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Name Ideas for Cottages and Vacation Homes

Updated on July 11, 2017
The sign at my sister's home in the country.
The sign at my sister's home in the country. | Source

Names for a Beach House, Woods Cabin, Lake Cottage or Other Vacation Home

You want the perfect name for your vacation home. It isn't easy to find just the right phrase that expresses creativity and suits your family, their interests, and their activities.

In addition, most people want the home's name to reflect its surroundings. Are there woods, a lake, the beach, mountains, a river, or other natural attraction? Then you'll probably want the name of your retreat to include that feature.

If you're puzzling over what to name your special place, check out the ideas I've gathered below. You'll love the cottage name generator tool and the sample names I've gathered. In addition, I've found resources for getting that unique name put on a sign for your vacation home.

Combine Two Names to Make a Cottage Name

Combine Surnames: To get Moss Creek (shown in the photo above), the homeowners combined two last names, Martin and Ross, to get Moss. The property had a creek, so it became Moss Creek.

The home happens to be a log cabin with a small pond and the creek with wood around that. When I visit family, I always look forward to a stop at Moss Creek. The sign is carved from Kansas limestone. Doesn't it look handsome!

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Mix and Match Words to Make a Name for Your House

Choose a word from column one and/or column two.

Combine it with a word from column three.

Column 1: An Adjective That Describes the Scene
Column 2: A Noun That Fits Your Location
Column 3: Word that Fits Your Home's Stle
Sunny
Woods
Cabin
Bright
Forest
Camp
Summer
Beach
Cottage
Shady
Edge
House
Lazy
Shore
Casa
Relaxed
Seashore
Lodge
Restful
Mountain
Shack
Peaceful
Hillside
Hut
Tranquil
Hilltop
Farm
Sylvan
Dome
Acres
Happy
Valley
Home
Cheery
Vale
Castle
Heavenly
Tree: Oak, Aspen, Cedar, Pine, Maple, Hemlock, Birch
Palace
Happy
Animal: Moose, Bear, Chipmunk, Racoon, Squirrel
Mansion
Gay
Water Creature: Lobster, Crab, Fish
Retreat
Blissful
Moss
Haven
Blessed
Pinecone
Sanctuary
Peaceful
Leaf
Respite
Old (Auld, Olde)
Fern
Refuge
Ramshackle
Bird: Owl, Egret, Chickadee, Eagle, Loon, Gull, Goose, Duck, Crane, Heron
Hangout
Tumble-Down
Water Type: Creek, Brook, Canal, Lagoon, Estuary, Resaca, Rio, Agua, Pool, Pond, Puddle, Lake, Loch, Mere, River, Hole
Heaven
Vintage
Boondocks
Delight
Retro
Back-of-Beyond
Utopia
Old-Time
God's Country
Rest
Aqua
Wilderness
Cove
Blue
Outback
Hideaway
Azure
Berry (Blackberry, Cranberry, Gooseberry, Blueberry, Strawberry)
Nest
Black
Woods
Hole
Grey
Meadow
Place
Green
Country
Harbor
White
Land
Shelter
Dark, Light
 
Den

Add Your Own Descriptive Words

These lists are just to get you started brainstorming. Play around with combinations of words until you hit one that sounds right for your weekend or summer home.

When I moved into my off-the-grid cabin in Colorado, I decided I would name my place after the first significant animal encounter that I had. (Thank heavens, it wasn't a snake!) That first weekend I had an amazing encounter with a mama bear and her cub. And so my cozy mountain place is called "Little Bear Lodge." It fits.

— Diana Wenzel

Personalized Sign With Your Cottage's Name On It

Once you choose a name for your vacation home, you'll want a sign to show it off and help visitors find it. You can find such signs at craft fairs or order one conveniently from Amazon. I think a moose sign would look great for our cabin in New Hampshire.

Which Do You Prefer?

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Make a YouTube Video Like This One Asking for Help Naming Your Cottage

I am living in a lake house right now, and I want to name it something like, "Can't Wait to Get Away From the Bugs" or "Camp Kill-a-Roach". (It's been a hot dry summer here, and bugs are coming inside in spite of exterminating!)

— Retro Loco

Our last name is Burdoo. We had a beach house on Kent Island way before it was fashionable. Mom named it the 'Burd's Nest.' Cute.

— gottaloveit from Maryland

What Kind of House Are You Trying to Name?

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Matching a Name to the Cottage

Cottage Needing a Name
My Suggestions
I've refurbished a trailer w enclosed sun porch on the river in Virginia. The décor is mostly white. It overlooks the marina with a view of a train trestle (the train passes hourly) ... It's all very quaint.
How about Whistle Stop Cottage or Dreaming by the River? You could incorporate the name of the river into the house name.
We are trying to name our new home which overlooks the ocean from the top of an incline. The house is small with large windows facing the water. We are also tucked in behind another property closer to the road.
Gull's Nest? Window on the Water? Sailor's Rest?
Our house is in Lake Chelan on the hilltop next to a winery with a vineyard with bikes to ride and trails to walk. It's a planned community with houses close together, swimming pools, parks to play in, views of the lake, fire pits for s'mores, community barbecue area, very friendly people with kids and pets.
How about calling your house "Chillin' by the Lake" as a take-off on Lake Chelan?
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      Virginia Allain 4 weeks ago from Central Florida

      I'd be so sad to lose my cottage. Sorry, this happened to you.

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      Sandra 4 weeks ago

      I had a house on a lake that I named Chortle Cottage. Loved it but lost it in a tornado.

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      Don... 9 months ago

      While driving around delivering propane in New Hampshire and Maine, I saw a cottage with a sign that made me smile. It read, "Camp Quitchurbitchin."

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      wow, it is so cool that you can name your own home, we are not allowed to do so in our country

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      Virginia Allain 3 years ago from Central Florida

      @pjenn: check out a site called Pirate Names for some inspiration and also think of pirate ships or pirate sayings like "Ahoy, Matey" or sailing terms like "Crow's Nest"

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      pjenn 3 years ago

      white house on a hill across from the lake, It's a Toledo Bend and the area is pirates cove any name suggestions

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      Virginia Allain 3 years ago from Central Florida

      @John Dyhouse: I think any name translated into Welsh would be interesting.

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      John Dyhouse 3 years ago from UK

      THis lens caught my eye as we have just returned from a holiday in Wales at a cottage named Ty March Gwyn, which in Engllish translates to House Of THe White Horse. The family who own it used to own and stable horses on the property; a self-cofessed family of horse-nuts, LOL.

      A very interesting and helpful lens.

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      michellewhite 3 years ago

      We are building our dream/retirement home on Smith Lake in Alabama. It will be a country French exterior with a rustic French/shabby chic interior. It is in a development called Eagles Nest, very isolated in the middle of a National Forest. Our last name is White, my husband is Irish/English and I am French/Scottish. I am Louisiana Cajun, my mother's maiden name was LeBlanc which means "The White". My husband works for a poultry company and chickens have made this house possible for us. I have always referred to us as the Redneck Rooster and the French Hen. He is from Mississippi, so if I am a coonass, he is a redneck! Also, it is a one acre lot that is flat and drops down dramatically to the lake with a very rocky shore. We are building a home where our kids will want to come and visit us and the grandkids with have tons of memories.

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      Colin323 3 years ago

      Very useful lens. Naming property can be tricky - and surprisingly difficult. Our previous house was titled 'Woodbine House' because of the old honeysuckle in the garden, and it fitted with the 19th century structure itself.

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      VHAssistant 3 years ago

      I always advise home owners to have a name of their home and this helps! I like the first idea of coming up with 2 names. Thank you!

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      Virginia Allain 3 years ago from Central Florida

      @lesliesinclair: Hope you find just the right name for it!

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      lesliesinclair 3 years ago

      Since I bookmarked this lens it will make it easier to return after giving the idea more thought. I've been stumped for months as to what to name the art studio at my new place.

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      Virginia Allain 3 years ago from Central Florida

      @Meganhere: Keep that vision in your mind. Maybe someday...

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      Meganhere 3 years ago

      What an original idea for a lens! I have the name for my cabin but I need the cabin to go with it.

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      Virginia Allain 3 years ago from Central Florida

      @writerkath: I've stalled for 2 years on getting a sign, because we can't pin down the name we want. Paradise sounds like a good one.

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      writerkath 3 years ago

      Virginia, I live in northern New Hampshire, and in my town (which is filled with old summer cottages), it's very common to see names! I've seen some interesting ones. When I was wintering in Myrtle Beach, a lot of the condos and beach homes had great names too. The very first one we rented was called "Parrotdise" and as you might guess, it had a parrot theme. Lots of fun! I've considered naming our own home, which is a renovated summer cottage. I've thought of naming it "Paradise" since it's such a nice spot.

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      Virginia Allain 4 years ago from Central Florida

      @anonymous: Look on my page for the section with links. There's one to a database of Irish House Names. I bet those will get you inspired.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      We recently bought 138 acres of woods and it also has a beautiful trout steam that runs through it. A lot of wildlife.We cleared an area a bit in the woods to build our house this summer. The road winds through the woods a bit to get to the house.Would love to put a sign at the start of road with a name for our place,we also have a scotch -irish last name thought about something irish in front of it but i don't know.HELP!

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      Virginia Allain 4 years ago from Central Florida

      @OhMe: That's what I should do, drive over to the beach and photograph all the creative names on the cottages.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 4 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Our Lake House is named Habu Haven because that was the name of the hut my husband lived in when he was in service. I love going to the beach and reading the creative names. Some folks can be so very clever

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      We call our Alaskan remote cabin "Paradise"

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      Virginia Allain 4 years ago from Central Florida

      @anonymous: Hmmm, you could come up with some interesting combinations: Ramasala, Vatcha, Vatchandran, ... play around with it.

      If the names have a meaning, you could toy with that too.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Hi, I wanted to name my house with combination of two names, (Ramachandran and Vatsala)

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      Virginia Allain 4 years ago from Central Florida

      @Cynthia Haltom: That's great that you could keep the naming trend going. A family tradition.

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      Cynthia Haltom 4 years ago from Diamondhead

      We named our summer cottage last year it took a lot of thinking. We have a family camp with cottages that already had name such as pine knot, pine air, pine tree, we seemed to be running out of names. Then it came to me Pine Nest.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Log cabin lake house in the woods

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      Virginia Allain 4 years ago from Central Florida

      @Nancy Hardin: You could call it "nancy's Retreat" or "Writer's Rest."

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 4 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      I'll be thinking of a name for my cabin on Mt. Charleston. Great thoughts on names for a house, I would never have thought of all that.

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      kerryhrabstock 4 years ago

      I'll be thinking of names for my Italian villa.

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      AstroGremlin 4 years ago

      Squirrel Breath Lodge is our name. I sometimes answer the phone that way when I know who is calling.

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      jenny-archer-9 4 years ago

      We have strange cottage names in Suffolk UK,one that springs to mind...The Case is Altered..probably formerly owned by a judge or similar.

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      Fantastic Voyages 4 years ago from Texas

      Great way to come up with a name for the old family place. I haven't decided which one to use yet, but the generator gives great ideas

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      Linda Jo Martin 4 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

      We live in Rock Hill Cabin. It is an old 3 bedroom cabin on top of an old huge tailing pile in gold country.

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      What wonderful ideas! Thanks for sharing. :) I decided to go Ramshackle Squirrel Cabin. Why? Because I find it funny. ;)

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      Virginia Allain 5 years ago from Central Florida

      @SpenceG: I can't decide between The Blueberry Patch or Chipmunk Run for my cottage.

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      SpenceG 5 years ago

      I just tried the Cottage Name Generator and came up with Huckleberry Yards. Pretty cool!

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      Virginia Allain 5 years ago from Central Florida

      @hntrssthmpsn: I like seeing name signs on cottage along the seacoast. In England, many house have names. Better than saying, "I live in the old Smith place."

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      hntrssthmpsn 5 years ago

      One of the coolest houses I've ever called home was a wee cottage in the redwoods. We called it 'Casa Cassandra' and I burned a little wooden sign to hang above the door. Though I'm in a suburban neighborhood just off our city's main drag now, I think I may need to name my home here, too. The cottage name generator is fabulous!

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      Virginia Allain 5 years ago from Central Florida

      @DecoratingEvents: You could even name your house that you currently live in.

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      DecoratingEvents 5 years ago

      What an excellent resource for naming a vacation or cottage home! I just love your ideas. One day, maybe I'll have a vacation home and use your advice!

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      gottaloveit2 5 years ago

      Back to reread. I'm considering keeping my WV cabin and must come up with a name for it if I do.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      seadream of frog song house - can't seem to choose!

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      flipflopseason 5 years ago

      We love to read all the names of the houses at the beach! My dream house will be called Squid Manor so all my Squid friends will have a home away from home to come write and rest and have fun!

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      RuralFloridaLiving 5 years ago

      What good ideas you have! I always get a brain freeze when trying to come up with a name. Thanks a lot, you've given some good advice.

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      Diane Cass 5 years ago from New York

      We don't have a cottage, but we have a camper. We've been trying to think of names to put on a sign to hang on our camper. Lots of camping families do this. Your lens has given me some ideas. Thanks.

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      DebMartin 5 years ago

      This is a helpful lens. I would love to see what others have come up with. My business name is Portage and I have to portage to get to my camp. So I know the word Portage will be part of the name. I'm kind of stuck on the rest. d

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      MJ Martin aka Ruby H Rose 5 years ago from Washington State

      That is a great idea. Thanks for some good food for thought to help describe our happy new dream place.

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      celmara 5 years ago

      I love you technique of coming up with names

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      Mary Crowther 5 years ago from Havre de Grace

      Just thinking that it might be fun to name my house! Very nice and inspiring lens!

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 5 years ago from Ljubljana

      Naming the cottage really adds something special to a place. I like idea of some sort of hideout...

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      Frischy 5 years ago from Kentucky, USA

      I once lived in a cabin called "Intrepid."

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      Fay Favored 5 years ago from USA

      Isn't it neat when people name their special places? It just makes the place more cozy I think. You gave a lot of good ways to combine words into names that I like.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Friends enjoy entertaining and called their house at the beach "Sipaway"

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      CruiseReady 5 years ago from East Central Florida

      My big brother has a cute little hanging sign at his house that reads "Margaritaville." It's funny, because they aren't big drinkers at all, but I guess it's appropriate, because he lives on a barrier island.

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      writergrey 5 years ago

      What a great idea for a Lens!

      I've always loved the way, in British books, a character would address a letter to a house like "Mildew Cottage, Little Damping by Seaton, Poole, Dorset, etc." So much more fun to have a house name instead of just a number.

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      Brandi 5 years ago from Maryland

      I love when people name their places. We had a property in WV that we called Papoose Creek (the people before us named it that because it had 2 baby creeks flanking it). My grandmother named her beach house Shiloh by the Sea. :) Thanks for visiting my Love Letters To My Kids lens...and for leaving such a sweet comment. Happy Valentine's Day! <3

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      CoeGurl 5 years ago from USA

      Very helpful for someone trying to come up with a name for a cottage, etc. My grandparents had a home on a lake they named "Dun Werkin."

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      Ann Hinds 5 years ago from So Cal

      I really like this. We made a patio out of pallets and topped it with a parachute. It was full of potted plants and the barbecue. We named it the meditation cube. We tend to name all our spaces so this is full of great ideas. Groundhog day blessings.

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      Tony Payne 5 years ago from Southampton, UK

      The house I grew up in had a sign that said "Falconwood". It was named by the previous owners, but the name stuck, at least until my Mum sold in in the late 1970s. I would like to give our house a name, but it's hard to think of anything. This is a great idea, I hope it gives people inspiration to name their homes. Blessed.

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      Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Love these...we just call ours the cottage but maybe one of these days, we need to think of a name for our beach house.

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      hsschulte 5 years ago

      I love the idea of naming a cottage. I've been trying to come up with a good name for our little homestead. These ideas should help with that too! =)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Fun lens! I don't have a second home, but I enjoyed trying to make up a name for one anyway!

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      LaurenIM 5 years ago

      What a creative topic! Great idea for a lens. beautiful lens too, I might add. I call mine, The Art Loft. It just looks like one. lol

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      hlkljgk 5 years ago from Western Mass

      cute lens. our cabin was called "the great escape." :)

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      Joyce T. Mann 5 years ago from Bucks County, Pennsylvania USA

      What a creative lens! We live at the family farm that my dad named "Lone Pine Farm." He was influenced by a movie. I believe it was "Trail of the Lonesome Pine" starring Henry Fonda, but I would have to google the info to see if I'm correct.

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      sidther lm 6 years ago

      I grew up in England where naming your house was a common thing (at least it was back when I was there!). We are now in Texas and we just bought our first home and I have been trying to think of a name for it. You have some great tips here on naming vacation homes!

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      Joan Haines 6 years ago

      Love your system for naming. It makes sense.

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      Mary Norton 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      What a great idea. All these years, it is just The Cottage for us. Maybe we need to give our place a name.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Love the idea of giving names to cottage for pleasant memories and to relive those memories again.

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      Teddi14 LM 6 years ago

      What a unique lens. I grew up on a resort lake and miss it very much. Someday I hope to have a cottage of my own.

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      Ruthi 6 years ago

      I'd love to have a cabin in the woods with its own lake where the sun shines daily. I'd name it "abitosunshine" of course. Fun lens!

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      bossypants 6 years ago from America's Dairyland

      The generator was fun! And, your lists of ideas netted me with the rustic name of tumble-down shack. That's a sure way to deter visitiors, I think! Clever lens!

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      Snakesmom 6 years ago

      These are all great ways to find a cool cottage name, what fun!

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      Peggy Hazelwood 6 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      I would love to have a beach house and call it anything! It'd be fun to come up with the right name.

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      Chazz 6 years ago from New York

      Our house already had a name due to the motif used by the architect back in the 1800s - but I'm quite happy with it. It is known as "The Sunflower House" and it fits.

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      MamaRuth 6 years ago

      Okay, the cottage name generator was really fun. (I don't have anything that needs naming, but it's still fun). I'll keep this in mind when I'm trying to come up with a fictional place name. Nice lens.

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      norma-holt 6 years ago

      Great ideas here for finding the right name. I usually wait until something suitable pops into my head rather than brainstorm for it. Never thought of naming my house but My Home might be a good one LOL

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      WhitePineLane 6 years ago

      This is a great idea for a lens. I must've tried the cottage name generator 30 times, but even with that, we've never been able to come up with a name we like for our little place on White Pine Lane! *Blessed by a Squid Angel*

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      Jeanette 6 years ago from Australia

      Great lens. Just thought I'd check for a name for our family home and the cottage name generator suggested Toad Meadows. Ummm. I don't think so.....

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      KimGiancaterino 6 years ago

      I like the idea of names for cottages. Maybe because I watch "Midsomer Murders" and love the names they pick for towns and dwellings. A creative lens topic!

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      Virginia Allain 6 years ago from Central Florida

      @piedromolinero: I'm thinking of Chipmunk Run for our place. We had lots of chipmunks this summer.

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      myneverboredhands 6 years ago

      Ha-ha, all I agreeing with jptanabe is I need now is some kind of building/structure (whatever it is ) to name it!

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      piedromolinero 6 years ago

      What a funny idea. I checked the Cottage Name Generator, I wonder what my wife will say when I suggest calling our house in the mountains 'Coyote Hills'.

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      oztoo lm 6 years ago

      This is just what I need. I'll have to "brainstorm" for a while with the ideas you have presented here. I've always wanted to name our cottage but nothing ever sounds quite right.

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      Jennifer P Tanabe 6 years ago from Red Hook, NY

      What fun! Now all I need is a cottage or cabin that needs a name.