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Disclaimer: I've no idea if this is the right spot for a mere curiosity that (I hope) will turn into a fun & (maybe) poignant thread. So, if moving or deleting is necessary, do as you must! :D

We've bought our plot. There are things to do that are a much higher priority, but especially since we can't move down there, for a couple more months, naming our homestead - to - be seemed like a great way to further connect us to it. In tossing around ideas, much stress-relieving silliness ensued, so when hubs proposed a name, for real, I was caught a bit off guard, and laughed. Until he told me his reasoning. I mulled it over, and his proposed moniker 'Pig's Landing' took root in my heart.

My late dad was a true character! His forthrightness often took 'innocent bystanders' aback. Sometimes, the 'not-so- innocent' ones, as well! 'When pigs fly' became a phrase we both used often, and in his later years, it became a bit of an inside joke, for us. He also had a peculiar guilty pleasure that I thoroughly loved indulging, just to see his expressions of childlike glee, that repeated, at receiving & each time he got to share them with a new victim. You know those obnoxious, talking/ singing/dancing stuffed animals, that abound at truck stops, gift shops, and the like? Yup - Daddy had quite the collection, by the time he passed, and when the sibs, all our offspring, my uncle and I gathered in his little house, to divide his belongings & share memories, these little critters brought much laughter to all, and each had it's own story, which I was begged to share, each time a new one was chosen. But, everyone's favorite (including his), by far, was the winged pig, that he'd hilariously positioned above the kitchen table, to `fly ' around the kitchen, over our heads. I shared the story of finding it in Seviereville, TN - at a comedy club, no less.

Many things, in my dad's opinion, were destined not to happen until pigs flew. Him quitting smoking, me - even considering a third marriage, him being on speaking terms with my mom (they'd divorced in '69) - much less actually becoming friends, again, and other, various things to do with most of our family, etc. So many of these things actually ended up happening, that my awesome hubs decided that all those flying pigs needed a place to land, before they wore themselves out, and along with all the hopes & dreams attached to them crashed & burned. Thus, our new home and haven for ourselves, and our loved ones is now named 'Pig's Landing'.

My question for you is, have you named your homestead? If so, what, and why?
 
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We have a sign that says EDEN hanging from the ivy covered arch over the front entrance to our property.

There is a detailed story of Adam and Eve in the book "The Lost Books of the Bible and the Forgotten books of Eden. It describes the Garden as having 12 different trees from which they ate the fruit of each one for a month all year round. So we emulated that idea by planting a wide variety of trees. So far we have Apple Orange Tangerine Fig Almond Cherry Peach Nectarine Pomegranate Loquat Kumquat Olive and Persimmon.
 
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Mine is W D Ranch, which is Walking Dead Ranch. It has nothing to do with zombies, although we play around with it. One storage container is referred to as the Zombie Hut.

It's named so because thats what I am. My son died about a decade ago and I am a walking dead man. No direct lineage coming after me. This land was bought afterwards and in many cases is my only living child.
 
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i have not named our homestead, and had no idea to do so until reading this post - thanks for the inspiration Carla! - since i literally got the keys to our new place yesterday, it will take a bit to discover the character of the property and to hash out the permaculture design, but, it will have a name soon!

Maybe something to do with chickens, my favorite gardening companions...
 
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Our place is named Toadsylvania because it is mostly wooded and we have lots of toads.

 
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Oh yeh - the only pigs that will likely end up on this land will be either in the freezer, or as decor! Btdt & not duin it again!
 
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Pig's Landing... What a beautiful name and story behind it. Well done naming your homestead.

I live in a suburban block and didn't name my "farm" yet. But I would choose something like:

Bird Feeder = Most of my fruit and veg have eaten by birds
Jungleurban = It is mostly like a jungle and untidy looking; this may change soon though
Black Hill = A place my family owns back in Turkey
Jannisary Inn = Based on my surname
 
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Sharon put together some thoughts on the naming of Slow Farm a while back:

https://slowfarm.co.nz/blog-1/post-1
 
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My wife and I call ours the Wild Ride Homestead. We always felt that our life together was just one wild ride both for good reasons (falling in love, living abroad for a year, etc.) and hard reasons (having to be long distance more than once to make work and or school work) plus having a kid adds to the wild ride nature of things. So when it was time to start our homestead the Wild Ride just made sense
 
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Ours is Walking Squirrel Farm since for the last few winters we've seen an old squirrel that walks everywhere instead of hopping.  At least we assume he/she is old and just doesn't have the springs anymore...
 
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We've been here 6 years, and we still don't have a name for our homestead. We did name the sloaped portion of it "Sambang Hill" becuase my son used to call salmonberries "Sambangs" when he was a toddler. Maybe we should just call our place Sambang HIll, LOL! It's got enough salmonberries to warrent the name, that's for certain!

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One of the best homestead names I ever saw was "Thistle Dew." I love it because it's descriptive of the land (full of thistle and dew) AND it's a play on words. If you say, "Thistle Dew" out loud, it sounds like "This will do." I can just see someone searching for land and saying, "This will do." It's just too perfect, and I wish I were that creative!
 
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We've been here over 23 years and have 15 acres that we call MoonShadows Farm. The inspiration for this name came very late one August night, about a month or so after we moved in. There was a very bright full moon that was casting dark shadows from the trees and outbuildings. We just sat there admiring the beauty and decided then and there that our plot of land would be christened MoonShadows Farm.
 
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Coincidence that this thread should pop-up now!

I’ve been racking may brain (or what’s left of it) and wearing out the keyboard trying to come up with a name for my property: it’s on the edge of a hill, slightly above a saltwater estuarine swamp (yuppies called it a ‘wetland’). Lots of native birds, frogs and too many snakes. Traditionally most people gravitate to the rear of the house where the kitchen, dining and lounge rooms are, and the views of the water which are eastwards – morning sun.

I thought of: ‘Edgehill’, ‘Waterview’, ‘Slippery Slopes’, or simply my family’s surname since the property goes back to the Grandparents. Even tried Latin, Ancient Greek, Italian, and Hindi, but none seem appropriate at the moment.

‘For My Children’ from the Neil Diamond song ‘Morningside’ also seems kind of nice because it echoes the hopes of past and present generations.

Still undecided …

An overused and old house name plate in Australia is the ubiquitous: EMOH RUO = ‘Out Home’ spelt backwards.

 
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I hope everyone else is enjoying this thread as much as I am! Thank you all, for joining in! I think these names say so much about who we are - But, it's kinda fun to watch other people figure out the more unique ones. Some, with less obvious reasoning behind them can leave guests pleasantly stumped, until you finally clue them in.

I wonder now, how many have actually indicated with signage, art, or other means, the names they've dubbed their homesteads - and what the responses have been. I'd love to see more responses to the first question - but, I'm also thinking of some form of signage or art, for ours. I have a bunch of ideas, already - but haven't bounced any around with hubs (John), as yet. Does your name announce itself to guests, workers, family, & neighbors?
 
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F Agricola wrote:Coincidence that this thread should pop-up now!

I’ve been racking may brain (or what’s left of it) and wearing out the keyboard trying to come up with a name for my property:



Might I suggest? Stop working at it, so hard. Give your worn out brain a breather. Let it go. The perfect name will hit you - probably out of the blue - maybe it will even hit you in a very literal sense, lol
 
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We have a sign for our property that we also use on our business website, promotional materials and in our booth at craft shows. Here it is as a "cut out". It is not large...about 24" x 15". We designed it and had it turned into a sign by a Richard Maleck on Etsy. (https://www.etsy.com/listing/205892306/custom-farm-signscustom-outdoor-name?ref=shop_home_active_50) It is made out of some type of extremely hard foam that was carved and painted.
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MoonShadows Farm Signage
 
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When Wolf and I first found what became our land, there were 3 Red tailed hawks soaring in the sky, calling to each other.
The day we received our deed the large, dead oak had 4 turkey vultures land on it and they stayed there for over two hours.
Wolf just looked at me and I said we should name this place. When she said what would we name it, I just pointed to the buzzards and said, buzzard's roost.
She wasn't sure about that as a name so I told her, we will wait and see how often they come.
Two weeks later, after the buzzards came to roost every night, she said it was a good name because it was true.
So that is how we named our land Buzzard's Roost Homestead Farm.

The roosting tree has decomposed so much there are no more branches for the buzzards to land on but they have found another dead tree they like for sleeping just a few hundred feet away from that first tree.

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