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How To Name Your House

Prior to a bill being passed requiring the naming and numbering of streets in Britain in the mid 18th century, the naming of houses was the only means of locational identification. The naming of homes gave character and personality to each area.

This tradition was brought to Australia by the first British settlers, who often named their homes after places they longed for in England.

Today, Australians come from every country in the world and the variety of names is boundless. To start you thinking about a name for your home, we've compiled this list.

You can derive inspiration from anywhere... perhaps even give your home a made up name by taking the first few letters of your own names (eg. Barbara, Robert and Sally, becomes "Barosa" or "Barosa House"). You might like to add a suffix such as : Villa, Lodge, Court, Place, Downes, Hall, Cottage etc. The geographical location of the house and the surrounding vegetation can also suggest possiblities (eg. "Hillcrest", "Seascape", "The Pines" and "The Gums").

Your house may already have a name. You may find this on the title deeds especially if it is old enough to fall under the Old Systems title. Incidentally, this form of Title Deed lists the names and occupations of all the previous owners and this, in itself can be a source of inspiration for naming the house.

Other sources of information are the local Post Office, the local Council, local historical societies and also the State libraries. In Sydney it is possible to find the original names of older houses in the Sand directory in the Mitchell Library.

A good source of Aboriginal names can be found in "Aboriginal Place Names" published by Reed Books P/L.



BRITISH NAMES
Cheddingham
Kenilworth
Abernathy
Fallowfield
Sherwood

Moorefield
Newstead
Glenoak
Victoria Manor
Granville
Caversham
Argyle Grange
Creswick

GEOGRAPHICAL NAMES
Valley View
Greenacres
The Ridge
Park View
Sunridge
Summit House
Eastlakes
Highview
Redhill
Willowbrook
Bankhouse
The Croft
Glenview
Greenlane
ABORIGINAL NAMES
Willunga
Carinya
Amaroo
Pindari
Warrina
Bunyarra
Wahroongah
Bimbimbie
Wallami
Woongarra
Araluen
Coraki
Currumbin

POPULAR PLACE NAMES
Sorrento
Leumeah
Avonlea
Berowra
Loch Lomond
Glenelg
Wahroongah
Clovelly
Annandale
Kyogle
Vermont
Innisfree
Kooyong
Brunswick
Kirribilli
Elanora
FLORAL NAMES
Jasmine Cottage
The Laurels
Rosebud
Magnolia House
Boronia Cottage
Waratah Place
The Camelias
Holly Cottage
Banksia House
Wisteria Cottage
Rosemont
Fernbank
Lillydale
Glenheather

NAMES FROM LITERATURE
Windermere
Rivendell
Elsinore
Camelot
Toad Hall
Lothlorien
Green Gables
Tara
Heathcliffe
Bleak House
Hiawatha
Arcadia
Mandalay
Wakefield
NAUTICAL NAMES
Seacrest
Sea Whispers
Oceania
Sandfield
Portsea
Beaumaris
Gull Cottage
Hawknest

A PLACE OF REST
Dunromin
Dunrovin
Everholme
The Haven
The Homestead
Rest Harrow
Mon Repos
Blue Haven
Thisledome

HUMOUROUS NAMES
Itldous
Gert-by-Sea
Bad Manors
Raven Haven
Angyerat
Myleech
The Bolt Hole
Emoh Ruo