I am currently working on creating a book, but the one thing that stumps me all the time is names. I have two characters so far (don't worry, I haven't started the book) and it took me a long time just to give them a name. Which I don't know is normal or not. The name I need now is a one for a fictional city. Ones suggested by Yahoo Answer(er's) and generators are not good sounding or realistic. (In terms of people suggesting 'City of ___'.) Names of cities that I like are Gotham (as much as I don't enjoy batman), Starling and Central. I have been told that city names can derive from the founder of the city, what the city is known for etc. Should I focus on actually planning out the city in my head first? I doubt I would take the option of city founder, as it would be a useless backstory that wouldn't end up in the book.