To refuse to use my parents' made-up name for their house...

(170 Posts)
MerryMarigold Tue 13-Dec-11 17:43:06

OK, so they used to live in a house which didn't have a number and had a name. My kids would get excited about going to blah blah cottage., Now they have moved somewhere where the house does have a number. But they miss having a name for their house, so they've given it a name. I just feel naff using the name. I mean, the house already has a number! And it's not like a massive road, there are only 6 houses in it, and it's a 'court' so it sounds quite nice anyway.

AIBU and should I just swallow my pride and call the house by it's new 'name'? Or should I just say we're going to visit blah blah court and address post to no.6 blah blah court?

hiddenhome Tue 13-Dec-11 17:44:42

Just use both smile

TroublesomeEx Tue 13-Dec-11 17:45:13

Have they called it The Old Vicarage like Jack and Vera Duckworth grin

itsstartingtofeelalotlikexmas Tue 13-Dec-11 17:45:57

is it Costa Fortune grin

SydneyScarborough Tue 13-Dec-11 17:46:35

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ConnorCamden Tue 13-Dec-11 17:46:43

Just say "we're going to nanny and grandads house"

Dunroamin' ?

Tough one. On balance YANBU. Super twee to make up a name for your house but if that's what they want there's no real harm in it. Cringey, though.

Bloodymary Tue 13-Dec-11 17:49:20

Use both.
I used to live in a 'blah blah cottage' that also had a number.
Everybody used both because the cottage had a plaque with name and number on it. So it made sense.

randommoment Tue 13-Dec-11 17:49:29

Made up a silly answer at first, but actually - their house, their rules. Although it'll cost them £150 to get the post office to officially change the address!

I'm considering giving my house a made up name before I come to sell. It definitely improved the price.

Though I don't think "shit-hole" will do it grin

Pandemoniaa Tue 13-Dec-11 17:52:28

Chateau d'Espaire?
Villa Costalotti?

KD0706 Tue 13-Dec-11 17:53:01

My dad made up a name for his house. I think it's totally random, must google at some point. I don't use it on post, just the number.

I think in my dads case he is trying to be a snob bless him.

perplexedpirate Tue 13-Dec-11 17:55:16

Don't use name and number on addresses! It's beyond naff.
I think I'd just stick with the number tbh.

SuePurblybiltbyElves Tue 13-Dec-11 17:56:35

I know of two very ordinary bungalows locally, one a Fresh Wyndes and one an Island Pynes. Is it either of those?

Yes it's twee, but they are your parents, are you really going to 'refuse' to refer to the house as they wish?

Don't be an arse about it, how hard is it to just humour them, ffs?

mummymccar Tue 13-Dec-11 17:58:32

My dad did this a few years ago too but put paid to the idea when the postman told him that it sounded stupid! grin

MerryMarigold Tue 13-Dec-11 18:00:09

OK, I will swallow my pride and call it that...but it is called "Providence Barn" (ok, I don't think they know anyone on here!).

AI still BU in light of the name?

MonaLotte Tue 13-Dec-11 18:06:25

Does the building look like a barn?

TakenForAMug Tue 13-Dec-11 18:07:35

Is it an actual barn or barn-like structure?

SuePurblybiltbyElves Tue 13-Dec-11 18:10:09

Are they Amish?

At least it avoids 'Rose' 'Cherry' Cottage' 'Orchard' or similar bucolic grimness. Is it a barn, though?

candytuft63 Tue 13-Dec-11 18:13:22

Daryll and Anne round the corner named their new bungalow... Daryanne.
Their parents moved next door . They are called Mark and Jennifer. Youve guessed it -the proud new owners of Marjen !
so it could be worse ! grin

BerthaTheBogBurglar Tue 13-Dec-11 18:14:10

I wouldn't bother writing it on post - it won't help the postman and what's the point?

And when you're talking about going to someone's house - would you use the name? Don't you just say "we're going to X's house"?

I can't think of any other occasions when you'd need to use the name, really.

KenDoddsDadsDog Tue 13-Dec-11 18:15:12

I know someone whose house is called Shalimar.


sorry, nothing constructive to add really.

My great aunt used to address post to my grandmother to 'Lake View Cottage'.

My grandmother's house was a tiny old 4 room cottage in the west of ireland which had a fairly distant glimpse of a lake out the front.... used to cause hysterics when letters arrived with 'Lake View Cottage' written on them grin

The house my parents bought a few years ago has a tiny snatch of a view of the same lake if you go up to the guest bedroom and stand on a chair.... I tried to convince them to call it Lake View in honour of my grandmother's house but they declined grin

Oh, and a house down the road is called Valhalla hmm

CarolCervix Tue 13-Dec-11 18:17:56

my house is called sea view.

CarolCervix Tue 13-Dec-11 18:18:08

i lve in wiltshire grin

CuppaTeaJanice Tue 13-Dec-11 18:18:30

Better than 'Rose Cottage' which a lot of hospitals use as code when referring to their mortuary. But SuePurb's right, it does sound quite Amish - has your dad started to grow a beard and had a bowl haircut, and is your mum now wearing plain home-made dresses? grin

Jajas Tue 13-Dec-11 18:18:35

My house has a name and a number (it's about 300 years old) I'm worried now as I use both, am I being super naff?

Yes we do need to know if it has any barn like qualities grin!

Jajas Tue 13-Dec-11 18:19:26

Carol grin!!

NoOnesGoingToEatYourMincePies Tue 13-Dec-11 18:21:09

I like it.

Can you not just say "we're going to my parents" or "we are going to grandma's" or something though?

SuePurblybiltbyElves Tue 13-Dec-11 18:23:17

YY. We're goin' to Granmas in the buggy. Dress plain now and starch your best bonnet.

NoOnesGoingToEatYourMincePies Tue 13-Dec-11 18:24:49

CandyTuft - that's genius! How did they think of it.

I would do that with our names, but that would mean our house would be called "Joan" and that would be weird.

I know of a Rivendell, a Westward Ho! and one on the school run that has a big sign with "Paul and Eileen at No. 31" on it

You think that's twee ... DH has friends who name every single rented place they live in, even if it's a rented room in a shared house, and they all refer to each others' rented rooms/flats by name.

The names are usually a sort of blend of extreme pretension and sci-fi/fantasty interests ... the 'best' one was when they insisted on all post being addressed to 'Asgard'. hmm

At least your can lie to people that your parents' house name dates back to before it had a number.

Bless 'em!. it could be worse, it could be "x Castle" or "X Palace" .

I used live near an old couple whose 30's semi detached was called "GlenDonna". Guess what their grandchildren were called grin

MrsCampbellBlack Tue 13-Dec-11 18:28:35

Sniggering at 'are they amish'

thebigkahuna Tue 13-Dec-11 18:29:41

grin at Providence Barn.

YANBU, just use the number.

I used to work with a couple who were not (yet) married, but both their surnames were Taylor. They named their house "Taylor Made".

<waves at unwitting couple if they're reading this - you are both very lovely but that is a stoopid name for a house grin>

Jajas Tue 13-Dec-11 18:31:24

Could be a courtyard of x many converted barns though I suppose <grasps at ye olde straws>

3inABIRDsnest Tue 13-Dec-11 18:32:31

There's a house I see in the village where my dad lives called 'Ar Ouse'. Don't know if they have paid to have it changed to that... hmmgrin

mycatsaysach Tue 13-Dec-11 18:32:38

my house is called foxgloves - i don't have any and never use it

RemainsOfTheDay Tue 13-Dec-11 18:33:53

PIL's did this. It's so utterly wankerish. I only use the number.

HarrySantaatemygoldfish Tue 13-Dec-11 18:34:01

Nothing can ever better Casa Bevron! grin

Grockle Tue 13-Dec-11 18:34:36

Do they have a link with providence?

flamingoFeet Tue 13-Dec-11 18:34:52

Is it a corruption of their names?

My mum and dad did this...<dies of shame>
It sounded like an unction for piles.

I love the name foxgloves. It makes methink of foxes wearing gloves.

Our house has no name, but if it did, it would be 'The Blue House' which is just descriptive.

Clossaintjacques Tue 13-Dec-11 18:36:33

This thread has made me laugh. My parents did this and we all refused to call the house by the name and it got forgotten and no longer mentioned. Just as well really because they named it after the pub they met in grin

NoOnesGoingToEatYourMincePies Tue 13-Dec-11 18:40:05

I did once call at a house that had a personalised marble doorstep, about a meter square, with the full names of the couple that lived in it, a quote from a poem and the date of their wedding carved in it.

All very hideous well, but they wanted to sell the house and couldn't understand why the doorstep might put buyers off a bit.

Darnsarfupnorf Tue 13-Dec-11 18:48:29

a friend of mine moved into a house called 'the joy den'....previous owner being joyce and dennis

there really are no words... grin

My Gparents called theres Fookhem Hall Farm i kid you not hmm

MerryMarigold Tue 13-Dec-11 18:49:44

grin at the bungalow names, sue

mummycar, i will live in hope!

HecateGoddessOfTwelfthNight Tue 13-Dec-11 18:52:24

There's a house near us called Wits End.

It's not terribly funny but it does make me smile.

noddyholder Tue 13-Dec-11 18:52:54

There was one opposite us once called Thisledo

MerryMarigold Tue 13-Dec-11 18:55:04

Having a good grin at some of these names.

Yes, it is a barn. Does that make it ok then? No, it's not utterly naff as names go (loving the joy den!). But really, if the house has a number do you need to make up a name?

PiratecatClaus Tue 13-Dec-11 18:59:00

oh, i so didn't want it to actually BE a barn, that would have been totally nuts!

irregularegular Tue 13-Dec-11 19:00:28

Going against the flow here, but I think that since it actually is a barn, within a small cluster of barns, then giving it a name isn't particularly naff. Totally different if it was actually a 1930s semi.

YonderRevoltingPeasantWhoIsHe Tue 13-Dec-11 19:03:11

Our house is called Deep Heights.

It's fitting.

UnexpectedOrangeInMyStocking Tue 13-Dec-11 19:03:30

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TeamSledward Tue 13-Dec-11 19:04:39

We named our 1840's EoT, despite it already having a number.
It was a descriptive name, and purely because we lived at No 333 and were sick of our post ending up at No 33!

MerryMarigold Tue 13-Dec-11 19:10:37

OK. IABU. I will swallow my pride.

aldiwhore Tue 13-Dec-11 19:12:53

My folk's house is caller 'Sinbad' ffs! Count yourself lucky. I use the name on letters/cards etc., but always puts a (!) after it, it acknowledges the house has a name, but also indicates I think its naff.

Heifer Tue 13-Dec-11 19:19:05

this reminds me, my mum tried to name our family house , she even made her own sign from slate and painted the name "Woodlands" and I think some foliage.. It was very pretentious and we never referred to it by any such name..

Must remember to ask my brother if he has the sign, now my parents have passed away, it's someone elses family home sad

FourQuartersOfFairyLights Tue 13-Dec-11 19:23:24

DH loves annoying MIL by addressing anything he posts to 89 Whatever Avenue (ie correct address according to the post office), when she has a far more Hyacinth Bouquet name for it ( think 'xxxxx Hall')

Sinbad is amazing aldiwhore, did your parents choose it or was the name already established when they bought it?

TeWiharaMeriKirihimete Tue 13-Dec-11 19:27:51

My parents house has a made up name, it amuses me immensely as they named it after a particular location which turned into an extreme sports destination... they are the least extreme sports people ever.

TeamSledward Tue 13-Dec-11 19:30:42

TeWi, get off MN and get on with having that baby! <waves> grin

There is a house down the road from my parents called "Llamedos" - It reads "Sod 'Em All" backwards. FFS.

brighthair Tue 13-Dec-11 19:33:27

I know of a Dunroamin and Dunfinally grin

KittyFane Tue 13-Dec-11 19:35:26

There are two detatched houses side by side on my way to work, expensive village location, both 1970's or '80's. One has been painted white and is named 'the old post office'. If it wern't for the other one (original brick etc) you might be fooled into thinking it had been there longer. Why though?

spikeymikey Tue 13-Dec-11 19:44:21

My sister lives in a vilage with no numbers at all. The rose/rosemary/juniper/little/bramble cottage addresses are a bit of a hassle for a non-regular postman. I think that posties used to grumble about house names, as opposed to numbers, but now they go by post code.

It is a system that guarantees that you will meet some of your neighbours.

CrotchFlakes Tue 13-Dec-11 19:47:08

There's a Dunvegan near here hmm

ZZZenAgain Tue 13-Dec-11 19:49:45

I'm not very keen on the name they have chosen but I would just humour them.

GrendelsMum Tue 13-Dec-11 19:52:28

I think Providence Barn is lovely, for a barn. You can't have a barn called 'No 6', surely?

OrwellianNightmare Tue 13-Dec-11 19:57:36

My in laws live in an England hamlet where none of the houses have numbers, just names. I think it's quite quaint and Olde Worlde. And as spikeymikey said, there is a very close knit community there. Elsewhere in the world, other in-laws live at BrySon.

OP, very nicely YABU, do humour them, it clearly makes them happy.

MerryMarigold Tue 13-Dec-11 19:58:14

Ermmm...what's 'dunvegan', crotchflakes? (hideous name btw grin)

CointreauVersial Tue 13-Dec-11 19:58:22

I think it is OK for unique/one-off or historic houses to have names, but pretty daft if it's in a row of identical semis. A barn sounds fairly "unique", so I'd go along with it, if it were me.

Our house has a name, which is on a plaque outside, but no number, but it is registered with the council as having a number but no name (I guess the previous occupants who named it never got around to registering the change). Just to add to the confusion, some address searches (Land Registry, for example) come up with the name, and some (Royal Mail) with the number.

So, naff or otherwise, we use both - it avoids confusion. And I am planning to buy a nice new plaque with the name AND number on it.

BTW, it's the council who are in charge of naming, not the Royal Mail.

MerryMarigold Tue 13-Dec-11 20:00:26

No.6 in a cluster of barns. And let's just say the 'Something' in 'Something Court' is not v imaginatively named! It's not even a whole barn, only half a barn. Perhaps the neighbours will object as it does imply the WHOLE barn is named. I'm sure there must be a party wall or something about that.

Ciske Tue 13-Dec-11 20:02:18

There's a house called 'Neuk' in my area. It's Scottish for something very mundane, but Dutch posters will understand why it makes me smile. wink

dementedma Tue 13-Dec-11 20:02:49

we have one near us called Thistledome, which I always thought was Thistle Dome until by father pronounced it "this 'll do me". d'oh.
My mother's little house has always been known by its number until we found some old deeds and discovered it was once named "Rohan Cottage" which i think is rather nice and reminds me of "Riders of the Rohan" in Lord of the Rings.

ItchyChinUnderMyWhiteBeard Tue 13-Dec-11 20:03:44

Someone beat me with Casa Bevron grin know a friend of a friend's parents have Al Patio (yes Alan and Pat) I know an 'offside' ex football referee and there's one round the corner from me 'sleepy hollow' or similar which backs onto a major railway route into London!

CheerfulYank Tue 13-Dec-11 20:23:57

I want a house with a name!

EuphemiaInExcelsis Tue 13-Dec-11 20:24:53

I've seen quite a few houses called "Nia-Roo", which is "Oor ain" ("Our own") backwards. hmm

usualsuspect Tue 13-Dec-11 20:27:08

Me too ,I'd love a house with a name

The old council house vicarage perhaps grin

CheerfulYank Tue 13-Dec-11 20:29:53

I'll call mine Old Tumble Down....

LeQueen Tue 13-Dec-11 20:32:14

We used to live somewhere called The Old Barn but then again it was a barn, and it was old, and that's what all the villagers called it loooooooong before the developer got his hands on it smile

Angelswings Tue 13-Dec-11 20:35:15

My house has a name, a common one but without the word old in front of it. We also have a number.
We use the number for bank statements etc and the name for personal letters and giving directions

PeelThemWithTheirMithrasKnives Tue 13-Dec-11 20:35:19

I never knew using a name and a number for your house was considered naff shock. Is this a new pronouncement or have I been unaware all these years?

Jajas Tue 13-Dec-11 20:39:23

I think it's only if you live in a 1930's semi Peel <hopes>

LynnCSchreiber Tue 13-Dec-11 20:40:55

I don't get Casa Bevron


TheyCallMeMimi Tue 13-Dec-11 20:42:04

Dunvegan is a place on the Isle of Skye.

EuphemiaInExcelsis Tue 13-Dec-11 20:43:10

Casa Bevron is a Brookside reference.

Mmmnotsure Tue 13-Dec-11 20:43:15

I think Providence Barn sounds lovely. I think you should humour them.

cozietoesie Tue 13-Dec-11 20:44:06

Many years ago, some friends used to live in a house in a village called:

The House,
The Street,

Just had to share that one.


redpanda13 Tue 13-Dec-11 20:50:54

My mum lives in a little hamlet with no street names or house numbers. Her house is called The New House. It is about 200 years old. There are some new builds from the 70's and 80's but her house is still The New House.

Love Casa Bevron. We used to pass a house which had a big, lacy four poster bed if we ever got the bus into town. We always said 'Casa Bevron' as we passed it smile

MrsHoarder Tue 13-Dec-11 20:52:40

See, I'd ban naming houses (on streets with other houses) if I could. I've had a few jobs that involved finding houses and its hard enough on roads with all the houses in number order, its much worse when half the houses are "imaginitively" named.

If they're getting rid of the number, point out to them that it might lead to delays in ambulance crew finding them etc...

callaird Tue 13-Dec-11 20:54:09

When we were kids we had a holiday home on a site, my parents neighbours used their names to name theirs, Micjoy.

I suggested mum and dad do the same, they owned a bakery at the time and mums' name is Brenda, dads' name is Adrian so I thought Bread would work well, unfortunately they were having none of it, kill joys!

BalloonSlayer Tue 13-Dec-11 21:02:14

Our house has a name, not a number. We're not posh - that's just how it is where we live. I get irritated when my sister addresses post to us with "housename" written like that, in inverted commas, as if it is some sort of affectation, instead of what. the. house. is. called.

I reckon if she wrote to the Queen she'd address it as "Buckingham Palace" making Her Maj feel a ponce for not living at 1, The Mall instead.

perplexedpirate Tue 13-Dec-11 21:04:52

Name and number is naff because if your house has a name it's implied that it's individual enough to be known by name only ie, "one off" houses, or historical houses, and if it already has a number and is then given a name it's obviously unnecessary.
We used to be the only house on our street. V old house with a v old name. We used to get mail with random numbers on it obviously added in a panic by some data entry bod somewhere.
I can't help but cringe when I see The Old Blah, 67 Blah Street.

Hey, I don't make the rules...

I used to live in a house with A Name and it was a pain in the arse. To add to confusion there was no street name.

Had to spell it to everyone (we didnt name it, was old farm house) and we still had mis spellings, thankfully our postie was great and as there was only 6 houses in our post code area he knew it was meant for us.

redwineformethanks Tue 13-Dec-11 21:06:22

I'd love a house with a name. A barn with a name sounds good to me. LOL at some of the names here.

Jajas Tue 13-Dec-11 21:08:43

Ours is well old <been on that teenage thread too long> and so had a name a long time back. Not sure who added the number but it does make life a lot easier for the postie and couriers etc.

bronze Tue 13-Dec-11 21:14:55

Surely all houses with names had their names invented for them at some point or other. I've lived in two houses with names both pretty mundane though

cozietoesie Tue 13-Dec-11 21:15:28


I think posties enjoy the occasional challenge. I still have the envelope sent to some friends of my Mom.

'The man who has the green tractor in the large field past the church and the bunch of trees. xxxxxx village. xxxxxx shire.

(They'd helped a couple of tourists back many years ago.)

Chynah Tue 13-Dec-11 22:00:01

My house only has a name - its fab!

perplexedpirate Tue 13-Dec-11 22:17:28

I am now thinking of naming my house The Old Blah.

The best house name I've ever seen (until joy den grin wtaf grin) is 'Ersanmine' grin In Essex gringrin

GrendelsMum Tue 13-Dec-11 22:21:22

My house has a name, but seems to be known to everyone locally as 'The Old Jones' Place' - they moved out 10 years ago. I don't have much hope of it being known as 'The Grendels Place' for another fifty years or so.

Bogeyface Tue 13-Dec-11 22:24:34

There is a lovely house near me that I coveted until it was bought by a couple of Chelsea Tractor owners, they are quite amusingly "richer than YAAAAAOOUUUUUU" grin

They named the house "Chateau Neuf Du Pape" complete with an (apparantly) genuine sign from a vinyard in France as the nameplate on the drive grin

Bogeyface Tue 13-Dec-11 22:24:49

I think I spelt that wrong, but you get the idea!

Mandy2003 Tue 13-Dec-11 22:33:49

Friends of mine lived in a caravan on their building site. They called it "Dungrindin" (not as rude as it sounds - their job was to drill and grind concrete!!)

Bogeyface Tue 13-Dec-11 22:38:41

Just spoken to mum (MUM- DONT ring at 10:30 when I know you go to bed at 10pm! It makes me think something has happened!) and she reminded me of my aunts house name.

I cant give it but think of a house name made from bits of the familys names, as was the 70's stylee. So Emma, John, Maureen and David would be Joemavid, except theirs is nowhere near as classy grin

wilkos Tue 13-Dec-11 22:43:07

my mum and dad wanted to call their house "seaview"

he thought it would be funny, seeing as they live 30 miles inland just outside Guildford hmm

Jajas Tue 13-Dec-11 22:43:23

'Ersanmine is brilliant!

ROFL about Seaview. Brilliant.

Bogeyface Tue 13-Dec-11 22:49:23

My parents have a photo of a hotel they stayed at called seaview in Blackpool for their honeymoon, it was a busride to the prom and the only way you saw the sea was if you bought a bucketful back from the beach, which my dad did, hence the photo grin

humblehippo Tue 13-Dec-11 22:53:22

I have never lived in a home with a name and find a lot of them a bit embarrassing. I certainly wouldn't announce "Oh I'm off to Providence Barn", I would just say "I'm going to ...'s house".

I let out a massive snigger at Joyce and Dennis living in the Joy Den though!

edam Tue 13-Dec-11 22:56:00

My mother's house has a lovely name - it's on the deeds and was the original designation. But over the past 200 years other houses have been built around it do it's now no.19 something st - name hasn't been used for decades, sadly. And it's not grand enough to bring the name back without looking very foolish.

CrotchFlakes Wed 14-Dec-11 11:41:13

When I see Dunvegan, I think of Dunroamin and want to waft bacon sandwiches as I walk past.

Whatmeworry Wed 14-Dec-11 11:56:56

A friend of mine had "Millstone Cottage" grin

boschy Wed 14-Dec-11 11:59:57

I regularly drive past a house called Windy Bottom... grin

IggyPup Wed 14-Dec-11 12:13:21

My husband and I thought it would be lovely to combine our names for our new home. He is called Donall and my name is Anne. We changed our minds when it came out as number 38 Acacia Avenue it is then.

ShowOfHands Wed 14-Dec-11 12:21:58

My friend's childhood home is named after the whole family. Can't put the whole thing on here as his dw is a MNer I think but think Teshisamax (Terry, Shirley, Sam, Max) type affair. I had to not spit at the sign every time I visited.

There's a village local to here with 3 Dunroamins. I laugh quietly to myself as I pass each one.

ShowOfHands Wed 14-Dec-11 12:24:34

Ooh Bogey, wonder if there's more than one family with a ridiculously named house?

Our last two houses had names only. Poplar Cottage and Waters Edge. Both completely lacking in imagination but the names were on the original deeds of both.

Jenstar21 Wed 14-Dec-11 12:32:10

People in my mum and dad's street have called theirs 'Naedoshnoo'. They aren't very nice, so we laugh at them (behind their backs).

cazboldy Wed 14-Dec-11 12:45:57

ours (rented)

is The New Bungalow, The street.........

it's so shit - and it's not even new

ZZZenAgain Wed 14-Dec-11 12:50:57

I really like Ersanmine

Ghoulwithadragontattoo Wed 14-Dec-11 13:10:05

When we bought it our house had a name but we realised that officially with Royal Mail it only had a number. Our road is very long and the numbering is confusing at best so adding a name into the mix would be a nightmare. So we just use the number. There is a sign up with the name on ("Fairwater" if you're interested) which we have left that but I never use it in our address. A couple of things where we took over from previously occupier such as TV license come with name on but that's all. I do find it rather twee to add a name to a house that already has a number. And I think you can chose to use the name or not as you see fit. To be honest I imagine the Royal Mail much prefer it if you stick to the minimum info on a letter that allows it to be delivered.

Bathsheba Wed 14-Dec-11 13:32:40

I know at least 3 "Hillcrest"s which are half way up a hill and not on the crest.

It annoys me.

AnotherMincepie Wed 14-Dec-11 14:34:09

Royal Mail like you to use numbers as it's easier for them.

Names are a nice personal touch though - the naffness of some is quite British and sweet really!

So use both.

6 High Street

Redrubyblues Wed 14-Dec-11 14:44:43

I know of a house called Dim View.

Floggingmolly Wed 14-Dec-11 16:36:16

How often does their house come up in conversation? Why call it anything? When talking to the kids, it'll just be Granny's house confused

5Foot5 Wed 14-Dec-11 16:46:29

I want to live in Duncoding when I retire.

I knew two families who both called their house "Phendrew" because they had sons called Stephen and Andrew

Ours has a name, and it's pretty unusual - so much so that there doesn't appear to be another in the UK. I understand that the chap who built the house had spent a number of years in Australia, so called it after the town he lived in over there. As for the number - there's a debate about that. I've been told it's either no. 7, 14 or 18. I suppose I should check really, but as we sit here all on our own, it's pretty well known to the postie, etc.

MerryMarigold Wed 14-Dec-11 17:51:51

Actually the name comes up in conversation all the time. We just got used to it, as the other one had a name. "Where's Gran", "She's at blah blah Cottage", etc. and parents use it a lot. We 'call' our house by the road it's on (ie. Let's go back to blah blah road) if we're at someone's house. Maybe that's weird, just our habit. Maybe we just have to learn how to say 'home' and "Gran and Grandad's house."

MabelLucyAttwell Wed 14-Dec-11 18:00:04

I once wrote a letter to a Bar in Malta. I knew what the bar was called but not it's address so I wrote on the envelope: Jessie's Bar and drew a map underneath.

It reached its detination.

BuntyPenfold Wed 14-Dec-11 19:32:40

My mother made her own house name sign.
It was a bungalow, in a row, in the perfectly flat fenland.
She named it 'Denver'.
The shame.

dutchyoriginal Wed 14-Dec-11 19:36:40

smile at Ciske

echt Wed 14-Dec-11 19:40:43


The house isn't called Tittybong, is it?

Or Black Charlie's Opening?

Just a couple of Australian place names.grin

Jajas Wed 14-Dec-11 20:04:48

grin @ Tittybong!

I know someone who build a house and named it "Highpoint". It was at the highest point of the road, but still...

Bogeyface Wed 14-Dec-11 21:24:56

Cant believe I forgot this, on the road where my friend lived when we were kids was a Witsend. I never got it then.......wink

irregularegular Wed 14-Dec-11 21:29:22

You have slightly unusual conversational habits, I think! Our house has a name, and only a name - there are no numbers on the road - but I never refer to it as 'X cottage' except when giving someone the address iyswim. I just call it 'home'.

CatPussRoastingByAnOpenFire Wed 14-Dec-11 21:32:14

My house is called Eyrie. It's a right pain! "can you spell that please"?
And if I say "like the eagles nest" they all go "what??"
We nearly bought a house called "Trollhatton"!

outofteabags Wed 14-Dec-11 21:38:54

Our DS renamed our new house as part of the moving house process, it was called The Fairway before we moved in and all the houses around us have names. I have to confess the name is bonkers but DS felt very happy about taking ownership of the move (which was a big one away from everything he ever knew)More often than not I just use the number but our official address with council and royal mail has the new name and the number.

HappyCamel Wed 14-Dec-11 21:43:13

I think it's fine and you should use it, if it makes them happy.

We've named our house. It's a reference to the name of my grandad's house because that's where the money came from to buy ours. Some people might think it's naff but it reminds us of him and how lucky we are to have it and to honour his gift to us.

JADS Wed 14-Dec-11 21:45:29

Reminds me of my first flat, not even a house. The couple who owned it before me decided to call it "Treetops". FFS it was a first floor flat in a terrace in a scrotty bit of Plymouth!

MapofTassie Wed 14-Dec-11 22:52:52

In Tassie there is a small town called 'Doo Town'. Each and every house has to have a name that has 'Doo' in it. hmm I am particularly fond of 'Doo Fuck All' grin

MrsTwinks Thu 15-Dec-11 09:06:24

I also know a "Wits End", in that case its a play on the family surname

When I was little our neighbours were and they had a lovely name plate with their (very mexican) surname on. They left it when they moved house, nearly 20 years later its apparently still there - people think its the houses name!

BlackBobBorderBinLiner Thu 15-Dec-11 10:53:59

YANBU, MIL refers to her home in a bizarre third person way

We could be standing in her kitchen next to the kettle but rather then say 'We'll have coffee here then go into town'
She'll say 'We'll have coffee at Pine-Trees then....'

The bungalow has had a number for at least 50 years but MIL painted a sign 30 years ago rather then using the original builders' 'Dunroamin' name.

It always make my teeth itch.

We have an address without a number or even a road - it is an utter pain for deliveries and directions, but MILs finally tuned snob cerebellum throbs with excitement when she refers to it. In return my children refer to Grandmas bungalow grin

clare458 Thu 15-Dec-11 12:09:31

I agree with Lemondifficult, My sil called her terraced house 'Rose Cottage' even though it had a number and wasn't really a cottage.
If it is a barn, then that's ok. Although telling the kids 'We're off to Providence Barn is quite a mouthful.

My inlaws had a house built and had to choose a name as it was a no number street. They chose 'Sunhill' as in the Bill. They have never watched the program and refused to negotiate, it is horrible, of all the nice names to choose from and they made that corker up.

brighthair Thu 15-Dec-11 14:00:23

Numbers can be just as bad to find. The people who did my old road had obviously had a very liquid lunch before they did it
7c above 22a and 87 next door to 12
Poor postman was often seen looking bemused in the middle of the road grin

RiceBurner Thu 15-Dec-11 14:00:39

House by me is called "The Mad House", according to the plaque next to the front door. (Can't argue with that sort of name I think?)

TeWiharaMeriKirihimete Thu 15-Dec-11 16:14:04

Oh yes, I always get phone calls from couriers pissed off at getting lost on our road.

It is not just a mix of names and numbers, the numbers are all over the place in little batches of total non-sensical order.

mrsrawlinson Thu 15-Dec-11 16:58:56

There's a house near us in the deepest darkest Midlands called 'Tide's Reach'. I always find myself thinking, "I bloody hope not" every time I drive by.

When DH and I retire and have our lovely stone cottage in the Lakes, we're going to call it 'Foxholes', to disprove the old saying about atheists. grin

EuphemiaInExcelsis Thu 15-Dec-11 18:26:57

In our street the numbering goes 2, 4, 6, 8, 22 ... 10 and 12 are up a wee inshot; 24 onwards come later and there's no 14! confused

DD and I are convinced we live in Grimmauld Place and you just need to know where to stand to find 14. grin

We're so glad to be moving as we've had 10 years of no-one being able to find our house, and moaning about the numbering in the street, as if it's our fault. hmm

Shutupanddrive Thu 15-Dec-11 19:01:05

My gran took the name of her house with her every time she moved house! Which was only 3 times (in the same village!) to be fair! grin

redwineformethanks Thu 15-Dec-11 20:50:56

Ok, beat this for cheeky - my grandparents (who I loved dearly and naturally I can comment on this, but would be mightily upset if strangers on the internet criticised) - moved into a house, loved the house (beautiful house, pretty village) discovered their neighbours' house was called X cottage, liked the name, so called their house X House!

Cheeky or what?! Funny thing is, all those years we visited, lady from next door frequently dropped in to say hello, never crossed my mind that she would care about sharing her house name until long after all of them died. As an adult now, I find that quite surprising.

Happy to share, feel free to snigger, but please don't slag off my granny as I loved her dearly

GrendelsMum Thu 15-Dec-11 21:10:24

I don't think it's that bad, Redwine!

Or if it is bad, we have much worse. Say our house is the original and is called Providence House, next to us is a set of new builds called 'Providence Barn', 'Providence Cottage' and (my particular favourite) 'Providence Nook'. Then to top it all off, we have 'Old Providence Business Park'. All of them are in 'Providence Close'.

Barking or what? Post appears to be distributed at random among everyone's houses / offices.

redwineformethanks Thu 15-Dec-11 21:13:33

Hey GrendelsMum nice of you not to be too judgemental. You are clearly nicer than me. I wouldn't like it if our neighbours copied our house name

PreviouslyonLost Thu 15-Dec-11 22:23:57

HecateGoddessOfTwelfthNight There's a 'Wits End' in the West End of Glasgow...named for being at the end of Whittinghame Drive.

I knew someone once who built their own house, and called it 'Llamedos'...took me forever to work out the meaning grin

ujjayi Thu 15-Dec-11 23:55:44

Ciske Dh and I are having a little giggle at your local "Neuk" house grin

ClicksArse Fri 16-Dec-11 10:52:30

We have a house near us that is directly opposite a petrol station. I recall being greatly entertained throughout my childhood by the name plaque above the door that said "Esso View."

When I was about seven my grandparents had a new shed erected at the bottom of their garden. I was very taken with this shed and managed to convince them to have a plaque made up above the door that proclaimed it to be "Hedge View."

It continues to be there to this day blush And they continue to tease me about it to this day blushblushblush

BalloonSlayer Fri 16-Dec-11 13:23:06

Can I nominate "MILs finally tuned snob cerebellum throbs with excitement when she refers to it" as my favourite MN phrase statement of the year month please?


Blatherskite Fri 16-Dec-11 14:14:46

My Mum's house is 150 years old and has a built in plaque between the upstairs window with a name on. It's never been addressed as anything but XX roadname which is a bit of a shame really but being that the Woodland it's supposed to have a view of is now houses, it's probably for the best.

I knew some boys at uni who named their shared house "Mos Eisley" hmm

And while tempting for a bank once, inputting peoples Insurance quote requests, I had to put in someone's address as "The Fluffy Bunny Love Palace". I hope they were taking the piss!!

seenbutnotheard Fri 16-Dec-11 14:26:22

This thread has made me grin as it inspired me to look up PIL's address - officially, it has a number, not a name.

I dare not tell them, but may take delight in sending post-Christmas thank you cards to the 'correct' address!

SenseofEntitlement Fri 16-Dec-11 14:27:12

There was a trend for shared houses to have a name, just because calling it "X's house" makes no sense if there are six people living there, but you don't want to put your actual address on fb invites and forums and so on.

So houses would be called things like "house of <something>" or "<name of band> central", and you could say "did you know that such a person has moved into house of x?" rather than "did you know that such a person has moved into 194 High Street? You know, the house where john, jane and sarah live. No, not the one where sarah had that party, she split up with bob, and mark had just moved out of number 194, so sarah moved in" which makes no sense.

There were about 10 houses, with a revolving cast of housemates, many of whom lived in most of the houses at some point.

My parents house has a name painted on the gatepost. It is, coincidentally, DH's exW's surname. Not for that reason (but it helps) it also has a nickname, because it has up to about 7 people living there depending on what is going on in people's lives (and six people own the house, two of whom don't live there, and out of the owners who live there, there is no clear "main person") so it makes sense.

None of the above names are used on actual post, mind.

housemum Fri 16-Dec-11 16:15:08

There was one I used to pass on the way to school called, "Llamedos". I used to think it was Welsh, until as a teenager I heard of Dylan Thomas and realised it was similar to his place name, "Llareggub". (Read them backwards)

I live in a house on a modern development. No one here has named their house, I'd find it cringeworthy if they did. DD3 goes to preschool in a little village nearby, houses have names that make sense eg "Old Post Office", "Old School House", "Corner House" etc.

Unless your house is individual or historic I don't think names make much sense, but the humour is so British that it makes me smile smile.

PreviouslyonLost Fri 16-Dec-11 19:21:45

housemum I thought it was Spanish originally...something derivative of Glenn Medeiros (Nothing's gonna change my love for you)...owner was a tad rumbustious and wanky.

Live in a 300 year old house (original part) and it was most recently a holiday let. Neighbours have XYZ HOUSE (Their's was built later in the 18th Century) and pee'd off when our Cottage was holiday XYZ Cottage ...they were very relieved when we changed it back to original historical name. Wankers.

They are currently blocking planning application for house on land near them owned by dyed in the wool farming locals...did I mention wankers?

JaneTheCake Fri 16-Dec-11 23:04:07

Ours was originally called "KensJoy" - I refused to move in until it was changed!

Gran22 Sat 17-Dec-11 09:35:51

There's an ordinary mid terraced house near me called 'The Old Rectory'. Every time I see it I wonder if it is a Jack & Vera name, or if its tongue in cheek humour. As there is no cladding in sight, and it looks fairly classy, it surely can't be the J&V one. Or could it?

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