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.
Ox / Ax
St / St.
Mt / Mt.
Ol / Ol’/ Old / Ole
Lil / Lil’
Win / Wyn
Bag / Bog
Ice / Icy
Fen / Fin
Lune / Luna
Grey / Gray
Azul / Azur
East / West
Wind / Wend
Mirk / Murk
North / South
Stone / Stony
Fairy / Faery
Winch / Wynch
Brine / Briny
cester / caster
wurst / wyrst
vern / vyrn
frit / fret
with / wyth
hide / hyde
bray / brey
wort / wart / wyrt
ride / ride
wide / wyde
tin / ten
wig / wyg
ley / lee
fen / fyn / fin
day / dae
ken / kin
lit / lyt
lin / lyn
ith / yth
ril / ryl / rel
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.
228 thoughts on “Animal Crossing Town Name Ideas and Methods”
I came up with Starcove! I think it’s a really good name!
Dreamloft, Skyview and Starpass are some of my faves
Anyone have something to go with lotus…? IDK, I could use some help though
How about mosspine?
Mine is a nice peaceful one I called my town name Harmony 💖
That’s a wonderful town name! ❤️
Anyone got any new Dream codes 💖💖
I named mine HoneyBee ❤️🐝
I named mine Aeonian after the word aeonian meaning eternal; everlasting (:
haha thats convenient my town is also called aeonian XD
That’s a great name, can I ‘borrow’ it?
How about Foxwood?
How about Nohr or Hoshido
I chose SkyClan because of the Warriors book: SkyClans Destiny.
My first acquire town name was…. Wait for it…..
Typical of me. I’m a big Harry Potter fan so…😁
HARRY POTTER FOR LIFE!!
im a hufflepuff!
HUFFLEPUFF FOR LIFE
Hufflepuff for life.
I love your page, what a great name generator. It’s really got my mind working for a new city.
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.
This is really cool and helpful! I ended up caling my town Calmvale.
What about Ol’ Meadow?
i am making a fairy themed town and i thought of: Fairy Bay and Fairy Falls!
Anyone have anything to go with Black? I love Blackmont but it is too long!
Can’t think of anything, I’d like a name with sky, star, or gold in it.
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)
Lol my first town name was Katville, and then my second was twinleaf
CAN ANYONE HELP ME FOR A RAINY TOWN NAME???
CALL IT PORTLAND!
I would’ve put MoonForest but it has too many characters! I’m thinking MoonView or MoonCove or MoonLeaf or SkyVilla or SkyAcres