A fun piece of research carried out recently by Royal Mail has revealed that giving a name rather than a number to your home appears to be very much in vogue.
The research found that 312,000 houses across the UK currently sport a name instead of a number. ‘Cottage’ is apparently 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 also inspired nearly 4,000 of the nation’s home names, with ‘Balmoral’ and ‘Sandringham’ popular choices across the country.
The county of Norfolk apparently 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.
“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,” commented Steve Rooney, Head of Royal Mail’s Address Management Unit.
“Recent reports suggest that naming one’s house not only looks stylish, but potentially adds value to properties too,” he added. “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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