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House names you might have chosen, and their meanings.

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Panache Mon 16-Apr-18 08:53:10

A little light entertainment on this sunny Monday morning.

I shall kick off with some of our own.......

Knotty Pines......named because we planted pine trees all around the garden plus some ceilings and walls indoors were clad in pine wood (complete with knots!!) on a cliff edge overlooking a busy harbour and bay we oft felt as though we were castaways far away,though sadly there never was an island!

Morningside........a cottage overlooking the same Bay and the bright morning eastern sun, which on a good day bathed the frontage in an orange glow

vampirequeen Mon 16-Apr-18 09:05:06

Sanctuary because it's where I feel safe.

MawBroon Mon 16-Apr-18 09:05:07

I have only ever once lived in a house with a name, but as that is also my password I can’t share it (or I might have to kill you)
But I am amazed at the type of person locally who gives their house a pretentious name. Not you Panache!
There is one at the edge of the small development I live in in our village (we all have numbers) which calls itself ““——- Lodge” . As if!
And our old house (very old, an 18th century farmhouse which had been divided in two) was always “2 The —-“ as it overlooked the village green.
Its new owners call it “2 —- Farmhouse” All a bit Hyacinth Bouquet.
I have never seen the apocryphal “Dunpayin” or “Erzanmyne” but I bet they exist somewhere grin

harrigran Mon 16-Apr-18 09:21:16

I saw a sign by a front door which said THE DOG HOUSE.
Couldn't make my mind up whether it was what the DH was in or because they had lots of dogs.

Teetime Mon 16-Apr-18 09:32:15

House numbers only for us- same thing as personalised number plates - not really us.

Nanabilly Mon 16-Apr-18 09:34:25

Never lived in a named house but a family member did . Jonliste. I bet you can't decipher their names from that can you ???
I've seen plenty of narrowboat s with comical names.

kittylester Mon 16-Apr-18 09:41:18

What Teetime says.

We live in half an old school - which would be a silly name for a school! It wad called 'Truants' by the previous people which I thought was quite witty but they had a reputation for misbehaving so we thought we'd better disassociate ourselves from that. Actually, 'Repossessed and needing lots of work' would have been apt!

MawBroon Mon 16-Apr-18 09:42:21


lemongrove Mon 16-Apr-18 09:42:35

Where we used to live, on a country lane, the postman and neighbours asked us to name the house, we were the only house that just had a number.We took a long time to think of one, and by the time we had, it was time to move on.
When we moved here, it was already named ‘Apple Trees’
As there were a couple of old apple trees in the garden and this area was known for fruit growing in the past.
About two years ago we removed the apple trees ( too old)
And renamed the house.Can’t say what it is ( like Maw says,
Lots of houses in the village have names, some lovely and some a bit strange, but no doubt the owners know why!grin

Niobe Mon 16-Apr-18 09:43:16

There was a local authority house near where I used to live called 'Dunaskin'. Made me smile.

annodomini Mon 16-Apr-18 09:50:04

In 1981, I was Census Officer for the Marshlands area of West Norfolk, abutting Cambridgeshire and Lincolnshire. The long straight roads through the fens were a nightmare for the posties and my enumerators, many of the houses lacking either names or numbers and sometimes known by something like: 'the house next to the sub station'.

annodomini Mon 16-Apr-18 09:50:14

In 1981, I was Census Officer for the Marshlands area of West Norfolk, abutting Cambridgeshire and Lincolnshire. The long straight roads through the fens were a nightmare for the posties and my enumerators, many of the houses lacking either names or numbers and sometimes known by something like: 'the house next to the sub station'.

annodomini Mon 16-Apr-18 09:51:32

Done it again. I know how it happened. I pressed 'control return' and when nothing seemed to happen, I pressed them again. Note to self: Press 'post message' instead.

Smithy Mon 16-Apr-18 09:54:00

I once went for a walk in a built up area, and spotted a house with the name
"Y WUCKING FURRY" - think about it.

Panache Mon 16-Apr-18 09:54:06

One of my favourites is "O`R DIWEDD!.......which translated from welsh means "At Last".........I am sure there would have been a story to tell!

Katek Mon 16-Apr-18 11:29:29

House near us is called ‘Dunfermin’ which translated (!) from Doric is Done Farming. I like it. Our last house had a name but like others I’d have to kill! We named it based on the local landscape features.

ninathenana Mon 16-Apr-18 11:45:36

A friend's DH self built many times in our area. They occupied them for a year or two and moved on to the next. All the houses had names that contained my friend's first name. Could have been tacky but they were clever about it.

ninathenana Mon 16-Apr-18 11:50:49

To answer the OP's question the name I would choose is part of our surname, which would be very appropriate for a house name.

allsortsofbags Mon 16-Apr-18 11:55:15

When I was still at work I used to pass a house called

I had no idea what it was supposed to be until we were chatting about house names and a chap in the office said he played cricket with the son of the house.

It was named by the wife for her OH and it is "He's Not In" said in a Yorkshire accent.

Still makes me smile if I drive past it.

Panache Mon 16-Apr-18 12:22:22

If only these houses.......and their names!!...........could talk eh?

Agus Mon 16-Apr-18 12:29:16

I don’t name a property if it has a street number but two previous homes were .........House in areas whereby each new owner continued to use the same name.

I have been told too that changing a house name brings bad luck. No idea if this is true but just to hedge my bets, didn’t change ours ?

Grandma70s Mon 16-Apr-18 13:20:14

When I was young most suburban houses had names, even if they had numbers as well. The names were sometimes imaginative, usually not. There was the occasional pretentious name, like Balmoral for a three bedroom semi.

The first house I remember was called Newthorpe. There were no numbers in that road, so it had to have a name. My parents chose the name, because when they bought it it was called Kozy Kot, spelt thus, which obviously they couldn’t live with! The next one was called The Beeches, accurate but boring. When I revisited these roads many years later all the names had gone, which seemed a bit sad.

Both my brother and one son bought houses that already had names, again in roads that don't have the option of a number. Not the names they would have chosen, but acceptable. I always feel it must be very hard on new postmen and delivery drivers.

My current house hasn’t got a name, nor have any others in this road, so it would seem a bit pretentious to name it. I’d quite like to, and I thought of Greengarth or Foxgloves. Wouldn’t dare, though.

Grandma70s Mon 16-Apr-18 13:25:13

Meant to add - a funny one I read about is Thistledew, which sounds quite poetic but means This’ll Do.

NonnaW Mon 16-Apr-18 13:30:24

We did consider calling our house Vodka Springs .......

ginny Mon 16-Apr-18 13:35:21

Not keen on house names myself and the same with personalised number plates. Parents in law always named any house they lived in with the same name but had no explaination why. ?Mear where my daughter lives is a house called ‘suitsus’.!