Animal Crossing Town Name Ideas and Methods

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

Method 1 — Using an existing name:

Maybe there is a name or location out there that has special significance for you, so naming your Animal Crossing town after it will make your town that much more special. Location names can be pulled from real life places, mythological places, books, movies, art, music, or other video games. Examples:

  • Pokemon: Kanto, Pallet, Viridian, Pewter, Cerulean, Lavender, Celadon, Fuchsia, Saffron, Cinnabar, Mt. Moon, Seafoam, Johto, New Bark, Violet, Azalea, Goldrod, Ecruteak, Olivine, Cianwood, Mahogany, Hoenn, Lilroot, Oldale, Rustboro, Dewford, Mauville, Lilycove, Mossdeep, Rusturf, Mt. Pyre, Unova, Nuvema, Aspertia, Floccesy, Virbank, Accumula, Striaton, Nacrene, Castelia, Nimbasa, Anville, Lentimas, Icirrus, Humilau, Lacunosa, Undella, Oathwood, Kalos, Vanivill, Lumiose, Shalour, Laverre, Anistar, Snowbell, Cyllage, Alola, Paniola, Seafolk, Orre, Fiore, Almia, Oblivia

  • Lord of the Rings: Shire, Hobbiton, Bag End, Bagshot, Waymeet, Bywater, Buckbury, Buckland, Bree, Woodhall, Woodend, Greenway, Rohan, Edoras, Upbourn, Gondor, Argonath, Ithilien, Númenor, Dúnedain, Palantír, Pelennor, Gladden, Harlond, Mirkwood, Greywood, Fangorn, Entwash, Elmoth, Fenmarch, Rivendel, Lórien, Lórinand, Mallorn, Nenya, Nimrodel, Amroth, Anduin, Moria, Arkstone, Mithril, Myromere, Dimrill, Dimstair, Dimrost, Redhorn, Celebdil, Coldfell, Helmdeep, Amon Hen, Avathar, Belegost, Elfpath, Ithildin, Nimrais, Dunland, Sorontil, Aldburg, Andrath, Edhelond, Endwaith, Etenmoor, Everholt, Evendim, Gondolin, Aldarian, Doriath, Sunlands, Celduin, Glanduin, Isen, Sirannon, Sea-Bell, Almaren, Círdan, Adurant, Bruinen, Celduin, Limlight, Greylin, Ethring, Forlond, Fornost, Mithlond, Eldalond, Eldamar, Edellond, Gildor, Noldor, Feanor, Arnor, Erebor, Esgaroth, Valinor, Ilmarin, Varda, Vinyamar, Yavanna, Avallónë, Lúthien, Tinúviel, Evenstar, Ilúvatar, Elwing, Eressëa, Eriador, Galadhon, Egladil, Elessar, Eregion, Anórien, Celebdil, Atanatar, Anarion, Elendil, Eärendil, Elfstone, Anúminas, Narsil, Núrnen, Dimholt, Lithui, Mordor, Morannon, Mt. Doom, Dagorlad, Angmar, Angband, Baraddûr, Morgul

  • Mythology: Agartha, Alfheim, Arcadia, Asgard, Atlantis, Avalon, Baltia, Brittia, Camelot, Elysia, Gorias, Finias, Murias, Falias, Eden, Heaven, Irkalla, Lemuria, Lyonesse, Niflheim, Nysa, Olympus, Tartarus, Thule, Titan, Valhalla, Vanaheim, Ys, Zerzura


Method 2 — Stringing various syllables together:

Another way to come up with a town name is to put different syllables or sounds together to create a brand new name. This is what writers have to do when they create new words for their worldbuilding. 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 unique town name that doesn’t yield any google search results. A town name created with this method can also hint at a certain meaning (via the syllables/roots used), but still remain somewhat abstract. If you’re interested in this method, I recommend browsing tons and tons of words online, and pulling pieces from those words and writing them down (ie. val, pen, in, or, ing, lia, al… you’ll need a lot!). Then start trying to connect various pieces until you come up with something that sounds good. This page also has some tips, like randomizing letters from the alphabet, or merging/squishing two words together.

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 appealing to hear and fitting for your town. Examples:
(Note that I included shorter words too because it can come in handy for character names, or you can always add another word after a short word.)

  • Flowers: Amaranth, Amarylis, Anemone, Alyssum, Asphodel, Begonia, Bergenia, Browalia, Calluna, Canna, Daffodil, Dahlia, Daisy, Dianthus, Diascia, Gardenia, Geranium, Harebell, Helconia, Hepatica, Hibiscus, Hyacinth, Iris, Jasmine, Lantana, Leadwort, Lily, Lobelia, Magnolia, Marigold, Orchid, Pansy, Pentas, Peony, Periwink(le), Petunia, Primrose, Rose, Rue, Snowdrop, Soapwort, Valerian, Violet, Yarrow, Zinnia

  • Herbs & Spices: Aralia, Anise, Basil, Beebalm, Bayberry, Bayleaf, Calamint, Caraway, Cayenne, Chai, Chive, Cicely, Cinnamon, Costmary, Dill, Dillweed, Dittany, Foxglove, Ginger, Hazel, Juniper, Laurel, Lavender, Lungwort, Mint, Mugwort, Myrtle, Nettle, Nutmeg, Paprika, Pepper, Rosemary, Saffron, Sage, Sorrel, Sweetbay, Tansy, Thistle, Thyme, Woodruff, Wormwood

  • Trees: Ash, Alder, Aspen, Basswood, Beech, Birch, Buckeye, Cacao, Camellia, Cedar, Chestnut, Corktree, Cypress, Dogwood, Dracaena, Elder, Elm, Eucalypt, Euodia, Fir, Gordonia, Hazel, Hawthorn, Hemlock, Hickory, Shagbark, Hornbeam, Lacquer, Limewood, Maple, Mahogany, Mangrove, Mulberry, Oak, Olive, Red Oak, Palmwood, Pine, Poplar, Red Pine, Redwood, Rowan, Spruce, Sycamore, Sweetgum, Tupelo, Walnut, Willow, Wingnut, Yew

  • Space: Nebula, Boreal, Borealis, Cosmos, Celeste, Celestia, Sol, Soleil, Solis, Solstice, Corona, Helios, Luna, Lune, Apolune, Crescent, Halfmoon, Moonwane, Gibbous, Eclipse, Selene, Nova, Novae, Estel, Estella, Estrella, Stella, Luminous, Lumina, Orbit, Theia, Aeon, Polaris, Vega, Ursa, Altair, Apodis, Aquarii, Aquarius, Aquila, Aquilae, Ara, Arae, Aries, Arietis, Auriga, Aurigae, Boötes, Caeli, Caelum, Cancri, Carina, Carinae, Capella, Cephei, Cepheus, Circini, Circinus, Columba, Coranae, Crater, Crateris, Crucis, Cygni, Cygnus, Delphini, Dorado, Doradus, Draco, Draconis, Equulei, Equuleus, Eridani, Eridanus, Gemini, Herculis, Hydra, Lacerta, Leo, Libra, Lyra, Octanis, Orion, Orionis, Pegasi, Pegasus, Perseus, Pictoris, Pisces, Pyxidis, Pyxis, Sagitta, Sagittae, Scorpii, Scorpius, Serpens, Spica, Tauri, Taurus, Tucanae, Vela, Velorum, Venatici, Virgo, Volantis


Method 4 — Putting two words together:

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. 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:

  • To use the list below, I recommend browsing one column at a time rather than one row at a time. Picking a word you like from one of the columns, then going through the other column (or both columns, honestly) 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.
  • It’s important to keep the 8-character limit in mind when coming up with a town name this way. To use my AC:CF town Seahaven as an example, “haven” is 5 letters, so I could only use 3 letters for the beginning word. There are numerous 3-letter words you can place there: Sunhaven, Oakhaven, Skyhaven, Oldhaven, Newhaven, and so on, but I liked Seahaven best.
  • 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.)
  • The beginning words and ending words are somewhat flexible. Some words can be used for either the beginning or ending. I listed words that are especially flexible in both columns.


Beginnings

Ox / Ax
Os
By
Al
Ay
Wy
St / St.
Mt / Mt.
Ol / Ol’/ Old / Ole
Lil / Lil’
Win / Wyn
Bag / Bog
End
Dun
Sun
Sky
Sea
Elm
Ice / Icy
New
Red
Far
Way
Fae
Elf
Bow
Elk
Ent
Fox
Doe
Hog
Dog
Cat
Owl
Paw
Dew
Ivy
Fen / Fin
Fir
May
Tea
Ash
Oak
Yew
Nut
Yam
Mor
Fal
Ski
Hay
Fig
Log
Ale
Saw
Odd
Ray
Fog
Hex
Gem
Joy
Rye
Dry
Hot
Bee
Oar
Ore
Oat
Sow
Ply
Gin
Tin
Win
Wim
Mid
Cob
Cod
Cog
Pot
Toy
Sol
Alp
Air
Airy
Lune / Luna
Pine
Bell
Fall
Star
Moon
Tree
Wych
Dove
Swan
Hare
Gold
Blue
Grey / Gray
Cyan
Azul / Azur
Teal
Clay
Edge
Flip
Birk
Bone
Dark
Dawn
Dusk
Noon
Deep
Fate
Soul
Ruby
Fawn
Fern
Toad
Myth
Deer
Colt
Stag
Bear
Boar
Goat
Fire
Cold
Malt
Mill
Fair
Fine
Rich
Idyl
Fine
Song
Hymn
Mist
Snow
Flag
Over
East / West
Ever
Iris
Rose
Lily
Moss
Mush
Wisp
Flor
Bare
Bald
Bean
Pear
Palm
Sand
Surf
Pale
Dust
Silk
Lush
Lazy
Calm
Rest
Mild
Wild
Park
Lost
Pond
Plum
Lark
Bird
Fowl
Ship
Boat
Wind / Wend
Rain
Hail
Poor
Waft
Lull
Leaf
Vine
Damp
Deep
Iron
Bark
Wood
Corn
Kern
Kelp
Rock
Rune
Birk
Morn
Hook
Cork
York
Wine
Lace
Knot
Moth
Crow
Grim
Quil
Duck
Seal
Lamb
Clod
Glow
Sage
Mage
King
Twin
Shim
Char
Kite
Rook
Boot
Dead
Soot
Smog
Drip
Loam
Seed
Glad
High
Slow
Tall
Long
Wide
Howl
Gust
Cake
Mint
Milk
Lamp
Lion
Lynx
Foal
Lyre
Mirk / Murk
Muse
Near
Open
True
Twee
Bent
Rice
Rust
Roam
Water
North / South
Under
Storm
Green
White
Black
Lilac
Lotus
Thorn
Maple
Daisy
Night
Light
Glass
Clear
Cloud
Dream
Sugar
Sweet
Frost
Swift
Briar
Holly
Weed
Wilt
Free
Crow
Yule
Tilt
Wing
Clove
Brick
Hedge
Cliff
Shell
Stone / Stony
Berry
Amble
Fairy / Faery
Fable
Dryad
Petal
Honey
Ochre
Knoll
Elder
Alder
Hazel
Resin
Roset
Tulip
Sunny
Grass
Hilly
Lofty
Leafy
Apple
Melon
Stump
Acorn
Lemon
Olive
Thyme
Basil
Lichen
Sable
Ghost
Troll
Scull
Nymph
Siren
Witch
Winch / Wynch
Relic
Rhyme
Otter
Brine / Briny
Spear
Lance
Torch
Angel
Mercy
Merry
Peace
Quiet
Smoke
Mochi
Mocha
Spice
Straw
Birch
Cedar
Finch
Mouse
Amber
Umber
Ember
Ashen
Oaken
Aspen
Olden
Amity
Bliss
Faith
Bloom
Whim
Whisk
Dilly
Dally
Gilly
Story
Fresh
Sleek
Dizzy
Blush
Conch
Coral
Peach
Brown
Ivory
Ebony
Coble
Gable
Plank
Plant
Poppy
Porch
Stray
Endings

forest
meadow
harbor
garden
bridge
cester / caster
stream
street
hollow
coombe
bourne
bourn
coomb
combe
holme
derby
river
berth
marsh
march
berry
glade
shade
haven
brook
stead
trail
track
cross
ditch
court
castle
tower
fence
perch
roost
lodge
hotel
beach
shine
coast
ferry
arbor
bloom
cliff
slope
climb
plain
field
henge
hedge
grove
bough
shore
brush
grave
shard
shrub
swamp
stock
stoke
press
stow
send
thon
canal
forge
gorge
forth
basin
bound
world
realm
dwell
vista
vast
flood
blown
bluff
mouth
mound
sound
fleet
creek
swell
burst
hurst
wurst / wyrst
drift
reach
altar
cover
coven
abyss
abbey
worth
shire
spire
crypt
crest
knoll
ranch
range
ridge
house
guard
polis
bourg
burgh
ville
villa
downs
falls
leigh
train
thorp
comb
town
vill
vila
city
burg
bern
burn
bury
boro
holm
scot
home
hope
wall
hall
fell
fall
down
lawn
view
look
road
lane
drive
wear
loop
vane
gate
pass
abys
land
park
wood
bark
band
leaf
pine
root
roof
keep
peak
hill
glen
dale
dell
vale
veil
rift
rise
trod
well
hike
tour
hold
mond
york
sham
head
bria
gulf
isle
moat
loch
lock
loth
lake
mere
pour
pond
drop
point
drape
wash
bank
cape
cove
crag
knot
nash
rule
gard
grow
acre
cave
mine
ruin
tomb
rite
pool
tide
flow
bask
turn
vern / vyrn
path
ford
fort
camp
tent
port
fold
wold
folk
nook
nock
wich
nest
mill
moor
more
gain
dike
mont
bend
bent
bach
shaw
shot
sted
star
ling
ring
frit / fret
nell
hole
holt
rock
shed
mark
edge
deep
barn
beam
glow
bell
call
wind
wick
with / wyth
pick
loft
lair
post
hive
hide / hyde
hyth
shee
weed
ward
bray / brey
tale
tart
over
past
hunt
lade
yate
wort / wart / wyrt
maid
void
pyre
gast
haze
maze
gaze
mile
fast
side
ride / ride
wide / wyde
sail
reef
tune
wisp
wade
walk
trot
yard
shop
St.
Rd.
Ln.
ton
tin / ten
sea
bay
vil
del
inn
row
way
top
wyn
wig / wyg
ley / lee
lia
ray
set
bel
cup
don
den
dun
fen / fyn / fin
not
mor
nor
day / dae
end
est
ham
min
ken / kin
net
hub
pub
sap
saw
son
sey
gum
yew
hue
web
pen
pit
paw
ash
fir
ark
bed
bow
urn
eye
eve
let
lit / lyt
lin / lyn
ing
ith / yth
thy
fly
try
ney
fax
von
gem
rod
tor
cot
mow
dal
low
lon
sow
sor
ril / ryl / rel
by
ry
is
on
en


I’ll try to keep the list above updated as I think of more, but that is enough to get started brainstorming. 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 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.

138 thoughts on “Animal Crossing Town Name Ideas and Methods

  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. 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!!!:):):)

  3. 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

  4. 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.

  5. So like I sort of want my town name to be a reference so I was thinking maybe Blüdhaven (Nightwing comics) but spelt without the ü or Hollywoo (Bojack Horseman)

  6. I would’ve put MoonForest but it has too many characters! I’m thinking MoonView or MoonCove or MoonLeaf or SkyVilla or SkyAcres

  7. Looking for a peaceful, Japanese~y town name. I prefer one word names! My town will be a pink/zen theme if that helps. 💗

  8. my first town name was SwiftOak i made it up.
    haven’t played in a year so i restarted.
    i want my town to be full of apple trees. also want stumps lined on the outside of my entire pathways.
    any ideas for town like that?

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