Fantasy villages and their names
You’ve had a long day’s ride from Dorne to the Stormlands, and you’re ready to make camp for the night. But before you stop in that quaint fantasy village around the bend, you'll need to check its name to determine if you’ll be met by friend or foe.
Villages in Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, and A Song of Ice and Fire can be waypoints on larger quests or places where major events take place. Where would The Fellowship of the Ring be without everything that happens in the village of Bree?
Village naming conventions
There’s lots of freedom in naming villages, but two-word compounds like “Maidenpool” give you an opportunity to deepen the complexity of your setting and world-building. Maybe a ruined village has the word “dragon” in it to hint at the fiery fate that befell a once-thriving locale.
Village name inspiration
One approach to fantasy village names is to model them after existing ones, which can ground your worlds with a dash of realism. Real-world village and town names often use compound words consisting of geographical landmarks or historical names as distinguishing factors—a technique equally as applicable to the villages in fantastical realms.
Use our fantasy village name generator to populate your world with a bevy of realistic yet fantastical village names!
List of Village Names
Bree, Duskendale, Bag End, Godric’s Hollow—the best village names have just a touch of realism to make them sound like real waypoints on your character’s journeys. Let’s explore some of the more popular village names in fantasy literature to get an idea of how they sound.
Small hangle town
Town of moles
Pool of the maiden
Grove of gold
Possibly “Slavic Town”