Elven city names are a lot of fun. They can be creative, beautiful, and unique to your campaign world.
But if you’re new to this game or just want some fresh ideas for naming cities in your next D&D adventure, here are 15 brilliant tips from our elf experts!
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Use a map for the name. A really creative way to come up with city names is by using your campaign map as inspiration! For example, if there’s an ancient temple on top of a mountain that can only be reached via one narrow winding path and you want to call it Mount Doom.. okay I’ll stop now but let me know what you came up with in the comments below!
Name according to who lives there. If we’re talking about elves or dwarves then their cultures should dictate how they name their buildings and towns when they settle new territory. Words like “garn” or “tirion” might mean something special depending on which race has settled them first.
Use a noun for your city’s name.
Include the suffix “City” or include it with an adjective to describe your city. For example, a town next to mountains would be called Mountain City and if it has trees in its center then Forest City is appropriate. Incorporate descriptive words like river, forest, garden etc., into the name of the place as well as adjectives describing what makes that particular location special.
Conclude by using interesting variations on prefixes such as North-, West-, South-, East-. These can also work well with combining two separate words together (i.e: Hilltop Town). You could also use opposites such as Upland Village/Lowlands Town. Use the words “City” or “Town” to tell readers how big your town is, it may also be useful to mention what type of city you’re talking about if there are several different types in the world so that people know when they might need a particular one. For example: City for humans on earth and Town for elves who live underwater.
What Makes Your Name Unique?
The name should suggest something about your place and its culture, such as where you came from, why it was founded etcetera – this will make it more intriguing to players who want their character’s home location to have history behind it; while just naming it after a real life place won’t really entice people to go there.
If your place is a part of the world that already has an established history, you can use real places or landmarks from said region and twist them up with lore so they’re unique to your area!
Featured Places: The Duchy of Lucidor – a town in the countryside which values its heritage deeply, this would be a good example for someone who wants their character’s home location to have any sort of historical background.
There are many more featured locations on my blog if you want some inspiration; just search through it and see what jumps out at you as something worth reading about~ ^^
Don’t forget that your city name doesn’t need to only represent one geographical feature
Step One: Pick a name that is memorable.
“We don’t want to give the reader an opportunity to get distracted from what you’re trying to say,” says James Scott Bell, author of Plot and Structure. “You have no time for extraneous words.” The more unique your city’s name, the less likely it is someone will forget who they read about or where they live—plus if you do ever find yourself in a full-blown crisis situation (i.e., making up lies on the fly), you’ll know exactly what story needs telling when TMZ asks why this fictional woman was found dead in your guest bedroom with nothing but her teddy bear present and not one red blood cell anywhere near her body.
Spell your city’s name with a “K” for an elf
Give your elves plenty of woods to frolic in.
Include the word “Elven” somewhere in the name.
Let all inhabitants know that they are living inside a magical forest and not just some crazy guy’s imagination!