11 Underwater City Names To Inspire Your World Building

There are loads of ancient or modern-day ruins of underwater cities in the world.
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From the sunken island of Atlantis to the incredible submerged sunken city of Pavlopetri, our myths and legends are loaded up with accounts of cities gulped up by the ocean.

There are many examples of submerged urban areas that advise us that building a day to day existence on the coast can be a problematic endeavor, and many that have a more magical bent.

You can also see our article on Russian city names and fantasy kingdom names for more inspiration, right here on Kidadl.

Real Underwater City Names

Archaeologists have determined that there are many sunken or lost underwater cities around the globe.

Did you know: Underwater cities are called submerged cities or sunken cities.

1. Baiae in Italy: Baiae was an ancient town in the region of Rome. Italy. The town was known for its luxurious and elegant location of thermal springs. The thermal springs were used as therapeutics in the 176 BCE. Baiae's hot springs were portrayed as a natural heaven or as a  a den of evildoing in the literature.  The town of Baiae was in an active volcanic region with beautiful hot springs. Later, these hot springs became the reason of the town's extinction and turned it into ruins. It is believed that a  bradyseismic event was responsible for the town's demolish. A chamber of magma covered the town and its nearby regions that resulted in the sinking of the above land. The city, at present is  half under the ocean and is half above the shore.  

2.  Pavlopetri, Greece: The city of Pavlopetri is located in the southern coast of Laconia, Greece. The city is underwater off the coast of  Laconia and is believed to be 5000 year old. It is on of the oldest submerged lost cities. The ruins and left over parts of the city was discovered by the scientist Nicholas Flemming in 1967. Nicholas recognised about houses with 15 in number, roads, 37 graves along with a part of a stoneware.  Few researchers and archaeologists found a ceramics shard from the location  that was expected to be around 3000 BCE. The excavation revealed that Pavlopetri, Greece  was one of the most most known and famous submerged city. The city was probably evolved by the Minoan and Mycenaean people through the Bronze Age, but around 1000 BC the city was taken into the ocen by a series of earthquakes.

3. Port Royal, Jamaica:  Port Royal, Jamaica in considered one of the most ideal route for trade and exchange between the Caribbean and the Britain. The population of Port Royal increased in the end of the 1600s but by the end of the century the population of just 740 inhabitants was raised to 7000, out of which half were pirates. The growth of the bars, partying population and whorehouses named the city of Port Royal as the wickedest city on Earth. The population of Port Royal was shocked by a brutal earthquake that took place on June 7, 1692 that took away lives of 2,000 peoples and submerged 66% of the region's land. The next earthquake took more about 3000 lives of the Port Royal peoples.    

4. Point Fermin, Los Angeles: The property owners during the 1920s went to see the newly made houses in the San Pedro, a Los Angeles neighborhood. Some of the houses were built on the edge of the Point Fermin cliff. The designer of the homes was not aware of the strength of the waves that loosed the under soil of the houses . And in an unfortunate incident, the cliff began to slide covering the houses nearby to it. Few of the houses were galloped up by the sea. The inhabitants were able to shift their houses from the location on time. At present, we can only see the ruins of the houses at the Point Fermin.

Fictional Underwater City Names

We know that space may be our final frontier, but did you know that we know more about the surface of the moon than the bottom of the ocean?

Few of the examples of cities under water are Port Royal in  Jamaica, Dwarka in India and Pavlopetri in Greece.

5. Lyonesse in the  film 'War-Gods of the Deep': The name Lyonesse is one of the most popular fictional underwater city names and the name is inspired by a poem by Edgar Allan Poe. 'War-Gods of the Deep' is an adventure and sci-fi film that depicts a storyline based on a submerged or underwater city off the bank of Cornwall named Lyonesse. The story has a Vincent Price as Captain Sir Hugh Tregathian who lives on the underwater city with his team and is survived by the breathable oxygen discharged by a volcano on Lyonesse, a city in the ocean.

6. Atlantis in the film 'Stargate Atlantis': 'Stargate Atlantis' is a science-fiction film and the name of a underwater city is Atlantis. The storyline of the film revolved around a submerged ancient flying city. The super race of the movie lands Atlantis on the sea floor, turned off the lights and went back to Earth by leaving the boat covered under water.

7. Otoh Gunga in the film 'Star Wars: The Phantom Menace': The other fictional submerged city name is Otoh Gunga and is from the science-fiction film 'Star Wars: The Phantom Menace'. The characters Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan needs the help from Jar Binks, the other character from the film to save them from the attack of Naboo. The chief of the Otoh Gunga is a frog-like character that lives in a city of air bubbles and the natives of Otoh Gunga are known as Gungans. The movie displays some of the best of the fictional city visuals.  

8. Aphrodite in the book 'Lucky Starr, and the Oceans of Venus': The book 'Lucky Starr and the Oceans of Venus', is written by Isaac Asimov. In the young adult fictional book, Isaac has described about a fictional submerged city named Aphrodite.  The story is of  Lucky Starr, a Lone Ranger-style saint who went to an organization of domed urban areas lodging millions under the Venusian oceans. In the organizations, Aphrodite is the greatest and strange one.

Ancient Underwater Cities

It is believed and found out that Pavlopetri, a city located on the southern coast of Lakonia in Greece is one of the real underwater cities.

9. The Sunken City of Pavlopetri in the Ancient Greece: The sunken city of Pavlopetri is found in the south region of the Modern Greece.  The city underwater is considered to be 5000 years old and is submerged multiple meters down under the sea. The Sunken City of Pavlopetri is one of the mainly found lost cities around the Greece. According to mythological beliefs, the region is said to be sunk in around 1000BC. The reason behind its sinking is earthquake that moved the Greek islands. It is revealed after seeing the site ruins that the city was well planned with modern urban city design with well planned roads, gardens, and houses. The size of the city is expected to be 80,000 square meters in size along with a large open court in the center of the sunken ruins.  

10. Dwarka in India: Dwarka is believed to be one of the oldest lost underwater city in India as per Indian mythology and folklore stories. Lord Krishna is a major deity in Hinduism and is believed to be born in Dwarka.  The city of Dwarka was considered a myth until the ruins of the ancient city was found 131 feet underneath the sea. The devastated city or the ruins was found just below the modern day Dwarka. The city's excellence has astonished the archaeologists and experts.

11. Lion City, China: The Lion City China is one of the most marvellous and remarkable submerged ancient city. It is assumed that the Lion City is 1400 years old. The construction of the ancient city took place during the reign of Han Dynasty. The size of the city is about the size of sixty-two football fields. The ruins of the Lion City has proven its existence.

Kidadl has lots of great baby names articles to inspire you. If you liked our suggestions for underwater city names then why not take a look at city names for girls, or for something different take a look at names that mean traveler.

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