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English House Names

Find out about the different type of houses we have in England

Photos of different types of houses

Why do we give our houses names?

House nameHouse naming started many years ago with rich people naming their homes. The rich named their Halls, Houses, Manors, Castles, and Lodges according to ancestry, location, and family titles: Norfolk House (Duke of), Belvoir Castle (overlooking the Belvoir Valley); Castle Droge (named after a 13th ancestor) etc. Gradually over the years other people began to give names to their homes too.

All houses in towns and cities have a number. Very few have just a name and majority do not have names.

House name
house name

Street Numbering

Door numberStreet numbering was introduced by act of Parliament in 1765. Every house in a town and city has a number followed by the name of the road it is in e.g. 26 Avebury Avenue. The first house in the road is number one and the last house is the number of buildings in the street. The number readily identifies the location of a property in a road and so makes it easier for the emergency services to find houses quickly.

Odd numbers are usually assigned to the left side of the street and even numbers to the right, as they head out of town.

House name

The UK's Top 50 house names
from the Halifax House Names Survey 2003

1. The Cottage 18. Orchard Cottage 35. Fairview
2. Rose Cottage 19. Yew Tree Cottage 36. White Cottage
3. The Bungalow 20. The Laurels 37. Mill House
4. The Coach House 21. The Old Post Office 38 The Orchard
5. Orchard House 22. The Gables 39. Treetops
6. The Lodge 23. The Hollies 40. Primrose Cottage
7. Woodlands 24. The Beeches 41. The Granary
8. The Old School House 25. The Firs 42. The Nook
9. Ivy Cottage 26. Woodside 43. Corner Cottage
10. The Willows 27. Meadow View 44. School House
11. The Barn 28. The Stables 45. Greenacres
12. The Old Rectory 29. The White House 46. The Old School
13. Hillside 30. Holly Cottage 47. Honeysuckle Cottage
14. Hillcrest 31. Willow Cottage 48. Lilac Cottage
15. The Croft 32. Highfield 49. Wayside
16. The Old Vicarage 33. The Haven 50. Oaklands
17. Sunnyside 34. Springfield  

The most Common Themes for House names in Britain

House names today are inspired by a bewildering array of sources: everything from location and local history to literature and legends.

house nameAnimals and birds

Favourites include:

Badgers Cottage, Cuckoo Cottage, Curlew Cottage, Dolphin Cottage, Fox Hollow, Kestrels, Magpies, Mole End, Nightingale Cottage, Robin Hill, Rookery Nook, Squirrels Leap, Swallow Barn, The Jays and Two Hoots


Favourites include:

Orchard House, The Orchard, Woodlands, Treetops, Oaklands, The Willows, Yew Tree Cottage, The Laurels, The Hollies, The Beeches and The Firs.

house namePlants and flowers

Favourites include:

Rose Cottage, Primrose Cottage, Honeysuckle Cottage and Lilac Cottage.

Locations and views

Favourites include:

Hillside, Hillcrest, Sunnyside, Woodside, Meadow View and Fairview.

house nameHistorical

Favourites include:

The Coach House, The Old School House, The Old Rectory, The Old Vicarage, The Old Post Office, Mill House, The Granary and The Grange

Priest house house name

Fairytales and Old Favourites

Favourites include:

Thimble Cottage, Pippins, The Little House, The Nutshell, Whispers, Wishing Well Cottage and The Nest.

Holidays and beauty spots

Favourites include:

Ambleside, Blencathra, Eskdale, Rydal, Tarn Hows, Windermere, Larmona, Tresco and Kynance.

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Find out about the different type of houses we have in England

Photos of different types of houses in England


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