A Guide to Choosing the Best Farm Names
Imagine pulling up to a farm gate and seeing 3568 State Road 47. Now imagine you pull up and see a sign saying Green Meadows Farm. Which would you rather visit? Which would you rather own?
If you're looking for a name for your farm or your ranch, I've got some ideas and some names for you to consider. Although I will suggest some names, I will also be showing you how to come up with a name unique to your farm. Let's get started finding a name for your farm, ranch or homestead.
Trees and Wild Plant Names for Farms
Tree names have always been a popular inclusion for farm names. If you have a coppice on your homestead and it is part of the character of your place, why not include it in the name? Here are a few examples:
- Birch Wood Farm
- Magnolia Ranch
- Whispering Pines
- Cedar Tree Hollow
- Hickory Homestead
- Elm Tree Farm
- Oak Glen
- Willow Way
- Sycamore Rise
This doesn't only have to be about the trees growing near your place, you could name it after an abundant wild plant you have growing.
- Bracken Hill
- Cattail Hollow
- Daisy Dale
- Ivy Hollow
- Nettle Bank Farm
- Bramble Hill
Local Wild Animals
It's likely your farm or ranch will have some livestock. If the name for your farm doesn't need to represent what you raise or grow, consider using the name of an animal that is native to the region. It could be one that you currently see or even one that was there in the past. Here are a few examples:
- Fox Run
- Badger Hill Farm
- Wild Turkey Ranch
- Fox Hollow
- Coyote Crossing
- Mustang Ranch
- Buffalo Pass Farm
- Dingo Point
- Grizzly Way
- Black Bear Farm
- Crow Rest
- Beavers Point
River, Lake, or Stream Names
If your land has a lake or it borders a stream or river, consider incorporating that into your farm's new name. Even if it no longer has water running in it, you can still use this to great effect. Here are a few examples:
- Dry Creek Ranch
- Lake View Farm
- Dry Gulch
- Hidden Cove Ranch
- Sunny Banks Ranch
- Trout Brook Farm
- Hidden Spring Hideaway
- Spring Mount
- Dinky Creek
- Brook Haven
- Broken Brook
- Crooked Creek
- Lost Cove Homestead
Humorous Farm Names
I personally love to see a bit of levity when it comes to farming. If you have a small farm or homestead you will know a sense of humor is crucial. Tell me I am not the only one who has chased chickens or guinea fowl around a coop trying to get them to go in. Like a scene from a Keystone Cops film, it was one of those moments that was aggravating but knew I'd laugh about later.
With that in mind, here are a few names for your homestead that are funny.
- Back Achers Farm (Back Acres Farm)
- Done Roamin
- Almosta Ranch
- El Ranch Costa Plente
- Wits End Farm
- Dairy Air (heir)
- Blazing Pitchforks
A humorous name can be one that incorporates your own name, place or a play on words.
Farm Name Generator
Noun (one or more)
Color: Red, Green, Golden, Azure, Verde, Silver, etc.
wild animal: beaver, bear, fox, deer,stag, mustang, peasant, quail, Buffalo, Wolf, Bison, Kangaroo, Koala, Dingo
Ranch, Farm, Homestead, Vineyard, Orchard, Grove
Condition: Broken, Wild, Reckless, Restless,
Trees: Elm, Cedar, Oak, Cherry, Pine, Cottonwood, Hickory, Maple, Sycamore, Oak, Coconut
Residence, Cottage, Abode
Climatic: Sunny, Heavenly, Windy, Stormy, Peaceful, Calm, Zephyr, Blustery, Tornado,
Plants: Bracken, Blackberry, Blueberry, Dandelion, Thistle
Parcel, Acres, Roost
Geological: Stony, Rocky,
Water: Lake, Creek, Brook, Stream, River, Bank, Inlet, Cove, Bay, Ocean, Sea
Emotions: Happy, Joyful, Blessed,
Ridge, Crest, Rise, Hill, Butte, Hillock, Hogback
Place, Palace, Mansion
Lower, Higher, Middle, End, First, Corner
Birds:Eagle, Hawk, Dove, Peregrine, Hummingbird, Buzzard,
Casa, Shack, Shed, Barn
How to Use the Farm Name Generator
Above is a table that you can use to help you generate a name. Starting in the left column choose a word. For this example let's use the word, stony.
In the middle column choose one or more words, let's use, creek.
From the final column let's use the word, view.
stony + creek + view
Congratulations, you've named your farm.
This is just an idea of how you can select words and join them together to form something that is personal to your farm. You also don't have to use all of the columns. How about Tumbleweed Hill Farm? You're only limited by your own imagination. Try a few combinations until you think, 'that's a good one.' Jot it down, and make another until you get a good list.
Horse Farm Names
If your farm or ranch is predominately related to the raising of horses or associated with horses, a name reflecting that is a good idea. Your place doesn't even have to be a farm; you could be looking for horse business names for a riding stable or perhaps you are a supplier of riding paraphernalia.
- The Golden Horse Ranch
- Rocking Horse Farm
- Freckled Fanny Farm
- New Heights
- Stable View
- Broken Spur
- White Horse Ranch
- Flying Hooves
- Pegasus Ranch
How to Register a Farm Name
To begin with, you will need to see if the farm name you have chosen is already in use in your state. If you're in the USA you can check online for the forms. This is handled by your state. To find the correct department, contact the secretary of (insert your state's name) followed by business forms or corporation names.
If you're in a different country, search for registering a business and you should be able to file online.
This will also tell you the costs, and the time frame for renewal.
Although you may not think this is an avenue to go down, speak with an accountant, it could be in your best financial interest to run your farm as a business and not just as a home.
Have a Farm Naming Party
If you can't come up with a suitable name yourself, ask for help. Have a brainstorming session with family and friends. Invite everyone over and turn this party or barbecue into a 'Name the Farm' Party.
Let everyone throw their ideas into an old milk jug, feed sack, or another farm-related receptacle. The reason for gathering everyone together is it encourages others to contribute. It will also give you better results. If you understand how a mastermind group works, this is the same thing. Ideas and names will come out you hadn't thought of before. Having everyone together for a 'farm naming party' you will reap more possible names than you can think of by yourself. Make sure to provide everyone with enough writing material.
Let the kids get involved as well because their imaginations are often less inhibited than an adult's and they may come up with a little gem.
Other Things to Consider
Choose your name carefully and think if you might be changing the product of your farm. For example, if your farm raises pigs and you've called it 'Makin Bacon' that isn't going to suit your farm if you begin to sell eggs, honey, or vegetables. You don't want to limit your market by choosing a name for your ranch that is too specific.
How easy is it to say? If you're combining two words together does it sound right? Is the name going to be confusing for others? If it is a humorous name, is it lewd with the possibility of offending someone? Don't forget that you are promoting your farm as a business and as such should be a suitable name.
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