Originally, house naming in Britain was reserved for grand estates, castles, halls and manors. However, today, naming your house is far more casual – and a great way to add some personality to your property. Traditionally, house names were based on where the house was located or who the house was ‘tied’ to – but today, people choose their house name from all kinds of inspirations. Below, we share our top tips for choosing a name for your house, along with some guidelines.
If your property has an existing house name but no number allocated, you must request permission from your local council and the post office if you’d like to change the name of your house. It is then your responsibility to inform personal contacts and the relevant services of any change or addition to your address.
If your property already has a number, the number must be clearly displayed and always used in your address line. You can use the name that you would like without notifying the local council or post office, but your house number must always be used in your address line.
Tips for choosing the best name for your property
House names can be sentimental, historic, humorous or descriptive – whichever you feel best suits your property and identity. Many people opt for house names in line with the kind of home that they have – for example, Cottage, Lodge, Bungalow, Barn or Studio and then come up with a unique name to pair it with. Read below for some inspiration!
• Geographical features. Many people choose to name their home after local geographical features. Think about the surroundings of your home and where it is located. Geographical features you may consider include Valley, Meadow, Beach and Hillside.
• Animals. Perhaps there are certain animals that you often see from your home or local wildlife that the area is known for. House names that include animals are particularly popular. For example, Badger Cottage, Dolphin Lodge or Robin Barn.
• Plants. There may be plants that are local to your area, you may have certain plants in your garden or there may be a plant that you simply love. Plants can make beautiful house names – for example, Honeysuckle Cottage or Cherry Wood Bungalow.
• Unique features. Your home may have a unique feature or something that makes it stand out, such as beautiful red bricks or a long winding staircase. Some people choose to name their properties after a unique feature of their home. Examples include Red Brick Cottage and Picket Fence Bungalow.
At Wrights of Campden, we understand that an engraved house sign is the perfect finishing touch to any home. Once you have chosen a name for your property, look no further than us for a house sign. We will take the time to understand your exact specifications, from the material to the lettering, size and finish, and will craft it by hand to an exceptional quality. For more information, visit our website.