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Place Name Generator & Guide

“Wow, is that a map? It looks amazing! The colors, drawings, and the names…look at all the names. Valral Castle, Ixar’s Tomb, Bridge of Woes? Are these are real? All of them?” After gazing for a few moments, the girl looked up. “Can we visit them all? Can we?” – she pleaded while inventing a new meaning of puppy eyes.

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We traveled all kinds of lands to gather the best place names and share them with you here.

How to Find a Good Name for a Fantasy Place?

Naming a place, whether it’s a mountain, a town, city, or even an ancient temple can really set the mood regardless of what you’re going for. Names often allude to events of the past or extraordinary deeds and serve as an introduction to future lore.

Sometimes the name isn’t even the original one but one that got repeated by people over time, slowly but surely pushing the real name away, or perhaps the old name is forbidden by the new rulers and any mention gets you in trouble with the law.

While names serve an obvious purpose, we can make them also act as covers of a book, gates to the rich lore behind it, and the names that usually stick with us are the ones that immediately raise questions that make us thirsty for more information.

Good Fantasy Place Names

A good name depends on the location itself, the purpose behind it, and the target audience in real life. A good way to start is to think about the world the location is set in, the region in which it exists, the history behind it, and the creatures living there, and see if there’s a connection that might offer more stories once discovered.

  • Whitepeak
  • Dragonford
  • Grimpass Keep
  • Silverwood
  • Eversun
  • Nightbrook
  • Shadow Bay
  • Mageport


One sunny day, a small green rock-like object fell from the sky. The first people who found it built a house nearby, marveling at the strange rock, especially as it glowed in night. More people came, and more houses were built until a village was born. The village soon went from becoming a town to now a major trading hub on the very crossroads of the realm, where hundreds of people flock to see the relic.

  • Hearthglen
  • Sandpond
  • Silk Valley
  • Living Vale
  • Snowgrove

Last Watch

In a vicious war, several human generations ago, this keep was the last point of defense for the kingdom, before the capital itself. While the people were victorious, and ultimately won the war and their freedom, many found the keep to be their last place to see, a place where they made their last stand.

  • Stoney Shore
  • Pinebay
  • Ghostcliff
  • Claydale


Located in the northern regions where the snow never melts, there is a large cave at the bottom of a frozen mountain. Stories say one can find another exit, on the other side, one that leads into a beautiful paradise. Others will tell you it is only a myth and even if you find the cave you won’t make it out alive as monsters dwell inside.

  • Bridgemoor
  • Nevertide
  • Goldspire
  • Ravenmoor
  • Direfield

Lion’s Landing

A bustling coastal city, with a grand harbor that sees a multitude of ships coming and going, contributing to its status as a thriving trade hub.

  • Eldergrove Abbey
  • Stonebeard Quarry
  • Cinderpeak Town

Brazen Peak Brewery

Not so much a place as it is a cultural treasure, this brewery nestled within the core of a snowy mountain range is famed across many kingdoms for its legendary dwarven ale.

  • Gromril Gates
  • Ravenwood Hamlet
  • Khuzdul’s Depth


Weird Place Names

Calling a name weird is in the eyes of the beholder, as they say, and while someone will recognize the name and the implication immediately, others will simply lack the knowledge and find it strange or peculiar at the very least.

  • Air Mountain
  • Spine of Goron
  • Broken Wind
  • Dry Lake
  • Khorgal’s Pride
  • Boring
  • Strange Islands
  • Funny Forest

Goodnight City

While the locals will simply tell you it has always been like that and that the town must have gotten its name due to how popular the term “good night” was, the real reason behind why it was long forgotten even if anyone actually knew it at the time.

  • Ice Paradise
  • Saltwood
  • Moonless River
  • Maggot Bay
  • Hungry Valley
  • Hellgate Pass

Norse Place Names

Many Norse location names derive from landscape features, such as rocks, trees, plants, and animals, and once properly introduced to them we can start to recognize the pattern.

  • Aebeltoft
  • Kalbaek
  • Ravndal
  • Kallekot
  • Essetofte
  • Holbaek
  • Stenhus
  • Kirkeby


Located on the shore of a shallow bay of an island, this city began its humble beginning hundreds of years ago. The bay was used by whale hunters back in the day and the original name was Hvalvík, Bay of Whales, but has been changed after this all ended later on.

  • Lund
  • Akranes
  • Klibo
  • Stenhus
  • Bregentved
  • Kvívik

Elven Place Names

Elven locations names, whether it’s a forest, a city, or an ancient sacred ground are usually equally exotic in nature as their language, at least when it comes to other races.

  • Thva Aethel
  • Olanlenor
  • Inyaenamelle
  • Omenore
  • Faanalenora
  • Allenkadi
  • Thili Alari
  • Lyseserine


Having gotten its name after a famous sorceress who was also the first dragon rider in the last three thousand years, this monument was built at the bottom of a mountain, fairly close to today’s main road. Many travelers make sure to find the time to visit and pay their respects as it is also said lady luck will follow them if they do so.

  • Filfethas
  • Mathlasari
  • Naana Ancalen
  • Omyathluna
  • Nelslenor
  • Yllhthas

Ary’lerya Meadows

This site is known for its serene beauty, with sparkling streams and lush fields carpeted with rare, magical flora. It’s a place of rest and rejuvenation, where time seems to hold its breath in reverence.

  • Eolande’s Retreat
  • Vinyatar
  • Gwaelbandi Citadel
  • Quessir

Medieval Place Names

Many medieval places exist in today’s time although many have new names by now.  While some structures exist to this very day, mostly walls, stone towers, and castles, they all provide a never-ending source of rich history and lore, something that continues to be researched as time goes on.

  • Mystras
  • York
  • Bruges
  • Pingyao
  • Siena
  • Rothenburg
  • Oviedo
  • Prague


The city stood for hundreds of years and one of the towers there is said to have housed the Catholic Inquisition sometime in the 13th century. The whole citadel was also reconstructed in the 19th century to become a famous tourist attraction, where 3 million of them visit each year.

  • Istanbul
  • Colmar
  • Tallin
  • Venice
  • Edinburgh
  • Hallstatt


A city in Northern France that was a prosperous and vibrant center of trade during the Middle Ages.

  • Conisbrough Castle
  • Nuremberg
  • Krak des Chevaliers

Córdoba Caliphate

A center of learning and culture during the Middle Ages when it was the capital of the Caliphate of Córdoba.

Whether we’re thinking of a common location, such as a town, city, or a mountain, or we’re trying to come up with a more exotic location such as an ancient tomb, a forgotten temple, or a secret underground cave, a name can serve us to set the tone, the mood, and perhaps even a bit of expectation. The world it is in, who lives there, what kind of technology is available, the purpose behind it, all of these, and more,  can serve as guidelines for the naming process. Feel free to get inspired by names from both real and made-up locations, and see how you can modify them to your needs. If you can incorporate a bit of the world’s lore into the name itself, it’ll act as a secret door that others will want to open and with that, the real story begins.

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Ozren Kalember
As DM and a Storyteller, I very much enjoy all of the aspects of D&D. Creating characters, dialogues, plots, and stories are some of my passions and I'm very happy being able to share some of them here, at Codex Nomina.

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