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  • Royal Mail
    14 March 2018
    It’s all in the name: over 312,000 named homes in the United Kingdom
New research from Royal Mail reveals that the British have a penchant for naming their homes; with well over 312,000 residencies across our fair isle sporting their own moniker. 
‘Cottage’ is by far the most popular name for a British house, followed by ‘The Bungalow’ and ‘Coach House’.
Royal residences have inspired the names of around 4,000 homes. And an Englishman’s home really is his castle, with nearly 700 residential properties across the nation boasting this title. 
Norfolk has the greatest concentration of named homes in the UK, with over 16,000 spanning the county - from Swaffham to Ipswich to King’s Lynn. Islands such as Guernsey, Shetland and the Isle of Skye also have a particularly high proportion.
Aside from London; Norwich, Bristol, York, Hereford, Southampton and Leeds are the most densely populated cities for named houses. 
Contemporary popular culture has clearly had a hand in influencing the naming of some of the nation’s homes. The research unearthed over 800 Game of Thrones-linked residences (including Tyrell and Stark House), and nods to Dr Who, with several ‘Tardis’ properties. There’s even a ‘Hogwarts’.
  • New research from Royal Mail reveals that the British have a penchant for naming their homes; with well over 312,000 residencies across our fair isle sporting their own moniker
  • ‘Cottage’ is by far the most popular name for a British house, followed by ‘The Bungalow’ and ‘Coach House’
  • Royal residences have inspired the names of around 4,000 homes. And an Englishman’s home really is his castle, with nearly 700 residential properties across the nation boasting this title
  • Norfolk has the greatest concentration of named homes in the UK, with over 16,000 spanning the county - from Swaffham to Ipswich to King’s Lynn. Islands such as Guernsey, Shetland and the Isle of Skye also have a particularly high proportion
  • Aside from London; Norwich, Bristol, York, Hereford, Southampton and Leeds are the most densely populated cities for named houses
  • Contemporary popular culture has clearly had a hand in influencing the naming of some of the nation’s homes. The research unearthed over 800 Game of Thrones-linked residences (including Tyrell and Stark House), and nods to Dr Who, with several ‘Tardis’ properties. There’s even a ‘Hogwarts’.

New research from Royal Mail reveals that giving a moniker to your home is very much in vogue, with over 312,000 houses across the UK sporting a name instead of a number.

‘Cottage’ is by far the most popular name for British homes - with over 16,000 properties featuring a variant of this name – followed by ‘The Bungalow’ and ‘Coach House’. Old buildings, such as ‘The Rectory’ and ‘The Stables’, serve as particularly popular inspiration, as does the great outdoors (e.g. ‘The Willows’, ‘Honeysuckle’).

Royal residences have inspired nearly 4,000 of the nation’s home names, with ‘Balmoral’ and ‘Sandringham’ properties spanning the length of our fair isle from Bristol to Bournemouth to Barry.

The twenty most popular British house names are as follows:

Cottage (both ‘Rose’ and ‘Cottage’) (16,397)

The Bungalow (6,401)

The Coach House (4,261)

The Lodge (4,202)

Orchard House (4,036)

Woodlands (3,640)

The Willows (3,416)

The Granary (3,265)

The Gables (3,232)

The Barn (3,098)

The Stables (2,888)

Hillside (2,722)

Mill House (2,719)

Sunnyside (2,600)

The Old Rectory (2,561)

Hillcrest (2,545)

Meadow View (2,417)

The Croft (2,407)

The Beeches (2,373)

Hollybush (2,100)

 

The picturesque county of Norfolk has the greatest concentration of named homes, with over 16,000 entries. There are over 800 ‘Cottage’ and 600 ‘Fairview’ addresses in the area alone. Island areas such as Guernsey, the Isle of Man and the Isle of Skye also have particularly concentrated densities of named houses; each with over 1,000 properties.  

In terms of cities, aside from London (which has almost 10,000), Norwich has the highest number of named properties (over 3,700), followed by Bristol (over 3,500), York (2,959), Southampton (2,133), Leeds (2,120), Reading (1,956), Hereford (1,944), Worcester (1,863) and Coventry (1,853).

Other fascinating snippets from the research include:

  • There are almost 700 residential ‘castle’ properties across the nation, which principally exist in Scotland – most densely in Inverness and Ayr.
  • Modern popular culture – particularly Game of Thrones - has clearly had a hand in the naming of some of the more recent houses on the list. There are over 800 related addresses in the country, with numerous ‘Stark’, Tyrell’ and ‘Frey’-linked monikers. There are also several ‘Tardis’ houses; suggesting a nod to Dr. Who.
  • Kent follows Norfolk when it comes to the greatest concentration of named homes in a single county; with nearly 10,000 homes spanning the county.
  • Some of the nation’s most unusual house names include ‘Bonjedward’, ‘The Old Fox & Duck’ and ‘Wagtails Corner’.

 

Steve Rooney, Head of Royal Mail’s Address Management Unit, said: “Delivering mail to over 30 million addresses, six days a week, gives us an unparalleled view of the nation’s street and house names, and sometimes the results are fascinating.

“Recent reports suggest that naming one’s house not only looks stylish, but potentially adds value to properties too. So, it’s not surprising that house naming is something we’re noticing more of – it’s a great way to truly add your own personal stamp to your home. It will be interesting to see how the trend develops.”

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