Animal Crossing Town Name Ideas and Methods

There are several different methods you can use to brainstorm or choose your town name:

Method 1 — Drawing inspiration (or directly taking from) video games, movies, books, music, art, real places, mythological places, etc. Just like Ys and Cittàgazze for me, maybe there is a special location name from a book, movie, or video game that you like and that has special significance to you, so naming your Animal Crossing town after it will make your town that much more special. I know I’ve seen many people take names from Zelda, Pokemon, Twilight, The Hunger Games, and so on. I personally like many of the location names from the Lord of the Rings; TheShire (or just Shire), Hobbiton, Bywater, Lórien, Rivendel, Nimrodel, Valinor, Ithilien, Fangorn, Rohan, Númenor, Bree, and Mirkwood are all examples that fit the character limit. You can also draw inspiration from a certain source, but modify it in some way, ie. Mistwood instead of Mirkwood.

Method 2 — Stringing various syllables together: Another way to come up with a town name (and I find it pretty difficult) is to put different syllables or sounds together to create a brand new name. It doesn’t necessarily have to make sense or have a certain meaning, and maybe if you brainstorm hard enough, you’ll think of a great unique town name that doesn’t yield any google search results (ie. Jemma’s second AC:WW town, Ebatong). A town name created with this method can also hint at a certain meaning (via the syllables/roots used), but still remain somewhat abstract.

Method 3 — Using a single word: Since the 8 character limit is so restricting, sometimes just a single word isn’t a bad choice for a town name. I recommend looking for a single word that you find both beautiful to hear and appealing for your town. Examples: Luminous, Celestia, Melodia, Harmonia, Asphodel, Marigold, Rosemary, Cerulean, Amarylis, Anemone, Halcyon, Cypress, Willow, Cascades, Fantasia, Aurora, Crescent, Amethyst, Sapphire, Leisure, Tranquil

Method 4 — Putting two words together: Even if you might be unfamiliar with viewing this as a specific method, I’m sure you’ve seen many town names like this before, like all the names with a four letter word and “town” at the end. I came up with the town name Seahaven using this method. Below I’ll list some basic beginning words and ending words (though there are countless others) that you can mix and match together to produce a town name.

Things to remember when using this method:
1)To use the list below, I recommend browsing one column at a time rather than one row at a time. Picking a certain word from one of the columns, then going through the other column to see if there’s a good match, is a good way to come up with a nice town name. You can also come up with your own beginning/endings, of course.
2) It’s important to keep the 8 character limit in mind when coming up with a town name this way. To use Seahaven as an example, “haven” is five letters, so I could only use three letters for the beginning word. There are numerous three letter words you can place there: Sunhaven, Oakhaven, Skyhaven, Oldhaven, Newhaven, and so on, but I liked Seahaven best.
3) If you have enough room to do so, you can put a space in between the two words, ie. ‘Red Bank’. If there’s not enough room for a space, you can put the two words side by side with no space in between, ie. Seahaven or SeaHaven. (You can choose whether or not to capitalize the second word.)
4) The beginning words and ending words are somewhat flexible. Some words can be used for either the beginning or ending.

Beginnings

A
Ol / Ol’ / Old
St / St.
Mt / Mt.
Sun
Sky
Sea
Elm
Ice
New
Red
Far
Dew
Ivy
Fir
Ash
Oak
Yew
Hay
Awe
Air / Airy
Fog
Dry
Hot
Bee
Bell
Fall
Star
Moon
Swan
Gold
Blue
Grey / Gray
Cyan
Azul
Birk
Dark
Dawn
Dusk
Noon
Deep
Fawn
Deer
Fire
Cold
Fair
Love
Song
Mist
Snow
Over
East
West
Ever
Iris
Rose
Lily
Moss
Pear
Pale
Silk
Lush
Lazy
Calm
Wild
Pond
Plum
Lark
Bird
Wind
Rain
Lull
Leaf
Damp
Bark
Wood
Rock
Birk
Glow
Smog
Drip
Loam
Seed
High
Water
North
South
Under
Green
White
Black
Lilac
Lotus
Fleur
Flora
Thorn
Maple
Night
Light
Glass
Clear
Cloud
Dream
Sweet
Frost
Swift
Briar
Holly
Hedge
Cliff
Shell
Stone
Berry
Petal
Honey
Sunny
Grass
Apple
Lemon
Mango
Endings

forest
meadow
stream
street / St.
coombe / coomb / combe / comb
hollow
river
marsh
berry
glade
shade
bourne / bourn / burn / bern
haven
brook
ditch
tower
hotel
beach
cliff
plain
field
henge
hedge
grove
shore
world
flood
creek
swell
worth
shire
house
polis
ville / vill / vil
villa / vila
down / downs
fall / falls
town / ton
city
burg / burgh
bury
holm
home
wall
hall
lawn
view
road / Rd.
lane / Ln.
gate
pass
land
park
wood
leaf
root
hill
glen
dale
dell / del
vale
well
gulf
isle
loch
lake
mere
wash
bank
cape
cove
acre
cave
pool
ford
fort
port
fold
wold
mill
pole
moor
dike
mont
bend
hole
rock
mark
edge
barn
beam
glow
bell
wind
loft
side
sea
bay
inn
row
way
set
don
den
end
ham
sap
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Maybe I’ll try to keep the list above updated as I think of more, but that is enough to start with for now. I hope it might be helpful to someone, it can produce some nice town names: Fairview, Oakglade, Firshade, Sunshore, Goldleaf, Lilywood, etc.

For specifically coming up with a town name for AC:NL, maybe thinking about the new features in the game could stir your imagination on a name that would be fitting: the new “official tree,” the increased coastline, the cliff-side beach, the nearby city, the island, the 3D, and the new outdoor customization options. For example, if you want to use the Japanese outdoor decorations, maybe you’ll want a Japanese-inspired name.

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  1. I am brain dead right now! I just can’t think! I thought of Mosscreek, but that has got to many characters! HELP ME!!!!

  2. Well, I found loads: Lily Wood, Ever Wood, Holly Cove, Maple way, Mount Blue, Lazy Gulf

    • CANDYBAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. I came up with MangoHam

  4. Hi!! Does anyone knw how to create map from Animal Crossing New Leaf or no?? I just want to if u guys knw it or not but if u guys don’t then that’s ok for me cuz I just want making sure if u guys knw it then that all. Thank u!!!:):):)

  5. I think you should call your town name candy bay I think its very very cute.

  6. I need to know how to get blue or green hair! please help

  7. I need help to get blue or green hair please help

    • Go to shampoodle get your hair done and then u can choose hair colors,

  8. I put DreamBay

  9. I came up with MapleBay or Idk any ideas!!?😣

    • Maple Falls
      Maple Grove
      Maple Hollow

      Dreambay
      Ivybay
      Galaxybay

  10. what the–? i came up with ‘Fantasia’ myself! and idea’s from your list of 2 words:
    Goldcity
    Mainstr.
    Petalton
    i just started again (erased 3 times before… dunno why)
    and here are my old town names
    River
    Shire (cus my love with dogs and ‘YORKshire terrier! XD)
    Happy

  11. I came up with Starcove! I think it’s a really good name!

  12. Dreamloft, Skyview and Starpass are some of my faves

  13. Anyone have something to go with lotus…? IDK, I could use some help though

    • Lotusbell?
      Lotuspass?
      Lotusinn?

    • St.Loutus

  14. How about mosspine?

  15. Mine is a nice peaceful one I called my town name Harmony 💖

    • That’s a wonderful town name! ❤️

  16. Anyone got any new Dream codes 💖💖

    • I named mine HoneyBee ❤️🐝

  17. I named mine Aeonian after the word aeonian meaning eternal; everlasting (:

  18. How about Foxwood?

  19. How about Nohr or Hoshido

  20. I chose SkyClan because of the Warriors book: SkyClans Destiny.

    • My first acquire town name was…. Wait for it…..

      HOGWARTS!!!!!!’

      Typical of me. I’m a big Harry Potter fan so…😁

  21. I love your page, what a great name generator. It’s really got my mind working for a new city.

  22. I found Ivy Hollow, BUT IT HAS TOO MANY LETTERS! So, I still like Ivy… but I don’t know if I should go with Ivy Grove or Ivy Falls.

  23. This is really cool and helpful! I ended up caling my town Calmvale.

    • What about Ol’ Meadow?


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