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”
Ok I chose SkyCity (I erased my data about 10 times)
Ok i changed my mind i named my town infinote ♩
Looking for a peaceful, Japanese~y town name. I prefer one word names! My town will be a pink/zen theme if that helps. 💗
ピンク the Japanese word for Pink!
I saw New LEAF, it’s a TOwN… mushed ’em together… made Leafton!
Idk I’m having troubles deciding and every time I make a town I feel it’s not perfect and restart. Any ideas on how to stop myself from doing so? Thanks so much.
What I usually do is make a list of qualities I want in a town, then I reset over and over until I get all or most of those features. Resetting for certain features, and getting them, makes the town feel more special and catered towards me and my tastes, so that I’m less likely to restart in the future (plus, I wouldn’t want to do the work of resetting for another town). Then I recommend just sticking with the town and putting a lot of work into it — the work will really add to that feeling of not wanting to reset. 🙂 This is just what works for me, though!
I got MayFall 🙂
I using your name
I’m looking for a word after Pine and not apple
Yea do Utopia
It took me forever but I came up with Oakdew
Evermist, Sweetfog, Calmfall, Swanpass,
anyone got a good name for an earthy perfect apple town?
i used oakley but my town fruit is cherry 😂
I’m thinking I could call mine MistVale
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?
AppleStump? if thats too long you could try AppleLeaf
I will try AtlasBay or Sea or Way or Hernacyd
My town name was Storm…
My character name is storm lol. Haven’t picked a village name yet.
My old name was silk and my town was cherry.. XD
New at this game trying to think of a town name can anybody help me my favorite color is purple and my favorite fruit is strawberry or something with the rose.
My town name is fortnight.
I got the name seacave! is that good?
I’m thinking of either Tea or Oak as the starting word but I just can’t choose a second😂
Trying to figure out something to go with Rose!
My City is called Mayshine ❤️
I’d like to include “violet”, “lilac”, or something purple in my town name. I also like animals. Does anyone have ideas?
Bonus points for including the letter Z!
Magnolia, Amethyst, Mulberry, Indigo, Lavender, Iris, Mauve, Wisteria, and Plum are purple-themed names. It would be hard to include a love of animals and purple in the same town name, with the character limit, though! 🙂 Lilac is short enough that you might be able to tack an ending after it, like Lilacway, Lilacbay, Lilacsea. So is plum, like Plumwood.