Last Updated on: 12th January 2023, 11:01 pm
Wondering what to name your cottage? Here are my favorite cottage names from historic to charming to funny cottage names, and everything in between!
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The Best Cottage Names
I’ve separated these into different types of names for cottages, plus a glossary so you can put together your own.
Common Cottage Names
Moose Tracks Inn
The Whiskey Way Inn
Quirky Cottage Names 10
Salt Water Way
Gray Whale Watch
The Fox Den
Cute Cottage Names
The Bunny Barn
Little Cub Cottage
Scout on the Water
Cottage Name Puns
Made for the Shade
Peace A Hut
Son of a Beech
Lochs of Love
The Cleans Lake
Fiddler on the Reef
Wish Upon a Starling
Funny Cottage Names
Life’s a Hoot
The King of the Hill
The Cottage Cheese
My Last Resort
My Old Man
Creepy Cottage Names
The Garden at Midnight
Lake Cottage Names
The Dockside Inn
Water’s Edge Estate
Beach Cottage Names
Sea Point Place
The Cozy Coastal
Need more ideas? Check out this list of over one hundred beach house names.
Irish Cottage Names
Páirc Lodge (Park Lodge)
Aisling House (Dream Vision House)
Drom Aluinn (Beautiful Mountain)
Glen Haven House
Scottish Cottage Names
An Teallach (The Fireplace)
Sealladh Loch (Lake View)
English Cottage Names
Yew Tree Cottage
The Orchard House
Swedish Cottage Names
Attefalls (a small cabin or cottage less than 320 square meters)
Kolonistuga (a summer cottage)
Stuga (a small house)
French Cottage Names
A De La Colline (Side of the Hill)
Chez Recoin (Our Nook)
Notre Maison (Our Home)
Haute Vue (High View)
Belle Vue (Beautiful View)
American Cottage Names
The Lincoln Lodge
The Eagle’s Nest
Canadian Cottage Names
Welsh Cottage Names
Awel-deg Cottage (Beautiful Breeze)
Gelli Aur Cottage (Golden Grove)
Cuddfan Cottage (The Hiding Place)
Galwad-y-môr Cottage (The Call of the Sea)
Murmur-y-coed Cottage (The Murmur of the Trees)
Yorkshire Cottage Names
Cottage Glossary: How to Make Your Own Cottage Name
Here is a list of nature, oceanic, nautical words plus some good descriptions and architectural terms that you can mix and match. Feel free to suggest more words for this list in the comments at the end of this post!
A: Abode, Adventure, Ahoy, Albacore, Albatross, Algae, Amethyst, Anchor, Anchovie, Angelfish, Apartment, Aqua, Asea, Ash, Ashore, Aspen, Astonish, Astonishing, Atlantic, Atlas, Auk, Auklet, Avenue, Away, Azure
B: Banana, Barefoot, Barn, Barnacle, Barracuda, Bay, Bayfront, Bayside, Bayview, Baywater, Beach, Beachcast, Beachcomber, Beaches, Beachfront, Beachy, Bear, Beaver, Beech, Bend, Bikini, Birch, Bird, Birdie, Blackbird, Blackpool, Blacktop, Bleau de France, Bliss, Blue, Blue Fin, Blue Jay, Boardwalk, Boat, Bobcat, Bottom, Breakwater, Breakwaters, Breeze, Bronze, Brother, Brothers, Buddy, Buddies, Bumblebee, Bungalow, Butte, Butterfly
C: Cabana, Cabin, Call, Calm, Camp, Campfire, Canary, Candle, Canoe, Canteen, Cape, Capricorn, Captain, Cardinal, Catch, Caye, Cedar, Cerulean, Cherry, Chrystal, Chickadee, Chipmunk, Clam, Cliff, Cliffs, Cliffside, Climb, Cloud, Clouds, Cloudy, Coach, Coach House, Coast, Coastal, Cobalt, Coconut, Cod, Compass, Conch, Condo, Coral, Cormorant, Corner, Cot, Cottage, Country, Countryside, Cove, Coyote, Crab, Crest, Crested, Crimson, Croft, Crow, Current, Curve, Cuttlefish, Cyan
D: Daffodil, Dandelion, Deep, Deepend, Deer, Delight, Desert, Destination, Detour, Dip, Discover, Discovery, Dock, Dockside, Dogfish, Dolphin, Dory, Dove, Drift, Driftwood, Duchess, Duck, Dune, Dwell, Dwelling
E: Eastern, Ebb, Eel, Egret, Egyptian Blue, Emerald, Escape, Estate, Evening, Evening Star, Evergreen
F: Fair, Fairview, Family, Fantasy, Fin, Finch, Fire, Firs, Fish, Fisherman, Fishing, Flashlight, Flamingo, Flies, Flip-Flop, Flounder, Flow, Fly, Flying Fish, Flyover, Footprint, Forest, Friend, Friendly, Friendship, Fun
G: Gable, Gables, Garnet, Gather, Geography, Glass, Glassy, Glen, Go, Gold, Golden, Goldfinch, Goose, Gone, Grass, Great, Green, Greenacres, Greenery, Grouper, Grove, Gulf, Gull
H: Hammock, Harbor, Harborside, Harborview, Haven, Hawk, Hearth, Heat, Heather, Heaven, Heavens, Hermit, Heron, Herring, Hide, Hideaway, Hideout, Hiding, High, Highfield, High Tide, Hill, Hillcrest, Hillock, Hills, Hillside, Hilltop, Hike, Holiday, Hollies, Holly, Hollyhock, Home, Honey, Honeysuckle, Hope, Horseshoe Crab, Hotel, Hummingbird, Hurricane, Hut
I: Iguana, Indigo, Island, Isle, Ivory, Ivy
J: Jade, Jellyfish, Jetty, John Dory, Jungle
K: Kayak, Keen, Keep, Kelly, Kelp, Kindling, King, Kingfisher, Kinglet, Kiss, Kit, Kite, Kites, Kits, Knapsack, Knife, Krill
L: Lagoon, Laguna, Lake, Lakeshore, Lantern, Lattitude, Laurel, Lavender, Lemon, Light, Lighthouse, Lilac, Lily, Lime, Little, Lionfish, Lobster, Lodge, Log, Loggerhead, Lookout, Love
M: Mackerel, Magic, Mahi-Mahi, Mallard, Manor, Manta Ray, Map, Maple, Mapping, Maps, Marine, Maritime, Marshmallows, Mauve, Maverick, Maya Blue, Meadow, Meadows, Migration, Mill, Mint, Mirror, Mockingbird, Mollusc, Monsoon, Moon, Moose, Morning, Morningstar, Moss, Mount, Mountain, Mountains, Murmur, Murmuring, Mussel
N: Nantucket, Narwahl, National, Nature, Natural, Nautical, Nautilus, Navigate, Navigator, Needles, Needle Fish, Nemo, Nest, Night, Nightengale, Nightime, Nook, Northern
O: Oak, Oaklands, Oar, Ocean, Oceanfront, Oceangrass, Oceanside, Oceanview, Oceanward, Octopus, Odyssey, Old, Olive, Open, Orange, Orca, Orchard, Orchid, Otter, Outdoors, Outside, Overlook, Overlooking, Overnight, Oyster
P: Pacific, Paddle, Palm, Panther, Paradise, Park, Passport, Patch, Path, Pave, Peace, Peach, Pearl, Pebble, Pelican, Penguin, Peninsula, Penthouse, Perch, Periwinkle, Petrel, Picture, Picturing, Pier, Pigeon, Pine, Pinecone, Pine Needles, Pinetree, Pinetrees, Pineapple, Pirate, Place, Plankton, Pleasure, Plum, Point, Pointe, Porcupine, Porpoise, Port, Post, Prarie, Prawn, Primrose, Prion, Prince, Princess, Promenade, Pufferfish, Puffin, Purple
Q: Queen, Queenbird, Quest, Quicksilver, Quiet, Quill
R: Raccon, Rain, Ram, Ramshead, Ranger, Ray, Razorbill, Rectory, Red, Reef, Reel, Relax, Remote, Resort, Rest, Retreat, Return, Revelation, Ring Road, Riptide, River, Riverside, Riverview, Riviera, Road, Romantic, Rope, Rose, Route, Ruby, Run, Russian Blue
S: Safe, Safety, Sage, Sail, Salt, Saltwater, Salty, Sand, Sandbank, Sandbar, Sandbox, Sandcastle, Sandollar, Sand Dune, Sander, Sandpiper, Sandshoe, Sandspit, Sandstone, Sandstorm, Sandy, Sangria, Sapphire, Sardine, Scallop, Scarlet, Scenery, School, Scoter, Scooter, Sea, Seabeach, Seaborne, Seadog, Seafloor, Seaglass, Seagrass, Seagull, Seahorse, Seal, Sealion, Seamark, Seascape, Seashell, Seashore, Seaside, Sea Star, Sea Turtle, Sea Urchin, Seaview, Seaward, Seaweed, Secret, Secrets, Serpent, Seven, Seven Seas, Shack, Shark, Shearwater, Shell, Ship, Shipwreck, Shipwrecked, Shoal, Shore, Shorefront, Shoreline, Shores, Shoreview, Shrimp, Silver, Sister, Sisters, Skim, Skimmer, Snail, Snapper, Solar, Southern, Spanish Blue, Spice, Sponge, Spruce, Squid, Squirrel, Stables, Starboard, Star, Starfish, Starling, Stars, Stingray, Stone, Storm, Submarine, Sugar, Sugarcube, Sugar Maple, Suit, Summer, Sun, Sunbath, Sunbathers, Sundown, Sundowner, Sunfish, Sunflower, Sunny, Sunnyside, Sunscreen, Sunset, Sunrise, Sunshine, Sunglasses, Surf, Surfboard, Sweet, Swell, Swordfish, Sycamore, Sylvan
T: Tan, Tanned, Tarp, Tarpon, Tea, Teal, Tern, Terrain, Tide, Tide Pool, Tiger Shark, Time, Timing, Toes, Townhouse, Trail, Trailer, Trail Mix, Tranquil, Treasure, Tree, Trees, Trek, Trip, Tropic, Tropical, Trunks, Tsunami, Tuna, Turtle, Tuscan
U: Ultramarine, Umbrella, Unicornfish, Unique, Urchin
V: Vacation, Vale, Valley, Velvet Crab, Vicarage, Violet, Vista, Voyage
W: Walk, Walking, Walrus, Wander, Wandering, Washing, Water, Waterfall, Wave, Waverly, Waves, Water, Waters, Water’s Edge, Wayfarer, Wayfaring, Wayside, Weather, Weekend, Weekender, Western, Whale, Wharf, Whelk, Whisper, Whitewater, Wild, Wilderness, Wildfire, Wildlife, Willow, Willows, Wind, Winds, Wine, Wolf, Wolves, Wood, Woodlands, Woodpecker, Woods, Woodside
X: I can’t think of any, can you? If so, leave it in the comments!
Y: Yearly, Yellow, Yellowfin, Yellowtail, Yew Tree, Yule
Z: Zeal, Zoo
Tips for Naming Your Cottage
Here are some things to keep in mind:
Do use wildlife and geographic terms that make sense for the area. For example, it’s lovely to use the word Cape on a cape, but not if there’s isn’t one around. The same goes for using wildlife terms to reflect the nearby wildlife.
Don’t use offensive words like Gypsy, Sea Gypsy, etc. Especially if you’re using the name to brand a vacation rental.
Don’t use brand names if you’re naming a commercial property or vacation rental.
Do combine word types. For example, mix a color with an animal, or an animal with an architectural term.
Do think of more than I’ve put on this list. The sky is the limit! You can take one off here, or use the words to inspire your unique combination!
Don’t name your cottage something too similar to the homes around yours. You are naming the cottage partially to set it apart and make it easier to locate.
Do consider using your name. A first name combined with another word is a great option, especially if you can turn it into a pun or use alliteration.
Do consider getting a sign made or making a sign on your own. This can go outside the house or decorate the entryway or main room.
Don’t feel weird naming your cottage! Whether you need to brand a rental cottage or simply want to add a bit of joy to your family vacation home, every cottage deserves a name!
Don’t overestimate your home’s proximity to water. While a house two blocks from the lake is a lot closer than your house back in the city, don’t name it lake view if you don’t have one! This is especially important if you’re marketing the home for renters.
Do consider naming your cottage after any purpose it used to serve, like a church or post office.
Do make sure you know what the words mean that you choose. Don’t go off of just how the words sound together!
Don’t use a wood type for a name if the house isn’t made from it or if there aren’t any nearby. A cottage with the word “pine” in the name needs to be either made from pine wood or near pine trees.
Don’t forget to pick something you’ll love! Even if you are naming your cottage for future renters, you’re the one who has to live with it!
Don’t be afraid to change it later if you find you don’t love what you picked. You can rebrand between seasons (just make sure any repeat renters know it’s still you).
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Don’t Forget About Travel Insurance!
Before you leave for your vacation home make sure you have a valid Travel Insurance Policy because accidents happen on the road. I pay for World Nomads, and I happily recommend them. It’s especially important to get travel insurance if you’ll be away for more than a few days.
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