Here's a U.K. article on how to name your house, which is pretty interesting. Even tiny homes often have names in the U.K. -- in the old days, they didn't have numbers, so the name was really how you found the right house! And even though they have numbers much more widely now, the tradition continues, with names like Rose Cottage being super-popular. I think our house is going to be too big to get away with having 'Cottage' on the end of the name -- it's really not a cottage. It's a house, and a substantial one. It's definitely not a manor either, though. There are no servants' quarters. :-) Apparently, it's a popular tradition in Australia too.
I don't think there's anything famous associated with our house -- just a string of families living there over the last hundred years. The huge parking lot behind our house (which we are not so fond of, and plan to screen off with big shrubs), actually used to be part of a railroad stableyard, according to our neighbors, which is pretty cool, but the railway building itself is at least a block away. So no 'old anything' in our house name.
The article suggests that people often used their professions in the house name -- Mill House, Wool Hall. If I could come up with something clever that combined writer / mathematician, that'd be a cool option, but I'm coming up blank so far. Any thoughts?
I think we're leaning towards house colors in purple, blue and green -- although blue, purple, and dark red is still an option too, I think. Heck, maybe even blue, green, and red, although that's less likely. So maybe a name that connects to that, especially since I'm planning to plant blue-green-purple-white flowers in front? The second story paint color is probably going to be Blueberry. We could plant a lot of blueberries, and then name it Blueberry House. That's kind of charming, no?
I've mostly been thinking about names of flowers for the house. Does something like Iris House sound nice? Irises are one of my absolute favorite flowers. Should I make sure that I can actually plant irises and have them survive/thrive at our house first? :-) There's that lilac bush in the back -- but I don't think I'll have enough lilacs to go for Lilac House, and in any case, that doesn't seem quite appropriate to us, though I couldn't tell you why. In the spring, there are large patches of ground at our house covered in scilla, and I'd like to plant even larger swaths in the future, along with vinca and violets. Just a carpet of tiny blue-purple flowers across our lawn, like a blue mist floating just above the ground in spring. Scilla House? That's pretty.
Heh. Now scilla has made me think about Scylla -- I'm tempted to name it Scylla and Charybdis, and let people wonder why. Of course, no one would be able to spell it, which would be a nuisance when telling people our address. How often do you actually say an address, as opposed to writing / typing it out?
And of course, I keep thinking about just naming it Serendipity. Or Serendib House. For much the same reason I named my small press Serendib Press, although the house was even more unlooked-for, given the whole house-buying process we went through:
Serendib: one of the many names for Sri Lanka, Ceylon, Taprobane; an Arabic corruption of the Sanskrit compound Simhaladvipa, "Dwelling-Place-of-Lions Island"Any opinions? Is naming your house just too pretentious for Americans to get away with? This Garden Web thread and this thread over at Apartment Therapy seem to indicate that at least some Americans do it too -- I like the first commenter at AT, who named his house Williams Weyr. :-) And I like the suggestion in the comments that you choose a name based on something you want to emphasize or increase. Hmm...
Serendipity: n : accidental sagacity; the faculty of making fortunate discoveries of things you were not looking for; ref. Horace Walpole and the Persian tale, The Three Princes of Serendip
Does your home have a name? If not, what would you name it?
List of first-thought possiblities so far:
- Blueberry House
- Iris House
- Scilla House
- Scylla and Charybdis
- Serendib House