But is this a great surprise? Having always believed it is bad luck to change the name of your boat, it seems people aren’t so superstitious when it comes to renaming their homes.
Where once it may have been deemed ‘amusing’ to call your house something funny (Dunroamin springs to mind), luckily this trend has nearly fizzled out and buyers have subsequently chosen something more sensible!
I have come across a ‘Toads Alley’ and a ‘Wits’ End’ and inevitably there is a tale to be told as to how the house got its name (and I nearly always regret asking!). I have no doubt I am in the national minority having never watched a single episode of ‘Game of Thrones’, but from those who have, I am reliably informed there are now more than a few ‘Tyrells’ around!
I viewed a house near Aylsham last year that was called MegRoy. I didn’t dare ask the origin of this unusual moniker, but after twenty minutes of polite chat I soon realised Mrs was Meg and Mr was Roy (I couldn’t help but wonder what would happen if they got divorced – a change from MegRoy to LongGoneRoy perhaps?). What we can’t forget is the hassle involved in changing address – all the people and contacts who need to be told and having post redirected in the interim.
But at the end of the day does it really matter what your house is called? According to landscape artist and author, David S. Slawson, “Names are an important key to what a society values. Anthropologists recognise naming as ‘one of the chief methods for imposing order on perception’.” That might sound rather heavy, but I think it is a valid point. A name can conjure up all sorts of images and as mentioned above, create a preconception. Like many things in life, I have no doubt it is best to keep things simple!