The first consideration is, whether your house requires a name at all. Some there are that are best left unnamed, because a number serves better. Think, for instance of a new postman or the poor errand boy, who has to search for Lynton in a row of a hundred houses.

If a name is deemed necessary, let it be appropriate so far as possible, and give it some relation to the property. A house that stands at the foot of a hill should never be named Hill Crest, nor one in a prominent position rejoice in the name of The Nook. Place names may have some allusion which make an appeal to the individual, but to those not ‘in the know’ they appear somewhat unimaginative. Foreign names are ostentatious and snobbish, and very irritating if they possess a Continental spelling, yet there is a class of suburban who imagines that Chez-nous creates an ‘’ impression.’ Avoid ‘fake’ names and attempts at humour. They may amuse you, but they are rather disgusting to others ; a house in a respectable row, not a hundred miles from Brentwood, is called I.O.U.

The applied ditions, Alpha. Ashleigh. Beechcroft. Bracken Bank. Briar Bank. Broomfield. The Chase. The Croft. Crossways. may following names, when under appropriate con-be recommended: Danehurst.

The Dell. Dormers. Elmfield. Fairmead. Five-ways. Four-winds. The Gables. Graemsdyke.

Green Gates. The Pantiles.

Green Lawn. Ravenswood.

Haverfield. Redroofs.

Hazel Bank. Rivcrdale.

Hill Crest. Rosedale.

Inchgarth. Ryecroft.

Knollmead. Southlands.

The Lattices. Sunnyside.

Lindens. The Thatched

Lyndale. House.

Meadow View. Westcote.

Mill Plat. The White Gate.

Mu irdown. Why teleaf e.

Oakdene. WildernessView.

Oakhurst. Windy Cot.


Many of the above permit of useful variations. For instance, Hill Crest may be preferred as Hill Top, Fairmead as Fair lawn. Whatever name is chosen, it should be such that, if you want to sell the house, it will not deter a purchaser. 11 you can think of something that, while being ‘out of the way,’ is neither childish nor grotesque, so much the better. Take the late George R. Sims’ house-name as an example. It looks on to the lake in Regent’s Park—the name is ‘Opposite the Ducks.’


See under Leasehold.