Medieval English-Style Town Names

If you want the name of your Village, Town, or City to have the flavor of Medieval England (or of the more Anglicized areas of Wales, Ireland, Cornwall, and Scotland), use the name elements on this page.

How to do it: Roll for both a Prefix and a Suffix. If you decide you want a name appropriate to a specific terrain type, replace either the Prefix or the Suffix (not both!) with one from the relevant sub-table.

English-Style Town Names – General

Roll 1d, 1d. (Need a die roller?)

Prefix Suffix
1-2 1 Ast/Ach/Axe/Exe/Usk/Esk bury/ by
2 Bal/Balla/Bally/Ball borough/brough/burgh
3 Beck/Bex/ Brad caster/chester/cester
4 Caer/Car cott
5 Cheap/Chipping field
6 Cul foss
3-4 1 Din/Dinas gate
2 Dubh/Dow/Dhu/Duff gar(t)/garth
3 Dun/Dum/Don ham
4 Foss ing
5 Gate/ Gar(t)/Garth more
6 King stead
5-6 1 Lang ster
2 Nor stow
3 Shep/Ship thorp/thorpe
4 Sud/Sut/Swin tun/ton /toft
5 Tre wick/wyck/wyke/wich
6 Win worth/worthy/wardine
Coast-Related

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Prefix Suffix
1 Holm ay/ey/y
2 Inver firth
3 Inner holm
4 Pen mouth
5 Port pool/port
6 Porth treath/ wick
Forest-Related

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Prefix Suffix
1 Coed cott/frith
2 Hurst hurst
3 Chet Keth/cheth
4 Chet lea/ley/leigh
5 Weald shaw/thwaite
6 Wold weald/ wold
Hill-Related

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Prefix Suffix
1 Blen/ Bre craig/crag/creag
2 Craig/Crag/Creag dale
3 Drum dean/den/don
4 Gill/Ghyll/ Glen gill/ghyll
5 Hope/ Owe glen
6 Stan hope/howe
Lake-Related

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Prefix Suffix
1-2 Lin/Llyn 1-2 mere
3-4 Mere 3-4 pool
5 Pol 5-6 tarn
6 Tarn
Mountain-Related

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Prefix Suffix
1-2 Ben Ben
3-4 Berg Berg
5-6 Stan/sten whel
Hill-Related

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Prefix Suffix
1 Blen/ Bre craig/crag/creag
2 Craig/Crag/Creag dale
3 Drum dean/den/don
4 Gill/Ghyll/ Glen gill/ghyll
5 Hope/ Owe glen
6 Stan hope/howe
River-Related

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Prefix Suffix
1 Aber/ Avon 1-2 bourne/burne
2 Bourne/Burn 3 combe/coombe
3 Combe/Coombe 4-5 ford/forth
4 Dal/Dol/Hithe/Hythe 6 hithe/hythe
5 Ford/Forth/Pont
6 Nan/Nans/Nant
Swamp-Related

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Prefix Suffix
1-3 moss moss
4-6 inch inch