Need Castle Names

Hi All,

I need some immersive names for a castle that would’ve existed within the Holy Roman Empire a thousand years ago. Any ideas?

Thanks!

I suggest to check in maps or historical writings the ones that can be visited today. Then perhaps derive from their names a new name for a fictional castle. Could also go with similar sounding ones.

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Here’s a list of castles on the Wikipedia. Nuremberg Castle seems to have been important. Making alike-sounding names sounds like a good idea.

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Hey there, if you are still looking for names you should check out this site: it’s a name generator.
Fantasy names generator.

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I’ve found this Procedural Name Generator rather useful. You can add source words from a list or use one of the provided lists (includes German towns conveniently enough). It generates new names from combinations of bits from the words provided.

From my experience the “German Towns” option works well enough for inspiration at least. They come out with correct-looking toponyms (also this) (well, in a non-speaker’s opinion), which is something that can be overlooked at times.

Finally, there’s also this Old High German-English dictionary which might be useful for inspiration or constructing names manually.

Edit: Taking a glance at historical place names shouldn’t be underrated, especially depending upon location. The HRE was big, after all, and place name components that show up in Brandenburg might not show up in the Palatinate.

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Afaik, castle is not the expertise of Rome, be it the city-state, republic, nor the empire. They’re more on temples, aqueducts and probably market or toilets. Look further north for more suitable reference (european, germanic).

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The Holy Roman Empire (HRE) is a purely medieval state that survived from the 10th century to the 19th… think of Charlemagne, Roland … think of Austrian Archdukes and Saxon princes … :crown:

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Palace of Aachen seems like a pretty cool name if you wanted one specific name as a suggestion

Or just find some translator and go creative from there.
http://archives.nd.edu/words.html

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