What should you name your island in Animal Crossing: New Horizons?

Take a minute to think about what you want to name your island.

Animal Crossing New Horizons

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With the arrival of Animal Crossing: New Horizons, fans are eager to begin their journey to crafting their perfect paradise and making it an ideal home for their villagers. An important, sometimes overlooked, aspect of that process is naming your island when you start the game. What’s a good idea for it? Before you decide on it, you need to know a few things about naming your island.

The name of your island cannot exceed 10 characters. Whatever you come up with, you need to make sure it stays within this limit. It doesn’t give you a vast amount of freedom, but it’s fairly decent. You can probably write out the name a few times to see what feels right and see if anything sticks that define the character you want to be in Animal Crossing. It’s important to remember you won’t be able to change your island’s name once you settle on it, so it’s better to feel comfortable with it than deciding on a name and thinking about it later.

You can always settle on naming it after your favorite location in the world, a color and a name combination, naming it after yourself, a pet, your favorite book, a favorite author, or creating a combination of different things. The sky’s the limit when you’re deciding on a name, as long as you keep it under 10 characters. It can feel a little overwhelming, though, especially if you can’t change it.

For anyone having trouble, a handful of individuals have created Animal Crossing: New Horizons island name generators. These individuals, Samuel Fine and Gravesounds, have ensured you stay within the 10 character limit for the game. You can repeatedly hit the generate button to see if any of the random combinations connects with you, and if one does, feel free to grab it and toss it into your game. You may want to write it down and modify it a little bit, to give a personal twist.

There are dozens of things to do in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, such as gathering up Gold Nuggets, collecting fruit, playing with friends, and even unlocking reactions in the game. Have fun in your Animal Crossing journey, and make sure to spend plenty of time exploring the game.