View Full Version : How do you think up your City names?
October 24th, 2003, 09:43 PM
Sometimes I just make up random names,and other times I cross over real city names,for example SANTROIT CITY is SAN diego and deTROIT crossed ova',ahah! clever 'eh!:D
How do you come up wiv your city names?
October 25th, 2003, 10:17 PM
divine inspiration. or substance abuse. or some descriptive name, usually based off of size (ex. Giga, Mega, etc...) or else I'll name it after someone or something else, ex. Ferrari City.
October 25th, 2003, 10:59 PM
I normally name them as real cities, but I don't try to make them real
October 27th, 2003, 05:18 AM
I always think of the traditional British names like -shire, -ham, -um, - ford, -dale, -ester and -side. So all my cities are named like Birmingham, Rutherford, Martindale, Berkshire, Lancaster, or something like Westside ;)
October 28th, 2003, 05:17 PM
Sometimes I use real names, mostly I make something up, based on the terrain (i.e. Crater City) or based upon my name (i.e. Denmont, Dencity)
October 28th, 2003, 05:34 PM
Mostly I use i look around my desk and take some words that i see and spell them from behind. Like my city Obecalp City, its Placebo spelled from behind. I also use my own name Thomas Rudebeck, or my hometowns name. :)
October 28th, 2003, 07:33 PM
Charlotte and the cities around it (for thousands of miles around though ;)).
I also just think of random names like 'Sea Side Hights' and Ocean Hights. Even if there is no water.
October 28th, 2003, 10:39 PM
Former names of cities. My largest city is New Amsterdam City, which is the former name of New York City. Or I take country names (Cape Verde) and take the first part off: Verde City.
October 29th, 2003, 09:07 AM
November 3rd, 2003, 08:46 AM
I named it after Detroit and it's suburbs, and boy does Detroit have a ton of suburbs.;)
November 3rd, 2003, 11:19 AM
I use real name and I try to real the skyline sometimes
November 5th, 2003, 11:28 PM
It's funny to pick up nearby villages' names and convert 'em to million cities ;)... Done that sometimes
November 8th, 2003, 03:20 PM
Mainly just the classic names. like London says, classic bits like -ham -ing -dale etc...But i also find Small suburbs make good names, cause they seem new. (Calling your places London Or New York makes me feel like i should be recreating the city)
November 10th, 2003, 06:53 PM
I pick real city names
November 10th, 2003, 10:23 PM
Recently I have just looked at things on my desk and put them together. Makes for a unique city name! :D
November 10th, 2003, 11:51 PM
Me, I change the name of real city. For example; Shaghai, New Rotterdam, Guanggzou, etc. :D
November 12th, 2003, 05:26 AM
heh, Shaghai, cool...
I also like to use the metric system, ex. mega, giga...
and city names from fictional works.
November 14th, 2003, 03:02 PM
Names with Object and People with Landmark Features added
Other wise I lose track of them some what
December 23rd, 2003, 11:08 AM
Here's an idea:
Take a random name out of the phonebook and add "burg" "ville" "port" "ton" or "town"
add in the occasional Madison Park, Oakridge Heights, etc. and you have yourself a region.
December 23rd, 2003, 03:34 PM
Now, I take a real city name and i put a "new" before.
Like: -New Frankfurt
-New Hong kong
and New Bonn:D
December 23rd, 2003, 03:38 PM
Based on geographical location ,terrian form ,or people's names.
Pebble Coast (my oldest city!:D )
West Bank (No connection to the West Bank of Middle East ,named it so because it is on the west bank of a huge river)
December 23rd, 2003, 05:36 PM
Now I am just using city names in North Carolina and their suburbs, etc.
December 24th, 2003, 12:59 PM
I have a map of Melbourne's train network on my desk so I just pick any railway station when I need a name.
I also name cities because of their geographical location since every region I make MUST have lots of rivers (for bridges :D), a huge mountain range (which make a cool backdrop) including at least one city located on a plateau etc etc etc so I never run out of names.
December 26th, 2003, 02:36 AM
I usually look at the news, current events, tv shows or other topical things that are happening in my life at the time that I begin the city. And compose a city name that captures that time in my life. So that in the future when I come back and look at the cities, they are able to provoke more extended memory. I find that if the names are too generic and arbitrary, the city becomes just another uncontexualised (if that is even a word) file on my computer. The names sometimes become quite cryptic.
Norberg-Schulz (author of a book I used when writing my thesis)
December 28th, 2003, 12:09 PM
I also look at ingrediants.
Methylchloroisothiazolinone can be a great name for a city.
I wouldn't mind writing:
2321 Blah St.
December 28th, 2003, 12:22 PM
I have alot of different methods. I named one after me :D I named quite a few after food (pizzaland, tikka valley, kebab) Some are named after what they are used for or were used for (smogtropoly, emmisionate) Some from location and enviroment (plainview, centerboro, hilltop) and my favorite after TV shows (bayside and valley, named after the high schools on saved by the bell :rofl:
Pretty much what evers on my mind when I make a city gets thrown into the name.
May 29th, 2004, 08:42 AM
If I really run out of inspiration, I'll name it after a TV show. My central city and the region it's in, Mayberry, came most obviously from the Andy Griffith show. I like the name. Mayberry...Griffin came from the surname of the stars of Family Guy, the most awesome cartoon ever to grace North America.
Also, I named another suburb of mine Isemore. I thought of Vanilla Ice (very, very funny man ;)) and his catchphrase "Wurrd t'y'motha," pondered the possible Germanic proto-words for "ice" and "mother", and made Isemore. Lanton was too long a process to explain, but it comes from long, the Mandarin word for dragon. And the fifth one is Eddow, named after the old Japanese city of Edo and spelled in a Germanic way. I like my names to sound American; foreign ones just don't click.
May 29th, 2004, 09:18 AM
I always have a theme with my city names so it's easy to come up with names. For example, I decided to end all my city names with "-lon". So far, i have come up with:
May 29th, 2004, 07:41 PM
Usually I get them from the names of British, Canadian, American, Australian, or other English-speaking cities and towns. Some examples include:
- Oxford (British)
- Hamilton (British/Canadian/American)
- Surfers Paradise (Australian)
- Gold Coast (Australian)
- Wellington (British/Canadian/New Zealandian)
- Merlion (Singaporean)
- St. Stephen's (British/French)
- Birmingham (British/Canadian/New Zealandian)
- Charles-on-the-lake (Canadian/American)
- Stratford (British/Canadian)
- Chatham (British/Canadian)
- Waterloo (Belgian/British/Canadian/American)
- Saint Paul Capital Territory (American/Australian)
June 23rd, 2004, 07:49 PM
i do baltimore suburbs that are small and put them together like owings mills and white marsh=white mills or owings marsh. others are-risterlea for overlea+reisterstown. u can make funny ones suck as cockysex= cockysville +essex. :runaway: :)
July 12th, 2004, 04:35 AM
I usually use names of cities in COlombia (i'm not even colombian). Things like Cartagena (cart-ah-hay-nuh), Barranquilla (bar-an-key-uh) or Cali make for classy names. Since I have never heard of the cities, i don't feel the need to recreate the places. Other random Spanish names work well also, like Bajos, Mochillas Negras (black backpacks), or La Cocina (the kitchen) are nice.
July 13th, 2004, 02:11 AM
i name them as disctrict in real citys or own made names (that prolly excist some where in the world
July 13th, 2004, 04:14 AM
I try to use interesting neighborhood names and stuff, and use those. i also take tons of inspiration from Houston, of course.
August 3rd, 2004, 12:16 AM
hmmm well usually ill just put something random or like wat the city is based upon like Industrio... sometimes ill use latin like for one city... Tandem Interior because my city limits reached into the "outer wilds" or the interior... but now all my names are based upon BoA =). like Sideline art BoA. BoA-ville. BoA...
August 3rd, 2004, 01:40 AM
well, I take real city names and "configurae them" like Stockholm, Swededn is Estok o Holmo... its more like spanish and english... but yeah, I use Spanish and English names, also French. Like Saint Joachin, or other disconfigurations of real cities like (Singar Pura) Singapore... yeah...
How do YOU chose names?
August 3rd, 2004, 07:15 AM
I open up the back of the latest road atlas where the undisrupted list of city names are and just use my handy finger to randomly pick a name.:D
August 13th, 2004, 02:42 PM
i mash the keyboard with my palm then try and make a word out of the letters lol, ive come up with names like... Frigendens (?lol)
i use someones name and make it sound right like..Liviana
August 13th, 2004, 04:35 PM
I grab realistic names from all over the place. Likle I called a city Catalina Bay named after a ship that sank off the west-Australian coast.
August 14th, 2004, 09:56 AM
EDIT: Sorry, this post was for a different thread. Please delete this post.
August 14th, 2004, 07:41 PM
I normally name them as real cities, but I don't try to make them real
I do just the same thing.
September 2nd, 2004, 05:04 PM
When I come up with names on my citys, I'll just take a lot of letters and put them together!!!! example: Tialo is one of my citys..... Werton is the best city I have.... Londary is also one of my citys!!!! So just try to think on something with your fantasy!!!!!! :badnews:
September 2nd, 2004, 07:14 PM
Me I invent new names like:
Megalopeas (for region)
or for city
...and more :).
September 2nd, 2004, 07:28 PM
I made a new region and now I'm using the elements from the Periodic Table... :D
Here are some examples:
September 21st, 2004, 05:53 PM
i name them after streets or small suburbs/villages near me
September 23rd, 2004, 10:50 AM
I will name it as a real city and try making it same as the real
September 26th, 2004, 06:50 PM
i just type in anything realistic.
September 26th, 2004, 08:01 PM
I either use the names of airports or mix and match the names of towns or states with suffixes, such as, "ville", "dale", "land", etc.
Airports: Kennedy, Newark, Logan
Places: Trandale (Trenton, NJ), Boland (Boston, MA), Maryville (Maryland)
You get the idea.
September 26th, 2004, 11:54 PM
I use the names of the ancient roman and greek gods, like Jupiter, Marcus, Zeus, etc...