Naming Your Home

HouseNameThe idea of naming your home, manor, mansion, or castle came into play in Britain and is a custom for those who were incredibly well-off. Often, the home was linked to a place in which it was located. But it wasn’t just the rich folks who named their houses; you would also find tradesmen and merchants naming their homes as well. Soon, it became common practice that anyone could name his home.

Here in the States, it is not a common practice to name our homes, although it’s more prevalent to see homes named in resort towns. In Duck, North Carolina, where my family and I vacation, we love to see the names of the homes people come up with. Names like “Vitamin Sea,” “On A Whim,” and “Sea Breeze” are a few names you find seaside.

In literature like that written by Jane Austen, part of Mr. Darcy’s appeal was that he owned “Pemberley,” a magnificent majestic manor that sat on acres and acres of land. Part of Darcy’s appeal was who he was, but let’s be real, it was also his vast wealth. Likewise, the popularity of “Downton Abbey” reassures us that it is fascinating to watch how the wealthy live in their enormous homes, ripe with drama and intrigue.

Pemberley
Pemberley

When I drive to work and I travel down Greenspring Valley Road, I see a large home on a lot of land. At the foot of the drive on Greenspring Valley is a sign, as inviting as the property itself: it reads “Come By Chance.” So there are those here who do name their properties.

Have you ever thought about naming your home or vacation home? And if you have one, what is its name?

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8 thoughts on “Naming Your Home

  1. I have thought about this before and have done some research but have not been able to come up with a proper name. There are lots of homes in Southern Anne Arundel County that are named so this has always intrigued me to try and come up with something.

    1. I’ve thought about some, too, but nothing has stuck yet. It would be fun.

      If at some point in my life I live on the water (big dream), I will name my home. It will be called “Living the Dream.” At least, that’s what I think now.

  2. About a decade ago I was watching a series called The Sopranos and I remember Tony the main character and how he called his house Casa Soprano. Ever since then, I named our home Casa Flacco. Well, sometimes I’m out in public with my family and I catch myself calling it that. Don’t mean to. It just slips out. And when others hear me they ask the question, “What did you just say?” I’m then pressed to tell my little story. Well, you know it now. So…you don’t have to ask 🙂

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