The 10 best new island names for Animal Crossing: New Horizons

With the almost essential Animal Crossing: New Horizons out on Friday, an awful lot of people will be packing up their bags to join Tom Nook on a deserted island. But starting a new save in Animal Crossing is ridiculously hard for such a chilled out game. What are you going to call yourself? Which hairstyle will you pick? Which map layout are you going to set down roots on? And what are you going to name it?

With the new island setting, there’s so many new naming possibilities to consider. Below are ten of the best ideas we could come up with to serve as inspiration.


The Island

Simply calling your island ‘The’ might seem unimaginative, but could actually set the imaginations of your visitors whirring as they try to figure out the reference you’re trying to make. There’s so many instances that an island has gone nameless in fictional works, whether it’s Lost, Lord of the Flies or the unnamed Pacific island where Megatron makes his base in the 2003 Transformers game. It could be any of them!

Hans Island

Though they’ve settled it now, Hans Island was at the centre of a real territorial dispute between Canada and Denmark, lasting almost 40 years. Thankfully, nobody got too shirty about this one, as countries tend to do with other nationalistic claims, and instead Hans Island saw what can only be explained as territorial banter. Each country would periodically send someone over to check on “their” land, plant a flag of ownership and leave a bottle of their finest alcohol for when the other country would come and claim the island for themselves.

How positively wholesome?

Moonrise Island

Now, stick with me on this one, but I can’t help but feel that Animal Crossing: New Horizon has got some real Wes Anderson vibes to it, and in particular to the 2012 film Moonrise Kingdom. There’s just something about the laid-back sense of humour to the writing, to the island camping and Tom Nook’s morning announcements.

“But Moonrise Kingdom actually takes place on the island of New Penzance!” I hear you cry, and you are 100% correct. The only problem is that New Penzance is 12 letters long (including the space) and New Horizons only allows for island names to be 10 letters long. So unless you want to live on ‘NuPenzance’, Moonrise is the best we can do.

Shutter Island

The site of the Ashecliffe Hospital for the criminally insane, this twists the narrative of Animal Crossing: New Horizons in new and interesting directions. Perhaps, instead of a entrepreneurial thinker, Tom Nook and his nephews are actually wardens or orderlies looking after you and the other… inmates?

Booty Island

The island setting from Monkey Island 2: LeChuck’s Revenge, though given the mild sexual connotations that the word now has (as opposed to piratical treasure seeking connotations), you might prefer to stick with Monkey Island itself.

Jabberwock Island

The name we picked for our island and our Animal Crossing: New Horizons review, and it’s another narrative twist as we head to the setting of Danganronpa 2. Nook will be the Monokuma of the story, while you go about your every day life, chit chatting and living together, just waiting for the first mysterious murder to occur…

Birdwell Island

The island community where Clifford the Big Red Dog lives. Obviously.

Skull Island

From one giant animal to another, the island where King Kong came from. No wonder Blathers is so eager to come here and conduct his research!

Craggy Island

Welcome to the weird and wonderfully remote Craggy Island, where three priests live in the Parochial House. Go for a wander and I’m sure you’ll find The Field, the Holy Stone of Clonrichert, The Magic Road and St. Kevin’s Stump.

Northern Island

I don’t think I really need to explain this one, I’ll just apologise for the awful punning.

Those are our suggestions, but let us know in the comments what you’ve picked instead

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  1. It slightly bugs me that we named our Island but when it’s referred to in-game it doesn’t seem to have the word Island after it. When naming it wouldn’t let me use the space key and call it … Island so I assumed that the Island would be added by default. Now it’s just called the noun we’ve used to name it without Island after it. Does everyone have this or am I missing something? As I said it only slightly peevs me but thought I’d share / ask.

    • Yeah, that’s just how it is in the game. So I something like Jabberwock works nicely, but I guess Craggy doesn’t make much sense unless it’s got the ‘Island’ after it…

      • Thanks for the reply. Only 2 days in and still fun. I should have the museum tent in the morning and few more bits and bobs. I need to be careful though as it’s designed to be played in slightly smaller chunks than I’m putting into it. Caught some lovely bugs so far and enjoying the puns. Good work Nintendo. As always.

  2. PS many of the picture remind me of Frank Sidebottom.

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