Houses with Names: charming or pretentious?

I recently met the original owner of our house,
and she told me that it was named
"Wahroonga"
which means where the birds sing
in one of the Aboriginal dialects.
She was sad to see that the name sign
was no longer in the front garden,
removed by previous owners and thus unknown to me.
When I told my eldest son about this,
he said "If you put another sign back up I will disown you
because it is pretentious."
I have always considered names on old houses
fascinating: a part of their provenance.
But it begs the question,
is a house sign charming or pretentious?
images: realestate.com.au
 
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