Ho, ho, ho…homes with a festive twist

Ho, ho, ho…homes with a festive twist

Key points

  • Royal Mail has analysed its database of over 27 million UK home addresses to find the UK’s 40 favourite festive house names
  • Selections are influenced by Christmas carols and flora. Holly (9,353) tops the list, followed by Ivy (6,926) and Chestnuts (4,514)
  • Highgate, N6 has the highest concentrations of Holly (224) in the UK; Golders Green, NW2 has the largest number of homes named Ivy (182); and Bristol, BS 13 and BS16, clocks up the most (124) Chestnuts
  • Snowman can be found on 103 addresses across the country while Elf hangs proudly on 23

With just 17 days to go until Christmas Day, Royal Mail is getting in the festive spirit by revealing the UK’s 40 favourite festive house names.

The popular Christmas carol, ‘The Holly and the Ivy’ has no doubt helped propel these evergreen favourites to the top of the list. Holly appears on 9,353 homes in the UK, while Ivy adorns 6,926. Those looking for ‘Chestnuts roasting on an open fire’ won’t be disappointed, with Chestnuts third on the top 40, appearing 4,514 times across the country.

Highgate, N6 has the highest concentrations of Holly (224) in the UK, with residents drawing inspiration from the 70 acres of ancient woodland on their doorstep. Golders Green, NW2 has the largest number of homes named Ivy (189). Bristol, BS13 and BS16, clocks up the most (124) Chestnuts.

Royal Mail unearthed the top festive house names in the UK after analysing its Postcode Address File (PAF) which contains 29.3 million home and business addresses.

Those on the lookout for Rudolph should head over to Waterlooville in Hampshire, PO7 as he may be hiding in one of the 12 homes there that bear his name.

When it comes to accommodation for Joseph and Mary this Christmas Eve, they certainly don’t need to worry as there are plenty of Bethlehems (69) and Stables (4,287).  Poplar in East London, E14 has the highest concentration of Bethlehems (29) with Chartham in Kent, CT4, housing the most Stables (35).

Christmas film classics, The Snowman and Elf have also made their mark on the housing landscape. Snowman can be found on 103 addresses across the country while Elf hangs proudly on 23.

The top 40 festive house names in the UK are:

Name    Total
1 Holly - 9353
2 Ivy - 6926
3 Chestnuts - 4514
4 Stable - 4287
5 King - 3471
6 Bell - 2782
7 Mary - 2416
8 Fir - 1996
9 Bow - 1365
10 Angel - 1295
11 Star - 945
12 Garland - 467
13 Winter - 434
14 Festival - 360
15 Christmas - 354
16 Peace - 340
17 Gabriel - 335
18 Holy - 263
19 Chimney - 244
20 Mistletoe - 223
21 Noel - 211
22 Santa - 210
23 Advent - 171
24 Joy - 167
25 Snow - 150
26 Gold - 137
27 Eve - 117
28 Jolly - 116
29 Snowman - 103
30 Bethlehem - 69
31 Carol - 47
32 Stocking - 46
33 Wonder - 40
34 Vixen - 33
35 Goodwill - 32
36 Elf - 23
37 Rudolph - 20
38 Gift - 19
39 Reindeer - 19
40 Sleigh - 15

Steve Rooney, Head of Royal Mail’s Address Management Unit, said: “At Christmas time, we deliver millions of letters and parcels to over 27 million homes, so we understand the tough job that faces Santa. These seasonal house names add a bit of fun into the day.    

“For anyone who is still to post their cards or presents, remember that the last posting date for Second Class is Saturday 19 December and for First Class, Monday 21 December.”


For further information, contact:
Rebecca Maund
0207 449 8246

Notes to editors:
To undertake this analysis, Royal Mail cross referenced the address database with key festive terms.

Christmas 2015 and New Year Bank Holiday 2016 opening hours
Royal Mail will be operating extended seasonal delivery and increasing customer collection services until Christmas Eve. This includes more than 400 Delivery Offices remaining open until 5 p.m. for parcel collection on Thursday December 24 2015.

In 2015, Boxing Day (26 December), which is typically a UK-wide Bank Holiday, falls on a Saturday. In Scotland, 2 January 2016, is a Scotland-wide Bank Holiday and also falls on a Saturday. When this has happened previously, (1998 and 2009), Royal Mail has historically received very low volumes of USO mail for delivery. We have consulted with the Communication Workers Union and Ofcom has now agreed that we can be exempt from our USO obligations on these two days.

Across the UK, there will be no delivery services or Customer Service Points open from Friday 25 December 2015 to Monday 28 December 2015 inclusive. Normal mail services will recommence on Tuesday 29 December until Thursday 31 December 2015. There will be no deliveries or Customer Service Points open on Friday 1 January 2016 across the UK, or in Scotland on Saturday 2 January 2016. In England, Wales and Northern Ireland, normal mail services will resume on Saturday 2 January 2016, and in Scotland, they will restart on Monday 4 January 2016.

Royal Mail recognises that many online shoppers will order items for delivery after Christmas Day. The business has been working with a number of large customers to support them during this period. Royal Mail will continue to run its network operation throughout the holiday weekends to ensure that mail is ready for normal deliveries on Tuesday 29 December 2015 and Monday 4 2016.

Further information is available at www.royalmail.com/greetings

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