Naming your house?

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Re: Naming your house?

Postby Hoosier Foursquare on Mon Feb 13, 2012 8:14 am

Yes, there are a lot of very nice people in the neighborhood! Over the past year we have had the pleasure of meeting quite a few of them and can't wait to move in later this week! Neat to have somebody online here from the same town!

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Re: Naming your house?

Postby vivian7 on Wed Feb 15, 2012 6:16 am

Sorry I didn't reply sooner. It was at the Chamber of Commerce. Rather informative, I might say. They're trying to secure some grant money. Hope it happens!

I hear that you've been busy up in the north end...LOL Hope the move-in goes smoothly.

Would love to see what you've done with the place... :D
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Re: Naming your house?

Postby Kansas. 1911. on Thu Feb 23, 2012 7:41 pm

My house has a real name and...this is the first time I'm writing about it. After receiving a nomination for National Historic Register last weekend, my house is now officially the Jackson-McConnell House. I originally submitted paperwork as the McConnell House. We had a well-known superintendent of schools who owned this house for 30 years, Mr. McConnell. People still remember him. Additionally, there is another building in town given his name.

Then, the representative at the state level with whom I was working on the application recommended we add the "Jackson." Mrs. Jackson was the first owner who had the house built. This is a fun little nod to an unknown widow who had the foresight to build such a great house. That family also had the house for close to 30 years.

It's fine with me that the house doesn't have my name attached. My husband and I plan to live here for 30 years. By then, perhaps people will give directions like, "Go two houses west from Kansas1911's place...." hahahaha
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Re: Naming your house?

Postby eclecticcottage on Thu Feb 23, 2012 10:53 pm

We just call it The Cottage. It was common to name cottages here many years ago-there are several Shangri-las up here, lol.
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Re: Naming your house?

Postby housecrazy sarah on Thu Mar 29, 2012 11:12 pm

I first named my old house after my aunt "Anna Maria" because she died on THE DAY I found this old house and it really was quite a miracle that we were able to buy it at that time. So in honor of my aunt, I officially called my house Anna Maria.

However, after living here just a couple of weeks, she quickly became "Ye Olde Money Pit" and that seems to have stuck. :)
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Re: Naming your house?

Postby utopia13 on Mon Apr 02, 2012 4:35 pm

artfox wrote:Many of my Hispanic neighbors have cast metal signs on their homes with the street number and family name: i.e. "Casa Ramirez", "Casa Espinosa", and so on.

Somehow, "Casa Johnson" just doesn't have the same ring to it.

Since my house is built of mixed red brick, maybe it could be named "Casa Roja".


Shortly after I bought mine, I seriously thought of getting a wooden sign for the porch that said "Casa Utopia" :D
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Re: Naming your house?

Postby James on Tue Apr 03, 2012 6:29 pm

I definitely like the idea of Casa Utopia sign hanging on the front porch. I say do it.
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Re: Naming your house?

Postby utopia13 on Tue Apr 03, 2012 8:17 pm

James wrote:I definitely like the idea of Casa Utopia sign hanging on the front porch. I say do it.


I just may do this!! :D Or maybe "The Utopian House...CA. 1916"
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Re: Naming your house?

Postby SignPainter on Tue Aug 20, 2013 11:21 am

Sometimes, the name for the building can come from it's use and who uses it, like this smaller sign seen below. I am adding a photo of a hand painted wooden house sign set I made recently for a property in Massachusettes. The homeowner had a refreshing and imaginative outlook on the process. The smaller sign was for the old shed on the property, and is the latin translation for "man cave". More photos are posted on my web site at http://www.handpaintedwoodsigns.com/slideshow/slideshow.html This was a fun sign project.

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Re: Naming your house?

Postby SignPainter on Tue Aug 20, 2013 11:25 am

Hoosier Foursquare wrote:After we purchased our house we heard a couple of different informal/formal names thrown around by different people that either knew the family or history of the house. Most of them called it "The Patton House" after the PO's. The wife was the grand-daughter of the original builder/owner, Carl Furst.

After seeing daddy involved with the terrible mess of demolition, my three year old son came up with a much better more aptly suited name......."The Broken House"



May I suggest then this as your sign text: The B.R. Oken House
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