How to Name Your Farm or Ranch

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Green Gables….Sunnybrook Farm…..Ponderosa Ranch…..Misselthwaite Manor…..

With so many good names out there, why is it so tricky to pick out a name for your place? Perhaps for the simple reason that we all want the name to fit just right, and that kind of inspiration is not going to come in an instant. But it’s an endeavor worth putting your time and imagination into. I wrote this blog to help get your creative juices flowing, and I hope you’ll find my ideas are helpful. But if you still find yourself at a loss for words, OR if you are eager to get started and need some ideas NOW consider letting me name your farm or ranch through my new personalized naming service. And now for the feature presentation…..

What’s the Story, Morning Glory?
Many houses, farms and tracts of land have an interesting story or folklore attached to them, and this can be helpful in choosing a name. When we moved into our house we quickly learned that locals referred to it as “The Zeferjahn Place” after a family that occupied the farm for many years. In fact, the hill on which the house stands was often called Zeferjahn Hill or Zefer Hill for short. This led us to choose “Zephyr Hill Farm” for our homestead. It is reminiscent of the old family name, but also references the windy conditions here on the Kansas prairie.

Google farm names and you’ll find all kinds of interesting histories. “Barred Feather Farm” in North Carolina is affectionately named for the Barred Rock chickens owned by the family grandparents. If your family has a unique or aesthetically pleasing surname it might be all you need.

Try Something Funny

I love a good laugh and so will the visitors to your place. Funny names are unforgettable. “If It Flies Farm” in Northeast Ohio is a great example. They specialize in wild birds, chickens and bees and the name encompasses them all. Capitalizing on a common but very funny nickname for the incredible edible egg, “Cackleberry Corner” in Southwest Washington is a fitting tribute. For those who know the rigors of farm life, “Ache-N-Back Acres” of Wilburton, Oklahoma just about says it all. Whoever named “Belly Acres” in New Jersey might have had a rough start on their farm. In Midland, Michigan a place called “Fallingdown Farm” needs no further explanation. And with a name like “Insta-Gator Ranch,” the owners of a working alligator farm in Louisiana never fail to get a laugh. One of my personal favorites is a paint and pinto ranch in Michigan owned by a black man with a stellar sense of humor. He calls his place “Forty Acres and a Fool!”

Look at the Landscape
Do you live on a hill? Does a brook, river or creek run through your land? Are you surrounded by meadows or mountains? Geographical markers are a good starting point for farm and ranch names. All you have to do is pick a good descriptor to go along with it. Famous author and pioneer Laura Ingalls Wilder aptly named her place Rocky Ridge Farm in Missouri. Not only did it describe the stubbly Ozark landscape, but it was a fitting tribute to the rustic stone house that her husband Almonzo built on the slope.

Make it  a Memorial
Your farm or ranch name can serve as a memorial to remember or honor a family member, a veteran, a friend, a favorite saint or even a pet. One family dubbed their place “Red Dog Ranch” to honor a pet named Big Red who had served them faithfully for years and was a fixture at the place. “Molly’s Orchard” was named for the family cat who for 15 years kept the rodent population down amongst the growing fruit trees. It’s also a popular custom to include family initials (J&R Hatchery) or your children’s nicknames (Little Bess Ranch) in the title. Some go with the name of the sire or dam that started their herd or the champion that was decorated with blue ribbons.  Some folks even let their children pick a name. One little boy in Wyoming suggested such a great name for the family ranch that his parents couldn’t resisting picking “The Cactus Patch.”

Release Your Inner Poet
Sometimes only a beautiful name will do for those souls who want to nurture their lyrical side. A lovely name is not only music to the ears, but it captures the imagination and can be very eye-catching on written and marketing materials. Nightshade Farms in Saint Cloud, Florida evokes a restful mood and Mystic Meadows Daylily Farm in South Wales, New York is both lyrical and magical. A name like Whispering Willow Acres is a delight to say and hear.

What Makes You Tick?
If you’re crazy about cows, make this the highlight of your name. If cats have got the run of the place, let them be the star of the show. Living near the Golden Gate Bridge and raising horses at the same time inspired the name Golden Gait Farm in Marin, California. Some names can be beautiful in their simplicity like Dragonfly Farm in San Diego, where the owners hatch out the bugs in their pond. Hee Haw Haven is, you guessed it, a bustling donkey ranch.

Don’t Fence Me In
Break out of the traditional naming process and do something daring and imaginative. Is there a phrase that captures the feel or look of your place? Almost Urban Acres in Carrollton, Georgia is whimsical and yet modern, perfect for a place just outside the city limits. In Central Massachusetts, one family chose to name their spread Crazy Zoo Farm because that’s exactly what it is! After “piecing” their farm together by joining fields together from two families, another family took the quilting analogy to a new level and named their place Patchwork Farm.

The Olde Worlde Farm
Would you like your farm or ranch to have a name of distinction that evokes old-world charm? Consider a name like Thistleberry Downs or Wellbourne Ranch. British history and fiction abound with lovely names that inspire titles like Tudor Rose Farm or Wind in the Willows. For those who wish to meld wit with “ye old worlde” how about something like “Worthewait Farm?” Travel guides for England and Ireland might give you an idea for a name with historic depth. Are you a fantasy fan? Try browsing through some of your favorite novels or movie guides for unique monikers.

Be a Copycat
When all else fails, you can always recycle a favorite name from the movies, TV, literature or real-life. To offset the face that you’re borrowing someone else’s idea, you can pick something that’s obscure or less well known. For instance, we’ve all heard of Green Gables, but you might skim through the L.M. Montgomery novels for other farm and house names featured in the books. For her stories, Montgomery created other lovely locales like “White Sands” and “Windy Poplars” and “New Moon Farm.” Jane Austen’s famous novels are full of beautiful names like “Oakham Mount” and “Rosings Park.” While everyone has certainly heard of Pride and Prejudice, most people are unaware that the poetic-sounding “Pemberly” was the home of the impeccable Mr. Darcy and that “Gretna Green” is located just over the Scottish border and was the place to flee for a quick marriage with no questions asked.

If you are a TV or movie fan, especially of the Western or historical genres, you’ll find hundreds (if not thousands) of useful names to mine for copying. In fact, there are some ranches that were created specifically to provide a motion picture backdrop such as “Skywalker Ranch” and “Big Sky Ranch.” Surprisingly, a place called “Deepdale Farm” was even featured in a James Bond movie.

And if you have traveled to a far-off locale that’s dear to you but unfamiliar to those back home, borrow that name. It could be anything from the name of a castle in France to a sheep ranch in Australia. If the name sounds good to you, and has personal meaning, it just might be perfect. Plus, you’ll have a story to go along with it.

Remember Your Roots
Ethnic names are not only unique, but they serve to honor our heritage. Arcobaleno Acres in Connecticut uses the Italian word for rainbow and was proudly chosen by its Italian owners. In Cowtown, Texas, a farm called “Poulets De Cajun” was named for the family’s French Cajun ancestry. The phrase translates to “Cajun Chickens.”

Remember Your Maker
Wishing to acknowledge the blessings of Heaven, many farmers and ranchers incorporate spiritual themes in their names. Third Day Farm on the Outer Cape has a double meaning – it recalls the third day of creation, when God brought forth plants and seeds, and also commemorates the “third day” when Christ rose from the tomb. Bethel Farms in Woodville, Mississippi was named so because the owners felt “the Lord had led them there.” One farm wife affectionately named their place “A Little Bit of Heaven” although her husband argued that quite often it gave them “A Whole Lot of Hell!”

More Helpful Tips to Consider:

  • Consider the marketing potential of your name if your farm or ranch is also a business or money-making opportunity. Is it easy for customers to say? Does it look good on a sign? Does it have positive connotations?
  • If using an ethnic name, chose words that are short and easy to pronounce and spell.
  • Put your name ideas in quotation marks and Google them to see if anyone else has already used the name. If you are planning to have a website, search to see if yours is available, or come up with alternate choices. For instance, if you are deadset on naming your place Shady Lane Farm but www.shadylanefarm.com is already taken, try www.shadylanefarmonline.com or www.theshadylanefarm.com. You can also try using “.net” or “.biz” at the end for more options.
  • Don’t limit yourself too much if you are open to new ventures on your farm. You might currently raise chickens, but if you are planning to sell honey in the next few years a name like “Red Rooster Farm” probably won’t fit anymore. Likewise, if you’ve already got lots of irons in the fire, pick a broad name that suits your entire operation. Something like “Feathered Friends Farm” would work if you are raising different types of birds. “Fairfield Acres” could describe a farm that is producing both livestock and crops.
  • Once you decide on your favorite name (or names) say it over and over again. Use it for a couple of days and see how you like it. Ask for feedback from your family and friends.
  • When choosing a funny name, make sure it doesn’t need a lot of explaining before people get the joke. Short and sweet is best, and make your meaning clear. As soon as someone hears the name, you should be rewarded with a knowing a smile, or even better – a hearty laugh.
  • Have fun and don’t let the naming process worry you or be a cause of stress. Many people find that it takes time to pick the right name, and they sometimes find inspiration in the most unlikely places. That’s probably what happened to Dan & Sheree Smart as they were dealing with a yet another stubborn donkey on their mule farm in Wyoming. For them, the perfect name just happened to be “Smart Ass Ranch.”

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Comments

  1. I need a farm name for my maple syrup business.

  2. Jim Burleson says:

    I need a name for our 100 acre ranch in Grayson County Texas, My family has lived on this land for over 100 years. There are catttle , wild turkeys, deer, bobcat and and other natural animals for this area.

  3. Hi, I am looking to name a farm I am renting and am trying to purchase,. I have horses and grow herbs, )medicinal) and want to have a farm stand w vegetables and aslo sell hiking sticks thT i OBTAINED FROM CLEARING THRE PASTURES

    • zephyrhill says:

      Thanks for reading my blog! Your place sounds really great. Here are some name ideas:

      1. Earth’s Bounty Farm
      2. Natural Wonders Ranch
      3. The Healer’s Horse Farm
      4. Healing Harvest Farm

      Anne

  4. Caitlin Eggen says:

    I am looking for a name for a Therapeutic Riding Center I am building. I have thought of names like “Heartprints” or “Hoofs in Flight” but everything I have come up with is taken in some form. I would like to have a name for our family ranch and the riding center to work together, neither place is named thus far.
    Thank you for your help!
    -Caitlin

    • zephyrhill says:

      Hi Caitlin,

      Thanks for visiting my blog. I’m not sure where you are located geographically or what special features
      your riding center will offer, but here are some general ideas for names
      that I hope you will find useful. Thanks for visiting my blog!

      Anne

      Hooves & Hopes Therapeutic Riding Center
      Helping Hooves Therapeutic Riding Center
      Halters 4 Hope Therapeutic Riding Center
      Dream Big Ranch & Riding Center
      Horses for Hope Therapeutic Riding Center
      Heart of the Horse Therapeutic Riding Center
      Equestrian Angels Therapeutic Riding Center
      Spirited Saddles Therapeutic Riding Center
      Heroic Horses Therapeutic Riding Center
      Heart Helpers Therapeutic Riding Center

  5. farm name says:

    I am looking for name for the farm that simbolise/meaning “new beginning”

    • zephyrhill says:

      Thanks for visiting my blog. Here are some ideas based on words that suggest a “new beginning:

      1. Genesis Farm
      2. Fresh Start Farm
      3. Square One Ranch
      4. Tabula Rasa Ranch
      5. New Dawn Farm

      Have a great day!
      Anne

  6. OK Help me out here. NEW to the business. This is my life long dream to have a small horse farm/ranch. I JUST got my house and barn, I have a stallion named DWF Flash Gordon (Paint) he is the begining of all this. I would love something really catchy sorta sassy.
    Thanks to everyone…

    • zephyrhill says:

      Hi Pam,

      Thanks for reading my blog! Well, you could keep it really simple and name it Flash Farm. Or, since he is the stallion who will start it all…..something funny like Big Daddy Flash Ranch.

      Good luck with whatever you decide!
      Anne

  7. My father is buying 120 acres that will be used for family recreation, entertaining clients of our small family business and possibly in the future as a corporate retreat center. We do not want a name that is presumptuous in any way and I hesitate to even call it a farm or ranch, based on the fact that it probably will not produce livestock etc. Some things to note are that our family name is Green and that the Verde creek runs through the property. My uncle also named Green has a much larger place that is adjacent. On the property there is one old stone wall remaining of what was an old homestead. Dove hunting and fly fishing for bass will be key activities. Any ideas would be appreciated.

    • zephyrhill says:

      Howdy and thanks for visiting my blog! Your small business idea sounds like a winner and here are some suggestions I came up with for naming the place based on the information you shared:

      1. Green Acres (pretty simple, huh?)
      2. Old Homestead Hideaway
      3. Homesteaders Retreat Center
      4. Stoney Acres Retreat
      5. Verde Creek Haven
      6. Greenstone Sanctuary
      7. Dove Creek Resort
      8. Green Creek Getaway
      9. Green Gate Recreation Center
      10. Sportsmans Corner
      11. The Sportsman’s Lodge
      12. Wildlife Creek Retreat
      13. Outdoor Adventures
      14. Trophy Creek Lodge
      15. Bass Country Retreat
      16. Creekview Lodge

      Hope this gives you some inspiration! Please keep me posted.
      Anne

  8. Jonathan says:

    I am looking at buying a ranch that already has an established name. Is it acceptable to continue with the same name under new ownership or to rename? It’s small at 1000 acres but am looking into expansion. Cattle and hay will be the two major venues on the ranch.

    • zephyrhill says:

      Hello and thank you for visiting the blog! Since the name of your ranch is already established, I would continue business using the same, or perhaps you could modify it just slightly to make it your own. Another option might be to keep the old name but design a fresh logo or sign. Best of luck in your new venture!

      Anne

  9. Terry Zeferjahn says:

    I just ran across this site could you contact me with more info of the farm on Zeferjahn hill. My grandfather homesteaded that site in 1870′s. My father grew up there and I would like to stop by some time just to see where my ancestors lived.
    I could tell you where an old jug of moonshine is buried.
    thanks
    TZ

    • zephyrhill says:

      Hi Terry,

      Unfortunately, we haven’t lived here long and don’t have much information. I would highly recommend the Wabaunsee County Historical Society Museum in Alma, Kansas for more research. They have plats, maps, photos, geneaology, etc.

      Thanks for reading the blog!
      Anne

  10. Kristin says:

    Hi there,
    We just bought 5 acres and want to make into an organic farm. We are growing vegetables, and have an orchard, and want to expand into animals but we’re not even sure what at this point. We’re very green, that is the whole point of doing this, growing local healthy food.

    Anyway, I’m not sure how long it will take to get our organic certification, or we may even decide not to do it. We’ve just barely started, but I feel like we should set up a business with a name so when we buy equipment, supplies, etc. we can start writing them off. ?

    Anyway, I’ve run many ideas through my head and love your article. Here are some ideas I had and some features for you to work with. It’s in a place called Eagle, in the foothills of Boise Idaho. There’s already an “Eagle Organic Farm” just down the road. It’s on Shadow Hills Drive (so have thought of ‘shadow hills farm’ but that’s kinda boring).

    I am a raptor biologist and love owls (and hawks) so have been trying to think of names with ‘owl, eagle, feather, wing’ etc. in them. There are a lot of things around here already with raptor-type names tho. Like ‘the ayrie’ and whatnot. Someone has “draggin’ wing farm” a name which I LOVE! Also, my father died last year and we bought this farm with my inheritance. His name was Don and he was really into airplanes. He used to sing me the ‘i love you, a bushel and a peck’ song. We also had a beloved dog named Dusty who died too. We also love fantasy and lord of the rings…and I like the name ‘shooting star’ farms, but still hope to find something maybe more clever, meaningful, and/ or related to the other things above.

    We already have a ‘morning owl’ farm here too.

    Anyway, I’d love to see what you come up with!

    Thanks,
    Kristin

    • zephyrhill says:

      Hi Kristin,

      Thanks for visiting the blog! Your farm and orchard sound really wonderful and I hope your business will be flourishing soon. You shared a lot of different information and so here are some of the different ideas I came up with based on different themes:

      RAPTOR/OWL/HAWK
      Hawkeye Hollow
      Fowl Play Farm (or you could add a Tolkien-like ambience by spelling it Fowle Playe Farme)

      TOLKIEN/FANTASY
      Middle Earth Farm
      Dragon Song Farm
      Anduril Acres (Anduril means “Flame of the West”)
      Appledore Orchard
      Hawkshire Farm

      FAMILY NAMES
      Hasselborough Farm
      Hasselwood Haven (or Farm)

      If I think of anything else, I’ll post. Let me know if I’m on the right track!

      Anne

    • Two years too late, but if still unnamed, how about Double D Hill in honor of Pop and pup, and a humorous reference to the foothills ;-)

  11. Kristin says:

    Oh, I have more to add. My dad’s last name (and my maiden name) was Wood, and our current last name is Hasselblad, which means “Hazelnut tree leaf”.

  12. Amanda Long says:

    Hello,
    My husband and I with our three beautiful children own a 87 acre farm with 2 Breeder chicken houses. We house around 20,000 chickens. We are a very happy, excited, up beat family that loves to do everythig together. We would love to have a funny farm name. If you could please give us some ideas we would very much appreciate it.
    Thank you so much.

    Cant wait to see your reply!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • zephyrhill says:

      Hello Amanda!

      How about something whimsical like “Birds of a Feather Farm” or “Rule the Roost Ranch?” (or Roost Rulers Ranch). Or perhaps Flighty Flock Farm?

      LOL

      Have fun picking out a name and thanks for reading my blog!

      Anne

  13. Hello!

    We are challenged to find a name for our farm!
    We want to use GG Farms ( my brothers use to call me GiGi and my niece and nephew do know, plus our last name begins with a G), but we need to register our sheep with a prefix. We have goats, bull calves, chickens and ducks, cats and dogs, as well as Guinea hens! We live in a valley/meadow of sorts with a stream surrounding our property (Lett’s Creek). We dated years ago and got reunited and married a year ago…God Bless the Winding Road!

    Any help would be appreciated!

    Thnak you!
    Julie

    • zephyrhill says:

      Hi Julie!

      I’m not sure exactly what you mean by needing to register your sheep with a prefix. If you could explain more, I might be able to give you some name ideas. Thanks for reading the blog.

      Anne

      • I believe is means the beginning to your animal’s registered name. Like, if you had a sheep named “Wooly”, and your farm name is “Tiddlywinks Farm”, you could register the sheep as “TWF’s Wooly”.

  14. tammara dawn says:

    Top of the day to you

    oh how i have enjoyed your site~ thank you for being you and all that you do. It’s all about the water..that was/is our modo in finding the perfect slice of paradise .I recently purchased 3 acres on the snake river, we are across the river from a hillside that is called 1000 springs as there are a multitude of hot and cold springs that shoot out of the hillside wall. yes its breath taking. we are hoping, intending and praying to acquire the 13 acres next to ours and the 57 behind (two separate owners) to bring the property back to its original integrity as a healing center. we have three abundant independent gravity fed water sources its all about the water for us. our dream is to have a “retreat” (not sure i like this word) where elders can join our community, share their seasoned beings and live out their lives rather than simply exist. we have organic gardens, fruit trees, and goats thus our food abundant. here are a few words to describe our vision and property.. many words describe our blessing though the perfect fit has yet to hit my heart
    note the property is in the magic valley of Idaho on what is called the miracle mile
    we intend to open/share our space to those that wish to live together in harmony.

    I have collected heart rocks since i was lil
    love~ all you need is
    property has huge dark purple rocks from volcano
    abundance
    water
    sharing
    communication
    purity
    off grid
    sustainable
    independent
    gardens

    we are not a ranch or farm

    sure would love some of your magic to tie together our dream into a name

    in love

    tammara dawn

  15. zephyrhill says:

    Hi Tammara,

    Sounds like you are building a wonderful dream there and I would love to help with the naming process. As you can see from the note at the end of my post, helping with names has started to take up quite a bit of my time! I am offering it now as a service which can be purchased through my website. Here’s the link if you’d like to work with me:
    http://www.hearthandfarm.com/nameyourfarm

    Blessings,
    Anne

  16. My family just bought a ranch outside of Abilene, TX. This place is going to be used primarily for hunting. Deer hunting is going to be the primary activity, but we will also hunt quail and ducks on the place. We want to have either my grandfather’s name or initials somerwhere in the name of the ranch. His name is Robert J. Schumacher. Do you have any ideas?

    • zephyrhill says:

      Hi Corey,

      I would love to help you brainstorm and come up with name ideas for your hunting ranch.

      My Naming Service is now easily available through Paypal. You can click the link below to get started. The exclusive $40 service includes:

      - Email correspondence between us to get some information about your farm or ranch
      - A final email from me with at least 10 name ideas for you to use or discard, plus some extra bonus tips! You will receive your final email within 3 business days of purchase.

      http://www.hearthandfarm.com/nameyourfarm

  17. Hi, We are buying a horse ranch in Mariposa, Ca. 40 miles from Yosemite. We have had a therapeutic horseback riding program in Nevada and just may start one again here. We also will be helping folks with their horses. We need a name for the ranch and our last name in Stetson like the hat. Thanks so much for any suggestions you have. We are so excited and just can’t wait to get moved in and settled.

    Happy Trails,
    Nancy Stetson

    • zephyrhill says:

      Hi Nancy,

      I would love to help you brainstorm and come up with name ideas for your therapeutic ranch! As you can see from my blog and comments above, assisting with name selecting is starting to take up quite a bit of my time.

      My Naming Service is now easily available through Paypal. You can click the link below to get started. The exclusive $40 service includes:

      - Email correspondence between us to get some information about your farm or ranch
      - A final email from me with at least 10 name ideas for you to use or discard, plus some extra bonus tips! You will receive your final email within 3 business days of purchase.

      http://www.hearthandfarm.com/nameyourfarm

      Regards,
      Anne

  18. Our place is Peaceful Oaks

  19. Can anyone help me with a farm name? Here’s some info (may be long, haha):

    -We have 4 horses at the moment, getting more eventually
    -The horses are:
    ~Colors of the Wind, “Pocahontas”, 12.1hh 11yo roan & white pinto POA mare
    ~Colonel Freckles, “Quincy”, chestnut leopard Appaloosa gelding
    ~For Petes Sake, “Petey”, 32″ 1yo grey Miniature Horse gelding
    ~Lady Guinevere, “Evaire”, registered as “Bebe Ani”, 19yo dark bay OTTB mare (rescued from slaughter)
    -We do a little bit of rescue work. We just have Evaire, but we regularly check the feedlots for new horses-hoping to get more rescues
    -We have 3 cats, 1 dog, and my brother has small reptiles/fish, etc. Any cats we get are usually rescues or strays (2 of the 3 were from a pregnant stray we took in, and the other cat came from an animal rescue. We tend to “collect” cats, the strays are attracted to us I guess, lol)
    -As far as what our place looks like, we live in NH, USA, in a big gray house with a red door. It’s on a dirt road, and we have a stream that runs by in the woods. We don’t have a barn yet, but plan for one next year. It will be natural colored (not red or anything). Right now the horses have 3 run ins (one is a 2 horse shed), a good sized paddock, and a small pasture (with not all that much grass, haha We have 2 laminitis prone horses, so we can’t have too much grass for them).
    -We ride mostly huntseat (jumping and showing), but trail ride (English, and my dad rides Western, but he doesn’t have a horse yet. Kind of Evaire, but she’s also my hunter)
    -For some reason, all our horses have big bellies! They aren’t fat, just have a belly! I’m not a fan of “Big Belly Farm” though, haha

    I don’t know, I’m stumped, lol Give me anything you can think of! Thanks so much!!

  20. Hi,
    Can anyone help me with a farm name? We have a family farm. We have five horses, mostly Quarter Horses, and we have about 250 beef cattle. We live next to a beach, near a creek, woods and fields. our family name is Beaton, and I was thinking about somehow including my first pony’s name (we’ve had him for a long time and is like family) in the farm name which is Mr.T. We ride western. We have barrel horses for speed events and have a few western pleasure horses.

    • zephyrhill says:

      Hello Beaton,

      Hi Corey,

      Your family farm sounds really fabulous! If you are still stumped with the naming process, I would love to help you brainstorm and come up with some good ideas.

      My Naming Service is now easily available through Paypal. You can click the link below to get started.
      http://www.hearthandfarm.com/nameyourfarm

      Thanks for visiting the blog!

      Anne

    • You probably are already aware, but just in case you don’t know, the name ”Beaton” is Scottish. The clan’s name was synonymous with ”healers” back in the mid-1700′s and prior. Being such a rich part of tour name’s heritage, I thought you might like to keep that in mind when coming up with a name for your place. Good luck!

  21. Hey I am looking for any help I can get to name a farm for my parents. They are two of the most wonerful people in the world. My dad is a hard working man who started with nothing and has been able to buy a plot of land that is 13 acres the front half is farm land and the back is all wooded with a creek as the back property line. They just began building a home in the woods and my mom ended up having a huge surgery on her neck. She is very strong and doing well the house is giving her something positive to think about and us kids would love to be able to help with a name. We are Italian, there are 3 kids, the land is beautiful and quiet and there seem to always be hawks in the air above it. Let me know what you guys think.

    • zephyrhill says:

      Hello Kari,

      What wonderful parents you have and what a blessing! I think it would be great to come up with the perfect name for their farm. If you are still “stalled” with the naming process, I would love to help you brainstorm and come up with some good ideas.

      My Naming Service is now easily available through Paypal. You can click the link below to get started.
      http://www.hearthandfarm.com/nameyourfarm

      Thanks for visiting the blog!

      Anne

  22. Hiya.
    Ive been breeding bunnies for a while now, and Ive decided to give my farm a name to use for showing and breeding. Im trying to find a name, but all my ideas just seem dum and corny! If you have any ideas or suggestions that you could help me with, it would be muchly appreciated!
    I live in a small village by a beach, and breed Mini Lop rabbits. My favourite bunny Ive had so far was called Peppy.

    Thanks heaps!!

    Sophia

    • zephyrhill says:

      Hi Alisha,

      I love that you have a bunny business – that must be so much fun! We raised them when I was a child. I hope you got some good tips from my article, but if you are still searching around for a good name, perhaps my naming service could be the next step. I’d love to work with you!
      http://www.hearthandfarm.com/nameyourfarm

      Anne

  23. Thanks much for your article and suggestions to help with the farm-naming process. One question: when might one use the word “farms” in the name, rather than the word “farm”? Does the plural indicate more than one property run under the same business, or more than one product type (veggie, livestock, etc)? Or is it just a matter of preference on how it sounds?

    Thanks,
    Teo

    • zephyrhill says:

      Hi Teo,

      When the plural “Farms” is used in a name it indicates some kind of conglomerate, i.e. where two or more farms have merged or joined together. It does not indicate multiple products being produced.

      Hope this helps!
      Anne

      • HI I NEED FUNNY FARM OR RANCH NAMES NOW HELP PLEASE THE OLD HOUSE NAME IS RAMSHACKLE RANCH BUT WE WANT TO CHANGE IT. WE LOVE ANIMALS AND WE WANT THE NAME TO BE ALITTERATION

  24. This site is brilliant!

  25. Hello, Im looking for names for a farm we have currently 15 alpacas. We live in North Texas on a dirt road. We have both suri and huacaya breeds. and we also raise Anatolian Shepherds. Hope yall can help us out?? The few names we have picked out are:
    Southern Trails Alpacas
    Southern Skies Alpacas
    Southern Sunrise Alpacas

    • zephyrhill says:

      Hi Alisha,

      Thanks for reading the blog! I hope the article will help get your juices flowing, and perhaps my readers might have some good ideas to share with you. I think your name ideas are original and attractive, but if you still feel “stumped” please let me know if I can help out with my naming service. I’d love to work with you to find a good name for your place!

      Anne

  26. Hi everyone…
    I need a farm name.
    I have 6 acres in southern WI. I have a BEAUTIFUL 50 year old dairy barn that we have restored. We built a new home here and have used the Green & White color scheme. My husband is a painter and I drive school bus.
    I raise hair sheep and chickens.
    We are the highest point in our county and have a great view of the area.
    I am originally from the south, Alabama.
    Any ideas would be greatly appreciated. I am stumped.

    • zephyrhill says:

      Hi Melissa,

      Thanks for taking time to reading my blog. Hopefully, the article has helped get your juices flowing. Your farm sounds really wonderful and I would love to help pick a name with my exclusive service. Please let me know if I can help out! I’d love to work with you!

      Anne

  27. I am thinking “Green” … Green Acres… or something along the Anne of Green Gables series…Green Gables, Windy Poplars perhaps.

  28. Sara Schmitt says:

    Hello
    I need a name of course! My family lives in southern CA and we raise all kinds of livestock but we are starting a educational program and an agriculture learning center. I want to incorporate words like “discovery” inspirational word (if you know what i mean) but there already is a ranch that is named that. This place is to learn what ag is all about.
    Thanks
    Sara

    • zephyrhill says:

      Hi Sarah,

      Thanks for reading the blog! I hope the article was helpful to you, and perhaps my readers might have some good ideas to share with you. If you continue to find yourself stumped, please let me know if I can help out with my naming service. I’d love to work with you to find a good name for your place!

      Anne

  29. So what does the word “Lazy” mean in a ranch name? There are a LOT of these. Just wondering. thanks.

    • zephyrhill says:

      I think it refers to the way a letter is positioned on a brand. For instance, the brand for “Lazy R Ranch” is the letter R “lying down” or in a tilted position.

      • I’ve heard it the other way around: That a laid-back atmosphere on a ranch/farm where the owner’s last name begins with the letter ”R”, for example, could be named ”Lazy R Ranch” and could be demonstrated in the brand with a tilted ”R”. However, it’s been a long time since I heard that, so I don’t exactly claim reliable sources for this. I just hope it helps a bit.

  30. I have barrel horses. I’ve trained and raised them and now I’m getting bigger and starting to be known more and people have asked what I call my place, I tell them “I don’t know LOL?” I now need a name! I like speed, my first horse, who started it all for me is named Liberty. And all of our names in my family start with the letter D because there are 4 of us. We’ve thought about 4D ranch but, in barrel racing 4D is the slowest horses, so we don’t want everyone to think we have slow horses. I can not think of anything!

    • zephyrhill says:

      Thanks for reading my blog, Danny. You could make it really simple and just name it Liberty Ranch (Or Lady Liberty Ranch) after your first horse. If you need more help or suggestions, I can offer my exclusive naming service! http://www.hearthandfarm.com/nameyourfarm

    • How about ”Spee-D Liberty Ranch/Farm/Acres”? It’s kindof a double-entendre on the name ”LIBERTY”, since a horse running free is ”at liberty”. Hope you like it or that this helps in some way.

  31. Hello, i need help naming my ranch/stable and would appericate some ideas or maybe some help of a name. :)

    It’s not a big farm, it’s rather small but, we have a lot of land. We currently are breeding Thoroughbreds right now, some of them are racehorses and are used in horseracing.

    Thanks, i can’t wait to hear from you! :)

    • zephyrhill says:

      Hello Karter! Helping folks with farm and ranch names is taking so much of my time I’m now offering it as a personal service which can be purchased via Paypal. Let me know if you are interested in working with me to find a great name for your thoroughbred ranch!
      http://www.hearthandfarm.com/nameyourfarm

      Regards,
      Anne

  32. I would like to know how to register my Ranch name. Is there a central place where all names are registered? How do I go about this?

    • zephyrhill says:

      Hi Susan, thanks for your question about how to register a farm name. Registering a farm name will vary from state to state. You will want to register your farm name IF you planning on doing business under that name, or if you will be incorporating.

      The best place to check is the state licensing division (this is usually a subset of your state’s Department of Revenue/Treasury or Secretary of State).

      Keep in mind that a lot of folks do NOT register their farm names simply because it’s a family home or an “unofficial” business without tax exemption or enough income to generate a tax obligation. So it’s possible that someone may be using the name you want, although it’s not registered officially or legally protected.

      Hope this helps!
      Anne

  33. Jennifer says:

    I LOVE your site its very unique and has lots of great info on it.
    However I still do have a few ?’s regarding your service. once we give you all of our info and you start coming up with names,,, Do YOU google them to see if they are taken already b4 you send them to us ? I mean I have no problem paying for your services because you are very talented but just wondering because I need to name my ranch and my feed/tack store and come up with a freeze brand for my signature horses based off that name and use that brand for my store logo so I can tie them all together.
    Thanks,
    Jennifer

    • zephyrhill says:

      Hi Jennifer!

      I’m so glad you enjoyed reading the blog and I would love to work with you to find a great name for the ranch and feed store. Yes, as I’m coming up with ideas, I do Google them to see what comes up (at least in the top 20 or 30). I don’t check the .com or domain names because the possibilities could be endless and doing this for 10 or 12 different name ideas is very time-intensive. Also, there are certain things which are out of my reach such as local businesses which aren’t listed or don’t show up in the top Google rankings.

      My naming service consists mainly of a preliminary questionnaire to get some information about your place, and your personal style, and then I spend a few days brainstorming and researching. I contact you if I need additional info during this process. Then I send a final email with at least 10 name ideas and some other helpful tips.

      Let me know if you’d like to get started!

      Anne

  34. Hi Anne,
    I am purchasing a 143 tract. One of the largest wetlands serve as the back boundary called Raft Swamp. The site was previously used by the decendants of the Scottish immigrants for their highland games. The road fronting the property is called Highland Games Road.

    I will be raising registered cattle and running a kennel for the purpose of raising Labrador Retrivers.

    Trying to develop a name for the farm that captures these attributes. Any ideas?

  35. My husband and I have just started our first miniature horse farm…we can not come up with a name. Could you please help? Thanks so much

  36. Looking for a name for our new farm we purchased. We moved here from MN and came here for a new beginning. We will be mostly a harvest or vegetable and fruit tree farm that will be selling pigs and eggs as well. We live in the most beautiful spot with the Tucannon River on or door step. I would like some suggestions as I am drawing a blank. Gods Beauty is in our back yard for sure and my husband and I have green thumbs so know we can make a go of this.

    • zephyrhill says:

      Hi Kerri! Thanks for reading the blog and for telling us about your wonderful farm. I am no longer able to offer free naming advice, as it has taken up quite a bit of my time, but I would love to help through my new naming service, recently launched here at http://www.discoverynaming.com

      God bless,
      Anne

  37. Nichole Jones says:

    Great Blog and Great Ideas!! It almost seams that naming our farm is turning out harder then naming our 5 children!! So I am turning to you for suggestions because you seam to be doing an awesome job at it!! The farm we will be buying will be a 750acre piece of land that we will farm organic and raise about 500 organic angus beef cows, the farm overlooks a lake! We believe that god was our entire influence and blessed us with LOTS of prayers to purchase and start this farm. We are a Norwegian family with 5 kids. We also will have a riding stable and gym for kids less fortunate then ours to come ride and train at! So on that note……….any suggestions on a farm name! I know that is a lot of information all in one! :)
    Thank You, I look forward to hearing from you!
    Nichole Jones

    • zephyrhill says:

      Hello Nichole and thanks for writing. I certainly do love to find creative names, and I understand what you mean about children. We are expecting number 5 in August and the name is foremost in our minds, but we haven’t decided on anything yet. Your farm sounds really wonderful, and I would love to help find a great name. Helping folks out with name ideas has actually started to take up quite a bit of my time (I also homeschool my children and have a website design business on the side) so I now offer it as a service which you can learn more about at http://www.discoverynaming.com

      I look forward to working with you!
      Anne

  38. I am looking for information on where you need to go to get your already named horse farm registered? I live in kentucky.Can you help?

    • zephyrhill says:

      Hi Jodie,

      Thanks for your question about how to register a farm name. Registering a farm name will vary from state to state. You will want to register your farm name IF you planning on doing business under that name, or if you will be incorporating. The best place to check is the state licensing division (this is usually a subset of your state’s Department of Revenue/Treasury or Secretary of State).

      Keep in mind that a lot of folks do NOT register their farm names simply because it’s a family home or an “unofficial” business without tax exemption or enough income to generate a tax obligation. So it’s possible that someone may be using the name you want, although it’s not registered officially or legally protected.

      Hope this helps!
      Anne

  39. I have NO idea what to go with. Bascially, we have no “specialty”. We’re simply on 7 acres (& may be moving, soon).
    I guess something BROAD & catchy, I can take with us
    We’re not a “ranch” or a “farm” but I can’t think of any other words besides “acres”….

    • zephyrhill says:

      Thanks for visiting the blog! Any of my readers have ideas to share for Serena?

      • ……..Pastures
        ……..Meadows
        ……..Critters
        Just think of what the terrain looks like and your animals. For example if you have a lot of pasture land or rollling hills you could do Green Pastures or Open Meadows. Depending on where you live and the animals you could do Crazy Critters or Dixie Critters, etc. Have fun with it!!

    • me too, ,we want a name for our place, we live at the end of Fawn Hollow Rd , so we named our dog breeding business after that. we would like A name for our place, Fawn Hollow (something), it isnt a ranch, farm and I dont care for acres…we also raised whitetail deer, elk and a few bison, live on 14 acres next to 1000 acres of state game land.

  40. H Carrillo says:

    Hello – we just purchased 52 acres in Pipe Creek, TX (northwest of San Antonio). We are also taking on the project of naming the place. No commercial aspect. It will be a getaway for us and we will do some hunting and ATV riding. There is a small cabin on the property. I think the word “Ranch” would fit in the name, but we currently refer to it as the “deer lease” or simply “the property” or “the land”. My idea is to have something using the letter C in the name for my family name. It is also fits for my wife’s maiden name and therefore her family. And lastly, it fits for our dog’s name, Camo. Any thoughts or ideas you can provide would be appreciated. Thanks.

  41. Hello, I have a ranch with lots of horses and I have no idea what to call it and it is pretty old but I still don’t know what to call it! LOL

  42. I need a name for my small alpaca farm. I would like to use my granddaughters name in it, her name is Willow, any ideas?

  43. I need a name for my farm please it has a Barn and 400Acres of land.

  44. I live in Lufkin,Texas and i need a name for my goat ranch! we have 6 acres and in the back of our land we have a creek. our Ranch is very wild and crazy!

  45. I need a name for a ranch that involves our names; Con, Tiffany, and Taylee.

  46. I need a name for a ranch we are buying. We are just outside of a ski resort (Park City, Utah). We are avid dog lovers. Outdoors enthusiasts. It is a valley with lots of rocks. She is a vet and I am a history teacher. We are avid travellers.
    Got any ideas of which way to go?

  47. Hi Anne, First of all, congratulation for this blog and it’s nice tips!!
    I’m from Brazil, and we have three farms. One is located in São Paulo, and the other two are located in Mato Grosso do Sul (both are in Brazilian states). Two farms have saint names – wich is a good idea for american’s ranch and farms – (that is very usual here), one is FAZENDA SANTO ANTONIO (Saint Anthony farm) and the other one is FAZENDA SÃO FRANCISCO (Saint Francis farm). We have beef cattle, sheep, poneis, but the main bredding is quarter horses ( about 200 head, for three barrels and calf roping – speedy and work) and bufalos, about 2.000 head (indian bufalos). Our bufalos has beeing known as Búfalos Edu (Edu’s bufalos) and in a kind of way it’s the actual brand. Edu is the owner, the name of the family is Andrade Haik – Andrade has a portuguese root and Haik has a lebanon root). We’re in this business since 1970′s.
    We wanted a name brand that encompass everything, and not just the bufalos.
    Hope you can help us!!!
    Thank you for your time, Lina.

  48. i see some names like j-bar ranch.does anybody know what tha bar means.

    • zephyrhill says:

      Hi Jeff! The “bar” is commonly found in ranch names because it’s often used in the creation of cattle brands. It’s basically just a straight line that underscores something else. The name of the ranch often describes how the brand looks. For instance, Bar M Ranch might have a brand consisting of a capital M with a straight bar over it.

      All the best,
      Anne

  49. I need help coming up with a good name for our new farm in KY. It is 208 acres, Little Eagle Creek runs throughout the entire property, there are many horse trails, and the meadows are situated on a large hillside. I was wanting to include an Irish meaning to the name with our deep Irish heritage. We are hoping to build a cabin in the Spring and plant a small orchard and other unique crops. Suggestions?

    • What a wonderful farm! Maybe some of my blog readers can offer some suggestions for you. I don’t know if you would want a funny or whimsical name but since there’s a creek running through how about calling your place “Irish Springs” (you know, after the well known soap, but it really is a pretty name!)

  50. Hi, we have almost 4 acres and we have horses. We are talking about naming our little farm-et. was hoping you might have some ideas. We live in VA, 50 miles from DC, it is wooded around. We barrel race and participate in other timed events. Please help! Thanks.

  51. natalie hamlett says:

    loved reading your blog!

  52. I need a name for a ranch that only has 30 cows at the moment but wants to be around 400-500 by the time im 30 and im 20 now. Any ideas?

  53. o my brand is (H) if that helps! thanks!

  54. Olivia Deborah says:

    We have a coffee farm, would like to name it.. it is located in green belt of that place on hills.. kindly suggest a name for this farm.

  55. Hi, I am trying to think of a name for my really small farm. I have 5 nigerian dwarf goats. There are gum and pecan trees and the place we live is called Larto Lake. I wanted something cute and was thinking along the lines of Lil’ Patcha Heaven or something like that. Please help.

    • zephyrhill says:

      Hi Leslie! We have nigerian dwarfs on our place, too, and love them. I really like the name you picked “Lil’ Patcha Heaven.” Very catchy and original! If you need more help with the naming process, please visit my website at http://www.discoverynaming.com

      • wale ibraheem says:

        great to know that you have some Nigerian dwarf goats. could you please share your experience with this breed of goats, out there out of the tropics? i do have several of these goats too on my farm here in Nigeria and I will be glad to know how they are performing out of this tropical environment.

        • Hi Wale! Our Nigerian dwarf goats are doing just fine in the Kansas environment. Even with dry summers and harsh winters they are thriving! We are hoping to have some baby goes this spring. Anne

  56. We have some land that we want to find a catchy name for. It has a meadow on it, Rattlesnake creek runs thru it. My old horse Rebel, an old dog, Shelby recently died this past yr. When we were building it, a fawn fell into the basement that was recently poured an died. I wanted a name maybe with that thought in mind, but am open to others. We felt so bad about that….thought using that would help to keep the little guy alive somehow in our hearts…

    • zephyrhill says:

      Hi Linda! You have some great ideas for coming up with a good name. Remembering an animal is always very meaningful. Feel free to contact me through my naming service at and we’ll get started! Thanks for visiting the blog! Anne

  57. we breed roosters for cockfighting. the farm has mango and guava trees and located just along our pond. actually we named it NINA’s mini farm, taken from my baby’s name NINA, but we want something unique and something easy to be remembered. i hope you could help us.

    • zephyrhill says:

      Hi, my farm naming service is now offered at my website (Discovery Naming). However, I don’t feel comfortable finding a name for a farm where roosters are bred for cockfighting. We are called to be good stewards of God’s creation and to use animals according to their purpose. God gave roosters their fierce fighting nature not to entertain people, but to protect the hens and eggs from danger. Maybe you would do better to just stick to the mangos and guavas!

      • Jessica Baker-Ballantyne says:

        You rock, Anne!

      • wale ibraheem says:

        Anne! God bless you for your response to zshielah. I am a muslim and Islam forbids cruelty to animals in any form. Cockfighting is certainly a form of cruelty to animals. I hope zshielah will find fulfillment in doing other things.

      • I was taken aback with the request above. If I indeed would ever need assistance with naming a farm, or if anyone else asked, I would definitely send them your way. God Bless!

  58. I am looking to name a farm where we will be growing tomatoes, salad, greens, herbs and strawberries. Any thoughts?

  59. Lance Van Roekel says:

    Hi, trying to figure out a farm name/DOT name. I farm my grandpas quarter section and we rent a quarter section from his old high school teacher. So I’m not a very big farmer but enough to keep me busy. My grandpa has had diabetes for years and a couple years ago lost his leg so he cant do any field work anymore. I also work full time in town at a local elevator, and i love to take old John Deere tractors and restore them. I also enjoy tractor pulling with them very much! I am a very meticulous person when it comes to machinery, tractors, and farming in general. We have 1 hog barn (1200 head) and a small cattle lot maybe 50 head total. We farm next to a creek called Mud creek and there is train track 1/3 mile away from the house. My favortie past time is probably tractor pulling though, I cant get enough! Let me know if you have any ideas for a farm name!!! Thanks for your help

  60. Hi, i have been thinking of names, for quite some time now, but no matter what i come up with it is either taken or just doesnt fit. my ranch only has about 20 anchres right now. we have 4 horses of our own. I train horses, treat injuries and sickness, and i also find homes for them. i thought of The Lazy Horse Ranch, but it was taken. and i also thought of Valhalla Ranch but it just doesnt fit. we take any breeds. i hope you can help. Thank you

  61. Great blog right here! Also your web site quite a bit up fast! What web host are you the usage of? Can I get your associate link for your host? I wish my web site loaded up as fast as yours lol

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  64. Your post and the comments were a lot of fun to read. My husband and I have 38 acres with a small orchard and lots of walnuts. My inlaws keep insisting we should name it, and we kick names around from time to time along many of the themes you mention. But we also don’t think we really need to name it until we have something to market and are concerned with branding ourselves/products. I’m almost thinking that the next time that free offer for Vista Print cards comes up, I might get some that say “Money Pit Farm” or “Willow Springs Raccoon Sanctuary” even though those names are jokes and most certainly not in the running for the real thing.

    • zephyrhill says:

      Hi Aster -The names you’re throwing around gave me a really good laugh! They would actually described our place pretty well, too. Seems like we’re always dabbing in this or that hobby (which costs money) and we fight the racoons constantly. They want our chickens, our cat food and anything else they can get their paws on. About picking a name….you don’t have to wait until you’re actually marketing something because having the name in place helps get the word out and encourage familiarity. It also saves you some time and brainstorming later on. We went ahead and picked Zephyr Hill for a our place soon after moving in. Three years later we are starting to keep bees and locals are already familiar with our place. When we start selling “Zephyr Hill Honey” there will be name recognition. Thanks for reading the blog! Anne

  65. We are also in the beautiful Flint Hills of Kansas and want a name for our ranch. We are on/around Spring Creek..but there are so many “things” with the Spring Creek name. We are beef producers and adamant about beef! We love dogs…not so much cats. This is a family ranch with one of our daughters and her family living on the place….lots of bluestem grass…hills..Can you give us any direction on a ranch name? Thanks!

    • zephyrhill says:

      Hi Kathy, you’re practically a neighbor! I bet like me you are really anticipating spring coming to the Flint Hills. It almost looks like you’re in Ireland, with the rolling green landscape all around. Sounds like you have a lot of good inspiration for a great name – creek, hills, cattle, bluestem grass…..using the topography is always a logical place to start. It’s kind of tricky trying to suggest names simply from comments I get on the blog, so I’ve set it up as a naming service and work off of a full customer profile, plus lots of feedback and communication. Let me know if you are interested! http://www.discoverynaming.com Thanks for visiting, Anne

  66. I am looking for a name for our farm. We have 100 acres. We raise cattle, we have hay fields, we have horses, and plan on raising chickens. We are now in the process of building our home on this property. We live in the Mid Ohio Valley. We have a cabin that is on the historic society. Our barn is from the early 1800′s and was used for the underground railroad. We have 2 boys. Any help is appreciated.
    Thanks

  67. Charly Lexton says:

    hello
    I am looking to buy a ranch in TX. I will probably own horses, donkeys, rabbits and other farm animals. I love to dream, ride horses and be unique. Do you have any ideas for a name?
    Thanks!
    Charly

  68. Hi,
    I am looking to name my farm ;) Wanted to incorporate possibly my 3 girls. any ideas!?

  69. Andrea17 says:

    Hi, I need a name for my horse ranch. I can’t think of anything. Please help me!

  70. I need help naming my ranch as well. I have horses, chickens and cows. we have 300 acres, and we are a family of three for now. We have a german shepherd and a cat. not sure if that really helps. I would also eventually like to make a brand symbol out of my ranch name! thanks!!!

  71. im looking for a name for my sheep farm….about the farm its crazy and funny and i want something catchy…thank you if you have helped me find a name:)

  72. i need a catchy sheep farm name…my farm is silly and crazy… please help me find a name.Thanks.:)

  73. Catherine says:

    Hi Anne,

    I would just like to say (or rather SHOUT!) a big THANK YOU for making this page! :) It’s giving us tons of ideas. This is going to help a lot. You are wonderful! Thanks!

  74. Chantel Randleas says:

    I need a good name for a doberman breeding business. I am located in Northern Oregon.

  75. After struggling to come up with a name for a farm in my current manuscript, I came across your blog post. What a joy! I now have a fictional name in a fictional town for my current novel-in-the-making. ;)

    Thank you for the nudge I needed!

  76. horsecrazed says:

    Hello,
    My sister and her husband bought a small farm a few years ago and my horse Guess was moved to their place. Since the purchase, my two sisters have aquired their own horses. Its a small horse farm of 3 horses and I am really wanting to give it a name lately. I was reading your post and was hoping you could help me out. Any idea would be great. I want to get jackets for my family as a present.

    horsecrazed

  77. Megan M says:

    Hi me and my husband live on a farm we have horses and soon goats and we foster rescue dogs and have dogs of our own and I was wanting to give it a farm or ranch name if anybody has suggestions I would appreciate it.

  78. I am a single woman who has a mustange reserve but I’m having a problem picking a name for the place… I would like a name that honors these beautiful animals, but I would like to hear other names too… Thanks for all your help!!! :D

  79. Brittany says:

    Hi there! I was wondering if you could help me with a name for a ranch I’m writing for my book. I’m very serious about this book. It’s about healing broken animals – mostly horses – and the girl there is really talented. Has “the gift.” She’s unique and compassionate. Gentle. I really want the ranch name to be gentle or inspirational or something pertaining to “dream world” or “dream land” or something with beautiful meaning. So far I have these:
    Dreamland Ranch
    Morning Glory Ranch
    Rosehill Ranch
    Whispering River Ranch
    Mystic Meadows Ranch
    I’m not too thrilled with any of them except for the top three. I was hoping if you could help me out here. It’s like a rescue but it used to be a ranch. She still has her grandfather there – a real stubborn cowboy – so nothing TOO frilly. Just… inspirational. Beautiful. The ranch is set in a gorgeous place in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado with breath-taking views and sunsets/sunrises and the clearest air.
    Any help would be much appreciated!

    • Listening Ear ranch,
      Healer of Hearts Ranch
      Healing Touch Ranch
      Le Caudeau Ranch (Le Caudeau means The Gift in french)
      Your book sounds similar to Heartland? The books by Lauren Brooke? Just thought id mention that!

    • Sorry, one more thing :) Maybe if the characters in your book have heritage from a different country, you could put something like ‘Dream Land’ or whatever you want into that language using google translate? I find thats pretty inspirational!

  80. Brittney says:

    Hi,

    I can’t seem to come up with the right name for my farm. I am starting up a small breeding business. I’m going to breed Arabians and Paints. I have a few names picked out but they just dot seem to be “good enough”

    1. Whispering Willow Farm
    2. Willow Creek Acres

    A few of my friends stables are called:

    Flair Park Arabians
    Dare To Dream (favorite)
    Hoof-Haven Equestrian
    Mystikal Farms
    Chase N It Farm
    Whispering Secret Arabians
    Dancing Spirits Farm
    Wunderbar Arabians
    Rae-Dawn Arabians
    Arabian Knights
    Silver Spur Arabians

    Could you by any chance think of something like one of these that ends with Farm or Arabians & Paints?! Very excited to hear what you have, your amazing! Have a great day!

    Thanks :)

  81. Anne, great advice! Did I read on one of the comments that you do website design as well as naming? I am looking for help in both areas so if you could help it would be great! If you do the website design could you direct me to that page? And is there a way that you could roll both services into one charge? Thank you! Rob

    • Hi Rob! Web design services are offered on a limited basis, due to time constraints. If you could let me know what exactly your’re looking for in a site (i.e. how complex, how many pages, if you already have photos, text, etc.) that would help tremendously in seeing if I could get you on the roster! Thanks so much! Anne at Discovery

  82. Mike Jackson says:

    I just bought a small property in Southern Utah. The main assets are a spectacular view of the mesas and redrock formations near Zion. At night you feel like you can reach up and grab the Milky Way. Sunsets reflecting off the redrocks are worthy of a postcard. I’m putting in a peach orchard and a nearby natural reference point is Grapevine Canyon, and it is located on Mesa View Road…. We’re artists and clueless…. Help, Mike

  83. Love your blog :) Need help naming our riding school/agistment/training centre. I want to include my horses name, he died a couple of months ago. His name was Jar Jar Binks, but id like it to have ‘Binx’ written in it! HELP :)

  84. well.we have bout 20 or so acres…small rance…..butt….a cupple horses…..goats woandering round….inside,11 dogs,an 7+or so sugar gliders…but no ranch ranch……just havent had the the time to come up with that…..with 3 3 og us ……just out side of tucson az….and me with a..makining thru a fatal car acent 4 yeara go……..well thats its…look fer ya on the trail!!

  85. We have 40 cows breeding for beef, 10 goats, 100 pigs, 1000 chickens, wild turkeys, guinea fowls. We are right on the curve of a high way. The land has a lot of stones and wild trees. Please help us name our farm.

    Regards

    Hazel

    Zambia, Southern Africa.

  86. Julianna Smith says:

    hi, im trying to find a name for my small goat farm, i want it goat related or something outdoorsy &country like! i want it unique but i just cant think of anything! thanks

  87. Greetings from Alberta, Canada!! We are having difficulty naming our grain farm… who would have thought it could be so hard to come up with a good name?? My hubby has farmed all his life and I also come from a farming background. We just moved out to our farm 4 years ago. We have the typical grain (canola, wheat, barley) farm & 3 kids. When we bought our homeplace it was a real disaster, the old batchler who lived here before us never took care of ANYTHING and we have spent the last 4 years cleaning up the yard and building a home. We are trying to come up with a modern name… We wanted M5 Farms, but that is taken already! (Last name is Moller).
    I’d appreciate any names that you could come up with…

  88. Kaley Brancher says:

    Hi I need a name for my soon to be ranch.
    We have Border Collies, Goats, Cows,Horses
    I can’t think of a name.
    Will you please help me!?

  89. HI AGAIN WE NEED HELP PLEASE WE LIKE THE WORD RANCH TOO BUT WE WANT IT TO BE AN LITTERATION

  90. I once knew a dentist whose farm was called Tooth Acres.

  91. Looking for a name for our farm. We were thinking of Green Valley Farm as we live above Green Valley Creek, but that name is already taken in our area. We have chickens, llamas, (soon milk goats), beehives, a large garden and I’m now growing herbs for herbal medicine. I’m studying to become a Master Herbalist. Would love ideas for a name. We also raise all of our animals naturally/holistic.

    • Your farm sounds wonderful, Heather. I bet some of my readers would have some good ideas for you! I also have a professional naming service, if you want to go that route – http://www.discoverynaming.com

      • I’m playing around with ‘Manzanita Acres’. We have a lot of manzanita trees and I love that name for our first bay girl goat. One of the goats that we are getting soon will have kids in April. Another name I like for a goat is Anika, which is an african name for ‘sweet faced’. Anika Acres? I’m kinda partial to Manzanita Acres because I think it will also tie in the garden and herbs. Once i come up with a name, how do I register the name? We’re in California.

        • Surely you already know the humor in someone named Heather studying to be a herbalist. Owing to that connection I think Heather should definitely be part of your farms name.

          Heather Hill
          Heather’s Herb Farm

          Still, as you said, manzanita’s are aplenty on your property.

          Little Apple Farms / Acres

          Manzanita is found in chaparral (heathland) plant communities and has medicinal properties, perhaps incorporating chaparral since it touches on both the manzanita trees and your name.

          Chaparrel Farms / Herbs / Gardens / Acres
          Chaparrel Hill

          • Thanks Paul!

            I think Chaparral Hill is the winner. It’s why my husband bought this place 19 years ago. We’re surrounded by forrest, but the property is up high with lots of sun and many wild plants. We also have various pines, oaks and madrone trees. We also have some amazing views of forrest and we can see Mt. St. Helena from the kitchen/dining and living room.

            Thanks so much:)
            -Heather

          • Wow, thanks for sharing such great suggestions, Paul!! Anne

  92. I second and third that!

    Since I was not part of buying this place…I don’t feel comfortable adding Heather to the name. This was his his place away from where he grew up (near S.F.) Granted…there was no garden, chickens, honey bee hives, llamas, herbs, and soon goats without me:) Chaparral Hill would be ideal.

    Now his family from near S.F. love to come out here and see what we’re up to. Now we have a name:)

    Thanks so much Paul!

    -Heather

  93. I’m looking to name my farm. We don’t have a certain breed or type of riding etc. I want to have names that are 2 words long with the same letter (ex.: Hope Haven) I only want them to be AA, DD, HH, II, SS, VV, or WW. If you have anything please let me know! :) thanks!

  94. We are starting plans to build our horse ranch, where we will raise gypsy vanners. Any great ideas for names? We have a few in mind, but were looking for something beautiful. Any help is appreciated!
    Tifanie

  95. Hi all,

    I love the names you are coming up with and have a few to add to the list. My father purchased a ranch in Colorado and dedicated it to my grandmother (his mother) who was very passionate about her Native American culture. She believed her power animal was an eagle so we named the ranch Flying Eagle Sanctuary. I recently bought a ranch in Wyoming and named it Chippowa Creek after my first horse (Chippowa) and the beautiful creek that lines our property. My brother owns a farm in Oklahoma named after a cow we had as a child named Funny Face, thus creating Funny Face Farms. I love the idea of dedicating the name to someone, even if no one would understand the meaning. Makes for good conversation starter. :)

  96. Hi! I just recently leased a family barn and my daughter and I are trying to find a good name for it and we need some help! Its a little over an acre and its family oriented. The best we have come up with is “Native Dancer Ranch” but we are looking for some other advice too. Please answer back.

    - Gabbie

  97. Hi! I need some insperation! i recently leased a family barn and now I am trying to find a good name for it. Can you help? Its a little over an an acre family oriented and cozy. Please Help!

    -Gabbie

  98. I’m looking for a name for our hay farm. We are going to be distributing hay.

  99. Hello, A friend and I are starting a small poultry operation that hopefully one day will grow into wool sheep and milk goats. We are still in the process of finding land however we would like to get a jump on the name that will represent us. We like the ideas of PASTURE raised animals, and the words GRASS / SIMPLE/ NATURAL in the name.

    Any help would greatly be appreciated!! Thank you!

  100. “most people are unaware that the poetic-sounding “Pemberly” was the home of the impeccable Mr. Darcy and that “Gretna Green” was located just over the Scottish border and was the place to flee for a quick marriage with no questions asked.”

    This is a great article, but please, oh please change the above sentence! Gretna Green was not made up by Austen – it was and is a very real place!

    • Hi Jolene, thanks for commenting! In my blog post, I did not mean to imply that Jane Austen made up the name Gretna Green – only that she referred to it in her story and that I think it’s a very beautiful name. A few sentences back I write “you can always recycle a favorite name from the movies, TV, literature or real-life.” ~Anne

  101. We are starting a cattle and hay business on my grandfathers farm. I am looking for a professional yet catchy name. Both of our intials are J.C. so I had decided on J&J cattle company but that seemed to original. We will be raising beef cattle and cutting lots of hay, I fight fire and he work for the local natiral gas department, this has been a life long dream of ours. Any ideas are greatly appreciated!!!

  102. Madison Chubb says:

    Hello I am starting my own farming entity and I’m looking for a name. It is a larger scale operation 1000+ acres. Names of interest are rolling hills, green acres, MC farms… Any and all input would be great. From southern Saskatchewan. Grow grains, pulses and oil seeds. Thanks

  103. Julianna Smith says:

    hi i have a small farm with goats, chickens, turkeys&ducks. i just cant seem to find a good name! i want it to be hunting/sportsman named or maybe have the word “camo” in it. or just be related to what i have! thanks so much!

  104. NotYourLady says:

    Thanks for the help! I have finally convinced the other half to let me get a chicken but I want a sign over the coop. I have picked Rancho de Anderson. (Last name) Anderson Ranch in English! YAY!

  105. Kathy Morgan-Thompson says:

    My husband and I recently purchased a mini-farm in TN that is just under 12 acres. We have 3 retired racing greyhounds and 2 whippets (both breeds are from the sighthound family of dogs). We are planning on having chickens and might get some goats too. We will have a vegetable garden and also grow herbs. We have been dreaming of having a small farm where we can go back to the basics and become self-sufficient. Any ideas on a name for our mini-farm?

  106. Deborah says:

    We have had a chainsaw carving business for two yesrs ( SeeSaw Crafts on facebook ) but now we have decided to be a small farm. chainsaw carvings, vegetables , flowers, and maybe fresh eggs.
    Really need some name ideas to include all
    thank you

  107. Anne-Marie Evers says:

    We have a dairyfarm wich name is “le grillot”, a French name, we live in France. I have Working Kelpies (dogs) and I am looking for a stud name. I want an English name. Our name, Evers, should be perfect, but exist already.
    So we have cattle and some sheep to train my dogs. Working my dogs is my big hobby, during milking etc. Do you have the magic name for me?

  108. Cheyenne Sedlacek says:

    Hi there.. I was wondering if anyone could give me their 2 cents on the name I thought of for my new farm. My farm is about 75 acres, and I raise every kind of plants and animals you could think of. I have loved farming since I was a little girl, and I put in a lot of heart when it comes to my animals. And I have always thought everyone should grow up around animals; I think it is just good for the heart… So I thought I would call it Good Heart Acres. What do you think?

  109. We have a farm which we need help naming. My father always said “Up on the hilI ” when talking about the place. I would like to use Up On The Hill Farm but that seems like too many words. Any suggestions out there. Maybe shorten it like Pon The Hill Farm. Someone already has an Up-On-The-Hill Farm already used, as well as the website name. Thanks, Eric

  110. I am in the process of starting a 5 acre community sustainable gardens/fruit orchard-farm in the town of Bulverde Texas. I am looking for help with a name. The property will provide individual allotments of farm land that will encompass everything gardening has to offer. It is in a flood plain, but not much rain or chance of flood anytime soon. It will have a community greenhouse for growing transplants [available with allotment seasonal lease] as well as a community pavilion that will provide the community with weekend education for like minded gardeners. In addition, gardeners will have access to a full line of tools for working the land. We want to bring life back into this sleepy town. There will also be a roadside farmers market that each grower will have free access and booth space provided to sell there goods. My website/blog: http://www.theruralgardener.com has a visual masthead that we will try to emulate in our marketing. Any ideas out there?

  111. Can you please make sure that the website name is clearly correct…. http://www.theruralgardener.com
    I misspelled it. Sorry

  112. Sheila Peralta says:

    I am trying to name my little homestead. It’s only 5 acres in west Texas. No trees or grass, just mostly dirt and my critters. I’m a widow with 5 little girls. We have milk cows, Nigerian Dwarf goats, New Zealand rabbits, Holland Lop rabbits, Gloucestershire Old Spot hogs, Great Pyrenees dogs, lots of chickens (mostly giant cochins) and Persian cats. We just had our first litter of Hollands and I need to get pedigrees started but I can’t think of anything more creative than Windy Downs Farm. Which I got from a random name generator, but the windy part surely fits….. ever been to west Texas? lol. Just that some of the ones y’all came up with were so much more creative and cute. So if anyone could give me any cute ideas I’d be really grateful. The kids really didn’t like Windy Downs Farm. But of course I doubt I’m going to ever come up with ONE name that makes SIX women happy. lol

    • Why don’t you let each of you gals pick their favorite animal by name… Then take the first initial if that favorite named animal… Jumble the letters and come up with a name using those letters, so they each feel like they helped in making it happen! Add Farm or Acres at the end .

  113. Sabrina Love says:

    Hi, I have a 16 acre property, It has always been my dream to own a small ranch, and finally it came true with my first horse Starla, I have been trying to come up with a name for the last 2 years and was wondering if you could help me out a little? We live back in the woods away from everyone and have swamps and woods all around us. I have mostly horses with a couple dogs and cats.
    Thanks!

  114. My partner and I are independent filmmakers, we’ve recently acquired an old farm and we’re turning the barn into a sound studio. We’d really like to name our production company something that has to do with farms, makes sense. Example: Farm Fresh Films (already in use) but we’re struggling with ideas. I found your wonderful site through google and I’m so impressed. Maybe you, and your readers can help!

  115. Tasha Cochran says:

    Hey,
    I was looking for a name for my new goat farm. Want something playful and funny. Any ideas?!
    I’d like something to do with farmers daughter(cause that’s what I am!)

    • Tasha, we had goats at one point and they are definitely playful and funny. In fact, we hope to get more next year, as as soon as a small shelter can be put up. Hope my readers have some good ideas for a name! – Anne

  116. Anne, what a wondering blog you have here! I’m just starting my 22nd book, and am searching for a name that will be the book title, represent “home” to my protagonist, and which will fit in with a Morgan Horse farm in Vermont near the Green Mountains. I’m trying to find something relatively romantic, like the last book I just published, entitled The Seacrest (the name of the mansion on Cape Cod). My character , Portia Lamont, was abducted four years earlier, and although we don’t know what happened to her in the first chapters, she’s finally home (after escaping) and struggles to heal and recover from the trauma, with the help of horse farmer/neighbor, Boone Sterling, the love interest. ;o) She’s longed for home the entire time she was kidnapped, ached for it so badly. So I want it to have a memorable, evocative ring to it.
    Can you tell I’m struggling? I was playing with the green mountain theme, but am not happy with any of those options. I started playing with “Red dragonfly,” and “elderberry” but haven’t hit on a good combo.

    Thanks in advance for any ideas you might come up with! Best, Aaron Lazar

  117. Dean Myhre says:

    You are great with the names, I farm 1500 acres of grain and oil seeds as well as haul livestock. Havent ever had a farm name, We are just north of the “riding mountains”, we have norweigan and scottish background. So far we have thought of “Itchy & Scratchy Grain Co.” or “Thruthvang” which means power fields in norweigan. Last name is Myhre, any other ideas would be great. Thanks

  118. I enjoyed reading this charming article. I have always enjoyed unique names of places.

  119. Marilyn Lange says:

    I have read your blog about how to pick a name for your farm – there is some good information.
    I am recently divorced and I retained my Jersey show cattle in our aggreement. I need to find a new prefix name for when I register any new calves. I am at a loss as to where to even start. I don’t have a farm yet but would like my Prefix to eventially be used as the farm name also. All of my Jerseys start with “D” right now but I will be veering off of that pattern with the next calvings. If anyone has any suggestions I would appreciate it. From Wisconsin by the way!

  120. I need a name for my 17.5 acres in Fredricksburg, TX just to have fun with and one day move there and build a house on it

  121. Awesome blog! I need a name for my 7 acre farm.

    we live on a hill.
    most of the property is woods.
    we have 3 rabbits.

    we have 7 chickens,
    we have 5 guinea hens, some pigs and soon to come, 2 pygmy goats. thanks! :)

  122. Like the blog. Need help comming up with a name for our new whitetail deerfarm. The land is hilly and there is a pond in the middle.

  123. teresa chapman says:

    I started selling plants at farmers markets last year. In August I added Jams and meat glazes. No I have started making hand salves and lotion bars. Honey and mushrooms are in the works. I will always be expanding and experimenting so I need a name that will work in the future too. I live on 10 acres in central Virginia and we have dogs, a cat, a mini pot bellied pig and a pygmy goat. There is a dry creek on the property also.
    Thanks in advance for your help.

  124. We are trying to come up with a name for our farm in NZ. We have a lot of hawks that fly over so we like the name Hawks Way to represent the flight of the the hawk.

    Does any one have any other ideas.

  125. We are trying to decide a name for our homestead. We have bees/honey and are beginning maple syrup. In the future we hope to open an herb/iridology shop and will sell leftover produce.

  126. Hi. I have been searching for a fram name for quite awhile now.
    I currently have 2 horses, 7 dogs and a cat, lots of chickens,quail, turkeys, ducks and geese. I will also be getting rabbits, more pigs and a cow in the near future. The only name I could think of was Feathers & Fur, but it didn’t seem to do it for me, as I am a bit of a joker. I was about to ask you advise tonight, but my dad called, and I asked him. Immediately, he said Staggered Acres. I don’t know if he thought of that name so quickly because I am married to a Newfoundlander, or because of all the different animals I have, but I think it fits.. anyways, I just needed to share, and also to tell you that you have a great site :)

  127. I have 24 acres with a pond and creek. I plan on having a fruit orchard and some chickens for starters. I also restore vintage trailers and plan on renting them out. My daughter thinks I am turning back into a hippie! Any suggestions for me?

  128. Rosie Howard says:

    Hi, I’m trying to come up with a name for my small 2 acre farm. i have chickens (orpingtons, Rhode Island Reds, Barred Rocks, Dominiques, & Seramas)
    Thank you

  129. Amanda Whittaker says:

    Hello! I am 21 years old and will be graduating from West Virginia University next May. My goal is to restart a hobby farm with some cattle on my parents land. It’s an old style farm that was built in 1840 and has a lot of character. It is located in the hills of Virginia. The place needs a lot of love and my nick name growing up and what my close friends call me today is Moo. Any suggestions for an old style farm that needs some love?

  130. help name my friends farm here is their info:

    live in a 200+ year old cape with a winter view (through the trees) of the Penobscot River, the backside of our property is a ledge, we have hens, bees, lots of flower and veggie gardens, raspberries, hops, and fruit trees (peach and apple) and we are located in an area called Sandy Point, in Stockton Springs, Maine near the Penobscot River. they also have a brewery on site.

  131. Jennifer says:

    Great blog post. My parents are thinking of farming 2 acres so thanks for sharing. With the help of your ideas I will easily be able to name our farm. Have a great day!

  132. Darlene Judd says:

    I love your blog and your article about finding a name for your ranch/farm. I live on a very small plot of land in Kanab, Utah near Zion National Park, Coral Pink Sand dunes, and other beautiful landmarks. I train horses (Natural Horsemanship), sell eggs, tomatoes and some produce. I have a beautiful leoard spotted Appaloosa plus a mammoth donkey and several other wonderful horses. I also have a very tame cow, chickens, cats, & 4 size different dogs. So I thought it would be best to say “Farm” in the name. This is a place people come from all over the country to hike and visit all the national parks. I thought about Color Country Farm, Judd Ranch, Horsin’ Around Farm. I use to own Lavender Hill Farms in California even though I didn’t have any lavender on the property. I live in a residential neighborhood but looking for a new place with more acreage. We are near Best Friends Animal Sanctuary which is pretty famous. Any comments and suggestions are really appreciated.

  133. Rachel Austin Attie says:

    We need a name for a ecotourism farm in Pemberton, B.C. Almost 200 acres set in a valley with soaring mountains on all sides and two glacial rivers running through. The farm will have animals, lots of fresh produce, private cabins and a long house.

  134. Kimberly says:

    This was a wonderful post! It helped my hubby and I come up with a name for our 30 acre “mini farm”. Thanks!!

  135. I didn’t realize so much went into naming a farm! Those are a lot of great suggestions.

  136. I am looking to purchase a farm in KY that would be used for keeping retired horses. One farm I am currently looking at is quiet and bucolic with a nearby creek (not exactly on the property but along it and on the road). It has many mature trees. It is also in a historic area. I would like to have some element of the “feel” of the farm in the name and trying to come up with a name. Any suggestions would be welcome!

  137. Velma Salzman says:

    We are looking for a name for our farm/ranch. We are in the Texas hill country, Frio river valley. We were growing all natural, no pesyacides fresh produce and herbs. Free range livestock, chickens, pigs, goats. We are a christian people and love our country. Any ideas. I would like to incorporate the Salzman name as it is unique.

  138. My family lives on a small cow horse farm and we are considering raising cow dogs also. We also have a small creek that runs in the back of our property named Jones Creek. We are stuck on “Jones Creek ……..”. We can’t decide if we want to include the creek name, for instance, Jones Creek Farm, Jones Creek Cow Dogs and Cow Horses, or go with something completely different. Any help and suggestions would be appreciated. We are very country people.

  139. Rebecca says:

    Hi there!

    I’m looking for help naming our farm and soon-to-be goat dairy. We have ducks, chickens, pigs, jacob sheep, and most importantly Saanen dairy goats. We live on a hill on Vashon Island, WA in the Puget Sound, with a tremendous view of the spectaclar Mt. Rainier. We are passionate Catholics.

    Thanks for any ideas you can share!
    Rebecca

  140. Hello,

    We have just bought my Great grandparents homestead and are going to go in hobby farming to start out small until we can get the farm back up and running. Right now we have chickens, goats and pigs. We later want to add some sheep and cattle to the mix. We need help naming our hobby farm. We live in Northeast Arkansas. Our last name is Nichols but the issue with using that is there is a lot of “Nichols Farms” around here. We’ve racked our brains and can’t come up with anything.

    Any help would be amazing!
    Thanks,
    Melissa

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