Proper Names for Fantasy Locations

Roll up a Prefix and a Suffix for the name, and then see how it sounds.  If it needs work, keep adding central syllables to taste. Feel free to throw in a few extra vowels or consonants here and there, too.

If it gets ridiculous, just ditch it and start again.  The tables are for inspiration – they’re not hard-and-fast rules!

This page contains the following tables:

  • Generic Fantasy Realms – Prefixes and Central Elements
  • Generic Fantasy Realms -Suffixes
  • Names for “Good” Realms
  • Names for “Evil” Realms
  • A Few Bits and Pieces for “Magical” Realms
  • Dwarven Place Names
  • Elvish Place Names
  • Halfling Place Names
  • Orcish Place Names
Generic Fantasy Realms – Prefixes and Central Elements
Roll 1d, 1d.  (Need a die roller?)

Prefix Centre (opt’l)
1-2 1 Cal a
1-2 2 Car e
1-2 3 Card i
1-2 4 Chess o
1-2 5 Chon y
1-2 6 Cor be/bi/bo
3-4 1 Da ce/ci/co
3-4 2 Dam de/di/do
3-4 3 Dan ed/id/od
3-4 4 Dor he/hi/ho
3-4 5 Esta je/ji/jo
3-4 6 Gon le/li/lo
5-6 1 Hal me/mi/mo
5-6 3 Lan se/si/so
5-6 4 Lui te/ti/to
5-6 5 Mul Roll twice
5-6 6 Ras Roll twice
Generic Fantasy Realms -Suffixes
Roll 1d, 1d.  (Need a die roller?)

Terminal
1 1 tia/atia
1 2 r/ar/ara/iara/or/iora
1 3 ath/iath/rath/riath
1 4 eth/ieth/oth/ioth
1 5 n/an/in/ania/inia/onia
1 6 bia/biara/biaria/biatia
2 1 brath/briath/briaria
2 2 bratia/briatia
2 3 bara/baria/baratia
2 4 cara/caria/caratia
2 5 dara/idara/daria/idaria
2 6 dim/idim/idimia
3 1 dolan/dolian/idolian
3 3 nta/ntia/enta/entia
3 4 and/iand/andia/iandia
3 5 nara/inara/naria/inaria
3 6 nath/enath/enatia/inath
3 1 myr/omyr/myria/imyria
4 2 olan/ilan/elan/ulan
4 3 patia/phatia/iphatia
4 4 phar/ophar/ephar
4 5 rand/irand/iren
4 6 rath/irath/erath
4 1 rua/irua/erua
5 2 tar/itar/tan/itan
5 3 tia/itia/tria/itria
5 4 rill/irill/erill/aril
5 5 nolan/enolan
5 6 lad/elad/olad/ilad
5 1 orlad/erlad/irlad
6 2 had/ihad/ehad
6 3 nen/inen
6 4 waith/waithe
6 5 gar/igar/egar
6 6 or/oria/dor/doria

 

Names for “Good” Realms
Roll 1d, 1d.   (Need a die roller?)

Prefix Centre (opt’nl.) Suffix
1-2 1 Am a ar/ara
1-2 2 Ar e ar/aria
1-2 3 Ard i dara
1-2 4 Arm o olant
1-2 5 Art y anor
1-2 6 Arthe ab/ba/aba ador
3-4 1 Arv ac/ca/aca inor
3-4 2 ad/da/ada anor
3-4 3 Ban am/ma/ama roth
3-4 4 Bel an/na/ana rath
3-4 5 Beler al/la/ala ral
3-4 6 Bran ar/ra/ara mara
5-6 1 Gal as/sa/asa tara
5-6 2 at/ta/ata dain
5-6 3 Pele ob/be/eba maria
5-6 4 Val ed/de/eda aria
5-6 5 Vali el/le/ela orn
5-6 6 Wend val/vala/vali riel
Names for “Evil” Realms
Roll 1d, 1d.   (Need a die roller?)   Throwing in a bit of Orcish can help, too – see below.

Prefix Centre (opt’nl.) Suffix
1-2 1 Ang/Ank ak/ek/ku bad/blad
1-2 2 Dagh/Dakh da/dar/du car/kar
1-2 3 Dim/Dimi ghu/gul doom/dum
1-2 4 Gor/Gur gor/gor/igor fell/fal
1-2 5 Gul/Gol il/ im/in garth/groth
1-2 6 Imm/In le/lu/ile/ilu gom/gorm
3-4 1 Kil/Kul me/mu gol/gor/gul
3-4 2 Mor/Mur nak/nal gund/gond
3-4 3 Nar/ Nur ne/nu iltur/ithral
3-4 4 Rash/Rass ol/om/on lak/ilak
3-4 5 Sar/Sir rach/rech mar/imar
3-4 6 Sem/Sen re/ru nakh/inakh
5-6 1 Sin/Syn sar nur/tur/zur
5-6 2 Ulg/Ulgi si/su/ti/tu ond/iond
5-6 3 Un/Ung uu/ur/uul om/iom
5-6 4 Vex/Vek ve/vu roth/iroth
5-6 5 Vil/Vol vi/ vol Thar/ithar
5-6 6 Xa/Xu/Za/Zu xe/xu/ ze/zu var/vor
A Few Bits and Pieces for “Magical” Realms
Roll 1d (need a die roller?) and then combine with the other tables to suit.

Prefix Centre Suffix
1 Dim/Dwim ara ara/aria
2 Even/Evend imm stara/staria
3 Glam/Glan irr mere/ immering
4 Mir/Myr/Myst ior im/immar
5 Xa/Xan ist irrior/illior
6 Zith/Zil lam eror/erior

 

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

Prefix Centre (optional) Suffix
1-2 1 Az/Azan/Azad az/azan/azad az/azan/azad
2 Bar/Bara/Baraz bar/ibar/ibara bar/ibar/ubar/baz/ubaz
3 Bunz/Buuz/Buzund ba/baz/bazu/bazund bizar/ulbizar/bizund
4 Bund/Bunduz/Bundi dul/idul/duil/iduil dum/idum/durz/idurz
5 Dwim/Dwimmer dush/idush/dulzush dur/idur/izdur/iduz
6 Duz/Duzul/Duzund giz/gizar/gizund gath/igath/gathol/gathold
3-4 1 Gad/Gab/Gaz/Gazi ibara/ibaraz/iburaz ibar/inbar/izbar/ilbar
2 Gund/Guld/Gulz kliz/ilzil/zul/luz kar/ikar/izkar/izkund
3 Khaz/Khuz/Khazi ka/kiz/kid/kin kiz/kizdin/kizdun
4 Kib/Kibil/Keb/Kebil luk/ilzuk/kul/ikul nala/nazal/nandaz
5 Khel/Kheled u/un/nu/nul/nuz shathur/shazur
6 Tum/Tumun/Tumunz u/ul/uz/zu un/und/gund/igund
5-6 1 Tun/Tunumz/Tulzund ush/shu/ulsh/suhl und/ukund/uzund/uzlund
2 Nar/Narz/Narg un/und/nud/unud uz/iguz/igzund
3 Nu/Nul/Nulukk uz/uzh/uzhun/uzhund zaram/zarund/izam/izund
4 Rhaz/Rhuz/Rhazan zi/zig/zu/zug/izug zar/izar/zahar/izahar
5 Zir/Zirak/Ziril/Zirid za/zahzalzhad/ zibar/ulzibar
6 Zi/Zig/Zirig/Zigund zu/uz/zul/luz/iluz zil/izil/zigil/izigil
Elvish Place Names
Roll 1d, 1d. (Need a die roller?)  Feel free to mix in Magical name elements, too – see above.

Prefix Centre (optional) Suffix
1-2 1 Ciri/Cirith a/al/la/an/na beth/bereth/berond
2 Cele/Sele e/el/le/en/ne del/dhol/dol
3 Cel/Sel/Cle i/il/li/in/ni dur/ildur/dura/duril
4 El/Elb/Elbe o/ol/lo/on/no had/ahad/alad/galad
5 Ethil/Ethel u/ui/uil/uin il/lia/ithil/ithril/ilia
6 Fan/Fal/Fin ali/ani/li/ni ir/iriath/irion/irlond
3-4 1 Gal/Gil/Galad/Gilad be/iba/bala ir/irien/rien/illirien
2 Ithil/Ithel elo/lo/ele/le ar/arien/rian/ilarian
3 Lara/Lirra ha/hal/lah lond/ilond/lan/ilan
4 Lil/Lis/Lim ith/ithl/ithlm lorien/lirien/ilorien/ilirien
5 Lui/Li/Lo/Lith/Loth ri/ir/iri/li/il/ili lui/illui/luim/illuim
6 Lori/Lolien la/al/le/el/li/il lien/ilien/olien/itholien
5-6 1 Lon/Lune lis/lil/ili/isi lune/ilune/lom/ilom
2 Na/Nar/Nali/Nil/Niri ril/thril/ithril ril/iril/riel/iriel
3 Mi/Mith/Mil sil/silv/isil/isilvi sa/sil/isil/isara/issilira
4 Sil/Silv/Sild ta/ita/ati/itil tir/itir/tirion/itirion
5 Ta/Tal/Tar/Tas tir/tiri/itir/itiri thui/ithui/thuil/ithuil
6 Ui/Oi/El ui/lui/isui/ilui ui/uin/uil/uilond
Halfling Place Names
Roll 1d, 1d.  (Need a die roller?)  This table is constructed entirely from name elements actually used by Tolkien for places in the Shire.

Prefix Suffix
1-2 1 Bind/ Brandy bourn/bourne/ bole
1-2 2 Buck/Buckle borough/ burrow/bury
1-2 3 Brace/ By bottle/ bottom
1-2 4 Budge/ Crick cleeve/ crick
1-2 5 East/ Frog delving/ down/downs
1-2 6 Gam/ Green end/ford/ field/fields
3-4 1 Hard/ Hay farthing/ furrow/furrows
3-4 2 Little/ Long hill/hall/hay/hollow
3-4 3 Marish/ North land/march
3-4 4 Over moot/meet
3-4 5 Rush mill/morton/marish/
3-4 6 South rush/ row
5-6 1 Shire/ Stock shire/ stock
5-6 2 Took/ Tuck smial
5-6 3 Way water/ wine
5-6 4 West wich/ windle
5-6 5 Whit wood/woody
5-6 6 Wood/Woody -y
Orcish Place Names
Roll 1d, 1d.  (Need a die roller?)  Feel free to mix in Evil name elements, too – see above.

Prefix Suffix
1-2 1 Az/Ag/Ak ak/akh/ag/agh
2 Bol/Bul/Bolg bad/bag/bak/thak
3 Bur/Bul/Buk gash/ghash
4 Gaz/Ghak gur/gor/gorg/gul
5 Gha/Grah luk/ lur
6 Gor/Gorg/Gord mag/mak/mok
3-4 1 Gorz/Gorth/ Gorsh mog/mug/ murk
2 Lag/Lug/Lukh nakh/nagh
3 Mau/Maug/Mauz og/org/or
4 Mauh/Maul/Maun rad/rak/radz/rat
5 Muz/ Nuz lur/gur
6 Nag mur/nur
5-6 1 Rag/Radz/Raz/Rahz ulz/ulg/ulgor
2 Shag/Shagth/Shadz ush/ug/ur
3 Snag zag/zakh
4 Ug/Ugd/Ugh/Ugz zhur/azhur
5 Ugl/Ugm/Ugn zug/zog/azog
6 Yag/Yak/Yakh zul/azhul