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CHERISHED NAMES

Throughout this web site you’ll find thousands of examples of house names. At the moment the majority are British, but it is our wish to discover names from around the world, include them in our records and publicise them on this site.

Some of the names you’ll come across are quite common, but others you’ll discover are unusual, humorous and extrovert. One thing is certain, they are all likely to be cherished by their owners.

Without analysing why names have been chosen or what they mean, it does appear that house names fall into various distinctive categories. Further evidence of this can be found under 1998 Common Themes, which you’ll find in our Favourites section.  

There are names based purely on street numbers - Ninety-nine or Nine-Nine, or wrongly spelt street numbers Tu-Threes, Eiteen or even Numbatoo. How about the uncertain plot number which became One or Two.

Unusual names are a collector’s delight - Creeping Snails, Creampots, Rusty Rails, Trux ‘n Trax, whilst humorous ones attract everyone’s attention - Shilly Chalet, Cowpat Cottage or Bicarbonate.

Many names relate to the heavy weathering they receive - Dam Breezy, Windy Ridge, Ocean Breeze and West Wynds, or the financial burden they put on their owners - Paide-Four, Dunowen, Costa Bom, High Loans, not forgetting Cobwebs, so called because it is or was Currently Owned By Woolwich & Equitable Building Society.
                              
Some names are belittling - Our Hovel, Our Folly, Ibindun or Isor, whilst others may have been chosen for exactly the opposite effect - Balmoral, The White House, Bamburgh or Mountbatten.

Favourite places make favourite house names - Aysgarth, Lands End, Muirfield, Ingleborough, even Estartit. Others reflect sporting preferences - Flushing Meadow, Arkle, The Bunker and Anfield.

A  major category is the one that tells us about the former use of the property - The Old - Rectory, Barn, Post Office, Bike Shop, Malt House, whilst an equally large group in some way describe an aspect of the actual house - Red Roofs, White Gates, Green Shutters, Five Oaks or how about The Flower Pots.

Nature comes into its own with names linked to trees - The Conifers, Silver Birches, Spring Ash, Spruce Acres, fruit - Peartree Cottage, The Flowering Peach, flowers - Rosepool. Shrinking Violets, Snowdrop Cottage or the late Percy Thrower’s The Magnolias, birds - Sea Gulls Rest, Kingfisher Cottage, Hawksridge, Heron Dip, and animals - Squirrels Wood, The Squinting Cat, Deer Leigh, Deer Leap or Otters Pond.

There is always a wide selection of house names derived from surnames - Greenacres (Green), Wode House (Woodhouse), Baxendale (Baxter), in fact many surnames can be converted with a degree of imagination. The same applies to the mid-twentieth century habit of combining a husband and wife’s first names, as in Salchard (Sally/Richard), Michlyn (Michael/(Eve)Lyn), Sianna(Sid/Anna), or even Anga (Angus/Senga).

Certain names give a clue as to the position of the property - Hilltop, Cottage on the Hill, Fence End, Top o’ Bank, Waters Edge, whilst others indicate what can be seen from the property - Chapel View, Hill View, Look Yonder or Sea Mist.

Tradesmen have been known to choose a name that also helps advertise their services, the electrician who named his home Ohm-Sweet-Ohm, or Bob the plumber who charged his home with the name Plumbob.

The extrovert and exhibitionist can always come up with something novel - Att-Om-Ere, Yoo Hoo, or even Bonkers.

Those with a literary bent may appreciate, or equally despise the use of Hiawatha’s Cottage, Ivanhoe Cottage or Bleak House.

The house name spotter is always delighted to find some unusual name and looks to reverse the letters to see what emerges. Consider for yourself Rood Egats, Tiedam, and our favourite Llamedos.

Last, but certainly not least, is the typically British or ‘Cosy English’ category which includes such named as Sleepy Hollow, Merry Moles, Fox Shrogg, Rookery Nook, Green Pastures, Applegarth and Willow Mead.

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