The Island of Malta
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Searching For Names in Malta
When I first arrived in Malta and walked around the neighborhood I was staying in, I immediately noticed that the majority of houses had name plates. It turns out, here it's a tradition to name your house. Some houses were named for the people who lived there—combining names of the husband and wife into a completely new and nonsensical word. Some were named for geography. Some were names for religion. Some were named for humor. Some were named in groups like directions, musicians, instruments, mountains, or cities. Be sure to take a good look at the houses as you walk around the streets of Valetta and the surrounding villages and town, and take note of the house names—they will amuse you and bewilder you! What if you had to give your house a name? I started asking locals about the etiquette around naming a house. I learned some important rules: • When a house changes hands, you can rename it. • The name is part of the address the post office uses. • There are no rules, you can have two houses with the same name. • Not everyone names their house…but it is the norm. • People in Malta think it’s strange if your house doesn’t have a name. See the houses I found here.
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