Is it wanky to change the name of your house??

(66 Posts)
Bramshott Mon 24-Mar-14 11:03:44

Just that really! We've lived her nearly 10 years, never really liked the name, and have some old documents where it's referred to by another name (eg. imagine current name is Oaklands, and alternative name Oak House). So wish we'd known this and changed it when we moved in...

But wonder whether it looks really wanky to change the name now! I know that if I ask friends they'll say "change it" whilst secretly thinking we're really up ourselves so I need honest perspectives here!

really1234 Mon 24-Mar-14 11:04:52

Yes it is wanky. Sorry.

Rosieliveson Mon 24-Mar-14 11:05:26

I'd change it. Might confuse the postman for a while but if the new name is nicer then I'd go for it grin

TheBigBumTheory Mon 24-Mar-14 11:06:34

My mum did, she's not wanly at all. Her house was called 'dunwerkin' or some such pun when she bought it and she changed it to a more classy name. You have to do it officially so that the emergency services etc know where you are.

JoinTheDots Mon 24-Mar-14 11:06:41

I would change it. If anyone asks, telling them you never liked the name of the house and found out it used to be called <new name> should pacify them. Not up yourself at all!

Not sure how much of a hassle it is to do mind you?

cupcake78 Mon 24-Mar-14 11:09:14

I think it depends what you call it! We had a house near us go from something basic like Ashlea/oakfields etc to bloody Carpe Diem. Now that's wanky shock

Were considering giving out house a name. Dh thinks we should call it rose cottage because everywhere is called rose cottage. It has no roses and is not a cottage smile

TheBigBumTheory Mon 24-Mar-14 11:12:20

Rose cottage was a euphemism for the morgue in a hospital where I used to work...

Bragadocia Mon 24-Mar-14 11:12:24

I think in those circumstances, where it's a previously used name, it's fine.
When I was a kid, we moved from a distinctive house with a name (let's say Wisteria Villa) to a normal suburban house with a number, and my mother insisted on calling it Wisteria Cottage. Now that was wanky.

Fontofnowt Mon 24-Mar-14 11:13:44

I vote Geoffrey.
Never see houses called Geoffrey these days.

cupcake78 Mon 24-Mar-14 11:17:26

I LOVE Geoffrey! Great idea. Just imagine being asked your houses name and saying oh its erm Geoffrey grin

NigellasDealer Mon 24-Mar-14 11:19:22

or Eric?
no not 'wanky' but could lead to confusion with PO etc

whereisshe Mon 24-Mar-14 11:20:41

Brilliant idea! I want my house to be called Geoffrey grin.

OP I wouldn't think it was wanky if it was a similar name. Carpe Diem on the other hand...

RenterNomad Mon 24-Mar-14 11:20:44

If this were our house, I'd ditch the name and have a number. Couriers have a hard enough time with us, what with the "X Street"/ "X Close" problem; it takes the biscuit when they have to cruise up and down, looking for the house name!

cupcake78 Mon 24-Mar-14 11:21:10

I'm thinking Colin! I don't know why I'm drawn to Colin

UriGeller Mon 24-Mar-14 11:24:26

You're going back to the houses original name, that's not wanky in the least. The wanky ones were the people who changed the houses name in the first place. My uncle once bought a house that was called "Britonia" by its owners, Brian and Antonia. Classy.

I too vote for more houses called Geoffrey. Great name.

Bramshott Mon 24-Mar-14 11:27:30

Thanks for your replies - seems most are in favour of changing.

It's not the 'original' name as such, but another name it's been known by at one point.

Renter - no numbers here I'm afraid - too rural!

I wonder how long the post office are happy to use two names? It's easy to notify them, but presumably they still deliver post with the old name on for a while. Much easier if you do it when moving in. Our postman is "huffy" at the best of times!

sheilafisher Mon 24-Mar-14 11:28:25

We changed our house name back to the original. There was a big plaque on the front gatepost with "Geoffrey House" on it, then we took off some creeping ivy from the stonework and found it had originally just been called "Geoffrey" actually. Much less wanky.

obviously it isn't actually called Geoffrey but will now always be called that

runningonwillpower Mon 24-Mar-14 11:28:42

Unless you live in some sort of mansion in the country, I tend to view house names like personalised number plates - unnecessary and a tad wanky.

In that spirit, we changed the name of our house back to '44'. Cos our neighbours are 42 and 46.

sheilafisher Mon 24-Mar-14 11:33:02

In our case running it's a town house, but in a street where lots of old gardens have been sold off for new houses. This has meant there are lots of 2, 2a, 2b, 3, 3f, 13, 13a etc going on. They don't always run in the expected order for some reason, so most people use the house name as well as the number. When we moved in first, we thought it wanky, till we had to chase an ambulance all over the street when they were coming to pick up my DM (blue light) and didn't know how the numbers worked. Using the house name too, solved that.

If you're changing it back to a name it previously had, then I think that's fine. Changing it to something new is a little on the wanky side. You do need to get any changes approved by the Royal Mail, though (I have no idea how you do that).

runningonwillpower Mon 24-Mar-14 11:33:33

Have just seen Bramshott's rural reference.

In that case, it has to be a name you like. Go ahead and change it.

ArtexMonkey Mon 24-Mar-14 11:35:21

Call it Casa Bevron.

FobblyWoof Mon 24-Mar-14 11:35:41

So where cars are traditionally seen as female am I to assume that houses are male? If so, mine is totally a Derek!

Agree with running. I knew a really pretentious couple whose house was called something terrible like Lilyput Lodge and insisted it be called that. It was a two up two down, Victorian cottage with an extension on the back!

grin at Casa Bevron

runningonwillpower Mon 24-Mar-14 11:38:20

sheila - it's not wanky if there's a good reason.

In our case, a little semi in an ordinary street didn't need to be called anything but '44'.

Anotheronebitthedust Mon 24-Mar-14 11:38:28

Just to warn you it can be a bit of a faff. From what I know, the main bit is ok, you just let the Council know and I think they inform Royal Mail and a few other 'important' businesses/companies (i.e. Inland revenue). However the vast majority of companies/shops/business that then purchase these addresses lists are under no obligation to purchase the most up to date versions, every year, iyswim?

So whenever you have those drop down menus online, there's a good chance that company will be working from a database they bought in 2007 rather than 2014. So for a good few years you will still be showing up as Oaklands rather than Oak House. Sometimes you can of course overwrite this, but some companies won't let you.

Same if you call BT/Dominos Pizza or something, if your address doesn't show up on their list they often refuse to believe you unless you send in shedloads of 'proof,' or, more often, happily agree to change it but don't actually bother and just send everything to the old address, which, of course, the postman can't find because it doesn't exist any more! Even harder trying to explain if you are talking to an overseas call centre to someone whose first language isn't English.

So just be prepared to be constantly correcting post and forms for the next 5 years if you do go through with it!

truelymadlysleepy Mon 24-Mar-14 11:56:08

DH lived in a flat called Seaview, in Neasden grin

drxerox Mon 24-Mar-14 12:19:46

Your house your rules!

MrsWedgeAntilles Mon 24-Mar-14 12:51:36

Running, it doesn't really work like that in the countryside, even with wee tiny houses.

Its fine if you live on a street but if you live 2 miles up a track and your nearest neighbour lives 3 miles up the next track you'd be Number 1 Potholed Track and your neighbour would be Number 1 Equally Potholed Track so its easier if the houses have a name. Or you live on a farm so you might have Old Farm House, Farm Bothy, Farm Caravan, New Farm Bungalow etc which works a lot better if the post man, the police man or the ambulance driver have never been to you before.

MrsWedgeAntilles Mon 24-Mar-14 12:53:04

Oh, sorry Running, cross post

wonkylegs Mon 24-Mar-14 14:23:12

You may not be able to change the name back if there is another house with the same or similar name nearby.
You need to apply through your LA highways department who get first authorisation, they will then contact Royal Mail who will give a second authorisation.
If it is agreed you then need to register the change with the deeds to your house through the land registry. Then finally you need to change your address like you do when you move house - utilities, council tax, dr, dentist, schools etc
It's a bit of a faff - I've never done it as a rename only to register new developments (agreeing on names took a bit of back & forthing)

gamerwidow Mon 24-Mar-14 14:37:37

Who cares if it's wanky or not? it's your house call it what you want as long as it's done officially so as not to confuse po and emergency services.

BorderBinLiner Mon 24-Mar-14 14:55:28

The PIL continually refer to their house as 'Oaktrees' rather than 'home' or as the post office know it as '73'. It must never, ever be referred to as a bungalow. Before you ask, yes, they do have a stick up their arse.

ShoeWhore Mon 24-Mar-14 15:03:55


My MIL's another one who called her house an amalgamation of hers and FIL's names. Very fitting for a 90s new build with a perfectly good number. confused

Our house has a name (no numbers in our road) - and clearly has been known by a slight variation on the spelling at some point as we still get the odd bit of post addressed to the variation - it also pops up in some standard address lists online. It's never particularly caused us a problem though.

I knew a couple who bought a house that unfortunately already had a name that sounded like an amalgamation of their names (although with different spelling) and then had to spend the next few years pointing out that they hadn't done it...

My mother's house (rural) has a name but the one on the official database is an incorrect variant (there's a nameplate on the house that's older than databases) -- I think it got transcribed with a random space in the middle at some point and now it's "officially" stuck that way.

FairPhyllis Mon 24-Mar-14 15:08:40

Please make sure you don't pick a name which is similar to one in the area. And register the change properly with the highways department of your council - don't change it informally. This is so emergency services can find you in the event of a 999 call.

RenterNomad Mon 24-Mar-14 17:49:21

Speaking of namechanges, when did people stop using "wnaky"? I miss it! And [wunk]. sad wink

CointreauVersial Mon 24-Mar-14 18:06:35

The council are definitely your first port of call. Not wanky if it's a sensible choice, or you are correcting some sort of house-name abomination.

We are thinking of doing this - our house has for many years been known as "xxx" and this is what is on file with the Land Registry. It's what we understood to be the correct address when we first bought the house, so it's what we used for all our utility bills etc. It's what the sign on the front wall says!

However, the council and Royal Mail (and most address finder databases) have it listed as "yy Anywhere Road", with no mention of the name, which causes some confusion. We tend to use both the house name AND the number when we give out our address, but I'd love to formalise it for once and for all and register "xxx" as the official name to clear up the confusion.

It has caused a problem just once, when I was applying for finance for a car. Trying to verify several variations on the same address.....

MillyMollyMama Mon 24-Mar-14 18:22:58

In rural areas the emergency services still can't find you, name or no name, as we found out when my Mum, whom they had asked for directions, persuaded the ambulance to turn round and have another look down a rural road when they said they were going back to the hospital without finding the emergency! They did look again and found a man who had collapsed in his house.

Not wanky in the slightest. We had a completely shit house name, dreadful, and everyone always felt the need to make a "joke" about it. None of which were funny, we heard them all a load of times!! Even people on the phone who I had never met from call centres felt the need to comment when you gave your address to them. Tossers!

So we did some research and changed the name back to an old name of the house from the deeds. Life has been much calmer since and no one so much as bats an eyelid now.

And we have no house numbers so going really minimalist was not an option!

wnaky has a very particular meaning, though, I think. You can't just substitute it for wanky, and it's mostly applied to baskets.

MrsJamin Mon 24-Mar-14 18:27:34

Name it Excalibur Cottage #alanpartidge

CoilRegret Mon 24-Mar-14 18:32:37

Ours should be a small odd number. Either side are too. We bought it with awful pretentious wanky foreign name, which we immediately got rid of.

Many of our neighbours are pretentious, white BMW driving, private number plate, hot tub enthusiasts. And we live in an executive desirable new built estate residential street. So, am considering renaming our house THE MANOR just to wind them up.

Keepcalmanddrinkwine Mon 24-Mar-14 18:32:38

We changed ours. We had to fill in forms with the local council and they charged an admin fee to update databases, inform Royal Mail etc. Took about a year for all companies to catch up but was done officially within a few weeks.

No numbers here, we are rural. The old name was an amalgamation of Penis and Anus, but I don't think that was the original intent. I kept the old sign though, for the garden shed.

Bahhhhhumbug Mon 24-Mar-14 18:34:57

Reminds me when I lived in the sticks and we had to go over a narrow humpback bridge to get anywhere remotely into civilisation. There was a cottage next to it called 'Two Hoots' apparently not because the owners didn't give two hoots as I imagined because they were retired and living the dream or whatever , but was so named because of the two warning hoots most drivers gave before driving over it.

Bahhhhhumbug Mon 24-Mar-14 18:35:34

err sorry to answer OP - not twattish imo.

Bowlersarm Mon 24-Mar-14 18:39:48

It's not twattish if you go back to the original name. Your example of Oak House is rather lovely.

If, on the other hand, you wanted to change it from Oaklands to Dunroaminbramshott Towers, that would be a bit twattish.

RenterNomad Mon 24-Mar-14 18:43:38

DebbieofMaddox, couldn't wnaky be applied to a house, by metonymy? Pretty please!

P.S. What about a hashtag house?!

#dunroamin #rosecottage

Now, that would be tosserific! grin

CoilRegret Mon 24-Mar-14 18:48:42

Ooh #the manor (all lowercase)

We registered the street name as ours and don't use it, just cause we could ;)

CoilRegret Mon 24-Mar-14 18:49:04

As our internet domain names.

littleredsquirrel Mon 24-Mar-14 18:51:22

We changed our house name back to its original name. Original name was lovely. Later name was wanky so we changed back to the original. it is a faff registering the name with council, land registry, emergency services, post office etc and some people still struggle to find us (we are in the middle of nowhere).

Milliways Mon 24-Mar-14 19:25:22

Our house name causes a few raised eyebrows (especially filling in forms abroad) and I wish we had changed it when we moved in, but it was too much hassle to change our address with everyone on moving in, and then to do it all again.

I wanted to call it "@", so my address would be:
Milliways, @ my lane, end of the Universe etc grin

everlong Mon 24-Mar-14 20:09:06

What about when people look it up?
It won't be there.
You will have to keep saying ' oh no it was called blah but now it's call blardy blah '

Suzietwo Mon 24-Mar-14 20:21:53

Is very easy to do. Just contact council. I changed the name of my house 1.5 years ago and no problems at all.

MyICDiscalledsparky Mon 24-Mar-14 22:04:21

Our house has a wanky welsh name and nobody can ever find us (embarrassing when the Pizza Hut delivery guys keep ringing the neighbours' doorbells asking which one is "wanky welsh name". All the houses in the lane are named though so we are not the only one. We didn't name it. It had this name when we bought it.

Nocomet Mon 24-Mar-14 22:17:24

House up the road has changed it's owners and it's name.

Rather sad, since the old (I accept difficult to pronounce or spell) name is on all the large scale maps of the area. The new name is just dull (bit like Rose cottage).

Our house name is distinctly grander than the house.

burnishedsilver Mon 24-Mar-14 22:35:46

At this stage it's a bit wankey. Different if you did it when you moved in.

Ilovemydogandmydoglovesme Mon 24-Mar-14 22:42:55

We gave our house a name when we moved in. It was the only one in the road without a name. It had a solitary number and that was it. We named it after a farm building that used to stand here. I thought it was a nice nod to it's past and then I came on here and found out how wanky it was to give a house a name. grin

QOD Mon 24-Mar-14 22:46:49

My house has a name and a number. I have to really think about what the name is, but it was there when we moved in

Bramshott Tue 25-Mar-14 12:36:10

That's my fear burnishedsilver, but reassuring to know that most think we should go for it.

ElsieMc Tue 25-Mar-14 14:53:28

Not at all, particularly if the house is an amalgamation of names of children, spouses etc. I lived near an Edber (edgar/beryl) and salashlyn.I live in a property called "New..." and my neighbours is "Old...." Completely obvious which is which, but still gets the postman each time.

stuckindamiddle Tue 25-Mar-14 17:27:56

Houses that have a name, whatever it is, are not my preference.

wonkylegs Tue 25-Mar-14 17:56:41

10 years ago they numbered our road to accommodate a bunch of new houses. The original Victorian houses all have names & a number, the new ones just numbers.
We just use the numbers for postal address but the houses all have big carved or ornate painted stone gate posts. Everyone in the village refers to our house by its name and looked blankly when we first moved in & I told them the number.grin

JanePurdy Tue 25-Mar-14 18:05:20

There's a house on my friend's road in Bromley called Shangri-La Utopia. The neighbours are 33 and 37. Cracks me up every time.

NurseyWursey Tue 25-Mar-14 18:19:57

When I worked in admin and shipping, it used to INFURIATE me when someone would call their house 'honeysuckle cottage' but not register it, so when i'd input it I'd have to ring up and ask them for the actual door number and they'd be aghast that'd I'd ask... because putting a fancy sign up doesn't mean your house is thus named Honeysuckle Cottage!

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