounds of value to your home.

And that’s giving your home a name.

According to estate agents Wetherell, buyers pay up to 40% more for houses with a name rather than a number, and it costs just £40 to personalise your address, reports The Telegraph.

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So what should you call your house?

Well, a separate survey by OnTheMarket.com found that up to £30,000 could be added to homes with regal titles (think Crown, Castle, Royal, etc).

London estate agent Tim Day told The Telegraph that his Suffolk home became more attractive to buyers after he changed the name.

‘I changed it from the mundane Esher Cottage to the far grander Crown Cottage,’ he said. ‘It was unbelievably easy and took just 24 hours.’

While Tim says the process was easy, there are some administrative hoops to be jumped through. For example, first you must write to your local council, which will consult with Royal Mail to check the chosen name doesn’t conflict with others in the area and doesn’t cause offence to anyone.

After that, the renaming certificate must be sent to the Land Registry, Electoral Registration and Council Tax and Planning Department.

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You must also update the Royal Mail, your bank, utility companies, the emergency service and your GP.

Explaining the reasons why names can affect your feeling about a house, Sarah Beeny, owner of estate agent site www.tepilo.com, said: ‘There is definitely an association issue with names, whether it’s the name of a person or the name of a house.

‘Memorable is good, but the inner snob in many of us means you can genuinely add value to your home by giving it a great name. Of course, if you called your bungalow ‘The Manor’ it doesn’t really fit, but naming it something popular and aspirational like ‘The White House’ may tip a buyer to choose it over another property.

‘Interestingly, the houses with the most common names – such as Orchard Cottage, The Cottage and The Old Post Office – appear to sell proportionately more quickly than those with quirkier names, perhaps suggesting that familiarity is a far greater drive when it comes to home buyers choosing a new home with a name.’

So now the question is… What will you call yours?

(Images: Getty)

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Naming A Vacation Rental – Why Your Property Needs A Name

If you are serious about your vacation rental, you need to represent something. This article explains how to go about creating a name brand so that vacationers will be drawn to your identity.

Through the historic archway entrance of my rentals, I get the pleasure of meeting a revolving door of incredibly interesting travelers.

One of the most memorable was the world’s leading nation branding expert.

What is nation branding? I’m thinking to myself.

Basically, governments pay this guy to come in, learn their country inside and out, then generate a logo, slogan and campaign under which the government will brand itself over extended periods of time. “You ever heard Made in Taiwan?” he asked me. “Yeah. That was me. I did that.”

As you might imagine, I spent many hours bothering this guest and we actually became quite good friends and still talk frequently.

One time we were having lunch and he got a phone call from the President of Fiji (which is hilariously cool). His industry of branding is fascinating because it deals with the reputations of entire nations. It’s what makes you think rainforest when you hear Costa Rica or what makes you think of the Eiffel Tower and baguettes when you hear France.

Millions of dollars and thousands of man hours go into these brand identities: they are the efforts that fuel tourism, foreign direct investment, and trade.

I’ll start off by saying that branding for vacation rentals is a markedly less intensive task. But just because your property is not the size of, say, China, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be using the fundamental branding principals that drive the best companies (and countries) in the world. What this means is…

Your rental needs a brand.

But first…

Your rental needs a name.

There’s a reason Coca Cola doesn’t go by the name “Sweet Carbonated Beverage Originally Intended As A Patent Medicine When Invented In The Late 19th Century By John Pemberton.”

There’s a reason Ritz Carlton doesn’t put “Welcome To The Brand Of Luxury Hotels And Resorts With Properties In 30 Countries” on it’s sign above the entrance.

And there’s a reason McDonald’s uses giant yellow arches to signify your fat ass has arrived at fast food Mecca. It’s because a brand is the quickest way to explain what a business has to offer — and yes, your rental is a business.

So if the world’s most successful brands (and countries) are using names and logos to etch their identity into the hearts and minds of their customers, why on God’s great earth, should Ma and Pa Kettle call their Alabama rental “Our Vacation Home In The Scenic Hills With 2 Bedrooms, A Wood Burning Fire and Even A Hot Tub On The Porch”?

Almost as bad as this long-winded vacation rental name is the absurdly generic “Alabama Vacation Rental.”

Actually think about it. Your brand name is your rental’s face to the world: it’s kind of like a promise — a way for you to attract new travelers and to retain former guests. So why would naming it anything too complicated or sadly unoriginal suffice?

Owners who have a good name for their vacation rental book more nights than owners who don’t.

Giving your rental a name and a logo (don’t have much money? Read this article on how much Google and Twitter logos cost to make) signifies organization, professionalism, cleanliness, thought and care: all of which are traits that travelers like to associate with when choosing a place to stay.

A name is a way to establish an identity for your rental. A name is a way for people browsing VRBO to remember your property apart from the thousands of others just like it. A name is a way to show you care about your property. After all, would you ever name your baby “Second Born Male With Hazel Eyes Who Cries Surprisingly Little”? Of course not. You’d name him something beautifully succinct like…Jerry.

Naming your vacation rental is something owners of all skill levels can do. I once had a friend looking to rent his gorgeous oceanfront home. The moment we gave that property the name “White Palm Villa” there was a discernible uptick in interest from both agents and buyers…

I mean, people were writing in, “I’d like to get pricing for White Palm Villa,” and “Hi, would you be willing to host our family at your White Palm Villa?”

You see what I mean? Giving your property a name gives people something to latch onto. I have seen the best success with rental owners in dense vacation rental regions: in destinations like these, setting your unit apart makes all the difference.

85 Synonyms for “House”

By Mark Nichol

An extensive vocabulary exists to describe all the possible variations in the structures in which humans live. This list, which omits most terms of foreign origin and includes temporary and mobile living spaces, includes definitions of many such words to help writers distinguish between them:

1. Abode: Any living space; often used jocularly in a mock-formal tone.

2. Apartment: A living space consisting of one or more rooms in a building or a building complex with at least a few such units.

3. Billet: Quarters in a private home assigned to a member of the military order by an official order (also called a billet), or, informally, living quarters.

4. Boardinghouse: A house that provides room and board (a private or shared room and meals).

5. Bungalow: A small one- or one-and-a-half-story house.

6. Cabin: Originally, a small, crudely constructed one-story dwelling; now, often refers to a vacation home that may be quite large and complex.

7. Caravan: A British English synonym for trailer (see below), in an extension of the sense of a file of vehicles, based on the original meaning of a train of pack animals.

8. Casita: A small house.

9. Castle: Originally, a fortified structure that often served as a dwelling for a nobleman and his family and retainers, now used figuratively for a large, imposing house.

10. Chalet: A characteristic type of house in Switzerland, by extension any similar house; also refers to an Alpine herdsman’s hut.

11. Chateau: A large rural house; also refers to a wine-country estate.

12. Condominium: A unit in an apartment building or a town house complex that is individually owned rather than rented.

13. Cottage: Originally, a small country house (though some cottages were and are not necessarily small), either for vacation use or permanent residence.

14. Countryseat: A country house.

15-16. Digs/diggings: Originally slang referring to student lodgings, now informally referring to any living space.

17. Domicile: A formal term for any place of residence.

18. Double-wide: A mobile home (see below) twice the standard width of a trailer.

19. Duplex: A building with living spaces for two separate residents or groups of residents.

20. Dwelling: A place where one lives.

21. Estate: A piece of land, generally with a large house on it.

22. Farmhouse: A house on a current or onetime farm.

23. Flat: A one-floor apartment.

24. Grange: A farmhouse, but generally refers to the farm itself rather than the living space.

25. Habitation: A living space.

26. Hacienda: A large estate or plantation (see below).

27. Hall: A castle (see above); later, a manor house (see below).

28. Hermitage: A residence or vacation home in a secluded place.

29. Home: A place where one lives, though it also has a qualitative association of the domestic dynamics as opposed to the structure in which people live.

30. Homestead: A home and its adjoining land; also, in the United States, specifically a plot of 160 acres.

31-32. Hooch/hootch: See hut, below.

33. House: A place where one lives, as distinguished from a multiunit building.

34. House trailer: A trailer large enough to serve as a permanent living space, rather than one designed for travel.

35. Houseboat: A boat designed with a superstructure similar to that of a small house, as opposed to a cabin cruiser, which has an interior set into the hull. Some houseboats are navigable, while others are merely floating houses. (Interesting side note: Houseboats are nothing new; the word goes back more than 200 years.)

36. Hovel: A small, often poorly built and squalid house.

37-38. Hut/hutment: A small, simply constructed, and perhaps temporary living space; the latter word may also refer to a collection of huts.

39. Hutch: See hut, above.

40. Lodgement: A place for accommodations.

41. Lodgings: One or more rooms rented as a living space.

42. Lodging house: A house or other building providing living spaces.

43. Manufactured home: See “mobile home,” below.

44-45. Manor: The house or hall of an estate; also refers to the estate itself; also called a manor house.

46. Manse: A Presbyterian minister’s house provided by a church; also a secular synonym for mansion (see below).

47. Mansion: A large, opulent house.

48. McMansion: A pejorative slang term for a generically unattractive, ostentatious large house.

49. Mobile home: A trailer intended as a permanent, fixed living space.

50. Modular home: A house assembled in sections in a factory and assembled on
the building site.

51. Motor home: A large vehicle designed as living quarters; not to be confused with a mobile home (see above).

52. Pad: Living quarters.

53. Palace: A large, elegant house; also, the residence of a monarch or a government leader, and in British English an archbishop or bishop’s official residence.

54. Parsonage: A pastor’s house provided by a church.

55-56. Pension: Hotel or boardinghouse accommodations on the European continent; a building for such purposes is called a pensione.

57. Penthouse: A rooftop structure or living space; also, a shed or an annex.

58. Plantation: An agricultural estate, though the term may refer to the main house on the property.

59. Prefabricated home: See “modular home,” above.

60. Quarters: One or more areas set aside as living space.

61. Railroad flat: An apartment having a series of rooms arranged in a line.

62. Ranch house: A one-story house typically with a low-pitched roof.

63. Recreational vehicle: See “motor home,” above.

64. Rectory: A rector or parish priest’s house provided by a church.

65. Residence: Any living space.

66. Rooming house: A house where accommodations are available for rent.

67. Saltbox: A house with a long, rear-sloping roof in back that provides room for two stories in front but only one in back.

68. Shack: See hut, above.

69. Shanty: See hut, above.

70-72. Shotgun house: A house in which the rooms are arranged in a line; also called a shotgun cottage or shotgun shack.

73. Split level: A house with separate levels set off from each other.

74. Suite: A living space consisting of a set of rooms.

75-76. Tenement: Broadly, any living space, but in practical usage an apartment building of low-quality construction; also called a tenement house.

77-79. Town house: A two- or three-story house often connected to one or more similar living spaces; also called a row house or a townhome. The term also can refer to a house in town, especially a city residence of a household that lives primarily in a house in the country.

80. Tract house: One of a collection of similar-looking houses built a particular tract, or plot, of land.

81. Trailer: A mobile structure designed to be towed by a vehicle and used as a temporary living space.

82. Triplex: A building with living spaces for three separate residents or groups of residents.

83. Vicarage: A house for a vicar provided by a church.

84. Villa: A large rural or suburban house; also, in British English, an urban house with a yard that may be connected to other identical living spaces.

85. Walk-up: A multistory apartment building with no elevator, or an apartment in the structure.

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How to Name Your Beach House and Why It Is Important

If you had a beach house, what would you name it? That’s the question we’re pondering today. As the writer of this blog, I can tell you that I have thought about this on occasion and have concluded that some of my personal contenders for my beach house would be names like “Time to Wine Down”, “Let Me Count the Waves” or “Conched Out”. But that’s just me. What about you?

The name of a beach house can come from a lot of different things: the features of the house itself, its geographical location, the owner’s interests, a favorite song lyric, a particular sentiment or frame of mind or just a beachy play on words, to name a few. Beach house names are also a way to give your vacation rental a brand and a presence, which reflect its unique identity. Vacationers and guests are more likely to be drawn to an interesting and memorable name; one which resonates with them or connects with them on an emotional level—whether it’s humor, sentiment, creativity or familiarity—rather than a long-winded, unoriginal or generic description.

Let’s learn more about what goes into choosing a name for your beach house, why you should consider it and exactly how to go about finding the perfect one. Then, we’ll share a few of our favorite beach house names from Ward Realty’s Topsail vacation rental selection.

What’s in a Name (A Good One)?

By all accounts, the history of naming houses was a British custom which began with the gentry naming their grand castles, manors and halls. The custom eventually spread to the masses, including merchants and tradesmen. Traditionally house names were based on location or who the house was tied to or owned by.

Today, names have a lot to do with associations and are often an extension of ourselves. When it comes to naming your beach home or vacation rental, there are a few things to consider.

So, what’s in a name?

  • It’s your beach home’s logo. There is an element of branding when it comes to choosing a name. Many of the best companies in the world have a logo or slogan that succinctly give meaning to their product or business and what it has to offer. Apply this principle to your vacation rental—it is a business, after all.
  • It’s your vacation rental’s face to the world. Naming your house gives your home an identity and presence in the world. Your vacation rental’s name is a way to attract new guests and retain former ones. Long-winded, overly descriptive or generic house names don’t really translate well in the world of marketing your rental. You wouldn’t name your beach house: The 3-Story, 4-Bedroom, 3-Bath House By the Ocean with a Hot Tub and Deck, would you? No, no, no.
  • It tells a story. Your beach house name most definitely tells a story, one that you want to consider sharing with your guests. Why not have a small writeup or welcome book in your vacation rental that gives your guests more insight into the name of your home? It’s a really good way to share your story and leave a memorable, lasting impression with your guests.
  • It gives guests something to latch on to and remember. You want your guests to make a mental note of your property when they’re perusing the sea of vacation rental and beach houses. A good name will be remembered and gives guest a point of reference that helps them to remember your property over others.
  • It sets your beach house apart from the rest. Your house name is a mark of uniqueness. It can set your beach house apart from the rest and give it an edge that unnamed beach houses won’t have.

How to Find the Best Name for Your Beach House

When trying to come up with a name for your beach house or vacation rental, consider the brand you want to present to your guests. It may be your potential guests’ first impression, so choosing wisely is important. It’s not all about logos and brands, though. As mentioned earlier, a beach home is often an extension of its owner and family. So choosing a name that has meaning and relevance to you is a worthy moniker. You may want to get the naming brainstorming going by researching house names on Pinterest, Google, vacation rental company websites and other real-estate related resources. You can also make a mental note of favorites that you see on your vacation or while traveling (or even better, write them down for future reference).

Here are a few popular ways to find the inspiration for naming your home or rental:

  • Beach word plays and puns. Names like Seas the Day, Sunny Side Up, A Wave from It All, FantaSea, Shore Thing, After Dune Delight are all good examples for this category of names. Wit and humor tend to resonate with most people, so it’s a good direction to go in. You’re only limited by your imagination and word savvy.
  • Nostalgic or sentimental names like song lyrics and movie titles. Example such as It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere, Walkin’ On Sunshine, Some Beach Somewhere, Mellow Yellow, Down by the Bay or popular movie references like As Good As It Gets or It’s a Wonderful Life will give you and your guests an immediate connection.
  • Beach house names that reflect a beach state of mind. House names like Lazy Daze, Cloud Nine, Sleepin’ Inn and Southern Comfort all denote a certain laid-back vibe and relaxed sentiment reminiscent of the beach lifestyle.
  • Names that reflect the owner, including a career or profession or personal likes and interests. Examples include names like The Legal Pad, Recovery Zone, H2O365, Absolut Paradise, Knot a Care, On the Half Shell and the list goes on and on. Anything that gives a hint to the personality of the owner can give a one-of-a-kind impression to your guests.
  • Multilingual names with tropical flair and exotic appeal. Names like Entre Nous, Casa La Playa, Tres Palmas and Bella Vita give your vacation rental or beach home a hint of exotic beach paradise.
  • Names that give insight into the purpose and reason behind owning a beach house. Think names like Leg-A-Sea, Heart’s Desire, Family Tides, 4 Play, Gift of the Sea and SeaClusion give a hint to the owner’s motivations for owning a beach home.

Topsail Vacation Rentals with Unique, Funny & Interesting Names

Do you need some more beach house name inspiration? Check out this short list of Topsail rentals with names we love. They are only some of the many creative and memorable names you’ll find on Topsail Island. You can find the full listing of unique vacation rental names here.

  • Tipsy Turtle (North and South)
  • Moon Doggy
  • Barefoot Bumblebee
  • Osprey Can You See
  • The Kooler
  • Busy Bee by the Sea
  • All Docked Out
  • Mermaid View
  • Gull Friend
  • Attitude Adjustment
  • Topsail Turvy
  • Temporary Sanity
  • Salt Therapy
  • A Reef Intermission
  • 2 Britt Buoys
  • Pier Pressure
  • Next-ta-Sea
  • Reel Lucky
  • Happy Ours
  • Rest Ashored
  • Ruff Life
  • Once Upon a Tide
  • Buoys & Girls
  • A Wave From It All

Ward Realty in Topsail, North Carolina can make your home ownership dreams come true—whether it’s for retirement, personal vacation, year round or as an investment, let us help you find the home of your dreams where you can come up with the perfect name for your new home. Peruse our Topsail Real Estate listings and make your dreams of owning a beach home a happy reality.

Have you ever lived in a home with a name? What’s the most interesting or favorite house name you’ve ever seen? Share with us!