All About Street Numbering

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All houses in towns and cities have a number; it is only very few properties that have just a name. Street numbering was introduced by act of Parliament in 1765. Every house in a town and city has a number followed by the name of the road it is in – for example 23 Coronation Street. The first house in the road is number one and the last house is the number of buildings in the street. The number readily identifies the location of a property in a road and so makes it easier for the emergency services to find houses quickly. It is still important to be sure that your house is well signed in order to assist the emergency services should it be necessary.

The practice of naming houses began many years ago with the richest members of society who named their homes – which were often halls, manors, castles and lodges – according to their ancestry, history and family titles. It has become increasingly popular for other people to name their homes too. Giving a name to your home is a fantastic opportunity to stamp your individuality onto the property, or even increase its value prior to putting it on the market!

Giving a name to your home is a fantastic opportunity to stamp your individuality onto the property...

So how do you begin to choose a name? The most common themes for house names in Britain include:

Animals and birds

Badgers Cottage; Curlew Cottage; Magpies; Squirrels Leap; The Jays


Orchard House; The Orchard; Woodlands; Treetops; The Willows; The Laurels; Hazel Cottage

Plants and flowers

Rose Cottage; Primrose Cottage; Honeysuckle Cottage


Hillside; Hillcrest; Sunnyside; Meadow Cottage

Historical influences

The Coach House; The Old School House; The Old Rectory; The Granary; The Grange

For more inspiration, take a look at the UK’s Top 50 house names from the Halifax House Names Survey of 2003:

  • The Cottage
  • Rose Cottage
  • The Bungalow
  • The Coach House
  • Orchard House
  • The Lodge
  • Woodlands
  • The Old School House
  • Ivy Cottage
  • The Willows
  • The Barn
  • The Old Rectory
  • Hillside
  • Hillcrest
  • The Croft
  • The Old Vicarage
  • Orchard Cottage
  • Yew Tree Cottage
  • The Laurels
  • The Old Post Office
  • The Gables
  • The Hollies
  • The Beeches
  • The First
  • Woodside
  • Meadow View
  • The Stables
  • The White House
  • Holly Cottage
  • Willow Cottage
  • Highfield
  • The Haven
  • Fairview
  • White Cottage
  • Mill House
  • The Orchard
  • Treetops
  • Primrose Cottage
  • The Granary
  • The Nook
  • Corner Cottage
  • School House
  • Greenacres
  • The Old School
  • Honeysuckle Cottage
  • Lilac Cottage
  • Wayside
  • Oaklands

Once you’ve made your final choice of house name, don’t forget to pay us a visit at Buysigns where we will produce the perfect house sign in oak or acrylic to match your new name!

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