Hi Bluemoon, Yes, you can absolutely create a palace for the names. I had to do that with mine, and I still use it today for some of the less frequently used numbers in my day to day life.
Because this information would be frequently used, I decided to place the names in the one place I knew the best, which is my house. So example, when I first open the gate to my yard there’s a tree outside where I’ve placed Olive Oil from Popeye (00). I also have the characters performing their action or exaggerating their main characteristic. So Olive doesn’t really have an action in my head, instead, she represents someone who is very tall and slender.
How do you create an imaginary location?
In general, try not to create an imaginary place, but as an alternative, you can for example do the following;
I am a customs broker and need to remember Tariff codes for particular items, for example, the Tariff heading for motor vehicles is 8703.22.90, so when I originally put this to memory, I simply took the first image that came to my mind, which was the port where the cars are stored and I put my characters for 87 & 03 there. This method can also be used for remembering the names of things in different languages.