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Cutesy Name Town
"While the twee small town naming trope is way tired..."

Quirky Town, with Eccentric Townsfolk, only there's an adorable name attached to the town as well. Usually some kind of joke/pun is attached to the name. A town with crazy people has some kind of crazy-themed name, a place dedicated to romance will have some romantic name, etc. Frequently seen in a Romance Novel.

Beware; sometimes the cutesy name hides a Town with a Dark Secret. Contrast I Don't Like the Sound of That Place.


Examples:

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     Anime 
  • At the end of the second season of Hell Girl, there is a town called Lovely Hills. It's not.
  • Kibougahana from HeartCatch Pretty Cure!. The name translates to "Flower of Hope".

     Comic Books 

     Film 
  • The Quick and the Dead is set in a town called Redemption.
  • Purgatory's town is called Refuge.
  • The first and third Tremors films take place in Perfection, Nevada. The fourth film, a prequel to the others, reveals that the original name of the town was Rejection.
  • Mystery Alaska

     Literature 
  • Lunacy, Alaska in Nora Roberts's Northern Lights. Naturally, the inhabitants are quirky.
  • Wishful, California in the novel Instant Attraction by Jill Shavis, to which the Smart Bitches are referring in the page quote.
  • "Ether, OR" (1995) by Ursula K. Le Guin. Not widely regarded as one of her better works.

     Live Action TV 
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer has Sunnydale, probably the most evil and horrible place in the setting, next to Cleveland.
  • Eerie Indiana. = weirdness abounds.
  • Eureka, anyone?
  • Gilmore Girls ' Stars Hollow
  • Everwood
  • Ed's Stuckeyville
  • Pushing Daisies has two of its leads hail from a town called Coeur des Coeurs (Heart of Hearts). Aw.
  • You know with the monster attacks and all, the name of Angel Grove seems ironic.
  • Once Upon a Time is set in Storybrooke, Maine...and most the townsfolk don't know they're all fairy tale characters.
  • Brisco County, Jr. finds himself in a town called "No Man's Land," which turns out to be populated entirely by women.
  • Hawkeye Pierce of M*A*S*H hails from one Crabapple Cove, Maine. While we never actually see the place, some of the items he shares from the local newspaper in one of the "Mail Call" episodes hint at its possible quirkiness.

    Pinball 
  • The playfield freeway signs in Truck Stop refer to various Real Life towns with funny names, such as "Santa Claus, IN", "Smackover, AR", and "Metropolis, IL".

    Radio Drama 

     Video Games 

     Web Comics 
  • Possibly the most literal example: Girly is set in the town of Cutetown.
    • And is right down the road from Cheap Gag.
  • A little village up the coast, Pretty Pretty Unicorn. Currently on the way to Kethenecia. The mayor is an undead warlock named Richard. They missionaries didn't know that. Neither did they know the whole village wasn't exactly alive.
  • Life Sketch is set in a town named Hannah, in the state of Montana. A place where vampires are socially accepted as members of society. note 

     Western Animation 

     Real Life 
  • Accident, Maryland. The story goes that the place was given that name after the surveyor who was supposed to chart out 778 acres of land to build a town on somehow came up about 100 acres short.
  • Bill Clinton, from a town called Hope. (..., Arkansas).
  • There's a city in Canada called "Happy Valley Goose Bay." This is located in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador, which collects such names. Other candidates include: Heart's Content, Heart's Delight, Little Heart's Ease, Little Paradise, Cupids, Harbour Grace, Blow-Me-Down, Tickle Cove and Comfort Cove. There's even an advertising campaign for the island centered on cute children standing in front of brightly painted houses (another feature of the island), lines full of drying Guernsey sweaters, and aged fishing boats in towns with these kinds of names.
    • That province also carries the antidote to such cutsey names: the infamous Dildo
    • And in Canada there's also "Saint-Louis-du-Ha! Ha!" [1]
    • Also, Legal, Alberta, and Emo, Ontario.
    • Naming towns odd things is practically a national pastime. It started when we ran out of British cities to name towns after. There are townships such as Elbow, Eyebrow, Pokemouche, Snafu Creek, Blubber Bay, Pickle Lake, Bummers Roost and Jerry's Nose. The world's second longest place name belongs to the township of Dysart, Dudley, Harcourt, Guilford, Harburn, Bruton, Havelock, Eyre and Clyde.
    • There are HUNDREDS of these in Canada. We love them. Due to the Anglicization of many Native names for landmarks, you end up with towns like Lac Aachikamakuskasich, which everyone is expected to pronounce in full. Many towns have been renamed so they don't sound absurd. When Pile O'Bones, Saskatchewan was made the capital of the province, it was wisely renamed Regina.
  • Morgongåva, meaning "morning gift" in Swedish. In old germanic tradition, on the morning after the wedding, the groom presented the bride with something valuable, so that she wouldn't be left penniless if he should die. This is the morning gift, or dower. The Swedish town "Morgongåva" is named for a small farm that was once given away in such a fashion.
  • Schoenchen, Kansas. In German, "schoen" means beautiful and "-chen" is a diminutive, similar to "-ette". To a German, it sounds like a whole basket of puppies and kittens looking up. And the basket is made of something fluffy. And sugar coated.
  • No Name, Colorado. Apparently, when the area was surveyed the townsfolk didn't have a name yet. The surveyor marked it as well... No Name. And there it stuck.
    • Loveland, Colorado looks cutesy at first glance, but it's actually named after railroad executive William Loveland.
  • Inversion: Fucking, Austria. It's about 1500 years old, with a population of 104. Named after a guy named Focko.
    • It's apparently pronounced "fyoo-king". Also, all the signs with the town's name on it are bolted down because tourists kept stealing them.
      • Actually, it's pronounced "foo-king" with a short "oo" sound.
    • The townspeople have petitioned the Austrian government to change the name of the town to stop the literal thousands of people who come by every year to laugh at the town name.
    • Fucking was also most likely the inspiration behind the crime novel "Bad Fucking", set in a town of the same name ("Bad" being a typical part of many a town name where there was some sort of bath, much like, um, "Bath"). There is also the Urban Legend of Fucking planning to brew its own beer, the name of which would have been Fucking Hell (Fucking Pale Ale).
  • Another inversion: there is a town in Norway called Hell; there is also one in Michigan. Oddly enough, both Michigan and Norway also play host to cities named Paradis(e), and one of the ones in Norway isn't terribly far from/is on the same train line as Hell.
  • Truth Or Consequences, New Mexico. Named after a cheesy '50s game show, but had a movie made with that title in the '90s that gave it a whole new meaning.
  • Santa Claus, Indiana. It was originally named Santa Fe, but there was already a Santa Fe, Indiana so in 1856 the postal service told them to change the name. The (probably apocryphal) story is that at a Christmas Eve church service a child heard bells and shouted "it's Santa Claus!", and the town leaders liked the sound of it.
    • There's also a North Pole, New York, home of Santa's Workshop but long regionally famous as town of license for the Lake Champlain region's NBC station.
  • There was a popular 19th century poem (which later became a song) called "Ben Bolt", which opened with the line "Oh, don't you remember sweet Alice, Ben Bolt?" In 1904 a town was founded in south Texas, a few miles away from the established town of Alice (named for a daughter of a prominent rancher)...yeah, they decided to call the new town Ben Bolt.
  • Carefree, Arizona.
    • Don't forget Surprise.
  • Sweet Home and Happy Valley, Oregon. Oregon also amusingly inverts this trope with the towns of Drain and Boring.
  • Westward Ho! [sic] is an English seaside resort that got its name from a Charles Kingsley novel that was popular enough to have a town named after it.

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