Prior to a bill being passed requiring the naming and numbering of streets in Britain in
the mid 18th century, the naming of houses was the only means of locational identification.
The naming of homes gave character and personality to each area.
This tradition was brought to Australia by the first British settlers, who often named their homes
after places they longed for in England.
Today, Australians come from every country in the world and the variety of names is boundless. To
start you thinking about a name for your home, we've compiled this list.
You can derive inspiration from anywhere... perhaps even give your home a made up name by taking
the first few letters of your own names (eg. Barbara, Robert and Sally, becomes "Barosa" or "Barosa
House"). You might like to add a suffix such as : Villa, Lodge, Court, Place, Downes, Hall, Cottage
etc. The geographical location of the house and the surrounding vegetation can also suggest
possiblities (eg. "Hillcrest", "Seascape", "The Pines" and "The Gums").
Your house may already have a name. You may find this on the title deeds especially if it is old
enough to fall under the Old Systems title. Incidentally, this form of Title Deed lists the names
and occupations of all the previous owners and this, in itself can be a source of inspiration for
naming the house.
Other sources of information are the local Post Office, the local Council, local historical
societies and also the State libraries. In Sydney it is possible to find the original names
of older houses in the Sand directory in the Mitchell Library.
A good source of Aboriginal names can be found in "Aboriginal Place Names" published by Reed Books P/L.
BRITISH NAMES Cheddingham Kenilworth Abernathy
Newstead Glenoak Victoria Manor
Granville Caversham Argyle Grange
GEOGRAPHICAL NAMES Valley View Greenacres The Ridge
Park View Sunridge Summit House
Eastlakes Highview Redhill
Willowbrook Bankhouse The Croft