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Updated on August 20, 2017
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I've been a small time traveler for years and always seem to find a treasure trove of inspiration for stories I write.

Strange, Odd, Unique, Funny, Unusual And Cool City Names That Writers Will Find Quite Useful

If you're someone who is looking for a few good names of towns and cities for a story your working on (or some other creative endeavor), then you've come to the right place. Any writer knows that a city or town can be a character unto itself, and the better name your characters have, the more memorable they are.

This article is chock full of unique and unusual town names that actually exist or once existed at some point in time. I've also included where the city is located in case you want to do more research on the actual destination (to make your story seem more real). I really hope you find an interesting name that you can use, and be sure to check back every once in a while as I plan to keep adding to the list. Thanks for taking a look.

This photo of Kuwait City courtesy of Ghassan Tabet / flickr.

Small Towns And Out of the Way Places Are A Lot Easier To Find With A Map - A City With A Cool Name Isn't Always Enough - You Must Do Your Research

If your story takes place in a town or city with your own specific layout, then a good name for it is all you will need, but if you plan on basing your story in a real place, then you need to investigate. I have actually planned three vacations based upon how weird, strange or unique the city name was. They were all very memorable and very enjoyable trips.

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List Of Towns And Cities Of The World (Along with country or state of origin.)

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Abasha (Georgia - the Country)

Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates)

Acapulco (Mexico)

Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) (Check out the Ethiopian National Library to see old letters written by kings and princes.)

Akrotiri (Greece)

Algiers (Algeria)

Alice Springs (Australia)

Al Jahrah (Kuwait)

Amman (Jordan)

Amsterdam (Netherlands)

Andorra La Vella (Andorra)

Angers (France)

Animas (Bolivia)

Antigua (Guatemala)

Arusha (Tanzania)

Assisi (Italy)

Athens (Greece)

Attopu (Laos)

Auckland (New Zealand)

Axim (Ghana)

Baghdad (Iraq)

Balls Pond (London, England)

Balzers (Liechtenstein)

Bangkok (Thailand)

Barka (Oman)

Battambang (Cambodia)

Beijing (China)

Beirut (Lebanon)

Beltsy (Moldova)

Berlin (Germany)

Berne (Switzerland)

Big Sandy (Tennessee, U.S.)

Bitola (Macedonia)

Bluefields (Nicaragua)

Bodden Town (This Cayman Islands village was named after a government leader named William Bodden.)

Bogota (Colombia)

Bratislava (Slovakia)

Brest (Belarus)

Bridgetown (Barbados)

Brussels (Belgium) (The Grand-Place is the main market square and between March and October you will find a daily flower market there.)

Bucharest (Romania) (The Palace of Parliament is one of the largest buildings in the world and is a must visit via a guided tour.)

Budapest (Hungary) (Has lots of municipal parks with seasonal activities.)

Buenos Aires (Argentina)

Cairo (Egypt) (Most people will want to visit the pyramids on the outskirts of Cairo, but leave plenty of time to explore the rest of the city.)

Calabar (Nigeria)

Calydon (An ancient Greek city that took its name from the founder Calydon, son of Aetolus.)

Cannes (France) (A city known for its association with the rich, famous and powerful; also the annual yearly destination for those that go to the Cannes Film Festival.)

Capellen (Luxembourg)

Cape Town (South Africa)

Carthage (Tunisia)

Casablanca (Morocco)

Castletown (Isle of Man)

Chittagong (Bangladesh)

Cidra (Puerto Rico) (Also known as the "Town of the Eternal Spring" due to its cool temperatures.)

Cologne (This German city's name dates back to Roman times when it was called Colonia.)

Constantine (Algeria)

Copenhagen (Denmark)

Damascus (Syria) (One of the oldest inhabited cities in history.)

Dangzai (Macau)

Danisher (Turkmenistan)

Darkhan (Mongolia)

Delhi (India)

Dori (Burkina Faso)

Dresden (Germany)

Dubai (United Arab Emirates)

Edinburgh (Scotland, UK)

Elk (Poland)

Fagatogo (American Samoa)

Fairy Dell (Victoria, Australia) (An unusual, but beautiful name for a city or town.)

Faro (Portugal)

Freetown (Sierra Leone) (A harbor city that is known for being the oldest capital founded by African Americans.)

Friendship (Suriname)

Geneina (Sudan)

Geneva (Switzerland)

Georgetown (Guyana)

Ghent (Belgium)

Giza (Egypt)

Gore (Ethiopia) (What a great name for a city or town in a scary movie.)

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Greymouth (New Zealand)

Hague, The (Netherlands)

Halifax (Nova Scotia, Canada)

Hanoi (Vietnam)

Havana (Cuba)

Hell (Norway)

Helsinki (Finland)

High Rock (Bahamas) (Relax in seclusion on white sandy beaches and clear, blue water that is perfect for snorkeling, fishing and kayaking.)

Himera (ancient Sicilian city)

Hong Kong (Hong Kong, China)

Honolulu (Hawaii) (Means a place of shelter.)

Islamabad (Pakistan)

Jakar (Bhutan)

Jakarta (Indonesia)

Jaww (Bahrain)

Jerusalem (Israel)

Kandy (Sri Lanka)

Kant (Kyrgyzstan)

Kathmandu (Nepal)

Keflavik (Iceland)

Kells (Republic of Ireland)

Khiva (Uzbekistan)

Khost (Afghanistan)

Kiev (Ukraine)

Killarney (Republic of Ireland)

Kingston (Jamaica)

Kolari (Finland)

Kolding (Denmark)

Kota Sorong (Indonesia)

Kowloon (Hong Kong)

Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)

Kukes (Albania)

Kyoto (Japan)

Kythrea (Cyprus)

La Serena (Chile)

Leeds (England)

Lima (Peru)

Limerick (Republic of Ireland) (A boat tour along the River Shannon is highly recommended.)

London (England)

Luxor (Egypt)

Madrid (Spain)

Malaga (Spain)

Manila (Philippines)

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Macau (China)

Maputo (Mozambique)

Marbella (Spain)

Maribor (Slovenia)

Maripa (Venezuela)

Marrakesh (Morocco)

Marseille (France)

Mecca (Saudi Arabia)

Merthyr Tydfil (Wales)

Milan (Italy)

Minas (Uruguay)

Mogadishu (Somalia)

Monte Carlo (Monaco)

Motootua (Samoa)

Moscow (Russia)

Mumbai (India)

Naifaru (Maldives)

Nairobi (Kenya)

Nakasi 9 ½ Miles (Fiji)

Nancy (France)

Nazca (Peru)

Nazret (Ethiopia)

Nord (Greenland)

Odessa (Ukraine)

Omoka (more of a village in the Cook Islands)

Oradea (Romania)

Oran (Algeria)

Orange Walk (Belize)

Oxford (England)

Pagan (Myanmar)

Palmira (Columbia)

Perth (Australia)

Pigg's Peak (Swaziland)

Piti (Guam)

Plymouth (an abandoned city in Montserrat)

Point-Noire (Congo)

Port Royal (Jamaica)

Positano (Italy)

Prague (Czech Republic)

Pretoria (South Africa)

Rakvere (Estonia)

Rhodes Town (Greece)

Ridder (Kazakhstan)

Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)

Riyadh (Saudi Arabia)

Rize (Turkey)

Road Town (Virgin Islands)

Rome (Italy)

Ruma (Yugoslavia)

Sabaneta (Aruba)

Saldus (Latvia)

Salinas (Ecuador)

San Lorenzo (Paraguay)

San Sebastian (Puerto Rico)

Sao Paulo (Brazil)

Sarajevo (Bosnia)

Sarband (Tajikistan)

Sekong (Laos)

Seoul (South Korea)

Shanghai (China)

Siazan (Azerbaijan)

Silute (Lithuania)

Sinpo (North Korea)

Sisian (Armenia)

Skien (Norway)

Sliven (Bulgaria)

Snug Corner (Bahamas)

Sparta (Greece)

Split (Croatia)

Strand (South Africa)

Strasbourg (France)

Surat (India)

Taipei (Taiwan)

Taizz (Yemen)

Tamboril (Domincan Republic)

Teheran (Iran)

Thunder Bay (Ontario, Canada)

Toledo (Spain)

Toliara (Madagascar)

Tralee (Republic of Ireland) (Be sure to check out the Rose of Tralee International Festival that has been held every August since 1959.)

Trinidad (Bolivia)

Tripoli (Libya)

Tsavo (Kenya)

Tutong (Brunei)

Twizel (New Zealand)

Tyre (Lebanon)

Valletta (Malta)

Valparai (India)

Venice (Italy)

Veracruz (Mexico)

Varrettes (Haiti)

Visby (Sweden)

Vladivostok (Russia)

Wolfsberg (Austria)

Wuhu (China)

Zambezi (Zambia)

Zaranj (Afghanistan)

Zenica (Bosnia)

Zurich (Switzerland)

Zuwarah (Libya)

Cities And Towns In The United States That Have Cool, Unique Or Unusual Names

U.S. cities with strange names can make your stories better, not worse.

Finding cool city names in the U.S. is easier than you think because we are such a melting pot of a nation. Our city names can come form anywhere and be inspired by anything past, present or future.

Rain on Broadway, SOHO, New York City
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Alabama

Banks

Bear Creek

Five Points

Nectar

Alaska

Barrow

Chicken

Craig

Kodiak

Nightmute

Arizona

Phoenix

Sedona

Snowflake

Tombstone

Arkansas

Fayetteville

Lead Hill

Little Rock

California

Hercules

Inglewood

Lodi

Los Angeles

Needles

Palm Springs

Roads End

San Diego

San Francisco (Got it's name from a mission called "Mission San Francisco de Asis a la Laguna de lost Dolores" which was established back in 1776.)

Colorado

Boulder (Believed to have gotten its name from Boulder Creek.)

Castle Rock

Crowley

Erie

Marble

Sugar City

Connecticut

Derby

Delaware

Blades

Slaughter Beach (Name from crabs that wash up on shore and die each year.)

How Do Towns And Cities Get Their Names? - It's often simpler than you think.

  • Sometimes a town is named after a person, no matter how weird that person's last name is. Sometimes they're famous. Sometimes they're infamous.
  • An offhand remark or sarcasm can sometimes be taken seriously.
  • Some cities are named after a prominent landmark or an abundant resource, even though it may be a bit of an embarrassment (gold, wood, etc.).
  • Odd celebrations can be an inspiration for names.
  • Naming a place after a certain plant or animal indigenous to the area is always an option.
  • A famous person's opinion can sometimes be the best (or worst) thing to happen to a town. Their opinion can give a town an immediate name, especially if the press gets hold of it.

Florida

Key West (Mallory Square is a waterfront plaza that you've got to visit for the "sunset celebration".)

Lake Placid (Many movies named after cities or towns are quite good.)

Orlando

Treasure Island

Waldo (I could not find Waldo during my visit to this town.)

Georgia

Climax (A unique name for a city, to be sure.)

Iron City (This would be a great setting for a Fantasy story.)

Sparks

Hawaii

Alewa Heights

Eden Roc

Hilo

Idaho

Spirit Lake

Wilder

Illinois

Blue Mound

Chicago (Derived from the Native American word "shikaakwa", which means "smelly onion".)

Justice

Tennessee

Indiana

Battle Ground

French Lick (Hometown of NBA legend Larry Bird.)

Ossian

Rocky Ripple

Iowa

Cedar Rapids

Harpers Perry

Robins

Kansas

Dodge City

Strong City

Kentucky

Bowling Green

Hazard

Hell For Certain (The official name is "Dryhill", but the community's common name comes from the Hell For Certain creek.)

Science Hill (Named by Willie Bobitt after his favorite subject and for the hill which the town is located on.)

Louisiana

Baton Rouge

Bridge City

Eros

Starks

Maine

Bangor

Kittery

Maryland

Accident

Pittsville

Secretary

Massachusetts

Boston

Halifax

Salem

Michigan

Bad Axe (a weird name for a city, for sure)

Hell (Named when someone asked an early settler what it should be called and his reply was, “Name it ‘Hell’ if you want to, I don’t care.”)

Mohawk

Minnesota

Blue Earth

Circle Pines

Excelsior

Savage

Woodbury

Mississippi

Alligator

Chunky

Hot Coffee (The community name came from an inn ran by L.J.Davis back in 1870 which was well known for “the best hot coffee around”.)

Sledge

Tupelo

Missouri

Advance

Joplin

Knob Lick

Peculiar

Montana

Anaconda

Cut Bank

Nebraska

Valley

Weeping Water

Nevada

Virginia City

New Hampshire

Sandwich

New Jersey

Cresskill

East Orange

Hackensack (The Ice House is a complex with several full size skating rinks that you've got to see to believe.)

Maps Are A Great Way To Find Cool Town Names - Older ones also look very good hanging up on a wall.

Wouldn't it be so cool to be able to go back in time just to visit some ancient town and cities. I often fantasize about it. Below are the first three choices I would definitely want to spend some time in.

Rome (Ancient 100 BC-1 AD)

Paris (Renaissance 1485-1510)

London (Medieval 15th century)

Roswell, New Mexico

New Mexico

Old Moses

Roswell (made famous by the events that happened there)

Silver City

Truth or Consequences (Changed its name from Hot Springs to the current one on March 31, 1950 after Ralph Edwards, the host of the game show Truth or Consequences, made a challenge for an American town to do so.)

New York

Butternuts

Hannibal

Hoosick

Red Hook

North Carolina

Bath (Derived from John Granville, Earl of Bath.)

Bear Grass

Chapel Hill

Seven Devils

Wake Forest

North Dakota

Devils Lake

Hoople

Pick City

Spiritwood Lake

White Earth

Ohio

Mentor-On-The-Lake

Pandora

Pepper Pike

Shaker Heights

Xenia

Oklahoma

Broken Arrow

Jenks

Sparks

Stillwater

Stroud

Oregon

Burnt Woods (Forest fire problems, anyone?)

Echo (Great name for a town in a horror film.)

Lone Elder

Narrows

Zigzag

Pennsylvania

Jeddo

Mars

Twilight

Upper Black Eddy

Rhode Island

Pawtucket

West Warwick

South Carolina

Cross Hill

Due West

Ninety Six

South Dakota

Deadwood (Visit Mount Moriah Cemetery to pay your respects to people such as Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane.)

Spearfish

Tennessee

Bluff City

Bulls Gap

Disco

Tellico Plains

Texas

Archer City

Cactus

Cut and Shoot (The name came from a threat of violence back in 1969 that never happened when someone remarked, "I'm going to cut around the corner and shoot through the bushes.")

Hooks

Wink

Utah

Helper

Hideout (I wonder if this city would make a good one?)

Woods Cross

Vermont

Satan's Kingdom

Tunbridge

Virginia

Gate City

Hurt

Langley

Rich Creek

Washington

Brier

Ghoul Creek

Seattle

Soap Lake

West Virginia

Gassaway

Wheeling

Nitro

Wisconsin

Black Earth

Round Lake

Stubbs

Tomahawk

Wyoming

Casper

Chugwater

Ten Sleep

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Some Of My Favorite Fictional Cities

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Tell Others About Any Interesting Towns Or Cities You've Visited - Especially those with strange names.

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      Tiffany 4 months ago

      Petra is an ancient city that no longer exists that has a cool name, though I would only use it in as story as an actual setting.

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      anonymous 6 months ago

      I'm quite fond of the name Trieste, in Italy.

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      Michael 10 months ago

      Heven

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      Davies 14 months ago

      I know a few amateur writers that have written stories after traveling to certain cities or towns, and I believe there are some well-known authors who have done so as well.

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      speedd 14 months ago

      If you could explain a little bit of history of the names it would be even more interesting

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      Ocicat 2 years ago

      I think they definitely missed one. Angel Fire New Mexico.

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      Peg 2 years ago

      I think a story with cities named after Sodom and Gomorrah (from Bible) would be kind of cool. The other cities allied with these two were Zeboim, Bela and Admah; collectively they were known as the "cities of the plain".

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      Don 3 years ago from Tennessee

      @rasgriz: I just love a lot of the city names in other parts of the world. They have so much more history and have been around a lot longer than the younger countries. I've often wondered why any older city would change its name from the one it had in ancient times. I guess to commemorate a new start?

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      rasgriz 3 years ago

      you should put Bandung (indonesia) its very unique name, and of course the city itself

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I wonder how many people visit Hazard, Kentucky because of the Dukes of Hazard tv show? I'm one of them!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Once visited a small town called Arches (in Utah I think) several years ago. I've always wondered how a town chooses its name. Maybe you could put that in your article?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I've just finished watching Spartacus. There's lots of interesting city names in that one from ancient Rome. Capua. Thrace. Gaul.