Tuesday, March 8, 2011

What's in a name?

Naming "things" is a part of our general communication using words and language
It is an aspect of everyday taxonomy as we distinguish the objects of our experience, together with their similarities and differences, which we identify, name and classify. 
Claiborne House Bed and Breakfast in VA Signage
Giving a boat or ship a name is a centuries old tradition that started out of a combination of fear and superstition. As history proves, the oceans and seas of the world are well known for their treacherous storms, claiming the life of many a sailor. Early Europeans believed that naming and blessing a boat in honor of the God that was popular at the given time, protected them from potential harm while at sea. Both the Greeks and Romans held elaborate ceremonies when their ships were christened, not much different from our ship launches of today. 

Does this same tradition apply to Bed and Breakfast inns? Could the name of the B&B innfluence its guests? Could it be a blessing or a curse?

Did you ever wonder how innkeepers chose the name for their inn? I have listed a few different ideas below:
  • Alphanumeric (so it comes up first in a long list of inns for their town or area)
  • Historical (It was the original home owners name or community founding father)
  • Quirky (something catchy that piques interest)
  • Memorable (something easy to remember, ie Smithfield VA so The Smithfield Inn)
  • Regional (A local dialect like "Umingmaktok or Kivallik" which is both hard to remember and hard to pronounce for outsiders, but represents the area well and might show up on top spots on local tourism websites/directories)
  • Length (For marketing, URL and other usage, considering a name that is short and sweet works best, ie on a mug if the name is too long it just won't fit!)
  • Descriptive (The Black House Inn, The Grey Swan Inn)
  • Romance (something saucy or sexy to lure guests and have them think of romance or something frilly and frou frou like Victorian Roses)
  • Fun (something catchy that signifies fun will be had at the inn)
  • Location (Inn by the Sea, Water's Edge etc to give the immediate impression of the location)
  • Unique (There may be 3 or 4 with the same name in the same state or county so the innkeeper realizes this will cause conflict and confusion, better to choose a less common inn name)
Just for props, I typed in "ROSE" in a B&B search and came across every variation with the use of the name ROSE (could this be the most popular "Romantic" word found in a B&B name?) See a few of the ROSE B&B's listed below:

Briar Rose, White Rose, Cottage Rose, Rosedale, Grande Rose, Rosabelle, Rose Garden, Rose Court, de la Rose, La Roseliere, Rosebud, Roseland, English Rose, Yellow Rose, Point-Rose, Rosedell, Anglin Rose, Violet Rose, Rose Gate, Rosemary, Rose Street, Roses Village,  Victorian Rose, Rose Hill, Wild Rose, Morning Rose, Roses and Lace, Yellow Rose, Sign of the Rose, Rosewood, Cameo Rose, Lion and the Rose, Rose Manor, Red Rose, Rose Ridge, Rosenberry, Rose Ridge, Palms and Roses, Ocean Rose, Mountain Rose, Eagle and Rose, Roseland, Rosewood, Rosemont, Freedom Rose, Lilac Rose, Burbank Rose, Yosemite Rose, Camellia Rose, Cozy Rose, Bramble Rose, Rose and Thistle, Rosewood, Alpine Rose, River Rose, Tea Rose, Rose Tree, Bed of Roses, Rose Lee, Casa delle Rose, Roses and the River, Jackson Rose, Southern Rose, Rose Arbor, Cedar Rose, Florence Rose, Charlotte's Rose, Stone Rose, La Rosetta, Rosewind, Irish Rose, Rosemark, Tudor Rose, Celtic Rose, Rose de Bosco, Redd Rose, Rose Hall, Reed Rose, Royal Rose, Welsh Rose, Gunnison Rose, Liberty Rose, Historic Rose, Beach Rose, Bellinger Rose, Cameo Rose, Rose River, Rose of Sherron, Alpen Rose, Pine Rose, Angel at Rose Hall, Vine and Roses, Roseledge, La vie en Rose, a Rose of Sharon, Adobe Rose, Desert Rose, Mill Rose.
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"A Rose by any other name would smell as sweet" William Shakespeare.
Many innkeepers carry on a tradition of a well established inn by retaining the name it was originally given, so they take the inn with name inn-tact and work with it.  Look at a sample list below and see if any of these B&B names interest you and what you can tell about each inn by it's name alone.  You will see various naming themes as mentioned above.
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What was the most innteresting inn name you have come across in your travels? Did the inn live up to it's name? 


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1 comment:

  1. The Tipsy Butler is a most quirky name and it's a great place to stay as well. The owners and the inn definitely go together even tho it was not the name they chose, but the name the inn had.

    My belief is that certain B&B's call to certain people to be their owners!

    We kept the name of our inn (White Cedar Inn) as it is a very distinguished tree in the front yard.

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