Literature Submitted Place Names

These names occur primarily in literature. They are not commonly given to real people.
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ARKHAM (Settlement) Literature
The name of a fictional town in Essex County, Massachusetts, used in the stories of H. P. Lovecraft (1890-1937). It may be influenced by Latin arcanum meaning "mystery, secret" and Old English ham "home, homestead".
AVONLEA (Settlement) Literature (Rare)
Coined by author Lucy Maude Montgomery as a place name in her Anne of Green Gables series. She intended for Avonlea to echo the Avalon of Arthurian legends, an idyllic place of beauty. Literally means "grassy meadow" from an unknown element and the Old English leah "clearing, meadow"... [more]
ELSINORE (Settlement) Literature, English
Anglicized form of Helsingør. This is the name of Hamlet's castle in William Shakespeare's play.
NANGIJALA (Other) Literature
Meaning unknown. Invented by Swedish author Astrid Lindgren for her novel "The Brothers Lionheart" (1973) where it is the main setting. In the book, Nangijala is the name of afterlife where our souls go after we die.
NARNIA (Country) Literature
The name of a fictional country which is the setting of C. S. Lewis's 'Chronicles of Narnia' series of fantasy novels for children. This coincides with the old Latin name of Narni, an Italian town in the region of Umbria, which may have inspired Lewis.
TERABITHIA (Political Subdivision) Literature
The magical kingdom from the children's novel 'Bridge to Terabithia' (1977) by Katherine Paterson. Terabithia means "land of the turpentine-trees", it is in relation to the island Terebinthia in 'The Chronicles of Narnia' by C. S. Lewis.
WESTEROS (Other) Popular Culture, Literature
Westeros is a fictional continent in the Game of Thrones-universe created by George R. R. Martin. The other continents are Essos, Sothoryos, and Ulthos.
XANADU (Settlement) Literature, Medieval Mongolian (Anglicized)
Located about 200 miles north of Beijing, Xanadu, is the anglicized place name for, Shang Tu, originally the summer capital of Kubla Khan, founder of the Mongol (Yuan) dynasty.... [more]