Animal Crossing island names: Best ideas for all themes in ACNH

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If you’re struggling to decide on a name for your new Animal Crossing island, we’ve got you covered with a list of ideas. From TV to video games, this list covers a wide variety of themes to help you find the perfect name for your personal island paradise. 

Animal Crossing New Horizons took the world by storm when it was released on Nintendo Switch back in 2020. Even now, three years later, players regularly drop in to check on their island or start an entirely new one to get that fresh experience once again.

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Creating your virtual home in Animal Crossing is always exciting, but it’s easy to spend hours trying to come up with the perfect island name before you’ve even got the chance to think about terraforming ideas, decorating your house (or a villager’s home away from home in Happy Home Paradise), or meeting your neighbors.

To try and help you out, we’ve put together a bunch of island name ideas that you can use in Animal Crossing New Horizons, as well as a few tips on coming up with your own original names!

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Naming your island is an important moment in Animal Crossing.

Movie and TV-themed island names

  • The Shire (Lord of the Rings)
  • Hogwarts (Harry Potter)
  • Riverdale (Riverdale)
  • Pandora (Avatar)
  • Mos Eisley (Star Wars)
  • Wakanda (Black Panther)
  • Asgard (Thor)
  • Arkham (Batman)
  • Smallville (Superman)
  • IslaNublar (Jurassic Park)
  • HiddenLeaf (Naruto)
  • Andys Room (Toy Story)
  • Arendelle (Frozen)
  • Neverland (Peter Pan)
  • Disneyland (Disney)
  • Twin Peaks (Twin Peaks)
  • Creekwood (Love, Simon)
  • Sunnydale (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)

Video Game-themed island names

  • Hyrule (The Legend of Zelda)
  • Planet ZDR (Metroid Dread)
  • Trodain (Dragon Quest)
  • Eorza (Final Fantasy XIV)
  • Oddworld (Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee)
  • Azeroth (Warcraft)
  • SilentHill (Silent Hill)
  • Thedas (Dragon Age)
  • Sanctuary (Diablo)
  • StormPoint (Apex Legends)
  • Stardew (Stardew Valley)
  • WuhuIsland (Wii Fit)
  • Kanto (Pokemon)
  • Johto (Pokemon)
  • Unova (Pokemon)
  • Galar (Pokemon)
  • Nintenland (Nintendo)

Nature-themed island names

  • Ocean Beach
  • Coral Reef
  • Atlantis
  • Hawaii
  • Maldives
  • Pearl Cove
  • Milky Way
  • Moonlight
  • Star Isle
  • Madagascar
  • Honeydew
  • Lily Field
  • Rosewood
  • Hillgrove
  • Maplevale
  • Pine Falls

Funny island names

  • Miss Isle
  • Eggs Isle
  • Din Isle
  • Pure Isle
  • Host Isle
  • Eye Land
  • Hi Land
  • Purgatory
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You can’t change your island name, so choose carefully!

How to think of island names in Animal Crossing

If none of our suggestions above take your fancy, you might need to come up with your own island name — and some of the best inspiration can come from the things you enjoy in life.

Are you part of a fandom that could translate into an island name? For example, some pop stars have names for their fans, while most movies have memorable settings, like Harry Potter’s Hogwarts Castle.

You could also name your island after one of your hobbies or passions, with an ‘isle’ or ‘town’ added to the end to give it a homely feel. Just remember that it can’t be longer than 10 letters (including spaces).

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Our final suggestion is to use an island name generator. There are loads of them online, and they can help you come up with a name that’s based on your interests or themed around a specific aesthetic.

Can you change your island name in Animal Crossing: New Horizons?

The bad news is that you can’t rename your island in Animal Crossing New Horizons. The game will warn you about this when you start playing.

Once you’ve chosen your island name, there’s simply no option to change it, so make sure that you’re totally happy with the name and that the spelling is correct before you begin your adventure.

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Now that you’ve chosen the perfect island name, check out some of our other Animal Crossing New Horizons guides below: