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Name Generator and Ideas for Cottages and Vacation Homes

Virginia enjoys her cottage in the NH woods near a lake. It's a beautiful area that attracts weekenders and summer folk.

The sign at my sister's home in the country. They had it made from Kansas limestone.

The sign at my sister's home in the country. They had it made from Kansas limestone.

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, a 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!


Vacation Home Name Generator

Word 1: Adjective That Describes the SceneWord 2: Noun That Fits Your LocationWord 3: Noun That Describes the Home

































Home, House





Tree: Oak, Aspen, Cedar, Pine, Maple, Hemlock, Birch



Animal: Moose, Bear, Chipmunk, Racoon, Squirrel, Beaver, Porcupine, coyote, wolf, bobcat, panther, puma,



Water Creature: Lobster, Crab, Fish











Old (Auld, Olde)




Bird: Owl, Egret, Chickadee, Eagle, Loon, Gull, Goose, Duck, Crane, Heron, stork



Water Type: Creek, Brook, Canal, Lagoon, Estuary, Resaca, Rio, Agua, Pool, Pond, Puddle, Lake, Loch, Mere, River, Hole









God's Country









Berry (Blackberry, Cranberry, Gooseberry, Blueberry, Strawberry)



Woods, grove, forest











Dark, Light


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

This charming wood sign displays the name Honey Bee Farm with appropriate graphics of bee hives and a bee with some flowers.

This charming wood sign displays the name Honey Bee Farm with appropriate graphics of bee hives and a bee with some flowers.

Try the Cottage Name Generator

  • The Cottage Name Generator
    The name generator combines several words to get suitable names for a cottage. If you don't like the first one, click the TRY AGAIN button. It's a lot of fun and might suggest the perfect name.

Personalized Sign With Your Cottage's Name

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.

"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

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A good descriptive name sign with a picture

A good descriptive name sign with a picture

"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

New Hampshire cottage on a lake

New Hampshire cottage on a lake

This sign is portable so the farm owners can take it to farmer's markets. Quite a creative name for their home.

This sign is portable so the farm owners can take it to farmer's markets. Quite a creative name for their home.

Examples of Matching a Name to the Cottage

Cottage Needing a NameMy 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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Questions & Answers

Question: What is the best name for a cottage house by the river?

Answer: You could go with a name like Riversedge or Bankside.

Question: What's a good name for a cottage that has mountain views next to pastures, a tiny waterfall in a creek, and lots of birds?

Answer: You probably can't work all those elements into one name. Choose one or choose two and combine them. If the mountains have names, maybe work one of those into the name.

Question: What is good name for apartments with something related to “sun” in it?

Answer: How about something with the word "sol" in it, like "Casa Del Sol"? You can also hyphenate a phrase to make a nice name, like "Sun-N-Fun." Turn sun into a descriptive word like sunny and add to that. Or "Sunny Retreat," perhaps.

Question: What is a good name for a seasonal camper site?

Answer: Our Bit of Heaven, or Summer Retreat

Question: What's a good name for a mountain view home?

Answer: Think of words that you associate with mountain (bluff, peak, cliff, ridge, crag, butte) and try different combinations to come up with a name for your mountain home. How about Our Cliff House, Ridge View, etc.? You could also include the name of the mountain that you see.

Question: What would be a good name for a cottage with pine trees & valley?

Answer: I'd go straight for Pine Valley with those two features. Maybe make it Pine Valley Cottage or Pine Valley Getaway.

Question: We just bought a cottage on Lake Michigan. Right now it’s called "Wit's End," and we love it, but we want to change it. It’s a big blue cottage, and it overlooks another lake called Lincoln Lake. Do you have any suggestions?

Answer: Here are some ideas:

Blue Abe's Cottage

Lincoln View

Lincoln Overlook

Bluey Cottage

Question: What is the best name for a family house?

Answer: For vacation homes, I like lots of descriptive, even playful names. For my own home, I'd settle for something with the family name or dignified description. My sister used Moss Creek for their home. That includes the first letter of her maiden name and three letters from her married name plus a feature on their property (a creek).

Question: Tell me the best name for a guest house in hill station?.

Answer: Look at the style of the architecture of the house. Look at surrounding features (names of nearby hills), kinds of plants, your family name. You should combine any of those factors for a unique name.

Question: What is a good cottage name for a house about a mile from the beach, ith no water views, a pool, bamboo trees, a mango tree and a butterfly garden that's zenful and full of good energy?

Answer: Under the Mango Tree

Butterfly Cottage

Our Zen Retreat

Question: We would like to name our primary residence. It is a colonial-style home with large white columns. It sits on four acres with very large trees. It is a special place for our children, their spouses and soon-to-be grandchild. We also have a guest house on the property. Our last name is Driscoll, but we don't really want to use it in the name. Do you have any suggestions??

Answer: Maybe you should include the names of the trees, for example, "Oak Plantation." Other ideas are "The Tree House" or "4 Acre Woods."

Question: Can you suggest a name for a resort situated in a cool green place?

Answer: I'm thinking of combinations like Green Grove, Shady Retreat, Our Shangri-la. Add in the family name or a regional name.

Question: What is the best name for a lake view apartment building used as a second home?

Answer: How about "Lago Vista."

Question: What is the good name for a house in the middle of town?

Answer: Look for distinctive features of the home. Does it have black shutters, is it brick, is it historic? Maybe incorporate the name of the street or the neighborhood. Check out this article about how they come up with names for NY apartment buildings, it might inspire you:

Question: Our guesthouse is called "A New Dawn," but has a lot of African Elephants and Africa decor in it. I would like to change the name to something quirky and elephant related? What do you suggest?

Answer: Elephant Dreaming, or maybe Pachyderm Palace.

Question: What is a great name for a bay cottage with great sunset views in Amityville?

Answer: I considered words that were synonyms for amity (cordiality, friendliness, goodwill, harmony, kindliness, neighborliness, togetherness, good vibrations, simpatico) when thinking of a name for your cottage. How about Cordial Cottage or Harmony House or Harmony By The Bay?

Question: We're about to build little triangle wooden huts in the forest where hikers pass by. We'll offer them a place to rest for a day or two with a bathroom and a kitchen. What names can you suggest?

Answer: "A-Frame Retreat," "Wayfarers' Rest," "Trail Retreat," "Hiker Haven," or "Merlin's Hut" are some ideas to get you started.

Question: What are suitable guest house names that incorporate "pine trees" and "hill station"?

Answer: "Pine Hill" perhaps or "Tall Pines." To sound exotic, you can name it in another language ("Alberi di Pino" is "pine trees" in Italian). Another idea is "Top of the Hill."

Question: Our surname is Steele. Can you recommend a name for our seaside apartment?

Answer: How about "Steele Away to the Sea"?

Question: What is the best name for a log house on a hill?

Answer: The first name that comes to my mind is Hilltop Cabin.

Question: What is a good name for a beach house on a hill?

Answer: For a house on a hill think of words that indicate height (bluff, overlook, etc.), then combine that with the location. Cliff-House-by-the-Sea or a similar combination.

Question: We are trying to think of a name for our homestead in Queensland, Australia that uses our surname which is West?

Answer: Maybe something like Queen of the West or West Wind Station.

Question: What is the best name for a lakefront cabin owned by two siblings?

Answer: How about Family Ties or Gather at the Lake? I'd also suggest working the family name into it someway.

Question: We purchased a little yellow shingles cottage with seascape landscaping. A nautical horde and a gallery. Oceanside. It was The Blue Heron Gallery bit we want to make it our own. Can you help us with a name?

Answer: How about Sunshine By The Sea?

Question: What is the best name for a block of beach chalets with small units?

Answer: Maybe they could be the "Petite Chalets" or "Cozy Cottages."

Question: What's a catchy name for a tiny house bed & breakfast on a farm?

Answer: You can tap into farm related-themes like Old MacDonald's B&B or Green Acres B&B, or go with names like Sylvan Cottage or (your name) + Rustic Retreat. Another idea might be Out-Country Escape.

Question: What do you suggest for a homestay portal domain name?

Answer: Perhaps, Better check that it isn't already in use.

Question: What is the best name for a jungle scene adventure resort?

Answer: Use a regional or local name to announce where you are and include the words Jungle and Adventure with that.

Question: I am trying to pick a name for our small trailer. I'm out of ideas. It's in an RV resort in Florida. Do you have any ideas?

Answer: How about Paradise-on-Wheels, Fun in the Sun or Our Cozy Retreat?

Question: My late father gifted money to my children, allowing us to purchase a lake house. They referred to him as "nonno" which is "grandfather" in Italian. We would like to name the house in his honor using Nonno somehow. Do you have any creative ideas?

Answer: O-Nonno!

Question: Please suggest a name for a home on the Sound?

Answer: Sound of Silence, perhaps?

Question: What is the best name for a boat? Our last name is Goodrich. We spend time on it with family and friends. My sons and husband fish and we are in San Diego.

Answer: Play around with some synonyms for "good" and "rich" to see what strikes you. Maybe something like the Gilded Sloop or to the Golden Time (referring to family time together)

Question: My last name is Goodluck I have a vacation rental in Barbados, no sea views. Any suggestions?

Answer: How about taking part of their tourism slogan (Live the Dream) and combine with your name or part of it? Lucky Dream

Question: Our cottage is a half mile to the river, any suggestions for a good name for it?

Answer: How about "The Half-Mile House" or "Half-Mile Cottage"

Question: What is a nice name for a small urban guesthouse in an area called "Queenswood"?

Answer: Let's do some free associating (queen = royal, Victoria, princess, Windsor, etc.) and for the second word (wood = grove, forest, glade, etc.). How about The Petite Princess Place in Queenswood or Windsor Grove Guesthouse?

Question: I have a park trailer on the river near the beach. It doesn’t look like a regular park trailer, just a 34x8 ft teal bldg painted soft blue and white. This location is in Texas on the gulf coast. What should I name my gulf coast home?

Answer: Maybe something like "Gulf Retreat" or "Casa Rio."

Question: What's a name that we can call a place on West Lake in Prince Edward County that has 11 cottages on the property? We don't want to name it West Lake Cottages.

Answer: Try various combinations of the elements you described. Westward Cottages or Westie Cottages. Almost a Dozen. Edward's Retreat.

Question: What’s the best name for a small home on a tropical island with native bees?

Answer: Bee Happy Here or Our Buzzy Home. Those don't include the tropical part. Hmmm, let's think further.

Question: I have a cabin by a dam. What is a cool name would you suggest?

Answer: You could play on the word dam and call it "Give a Damn" or "Damn Right!"

Question: What is the best name suggestion for a rest house having no facilities like others but a genuine one for the hippies and the true wanderers?

Answer: How about something like "Free Spirit Haven?" Think of a list of words that you would associate with hippies, then ones with wanderers, etc. and try combining those to see what it inspires.

Question: We just bought a home in the desert which receives a lot of sun. Any ideas on a name for it?

Answer: You could search for Native American words for the sun. For instance, the Navajo word is jóhonaaʼéí. There are lots of languages around the world, and all have a word for sun: sol, soleil (French), xemx (Maltese), and so on. Or, you can just opt to call it "Sun and Sand." I tried out a site that had a desert name generator that quickly showed 10 names, but some of them made me laugh. I don't think you'll want to name your home "Dreary Wasteland" or "The Sterile Emptiness."

Question: What's the best name for a floating cottage on a lake?

Answer: Is a floating cottage like a houseboat? I've not encountered that before. You could choose a name like Living the Dream or Lake Livin'.

Question: I need to name my Home Stay House. It is in the Hill capital of Sri Lanka, surrounded by a river, railway station and mountains. What do you suggest?

Answer: I would say Comfy Home Away, or Sri Lanka Retreat.

Question: What should we name our A-Frame?

Answer: These always make me think of chalets in the Swiss mountains. Perhaps team that with a descriptive word or your family name, like the Smith Chalet.

Question: What is the best name for a house situated in a misty place?

Answer: Play on the words to see what appeals. Misty - foggy - showers - etc. House in the Mists sounds good to me. Alternate idea: look for traditional names from long-ago, maybe mythology or literature. Avalon House or there's an HP Lovecraft story, The High House in the Mist. Kingsport was a name in that story.

Question: What are good names for a bungalow near a jungle?

Answer: I actually like the way the two words sound together, sort of poetic. How about "The Jungle Bungalow" or "Our Jungle Bungalow." You could add other descriptive words in it too.

Question: Do you have any name ideas for a resort on an island surrounded by lakes, trees, and beautiful scenery?

Answer: I suggest "Shangri-La" or "Bit of Paradise."

Question: We just bought a small rancher on two acres, and we keep seeing a lot of lazy deer, any thoughts on names?

Answer: Sleepy Deer Ranch or The Dozing Doe

© 2010 Virginia Allain

Although I Can't Name Your Cottage, I'd Love to Hear What You Choose

Virginia Allain (author) from Central Florida on August 06, 2020:

You could go straight for "Sunrise Cabin" or "Morning View."

marjie on August 06, 2020:

my newly purchase cabin has wonderful sunrise views of the mountains. ideas for a name of the cabin?? thanks!

Virginia Allain (author) from Central Florida on July 19, 2020:

You could go with the most obvious: The Twin Dolphin Inn or Villa or House of the Two Dolphins. Another approach might be to use the word dolphin in another language. In Italian, it is delfino.

Chantè on July 19, 2020:

Hi we want to rename guesthouse but we are not sure what? We already have al logo but no name. In the logo there is two dolphins jumping out of the water, before the dolphins there is a white rock and across the rock there is a wave stretching over the rock. Hope I have explained it okay. The guesthouse is 500m from the beach. We are really struggling with a name. Please can you give me some examples?

Virginia Allain (author) from Central Florida on June 30, 2020:

Greg, You could steal one of Disney's catchphrases, "Happiest Place on Earth" and just call it "Our Happy Place." Another Disney reference might be The Mouse House. Of course, there are all sorts of tropical or Floridian terms you can use too.

Greg on June 29, 2020:

We just purchased a vacation home near Disney World and are looking for a catchy name. It is in a resort community. Single floor. Mediterranean style. Please help.... :)!!

Annabelle on June 28, 2020:

I was looking to name my river home. This has given me something to think on.

Soni Hise Sers on June 20, 2020:

We need a name for our River house on Cane River in Louisiana?

Virginia Allain (author) from Central Florida on May 04, 2020:

You could name each building after a different type of bear: Grizzley, Kodiak, Brown Bear, etc. For the name for the cabin, try variations on bear with other words: Bearly There or Bear Hug House. Just some ideas to get you thinking.

Sher on May 04, 2020:

Just bought a cabin in the woods the theme is bears many different buildings what would be a good name

Virginia Allain (author) from Central Florida on April 10, 2020:

I'm tossing around some related words in my mind (gem, jewel, sparkly, green) or play with the letters of emerald (eraldem). good luck!

carol w on April 10, 2020:

We have a lake house on Emerald lake. Looking for ideas for a name for it?

Babar Iqbal on April 08, 2020:

Hi. We are planning on starting a resort project consisting of some cottages and tree-houses. Could you suggest some names?

Many Thanks.

Loved the blog.

Virginia Allain (author) from Central Florida on March 10, 2020:

Maybe something like The Badger's Burrow.

Robson on March 10, 2020:

We have a 3 season cabin on the lake and are thinking of purchasing a winterized small home next to it in northern wisconsin. Need help with naming it please!

Sara on March 02, 2020:

We’re building a log home in Lake Anna, VA. Although we’re not right on the lake, we’re a short walking distance to our boat slip, and wonder if we can use “lake house” as part of the name? Our name is Rudolph, we’re planning to have a red metal roof (if approved). Our favorite vacation spot is Key West. Would love to hear your ideas for a catchy name.

Virginia Allain (author) from Central Florida on February 21, 2020:

Calling it the Dejong Villatje might fit your needs but will probably require explaining and help in pronouncing it for everyone.

Audrey Dejong on February 20, 2020:

we are looking to name our cottage, it is in Johnson Harbour Ontario Canada. My husband and i are both of Dutch decent and our Dutch heritage is very important to us so would like to incorporate something 'dutch' Our names are Audrey and Peter deJong Thank you

Mary Enns on February 03, 2020:

We have a house on the canal in Bahamas, this is our retirement home, very peaceful, it has a monkey puzzle tree in the garden,

our names are Mary & Peter

Virginia Allain (author) from Central Florida on January 27, 2020:

The most obvious combo might be merging the 2 names but it seems a bit awkward Jettie-Finn or FinJettie. Maybe just a partial from each name: JeFi House or FinJet Place.

Molly Larsen on January 27, 2020:

I have a beach house by the Chesapeake bay... I have a daughter named Jettie and a son named Finn . Any ideas how to incorporate these names

clawson on January 20, 2020:

Building at antique log cabin in the NC mtns. No main features on lot. but does have some views. It is on a street called Maple Leaf. My sister-in-laws family is from Canada and has a maple tree sugar farm. So, I was thinking something with Maple.

Virginia Allain (author) from Central Florida on December 11, 2019:

That's a tough one. Wood Dome Cottage is all that comes to mind.

Pvz on December 09, 2019:

Can you suggest me name for a wooden cottage which is in shape of dome & a mile away from beach.

Sue on November 29, 2019:

We bought a year round house on a creek- any ideas?

Virginia Allain (author) from Central Florida on November 28, 2019:

Some great things to work with for a name, Kimberly. If you continue with the Spanish theme, it could be Casa Azul y Sol. Play around with it. Not sure you can work in all the elements: creek, trees, birds but mix and match.

Kimberly Dawson on November 27, 2019:

I have a small blue house in Costa Rica with a large creek going through it with birds everywhere. It’s an acre garden of fruit trees. My last name Dawson My Boyfriends is Johnson. Both end in son — sun in Spanish is sol. Ideas??

Virginia Allain (author) from Central Florida on November 20, 2019:

Emily Merrill - How about something like Bird's Eye View Camp (sort of a nod to flying) or Pilot's Retreat (more of an aviation theme) or Eagle's Nest? Play around with it to see what feels good.

Emily Merrill on November 19, 2019:

My husband and I bought a camp in Maine with my parents. We have four girls and they love it. The camp is on Flying Pond and the purchase is a dream come true. The property sits among pine trees and gives us a place to host family and friends. We cannot think of a name and would love ideas!

Virginia Allain (author) from Central Florida on November 13, 2019:

Laura, my mind went immediately to "Blissful Indian House" but the turret sounds intriguing. Perhaps "Indian Lookout." Keep playing around until you find the right combination.

Laura on November 13, 2019:

We just bought a house on Indian Lake. It is a lovely brick home with a turret lookout attached. It is on Bliss Lane. We are trying to come up with a play on those words. Our last names are too long and confusing to do anything with those.

Virginia Allain (author) from Central Florida on November 09, 2019:

I think using anchorage plus the owner's name would make a good name for a lodge.

Ikke on November 08, 2019:

Am trying to name a lodge near a port....would like to place "anchorage" after the owner's name....your thoughts on this pls?

Virginia Allain (author) from Central Florida on November 08, 2019:

The word hermit brings to mind Hermit's Retreat, Hermit Hideaway, but being up high, you could go with Eagle's Nest. You have lots of possibilities but probably can't get everything into one name.

Trampas & Sherri Parker on November 08, 2019:

Buying a old 1900 cabin in colorado on a knoll on Hermit Lakes. Lots of eagles, moose,deer, trout ect....wildlife. helpo

Stacey on October 19, 2019:

We’re buildings house at Deep Creek Lake on top of a mountain on the 7th hole. I’d like to incorporate our last name using part of it- Beau. I’d like it to be a catchy name for renters as well. Some obvious names have already been taken like- Heaven on 7, Eagle on 7, Birds Eye View. My husband thinks Beau Chateau won’t attract renters but that was our original thought. Help and thank you!

Virginia Allain (author) from Central Florida on August 24, 2019:

Corey Costa - how about something offbeat like Moose's Hoose or Moose Chalet? Thinking about the bird name, you could go with Garneau's Nest.

Corey Costa on August 24, 2019:

We have a chalet in Maine near Moose Pond. We are down the street from a ski mountain (Shawnee Peak) and in an association that has private beach access to Moose Pond (it's a 2-3 min drive). The street is Blue Jay. And, my parents last name is Garneau. They are having a hard time coming up with a name for it.

Wm Garnett on August 16, 2019:

We a building a home on Lake Anna. The lot is on the water in a cove with incredible vistas, and majestic trees.

Marti M on August 13, 2019:

1964 glass house in palm desert california looking at a small lake through the back.

Beverly Hoadley on August 10, 2019:

trying to select a name for a RED RIVER GORGE CABIN.

3d image of gorge. lots of trees, mtn climbers. beautiful new cabin surrounded by trees, rocks and gorge. help

Virginia Allain (author) from Central Florida on July 17, 2019:

I've seen some names that play on the word "dune." Examples: Dune Our Thing or After Dune Delight.

Virginia Allain (author) from Central Florida on July 17, 2019:

Brandi, it sounds delightful. You could call it something like Our Retreat or The Outback Lounge or from the description, you could even work the word "lodge" into it.

Brandi on July 16, 2019:

We have a post and beam construction, exposed beams, shiplapped walls, with fireplace with a small loft space in our backyard that we are looking to name. Hoping to use it to entertain, make lots of memories and as a little retreat from,our home.

Bev & Rick Tattersall on July 15, 2019:

we have a cottage on Lake Huron, lots of beautiful pine trees and big sand dunes. We have a large deck down by the lake, trying to come up with a name..."Tatt's Dunes"?, I'm called BB (granddaughter ) husband Papa...BB & Papa's beach retreat??? they all seem little hokey to me, I would love your input. thanks


Maaike on July 10, 2019:

Love Raven Nest, thank you for your input, Virginia!

Virginia Allain (author) from Central Florida on July 09, 2019:

Maaike - I don't have a problem with the apostrophe, but maybe try calling it The Aerie or if that might have to be explained to people, go for Top of the Town or leave off the "s" and have it be Raven Nest.

maaike on July 09, 2019:

I have a spacious and maisonette apartment on the top floor (loft?) with lots of light and with a traditional cityscape view. The city and street are unpronounceable for foreigners and my rental market is foreign students and young couples. I love animals and have decorated with art of animals (zebra, hedgehog, cows, pigs, etc.). Perhaps something in the line of Ravens Loft? (I love birds). However, I want to avoid apostrophes and it should have a nice ring to it. Ideas?

Virginia Allain (author) from Central Florida on June 19, 2019:

I would suggest using your grandmother's name in the name you give it. For instance, you could call it Chhaya's Retreat or Chhaya's Cottage.

Jurat Chowdhury on June 13, 2019:

We have 9 acar land beside the river which was my grandmother. Now we want to make a cottage. It is beside a river. Would u please gift a beautiful name?

Jackie Barndollar Landry on June 04, 2019:

I have a cozy cabin in Sky Forest with a view of Lake Arrowhead. I want to name it something fun. It was built in 1947.

Virginia Allain (author) from Central Florida on May 22, 2019:

or Hobbit House. Fun!

Doris James MizBejabbers from Beautiful South on May 22, 2019:

Except for the fact that my husband has a full head of hair, I've come up with what would have been the perfect name for my underground dome house: Chrome Dome's Gnome Home.

Virginia Allain (author) from Central Florida on May 17, 2019:

I see wooden signs around New England and they have heavy winters. Consider someone like Dave Herzfeld of Vermont or Ye Olde Sign Shoppe has camp and home signs that are not so elaborate.

Mary on May 17, 2019:

Can you recommend an online site that makes personalized painted wood signs? We just bought a 1926 lake cottage in the nantucket style and would like to have a sign with the name at the road. Unless wood wouldn’t last? We are in Minnesota and the winters are harsh! Thank you!

Virginia Allain (author) from Central Florida on May 16, 2019:

I like the word "studio" and would try to work that into the name. You could also look at Mediterranean names like Treviso or Viterra and think about combining those with studio or casa.

Katie on May 16, 2019:

Looking for a name for my she shed that will be a paint studio. Maybe use KT's paint casa. That my best try. It is outside our home in Fl which is very Mediterranean style.

Virginia Allain (author) from Central Florida on May 13, 2019:

Of course, the first thing that comes to mind, Jenny, is "Red Roof Cottage."

Jenny on May 13, 2019:

I am looking for a cute name for our cottage, it is located on a channel near two large lakes and has a bright red steel roof. :)

Virginia Allain (author) from Central Florida on April 26, 2019:

Jennie - How about Happy Frog Hollow then to combine all the parts you like.

Jennie on April 26, 2019:

Our home (renovated old cottage) is on the shore of a large river, at a narrow spot. We are down a really steep drive (does that make us in a hollow?) Neighbours have already called their property The Narrows. We have all the usual wildlife, but my favourites are all the tree frogs. Froggy Hollow? Happy Hollow? Frog Hall? Frogmore Shore (stealing from Harry and Meghan's new home)? Any other ideas?

Pankaj kanwal on April 11, 2019:

Please suggest a name for my new camp side that is surounded by apple orchard green trees and jaungle and himalayan view

Sanjay on April 08, 2019:

Please suggest me good name for my guest house

Virginia Allain (author) from Central Florida on March 31, 2019:

Frodo's Retreat maybe?

Doris James MizBejabbers from Beautiful South on March 31, 2019:

Love your suggestions, Virginia. We've been trying to think of a name for our underground dome home. We've had comments from visitors who exclaim, "it's a Hobbit house," but that's too trite. Maybe something like "Hobbit's Rest"? I live in central Arkansas, but I'm actually from the Ozark Mountains, so I guess "Hillbilly Hobbits" wouldn't be fitting in this setting?

Bill on February 17, 2019:

Buying a property on a river and we are building a campground. It has a wind mill on the property. What would be a good name on January 25, 2019:

Hi Virginia, we are starting a group home for aging older adults, just 6 in a private home in a residential area. we hate the sound of group home, it is six women living together like the golden girls! we hope to provide an enriching environment. any thoughts on a name...i'm trying to get across that it is small group living, community, safe, rest. your names are great, so creative!!

Virginia Allain (author) from Central Florida on January 14, 2019:

Saida, think of the many words for sea in various languages, then combine it with some feature of the house (perhaps the color) or with your own name.

Saida on January 11, 2019:

What name can i use for a vacations home near sea

Geo on December 30, 2018:

I have a camp with water front (river) and a bird sanctuary near by. Please suggest a name where these both features are included.

Mohit kashyap on November 30, 2018:

I have a house near Golden temple at Amritsar (Punjab ,INDIA) I want to renovate my house for tourist for home stay suggest me catchy name.

Virginia Allain (author) from Central Florida on November 29, 2018:

In researching this, I see some with a person's name attached (like Trullo Jemma) and some with a descriptive word (like Trullo Vista). So "Trullo Liz" would work or you could make the name more Italian, "Trullo Liza."

Pugliese on November 29, 2018:


I have a trullo in Italy and financial circumstances have forced me to let it for the first time. The agent insists for internet marketing purposes I have to rename the property using two words. The first word being Trullo. The target market is English speaking so wanted a word that is soft and inviting. My first thought is use a female name i.e. Trullo Liz (My wife's name) but has anyone some alternative ideas?

Virginia Allain (author) from Central Florida on November 26, 2018:

Love it, thanks!

Deirdre on November 26, 2018:

How about, Tranquil View

Virginia Allain (author) from Central Florida on November 17, 2018:

Anyone have some brilliant suggestions for Frances?

Frances Hoffe on November 16, 2018:

Hi can you help me to name my place ., I have a building looking over the ocean watching the boats passing by .. while sitting in the living room thanks! on August 28, 2018:

Trying to name my She Shed

oldcitystones on August 10, 2018:

Can someone help me pick a name for our place in the red sea. The place is close to the beach and has both sea and mountain views.

Zoreen ansari on August 02, 2018:

We have a winter big house very close to the beach on the Chanel and have a boat dock. I want to give some cool name to the house may be some middle eastern name

Virginia Allain (author) from Central Florida on July 18, 2018:

Sounds wonderful, Ingrid. Lots to work with here. Brekkie in the Bush or Bush Haven Near the Sea.

Ingrid on July 16, 2018:

Hi Virginia. Love your website. We recently purchased a 5 year old home on the east coast of Australia after spending my life inland. We are going to be offering a bed and breakfast and need a good name. We are 5 mins from the river and the ocean plus we are in a bush setting where we see wildlife. Id love a name that connects ppl with relaxing but am struggling. Would appreciate your ideas. Many thanks

Lynnette on July 10, 2018:

We have a getaway cabin that is a cross between cabin and English cottage., We call it a cabin. It’s on a river called King’s River. It’s wooded, with gorgeous native stone and white oaks. It is built on the side of a hill.

We built it because we craved the peace and quiet. It sits on 8 wooded riverfront acres. I’m just not creative, or I’m trying too hard!

Virginia Allain (author) from Central Florida on July 06, 2018:

Sometimes running 2 words together make a fun name. Blackcreek, Blackspring.

Charlotte on July 04, 2018:

We got a piece of property last year and we are trying to decide on a name. It’s in Black, MO. It has a natural spring on it and a fishing pond. We are right next to a creek too.

Virginia Allain (author) from Central Florida on June 27, 2018:

Perry Benson - for your Boat House/Tiki Hut on the Mississippi, think of alternate names for the river and combine with some Hawaiian word. Maybe it could be the Muddy River Hula Hut or Mighty Miss Tiki House.

perry benson on June 27, 2018:

I have a boat house with a Tiki hut attached on the Mississippi. Looking for a nick name for it.

teresa Lyon on June 07, 2018:

Thank you for the wonderful ideas.

Mohd Sharom b Mohd Shariff, Melaka, Malaysia. on June 03, 2018:

I got a house, a walk up apartment at Level 2. What is the suitable name should i gave to my apartment which is going to be my guesthouse ?

Gloria on June 02, 2018:

we got a nightly rental property in Saint George utah, close to Zions national park, the house is in Coral ridge (in coral canyon)

please help me pick a name

oldcitystones on May 27, 2018:

What Name would you suggest in the red sea such as Eilat?

A place that is close to the beach!

oldcitystones on May 26, 2018:

We need to name a place in the Red Sea for a Villa that is located near the beach. What name is good to use. The place has a sea view and is within walking distance to the beach. It's in a quiet area.

Virginia Allain (author) from Central Florida on May 22, 2018:

David - You could work the name of the river into your camp name or use words like rio, stream, river's edge, then combine with your family name or a descriptive word like peaceful, sylvan, retreat, etc.

david on May 22, 2018:

hello if someone can help me find a name for a camping area near a river , i would be thankful :)

Diane Riotta on May 05, 2018:

Trying to name a bay front cottage in Amityville.

Virginia Allain (author) from Central Florida on May 03, 2018:

You can incorporate the name of the river into the name and add "cottage" or "house" to it. You could call it something like Bankside Cottage or XYZ House or River View or Riveredge.

Billie on April 26, 2018:

River home

Janet Soriano on April 24, 2018:

We are thinking of a name suited for our transient house in the northern part of Philippines particularly Baguio City - the summer capital of the Philippines. It is well known as the city pines.

Janet Soriano on April 24, 2018:

We are thinking of a name suited for our transient house in the northern part of Philippines particularly Baguio City - the summer capital of the Philippines. It is well known as the city pines.

Virginia Allain (author) from Central Florida on April 19, 2018:

Kelly - how about a combination of the family names (use the first syllable of each)? Could the guest house be Cascadia Cabin though I like the Hilltop Haven name. Elk Lodge? Mountain Dream?

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