A town’s name tells you a lot about the settlement: what race lives there, a little of the town’s history, maybe even what makes the town special. Picking the right name can also set the scene for the town, adding a bit of atmosphere.
In our real world, town names usually evolve from a description of where the town is built, or what purpose it serves.
One thing to remember is that different races will name their towns in their own languages, so try some odd-sounding names to bring an exotic flair to your town.
Good Town Names
The best town names paint a picture on their own, conjuring images in the heads of whoever hears them. A name will hint at what a town is like, whether that is a description or a well-kept secret.
- Deep Run
- Maiden’s Eye
Renowned for its thick fogs which makes muggers in dark alleys even harder to spot, and has therefore become a hub for rogues and ruffians.
- Nas Laed
- Silent Stone
Built on a small island in the center of a lake, this town has remained uncontacted by visitors for decades, since traveling to it by boat means navigating the lake’s mysterious whirlpools.
Medieval Town Names
In a fantasy world of chivalrous knights, powerful princes, and sprawling kingdoms, names are more than just a word. They are how the history of a region survives, from the tiniest village to overcrowded cities.
Situated where the drylands meet the great grass plains, merchants often stay overnight before continuing on. This has led to a secondary market of “lost” trade goods.
This town is surrounded by thick stone walls, originally laid by a frost giant for a campfire. When it was abandoned, settlers began to move in and literally rebuild from the ashes.
Dwarf Town Names
The dwarven language reflects their hardiness and their grit. Carving towns out of mountainsides, these people build settlements into citadels wherever possible.
Tucked so high into the mountain peaks, wine in the tavern freezes when unattended. A favorite holiday spot of the dwarf Iron King.
In a deep cavern beneath the ocean lies this chilly, damp town. It uses the water leaking in from above with water turbines to power great forges.
Elven Town Names
The delicate but lethally precise elves have an air of refinement to them, reflected in their town names. As a people of artisans, elves tend to build beautiful towns closely tied to the surrounding nature.
Built into the base of an ancient cedar tree, this town sells fresh food gathered by the local squirrels working under the command of a wise druid.
With its gorgeously carved buildings, this town often draws tourists who beg to hear the legends of the demigod that supposedly built the town from hand.
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