Naming Places in SciFi & Fantasy

(Updated 13 March 2014)

In Star Wars, the capital of the GALACTIC REPUBLIC / GALACTIC EMPIRE is Coruscant. I found the term CORUSCANT in an old 1828 English dictionary, with the following entry:

CORU'SCANT. a. [corusco, Latin]; Glittering by flashes; flashing.

Which makes sense as a name for a city-planet that never sleeps and you would be able to see the endless flashes of light moving along the dark side from heavy traffic in the skies.

This line of thought brings to mind two possible naming methods for places in science fiction: