What's in a Name? Nantucket Homes


This summer my family spent the week of July 4th on Nantucket (a small island off the coast of Cape Cod, Massachusetts), to get away from the Texas heat. Nantucket is a summer destination for many and a permanent residence for almost 11,000 people -- and lots and lots of dogs!! Particularly Goldendoodles. Instead of opting for a hotel, we rented a house in a charming neighborhood located approximately two miles from town (biking distance), and I loved walking around the streets at dusk to admire all the unpainted, gray shingled houses where American flags blew in the wind and vibrantly colored hydrangeas were in full bloom. As commonly seen with island homes, many people on Nantucket name their houses (usually found on a plaque above the front door) with puns having to do with the island's nicknames such as "Tucket" or ACK (Nantucket's airport code), or family names (3 V'S IN A POD), island things, financial innuendoes, careers, etc. Many of the names made me chuckle and I could not resist taking photos of them on my evening strolls (hoping nobody would mind). Here are a few of my favorites.

THISTLE DO

ACK LAST

ACK UNA MATATA

ALL TUCK'T INN

BLESSINGS

GREAT ACK' SCAPE

KNOT FOR SAIL

NIPTUCKET

PENNY WISHES

POCKET CHANGE

TIME TO PAWZ

WORTH THE WAIT

This one didn't have a plaque but I would have named it
"HEDGE FUND"

Chances are I will never own a house on Nantucket (where whales are spotted and cranberries are harvested), but it was fun to be there for a little while and dream about spending more time walking on cobblestone streets, losing yourself in a book on a beach of choice, dining on daily caught seafood and farm fresh veggies, and spying vintage Land Rovers, dogs hanging out car windows, docked boats, weathered homes and blooming flowers.


What would you name YOUR Nantucket home?

Me?
"SHENANIGANS"

TAIL'S END

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