Built in 2010, we really had no intention of staying in our home for longer than 6 years. Fast forward 7 years later, we couldn’t see ourselves leaving. Having fallen in love with the home we’ve created, the memories we’ve built and the friends we’ve made, it was clear to us that we really didn’t want to leave. We put to bed any future plans of relocation and decided to call this place we have fallen in love with “home”.
“Home” isn’t what we actually decided to call this place. We wanted to give it a real name, a name that was meaningful to us. After all, we name just about everything else that’s important to us in life, right! From your baby blankey to your much-loved stuffed animal, naming things starts at an early age. Your social media accounts have a profile name, chances are you’ve probably named your car, and you may have even personalized your license plate. Why have you not named your home? Below I am going to share with you 6 steps on how to name your home.
It’s All In The Name
First, I should tell you that naming a home isn’t always easy. It requires a little consideration and is always more fun when you have input from the individuals with whom you share your space. I started off by brainstorming names, much like you would if you were naming your dog or child. I wrote down the ones I liked and then presented them to the family at dinner one night. Have you every heard anyone say that the biggest mistake they ever made in picking our their child’s name was sharing their choice before the baby arrived? Talk about unsolicited negative feedback! Geesh! Well, the same sort of thing happened here. I can’t remember the first list of names I shared, but I do remember my very critical audience. We live on a hill and a couple of the names included the word “collina” which means “hill” in Italian. My kids complained that the word sounded too much like the word “colon” which is your organ that contains your
poop bodily waste. Needless to say, “collina” was removed from the list.
After much debate, we finally decided that Bella Nido best represents us. Bella Nido means “beautiful nest” in Italian. My house is my nest. I like to keep all my “little birdies” right here, close together, where I promise to feed them and love them. LOL We are serious house hermits who cringe at the thought of having to leave our home for a night out. We joke around by saying “If it isn’t happening here, it isn’t happening.”. It’s kind of true…actually, it’s very true. We love having people over and entertaining friends and family. Dinner, drinks and hanging out with good people is how we prefer to spend our days and nights. The name to your home has to reflect who you are and what you represent. Be authentic!
Take a deep look at yourself and your family. Who are you guys? What do you like to do? We are an Italian (Mike and kid’s are a little Irish, too) family. Our family nucleus consists of me and my husband, our two kids and our two dogs. Our Italian heritage is very important to us. I was certain our house name was somehow going to incorporate at least one Italian word.
*NOTE* You most likely will have at least 2 words to your home’s name. Find one that you like and build on it. Follow the steps below to help:
Does your home have any historical significance? Maybe it was part of an old school, church, farm, or mill. These homes seem to be easier to name over others because of the unique historical value.
- Words you might consider as part of a name are: schoolhouse, tutor, philosopher, writer, farm, ranch, farmstead, plantation, dairy, plow, crop, mill, foundry, pepper mill, flour mill, grinder.
Does your home share any special geographic qualities? Perhaps your home has a great view, is close to a lake, or pond, backs up to rolling hills, is near a cliff, shares the woodlands or forest, or is maybe even near a sandy (or rocky) beach.
- Words you might consider as part of a name are: lake, pond, river, waterhole, wavy, rolling hills, hillside, valley, foothills, mound, butte, peak, crest, summit, crown, ridge, acres, meadow, sky view, pasture, range, field, paddock, veranda, cliff, woodland, timberland, forest, shady, sunny, windy, sandy, pebble, coast, waterfront, lakefront, shoreline, seaboard, coastline, seaside, shore, and water’s edge.
Take a good look at the plants, animals and landscape that share space with your home. Maybe you have a lovely rose garden, perfectly manicured lawn, fruit trees, pine trees, or regular wildlife visitors like bunnies, deer or fox.
Words you might consider as part of a name are: rose, garden, grove, yard, patch, wild, grasslands, turf, plantain, citrus, willows, ivy, birch, pine, cherrywood, peach, maple, honeysuckle, bunny, elk, deer, and fox.
Does your home have any unique qualities that makes it different from the rest? If you were to describe your home to someone coming to visit what would you say? Would you say, “our house is the one with the purple shutters”. What about your home is different from your neighbors?
Words you might consider as part of a name are: purple shutters, pink door, picket fence, wooden, log house, brick, stone, iron gate, colonial, cape, rickety, tin roof, adobe, terra-cotta, tile, mosaic, winding drive, or tree-lined.
*Another Word for Home*
Many people like to pair an adjective with another word for their home. For example, we named our home Bella Nido. In this case the adjective is “Bella” (beautiful) and a synonym for home is “Nido” (nest).
Words you might consider as part of a name are: home, house, shack, deck, deckhouse, dwelling, oasis, cabin, lodge, studio, log house, cupola, retreat, chateau, castle, cottage, dome, domaine, gable, gambrel, rooftop, wing, corridor, canopy, rafter, shelter, tree house, barn, villa, regency, estate, bungalow, loft, nest, pen, pad, cradle, burrow, den, lair, roost, retreat, hideout, shelter, refugee, or hideaway.
When in doubt, add humor. I’ve seen some really funny home names that best describe the family and/or the home.
Here are a few: Bat Cave, Coo Coo’s Nest, Seas the Day, Fantasea Suites, The Nut Hut, The Dog House and Little Italy.
Now that you have a really good start at picking out a house name, run it by a few of your peeps. Once you have the buy in from everyone then go full gusto! Sprinkle the name of your home everywhere throughout and make it come to life!
- Buy a house plaque. I bought mine at Wayfair and it I love the quality. I actually bought one for the front of my house next to my front door and one for the back of my house, next to my sitting area.
- Embroider some outdoor blankets to pass out to your guests when it gets chilly at night. Have your bath towels, hand towels, and guest room pillow cases embroidered with your house name. Personalize bar napkins and your wine glasses. Have a pool? Add a plaque to your pool gate.
- You have just created a life for your home. It’s the real deal now. Add a hashtag in front of your house name and start an instagram account documenting everything that goes on in the life of your home.
- Having a party soon? Just like you would a restaurant or hotel, make sure to refer to your home by its name followed by its address at all future events.
By naming your home you turn an inanimate object into a life form where memories and dreams are collected. I hope that I have inspired you come up with a home name that you and your family will cherish forever.
Happy name hunting!