Fantasy countries and their names
Nation-states rose in our own world; in the world of fantasy, the absence of them will deprive your readers and players of a sense of authenticity. To populate your fantasy continents with real-sounding countries, you’ll need to know a little about how they’re named.
From the Sunset Sea and Westeros in A Song of Ice and Fire to the countryside of Middle-earth in Lord of the Rings to Azeroth in Warcraft, a place has to have a name, even if that place doesn’t exist.
Country naming conventions
Use compound words and popular place-name suffixes (like “-oth” or “-os” or “-ia”) to give your fantasy countries the sound of real life. Unlike your city names, however, a country name is often too big to refer to a specific geographical feature.
Country name inspiration
You can hint at a country’s history in its name: “Westeros,” being in the west, denotes its place in A Song of Ice and Fire’s larger world, Planetos. As a fictional stand-in for the “Western world,” it shows you can hint at geographic and cultural heritage with the right prefix.
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List of country names
From Westeros in the west to Middle-earth in the middle, even fantasy country names have to follow the occasional rule: geographic consistency. Use this list of existing fantasy country names to get a better sense of how authors and game creators build their worlds.
Land of eternal starlight
Valley of the eagles
The boundless sky
Island of atlas
Realm of the sea spirits
Land of the hidden
Haven of genesis
Land of lightning
The iron veiled-realm