When you think of residences that are named, what comes to mind? Buckingham Palace? Graceland? Or, perhaps the most famous of all, The White House? If you were from the small town of New Iberia in southwest Louisiana, like me, you might think of Shadows on the Teche.
While giving a home a proper moniker was considered appropriate for grand estates, historic manors and distinguished castles, today, the business of naming the family home is growing in popularity. From beach homes to farmhouses, or cottages and lofts, families everywhere are taking pleasure in naming their houses. In the United States you’ll find this practice has been prominent in New England for decades. In fact, on Nantucket, house names abound. The story goes that the island’s maritime tradition of naming boats seamlessly flowed over to naming homes as well. And why not? Just like the décor you choose a name gives a house character.
So, let’s do it! Let’s name that Barndo. It can feel a bit noble and refined but also fun and whimsical all at the same time. It can be a way to show your affection and your respect for your home. It is another way to express your personality and give your home an identity of its own. Your Barndominium is begging for a name. Trust me – it called – we talked! So, dive in, you know you want to! And I can guide you through it.
Well, you might want to consider several things to get your creative juices flowing:
I read an interesting story on a real estate site recently: Someone bought a sign board as a gift for a friend’s home which was called, Light on the Cranberry. When asked, ‘does the house overlook a cranberry bog?’ They said, ‘No, that’s how we like our vodka!’ You gotta love it!
Here are other examples taken from friends and clients: The Flannery Family of Texas purchased The Creek House floor plan and are currently building it in the Texas Hill Country near Lampasas. They are naming it The Blackbuck Barn. The Martin Family in Jacksonville, Florida named their Barndo The Parsonage because the owner is a pastor. My house is called The Creek House simply because the property sits on a creek. Fun Fact: The Coach House is the most popular house name in the UK.
Your kids, your dog, your family’s story – they are all fruitful sources for naming your Barndo.
Did you know, you can legally register the name of your home? Yep, it’s a thing. You can call your home any name you want, but if you want to register it as its official address, you will need to consult the authorities. From what I can determine, there is not one nation-wide approval process for naming a home. So, I recommend you begin by contacting your local City Hall and the postal service. The first order of business will be to ensure that the name isn’t already taken. And, almost certainly, you’ll still require a street or road number attached to your address. But if it’s important to you, invest a little time, complete the paperwork, and you’ll be all official!
Now that you have the perfect name for your Barndo, there are a few fun things you can do to show it off:
There you go! It’s exactly like naming your babies, only different! So, go ahead and get creative. Just be sure to make it personal with a hefty dose of love!