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Inn Name Generator & Guide

“Finally! Someone get me a mug of ale so I can sprawl out next to the fire,” moaned the warlock. His companions shuffled into the inn behind him, all weary from the day’s travel. The warlock laid down by the hearth, looking around. “This place reeks. Rushing here was hardly worth it. And who names their inn The Inner Circle, anyway?

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The Crucible Inn

The Weary Wyvern

The Fire and Plow

The Bottomless Cauldron

The Sea Barrel

The Wet Dog Inn

The Wagonhouse Inn

The Empty Mug

The Patched Paw

The Keg Cellar

The Grey Wasp

The Clay Platter

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After a hard day’s adventuring, nothing satisfies quite like a good night’s rest on a soft feather bed. Not that most inns in a fantasy world are so luxurious: just as often you’d find yourself cuddling up on a straw mattress, and you’d count yourself lucky.

The name of an inn needs to stick in people’s heads, and needs to entice people into staying. Nobody wants to stay at “The Thieving Innkeeper,” no matter how memorable a name it is.

Good Inn Names

Pick an inn name that lets visitors know how upscale it is even before they arrive. Anything with “gold” in the name is bound to be expensive. Think of what clientele the inn hopes to draw and pick a name that targets those kinds of people.

  • The Hollow Bowyer
  • The Shaking Spirit
  • The Black Flagon
  • The Clay Platter
  • The Fireside Newt
  • The Rose Gem Inn
  • The Naughty Gnome
  • The Swordhole Inn

The Open Cauldron

In the centre of this inn is a roaring fire the size of a small horse. Over it sits the famous Eternal Soup, which is constantly fed new food scraps to replenish it as bowls of soup are dished out to eager customers.

  • The Wanderlust Inn
  • The Skinny Satyr
  • The Harpy’s Bottle
  • The Weary Wyvern
  • The Yawning Rabbit
  • The Cat’s Claw
  • The Drowned Rat
  • The Fig and Gristle
  • The Grey Wizard

The Crooked Cane

Built into the basement of a wine merchant’s shop, visitors descend into an open cobblestone room littered with cots and a few barrels, lit by torchlight. Wine drips from the shop above into the barrels for patrons to drink at their leisure.

  • The Rusty Poker Inn
  • The Mead Market
  • The Laughing Fox
  • The Night Candle Inn
  • The Razorback Inn
  • The Strange Brew
  • The Wagonhouse Inn

Medieval Inn Names

In the medieval ages, an inn was an important part of any journey. When traveling by horse, frequent stops at inns were a necessity to swap your exhausted mount out for a new one. Inns were also community hubs for peasants and labourers.

  • The Courtier’s Arms
  • The Grey Soldier Arms
  • The Marquis Inn
  • The Piping Kettle
  • The Lion’s Eye
  • The Wheelwright’s Repose
  • The Bottomless Cauldron
  • The Early Bird Inn

The King’s Hall

Once several centuries ago, the King of Measuria spent a night at this inn. For ever after, the inn has prided itself as being fit for a king and loudly advertises the fact to cover up for their subpar meals and beds.

  • The Lost Guild Master
  • The Minstrel’s Dance
  • The Revelling Wench
  • The Shield and Sheath
  • The Lucky Cauldron
  • The Empty Mug

The Wayfinder’s Rest

Established on the top of a hill, the first innkeeper was a scout in the Princess’ army who camped on the hill to avoid capture. Finding the view to be quite spectacular, he returned after the war ended to build the inn.

  • The Steward’s Hatch
  • The Full Moon Inn
  • The Hole in the Wall
  • The Last Port
  • The Mousehole Inn

Dwarven Inn Names

As might be expected, dwarven inns are often connected to taverns. After a long day in the mines, dwarves need a drink just to keep on their feet, and after a long night of drinking, they need beds to get off their feet.

  • The Stoneforge Inn
  • The Bedrock Inn
  • The Crusty Beard
  • The Dull Axe Inn
  • The Bearded Lady
  • The Alesinger Inn
  • The Idle Hammer
  • The Crucible Inn

The Dwarven Drink

This inn offers unique sleeping quarters. For half the price of the next cheapest inn, you can stay a night crammed into a beer cask. The smell can be heady for non-dwarves, but for poor travelers, the price is worth it.

  • The Board and Beer
  • The Addled Axe Inn
  • The Citadel Inn
  • The Hearth Stone
  • The Singing Diamond
  • The Hammered Inn
  • The Cask and Anvil

The Ingot Inn

In an attempt to attract richer customers, the proprietors of this inn have taken to leaving small gold nuggets on guests’ pillows as a “thank-you” for their stay. So far they’ve only managed to attract gold-hungry goblins.

  • The Golden Coin
  • The Short Stool Inn
  • The Miner’s Rest
  • The Cracked Anvil Inn

Funny Inn Names

Humour sells. When an inn can’t pride itself on its quality of beds, they can build a reputation with an unforgettably goofy name. Funny names are also used in better quality inns, usually by an innkeeper who has a sense of humour.

  • The Road Kill Inn
  • The Broken Bed
  • The Knot Hostel
  • The Dungeon and Dragon
  • The Puce Goose
  • The Roper Inn
  • The Drunk Duck
  • The Come Inn

The Last Stop Inn

Precariously balanced over a cliff edge, the innkeeper likes to joke that his famous Wheat Nut Beer will be the last thing his patrons ever see. A recent string of murdered customers has made him reevaluate the inn’s name.

  • The Way Out Inn
  • The Picked Pocket Inn
  • The Wrong Inn
  • The Drift Off Inn
  • The Ebon Flow

The Halfway Inn

Once a fancy inn for aristocrats, a rockfall which crushed half the building made the previous owner sell it to a sleazy halfling. She now acts as innkeeper, and has carved the cheapest bedrooms out of the fallen rock, which is still in place.

  • The Inn Too Deep
  • The Hare’s Hair
  • The Gutbuster Inn
  • The Sore Chair
  • The Inn and Out

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Liam Blackley
I'm passionate about telling stories as a DM and I get a thrill from worldbuilding. Inviting players into these made up worlds that somehow still feel vibrant and alive is incredible, and Codex Nomina is a way to extend that invitation to more people.

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