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Cool and Unique City Names for Writers and Travelers

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I always found it took me a while to come up with locations for my stories to take place in, hence the inspiration for this article.

Some of the best city names from around the world are waiting to be discovered.

Some of the best city names from around the world are waiting to be discovered.

Unusual, Unique, and Cool City Names for Writers to Use in Stories

There are a lot of cities with cool names that dot our planet. Most of them are an average snapshot of a small town—the only difference being their weird or unusual name. Any writer knows that a city can be a character unto itself, and the better your character's name is, the more memorable they are, especially when that city or town is a real place.

This article is chock-full of unique 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 since I plan to keep adding to the list. Thanks for taking a look.

Good City Names From Around the World

The first half of this article is dedicated to cities from all over the world, while the second half focuses on the names of cities and towns in the United States.

City Names Starting With A

  • Abasha (Georgia—the country, not the state!)
  • 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)
  • Al Jahrah (Kuwait)
  • Amman (Jordan)
  • Amsterdam (Netherlands) The city's name derives from the fact that it grew around a dam in the Amstel river.
  • Andorra La Vella (Andorra)
  • Ankara (Turkey)
  • Animas (Bolivia)
  • Antigua (Guatemala)
  • Assisi (Italy)
  • Athens (Greece)
  • Attopu (Laos)
  • Auckland (New Zealand)
  • Axim (Ghana)

City Names Starting With B

  • Baghdad (Iraq)
  • Balls Pond (London, England)
  • 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 (Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands) This village was named after a government leader named William Bodden.
  • Bogota (Colombia)
  • Bratislava (Slovakia)
  • Bridgetown (Barbados)
  • Brussels (Belgium) The Grand-Place is the main market square. 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) This city has lots of municipal parks with lots of seasonal activities.
  • Buenos Aires (Argentina)
The Al-Rifa'i Mosque in Cairo. What would your character think as they gaze up at this architectural marvel?

The Al-Rifa'i Mosque in Cairo. What would your character think as they gaze up at this architectural marvel?

City Names Starting With C

  • 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 (Aetolia) This was an ancient Greek city that took its name from the founder Calydon, son of Aetolus.
  • Cannes (France) This city is known for its association with the rich and famous, as it's the annual destination for attendees of the Cannes Film Festival.
  • Capellen (Luxembourg)
  • Cape Town (South Africa)
  • Caracas (Venezuela)
  • Carthage (Tunisia)
  • Casablanca (Morocco)
  • Castletown (Isle of Man)
  • Chittagong (Bangladesh)
  • Cidra (Puerto Rico) Cidra is also known as the "Town of the Eternal Spring" due to its cool temperatures.
  • Cologne (Germany) This city's name dates back to Roman times, when it was called Colonia.
  • Constantine (Algeria)
  • Copenhagen (Denmark)
  • Cork (Ireland)

City Names Starting With D and E

  • Damascus (Syria) This is 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) This global city is one of the main business hubs of the Middle East.
  • Edinburgh (Scotland, UK)
  • El Estor (Guatemala)

City Names Starting With F and G

  • Fagatogo (American Samoa)
  • Fairy Dell (Victoria, Australia) This is an unusual but beautiful name for a city or town.
  • Faro (Portugal)
  • Freetown (Sierra Leone) Freetown is a harbor city that is known for being the oldest capital founded by African Americans. It was formally established in 1792 by an abolitionist and a group of free Black people from various regions, including the Americas, the Caribbean, and Africa.
  • 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!
  • Gothenburg (Sweden)
  • Greymouth (New Zealand)

City Names Starting With H–J

  • The Hague (Netherlands)
  • Halifax (Nova Scotia, Canada)
  • Hanoi (Vietnam)
  • Havana (Cuba)
  • Helsinki (Finland)
  • High Rock (Bahamas) Here, you can relax in seclusion on white sandy beaches with clear, blue water that is perfect for snorkeling, fishing, and kayaking.
  • Himera (Sicily) This was an ancient Greek city.
  • Hong Kong (Hong Kong, China)
  • Honolulu (Hawaii) This name means "a place of shelter."
  • Innsbruck (Austria) This city is well-known internationally for its winter sports center.
  • Islamabad (Pakistan)
  • Istanbul (Turkey)
  • Jakar (Bhutan)
  • Jakarta (Indonesia)
  • Jaww (Bahrain)
  • Jerusalem (Israel)

City Names Starting With K

  • Kandy (Sri Lanka)
  • Kant (Kyrgyzstan)
  • Karachi (Pakistan)
  • Kathmandu (Nepal)
  • Keflavik (Iceland)
  • Kells (Republic of Ireland)
  • Khiva (Uzbekistan) Khiva is home to the World Heritage Site Itchan Kala, a walled inner city with spectacular crenellations and gates.
  • Khost (Afghanistan)
  • Kiev (Ukraine)
  • Killarney (Republic of Ireland)
  • Kingston (Jamaica)
  • Kolari (Finland)
  • Kolding (Denmark)
  • Kowloon (Hong Kong, China)
  • Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) This city's name means "muddy river confluence," a literal description of its location. It carries the much prettier nickname "Garden City of Lights" and can also just be called "KL."
  • Kukes (Albania)
  • Kyoto (Japan)
  • Kythrea (Cyprus)

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Strange City Names Starting With L

  • La Serena (Chile)
  • Leeds (England)
  • Lima (Peru)
  • Limerick (Republic of Ireland) I highly recommend taking a boat tour along the River Shannon.
  • London (England)
  • Lost (Aberdeenshire, Scotland) This is the name of a tiny village.
  • Luxor (Egypt)

City Names Starting With M

  • Madrid (Spain)
  • Malaga (Spain) This is one of the oldest cities in the world that's had a continuous population living in it.
  • Manila (Philippines)
  • Macau (China)
  • Maputo (Mozambique)
  • Marbella (Spain)
  • Maribor (Slovenia) This city is home to a grapevine that the Guinness Book of World Records has recognized as the oldest grapevine in the world (400+ years old).
  • Maripa (Venezuela)
  • Marrakesh (Morocco)
  • Marseille (France)
  • Mecca (Saudi Arabia)
  • Merthyr Tydfil (Wales)
  • Milan (Italy)
  • Minas (Uruguay)
  • Mogadishu (Somalia)
  • Monte Carlo (Monaco) This city is home to the world-famous Casino de Monte-Carlo, which features a ballet company and an opera house in addition to the gambling rooms.
  • Moto'otua (Samoa)
  • Moscow (Russia)
  • Mumbai (India)
  • Munich (Germany)

City Names Starting With N and O

  • Naifaru (Maldives)
  • Nairobi (Kenya)
  • Nakasi 9 1/2 Miles (Fiji) Also known as simply Nakasi, this is a suburb of the capital, Suva. The "9 1/2 miles" in its name describes how far it is from Suva!
  • Nazca (Peru)
  • Nazret (Ethiopia)
  • Nord (Greenland)
  • Odessa (Ukraine) This city is sometimes called the "Pearl of the Black Sea."
  • Omoka (Penrhyn, Cook Islands) This is more of a village than a city.
  • Oradea (Romania)
  • Oran (Algeria)
  • Orange Walk (Belize)
  • Oxford (England)
The Foodhallen in Rotterdam is an indoor food market with many different dining options that your character could grab a bite from.

The Foodhallen in Rotterdam is an indoor food market with many different dining options that your character could grab a bite from.

City Names Starting With P–R

  • Pagan (Myanmar)
  • Palmira (Colombia)
  • Perth (Australia)
  • Pigg's Peak (Swaziland)
  • Piti (Guam)
  • Plymouth (Montserrat) Despite technically being the capital of this island, the city of Plymouth has been abandoned.
  • Point-Noire (Congo)
  • Port Royal (Jamaica)
  • Positano (Italy)
  • Prague (Czech Republic)
  • Québec City (Québec, Canada)
  • Quetzaltenango (Guatemala) This city is thought to be named after the resplendent quetzal, an incredibly colorful red-breasted bird with green iridescent feathers.
  • Rakvere (Estonia)
  • Rhodes Town (Greece)
  • Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)
  • Riyadh (Saudi Arabia)
  • Road Town (Virgin Islands)
  • Rome (Italy)
  • Rotterdam (Netherlands)

City Names Starting With S

  • Sabaneta (Aruba)
  • Saldus (Latvia)
  • Salinas (Ecuador)
  • Samara (Russia) This city's name was changed to Kuybyshev in 1935 and changed back to Samara in the early '90s.
  • San Lorenzo (Paraguay)
  • San Sebastian (Puerto Rico)
  • Sao Paulo (Brazil)
  • Sarajevo (Bosnia)
  • Sarband (Tajikistan)
  • Sekong (Laos)
  • Seoul (South Korea) This metropolis hosted the 1988 Summer Olympics and Paralympics, as well as co-hosting the World Cup in 2002.
  • Shanghai (China)
  • Shenzhen (China)
  • Siazan (Azerbaijan)
  • Šilutė (Lithuania)
  • Sinpo (North Korea)
  • Sisian (Armenia)
  • Skien (Norway)
  • Sliven (Bulgaria)
  • Snug Corner (Acklins Island, The Bahamas)
  • Sparta (Greece)
  • Strasbourg (France)
  • Stockholm (Sweden)
  • Surat (India)

City Names Starting With T

  • Taipei (Taiwan)
  • Taizz (Yemen)
  • Tamboril (Dominican Republic)
  • Tehran (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—not to be confused with the country Trinidad and Tobago)
  • Tripoli (Libya)
  • Tsavo (Kenya)
  • Tutong (Brunei)
  • Tyre (Lebanon)
The Zambezi River in Zambia.

The Zambezi River in Zambia.

City Names Starting With V–Z

  • Valletta (Malta)
  • Valparai (India)
  • Venice (Italy) Venice is famous for its canals, which can be navigated via gondola, and its bridges.
  • Veracruz (Mexico)
  • Varrettes (Haiti)
  • Vladivostok (Russia)
  • Wolfsberg (Austria)
  • Wuhu (China)
  • Xai-Xai (Mozambique)
  • Xilin Hot (China)
  • Xochimilco (Mexico) This city is also known for its canals, which you can experience in boats called trajineras.
  • Yerba Buena (Argentina)
  • Yokohama (Japan)
  • Zambezi (Zambia)
  • Zaranj (Afghanistan)
  • Zenica (Bosnia)
  • Zurich (Switzerland)
  • Zuwarah (Libya)

Cool Cities With Funny Names

Angers (France)

Split (Croatia)

Hell (Norway)

Needles (U.S.)

Friendship (Suriname)

Brest (Belarus)

Twizel (New Zealand)

Visby (Sweden)

Eros (U.S.)

Fez (Morocco)

Bear Grass (U.S.)

Rize (Turkey)

Strand (South Africa)

Las Tunas (Cuba)

Elk (Poland)

Batman (Turkey)

More Weird Town Names From All Over

Ghoul Creek (U.S.)

Alice Springs (Australia)

Nancy (France)

Ridder (Kazakhstan)

Balzers (Liechtenstein)

Little Axe (U.S.)

Pretoria (South Africa)

Bridge City (U.S.)

Epworth (Zimbabwe)

Arusha (Tanzania)

Ruma (Yugoslavia)

Wolf Point (U.S.)

Bonners Ferry (U.S.)

Nightmute (U.S.)

Kota Sorong (Indonesia)

Seattle needs to be on your cool places to visit list.

Seattle needs to be on your cool places to visit list.

The Best (and Weirdest) City and Town Names From the United States

The U.S. has a wide selection of city names that range from dull to normal to outright strange. Finding cool places to visit for your character is easier than you think because we are such a melting pot of a nation. Our city names can come from anywhere and be inspired by anything from the past, present, or future.

Alabama

  • Banks
  • Bear Creek
  • Dog Town
  • Five Points: This town got its name because it features five roads that all converge at a single point.
  • Nectar

Alaska

  • Barrow: Named after Sir John Barrow, a British Admiral, by explorer Frederick Beechey in 1825.
  • Chicken: This was the second town to be incorporated in Alaska, and it was named Chicken because the founders were unsure how to spell what they really wanted to call the town—ptarmigan (a local grouse that helped settlers survive their first harsh winter).
  • Craig
  • Kodiak
  • Red Devil

Arizona

  • Phoenix
  • Sedona
  • Snowflake: This town was named by its founders, Erastus Snow and William Jordan Flake.
  • Tombstone

Arkansas

  • Fayetteville
  • Lead Hill
  • Little Rock

California

  • Hercules
  • Inglewood
  • Lodi
  • Los Angeles
  • Palm Springs
  • Roads End
  • San Diego
  • San Francisco: This city got its name from a mission called "Mission San Francisco de Asis a la Laguna de lost Dolores," which was established back in 1776.

Colorado

  • Boulder: It's believed that this city got its name from Boulder Creek.
  • Castle Rock
  • Crowley
  • Erie
  • Marble
  • Sugar City

Connecticut

  • Bozrah
  • Derby
  • Naugatuck

Delaware

  • Blades
  • Slaughter Beach: This is named for the crabs that wash up on shore and die each year.
  • Smyrna

How Do Towns and Cities Get Their Names?

Naming a place is often simpler than you'd 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 or sarcastic remark 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.
Any bucket list of travel destinations must have the Diamond Head Lighthouse in Honolulu on it.

Any bucket list of travel destinations must have the Diamond Head Lighthouse in Honolulu on it.

Florida

  • Key West: Mallory Square is a waterfront plaza that you've got to visit for the "sunset celebration."
  • Lake Placid: You might remember the movie by this name, though that was actually set on a fictional lake in Maine. This is also the name of a village in New York.
  • Orlando
  • Treasure Island
  • Waldo: I could not find Waldo during my visit to this town.

Georgia

  • Climax: This is a unique name for a city, to be sure.
  • Iron City: This would be a great setting for a fantasy story.
  • Sparks: This is a town in Georgia, but the city in Nevada is probably more famous.

Hawaii

  • Alewa Heights
  • Eden Roc
  • Hilo
  • Honolulu
  • Puako

Idaho

  • Boise
  • Spirit Lake
  • Wilder

Illinois

  • Blue Mound
  • Chicago: This name was derived from the word "shikaakwa," which means "smelly onion" in the Miami-Illinois or Irenwa language.
  • Justice
  • Tennessee

Do Your Research To Find Some Cool Places to Visit; A Cool City Name Isn't Enough

If your story takes place in a town or city that you've invented yourself, then a good name for it is all you will need (well, in addition to a general layout for the place). However, if you plan on basing your story in a real place, then you need to investigate and learn as much about that city as possible.

The more you learn about a city, the more you may want to visit it. 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.

A colorful alley in Wichita, Kansas. Everybody enjoys visiting quirky places like this.

A colorful alley in Wichita, Kansas. Everybody enjoys visiting quirky places like this.

Indiana

  • Battle Ground
  • French Lick: This is the hometown of NBA legend Larry Bird.
  • Munster
  • Ossian
  • Rocky Ripple
  • South Bend
  • Zulu

Iowa

  • Cedar Rapids
  • Harpers Ferry: This one isn't as famous as the one in West Virginia.
  • Robins

Kansas

  • Dodge City
  • Strong City
  • Wichita

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: This was named by Willie Bobitt after his favorite subject and for the hill on which the town is located.

Louisiana

  • Baton Rouge
  • New Orleans
  • Starks

Maine

  • Bangor
  • Bath
  • Kittery: This was named after the birthplace of founder Alexander Shapleigh, who was born and raised in Devon, England. The name comes from his manor Kittery Court at Kingswear.

Maryland

  • Accident
  • Pittsville
  • Secretary

Massachusetts

  • Boston
  • Halifax
  • Salem

Michigan

  • Bad Axe: This is a weird name for a city, for sure.
  • Hell: This place was 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
  • Temperance
This is Storm Lake in Anaconda, Montana. Is your character the outdoorsy type, or are they afraid of dirt and bugs?

This is Storm Lake in Anaconda, Montana. Is your character the outdoorsy type, or are they afraid of dirt and bugs?

Minnesota

  • Blue Earth
  • Circle Pines
  • Excelsior
  • Savage
  • Woodbury

Mississippi

  • Alligator
  • Bloody Springs
  • Chunky
  • Hot Coffee: This community's name comes from an inn run by L.J. Davis back in 1870 that was well-known for "the best hot coffee around."
  • Sledge
  • Tupelo

Missouri

  • Advance
  • Joplin
  • Knob Lick: This place takes its name from nearby Knob Lick mountain; "knob" refers to an isolated summit, and "lick" refers to a natural salt lick or spring.
  • Peculiar

Montana

  • Anaconda
  • Big Sky
  • Cut Bank

Nebraska

  • Broken Bow
  • Valley
  • Weeping Water

Nevada

  • Jackpot
  • Paradise
  • Pahrump
  • Virginia City

New Hampshire

  • Dublin
  • Effingham
  • Ossipee
  • 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.

New Mexico

  • Black Rock
  • Old Moses
  • Roswell: This city was made famous by the incident involving a so-called "flying saucer" that occurred there.
  • Silver City
  • Truth or Consequences: This city 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, challenged an American town to do so.

New York

  • Butternuts
  • Hannibal
  • Hoosick
  • Red Hook
  • Tribeca

North Carolina

  • Bath: This name was derived from John Granville, Earl of Bath.
  • 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: This was named after George T. Sparks, a director for Fort Smith and Western Railroad Company, in 1902. (It joins Sparks, GA, and Sparks, NV, on this list!)
  • Stillwater
  • Stroud
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, has had a long industrial history and lots of old, rusty structures.

Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, has had a long industrial history and lots of old, rusty structures.

Oregon

  • Boring
  • Burnt Woods: Forest fire problems, anyone?
  • Coos Bay
  • Echo: This is a great name for a town in a horror film.
  • Lone Elder
  • Narrows
  • Zigzag

Pennsylvania

  • Bethlehem
  • Jeddo
  • Mars
  • Twilight
  • Upper Black Eddy

Rhode Island

  • Pawtucket
  • West Warwick
  • Woonsocket

South Carolina

  • Cross Hill
  • Due West
  • Loris
  • Ninety Six

South Dakota

  • Camp Crook
  • Deadwood: Visit Mount Moriah Cemetery to pay your respects to people such as Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane.
  • Spearfish

Tennessee

  • Bluff City
  • Bulls Gap
  • Disco
  • Tellico Plains

Texas

  • Archer City
  • Cactus
  • Cut and Shoot: This cool city name came from a threat of violence back in 1969 when someone remarked, "I'm going to cut around the corner and shoot through the bushes."
  • Castle Valley
  • Hooks
  • Wink

Utah

  • Helper
  • Hideout: I wonder if this city would make a good one?
  • Woods Cross

Vermont

  • Satan's Kingdom
  • Tunbridge
  • Winooski

Virginia

  • Gate City
  • Hurt
  • Langley
  • Rich Creek

Washington

  • Brier
  • Kennewick
  • Seattle
  • Soap Lake

West Virginia

  • Gassaway
  • Ripley
  • Wheeling
  • Nitro
Wyoming in the least populous U.S. state. Would your character love to live on an isolated ranch in Casper, or would they want to move away as soon as possible?

Wyoming in the least populous U.S. state. Would your character love to live on an isolated ranch in Casper, or would they want to move away as soon as possible?

Wisconsin

  • Black Earth
  • Round Lake
  • Stubbs
  • Tomahawk

Wyoming

  • Casper
  • Chugwater
  • Recluse
  • Ten Sleep

Good Luck With Your Story (or Your Trip!)

Whether you coming up with a bucket list of travel destinations for yourself, someone you know or for a fictional character your creating from scratch, I hope you find the list of cool places above useful in some way. Enjoy researching these places, and consider taking a little vacation time to explore the world.

© 2013 Don

Any Interesting Towns Or Cities With Strange Names?

Julia Rose from Japan on May 21, 2019:

I like that this combines traveling with writing. Sometimes fact really is stranger than fiction. I'll have to keep some of these city names in mind when writing my next story. Thank you for the wonderful information!

Liz Westwood from UK on December 07, 2018:

Some familiar, but many unfamiliar place names here. I often base my choice of a book or film on the location. I tend to favour the places I have already visited so I can recognise and visualise the location.

apothecarynow on November 09, 2018:

Very impressive list - I never knew there were so many unusual place names.

Maria Grace de Guzman from Philippines on September 28, 2018:

Thank you for sharing this list. I have learned something new today.

Afroditi Chaida on July 24, 2018:

Very nice! Love Damascus.

Ellen Adarna from San Diego, California on May 12, 2018:

Nice List. Thanks for it!!!!!

Cerio on May 11, 2018:

Cool stuff. Those are a must visit places for tourists, including myself.

Thanks for sharing, Don!

Billy Haynes from Paragould, AR on April 23, 2018:

Couple names you could add to the list:

Success, Arkansas (we pass this small town when going to visit the girlfriends parents in Missouri).

Pilot Knob, Missouri

Bald Knob, Missouri

Alexander James Guckenberger from Maryland, United States of America on December 08, 2017:

I would love to visit Delhi one day.

Kristen Howe from Northeast Ohio on December 03, 2017:

This is a great list of places to set your stories and scripts. I lived in Shaker Heights OH for 5 years, when I first moved to Ohio from New Jersey. And my first summer Nano novel took place to the Florida Keys, mainly Key West. Thanks for sharing. No strange named towns that I've visited or lived in.

Tiffany on April 11, 2017:

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.

anonymous on February 14, 2017:

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

Michael on September 30, 2016:

Heven

Hf on September 05, 2016:

Cool

Davies on June 29, 2016:

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.

speedd on June 18, 2016:

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

Ocicat on November 12, 2014:

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

Peg on November 07, 2014:

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".

Don (author) from Tennessee on January 09, 2014:

@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?

rasgriz on December 28, 2013:

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

anonymous on May 07, 2013:

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

anonymous on April 26, 2013:

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?

anonymous on March 31, 2013:

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