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I know that gen 1's cities are named after colours, but what patterns are there for the Galar region?

(Check this thread for Kalos and Alola, and this thread for Kanto, Johto, Hoenn, Sinnoh and Unova.)

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I think the answer is already here. https://pokemondb.net/pokebase/289624/
For clarity, the question above only covers Gen 6 and 7. This question covers Gens 1 through 5: https://pokemondb.net/pokebase/96652/
@steamcrusader Would it suit you to change this question so that it asks about Gen 8 city names, so we've got something for every region (and you get a complete answer)?
@fizz, yeah that'd be great.
So are you changing the question?

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After researching the origin of the name of each city, it seems the pattern is:

[Word that describes the theme of the town] + [(sometimes European based) Suffix that describes the physical nature]

References and sources is linked in this google doc.


Post (Poss) + wick (wic)
Postwick could be based on the real life Postwick, who's name is derived from "Poss wic", meaning dairy farm. This could be interpreted as "Dairy" alluding to it being the hometown of the player, with "farm" being the physical nature of it being, well, a farming town. Alternatively, "post" could refer to starting post, which while a stretch isn't impossible with Sword and Shield's sports theme.


Wedge + hurst
Could possibly refer to Wedgehurst/the Pokemon Lab being in between the player’s hometown “Postwick”, and the players adventure to the Pokemon league/dynamax. "Hurst" means hillock.


Moto (Motor) + stoke
Admittedly the formula is a bit of a stretch with Motostoke. It is made up of 2 words, "Motor" and "Stoke". Both these words refer to the steampunk theme of the city, as well as the Fire type gym leader.


Turf + Field
According to google, the definition of "turf" is "grass and the surface layer of earth held together by its roots." which is relevant in the grass type/farm theme it has going on. "Field" is a bit self-explanatory.


Hul (Hull) + bury
"Hull" refers to the hull of a ship, reflecting Hulburry's water theme. "Bury" is a suffix for a British town suffix for enclosure.


Hammer (or Hammerlock) + Locke
"Hammerlock" could refer to Hammerlock being in the center of Galar and home to one of the most powerful trainers aka Raihan? Or simply "Hammer" refers to his attitude as it's informal definition is "attack or criticize forcefully and relentlessly." "Locke" is a toponym for lockable enclosure, which likely refers to the vault which is locked to the public.


Stow + on side
"Stow" likely references the hidden chamber stowed behind the mural. It may also refer to the nature of its gym leaders, Bea (who's emotional side is often stowed away so as not to show weakness) and Allister (who thanks to his anxiety, literally stows away his face from the public, as well as his sociability). "On-side" could come from the fact that Stow-on-Side is literally at the side of the Galar map. Might also be another sports reference.

Edit: According to SadisticMystic's comment, "On-side" is likely to actually refer to the city being along a river named Side, if we go by British naming conventions. So this further supports that the second word in the formula is based on physical attributes of the town.


Ballon + lea
“Ballon” is a variation of the word Balloon, and also (in dancing) the ability to appear effortlessly suspended while performing movements during a jump. It could be representing the fairy type gym and the mystical nature of the town. “-lea”, being a British town suffix for woodland clearing, refers to the nature of the town being located within a forest.


Cir (Circus) + chester
"Circus" are opened spaced venues in Ancient Rome. They were a venue for sports, which may be reflected in the gym challenge. Circuses are also venues for public events and theatres, which can be reflected in that Circhester is among the bigger towns in Galar and features locations like the Hero’s Bath, Hotel Iona, a hair salon, and a boutique. "Chester" is a British town suffix for fortification of Roman origin, which makes sense because Circhester is the home to the Hero’s Bath, which is probably a reference to its name’s Roman origin (rome region when?), which was often linked with heroes.

May also be a reference to Cirencester.


Spike + muth (mouth)
"Spike", could be a reference to the town's "edginess", being dark type themed. And the punk rock theme. "Muth" could be a respelling of mouth, which refers to the cave like structure of Spikemuth, being a single corridor to the gym challenge.


Wynd + on (London)
"Wynd" is a word often used for narrow streets in the UK. Could refer to Wyndon's urban nature? The "London" part is obvious, its based on London. This may be an inversion of the formula, where the physical attribute goes before the theme.


Freezing + ton
"Freezing" is kinda self explanatory. "-ton" is a British town suffix.

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What a cool answer, thanks for taking the time to write all this :D
X-on-Y, as a British naming convention, denotes a city named X that's located along the Y river. The game world doesn't show any rivers located there, but if there was one, it would be called the Side River.
Interesting insight, thank you.