Legends are often associated with prominent historical figures who give their names to villages or cities, lakes, rivers or rocks. According to legend, the city of Kaunas got its name in honor of the son of Duke Palemonas, a relative of the Roman emperor.
Duke Palemonas, fearing the cruelty of the Roman emperor, escaped with his sons. Reached the shores of the Baltic Sea. After the death of the Duke, the lands were divided by the sons, and one of them, Kūnas (Kaunas), founded the city, which was named after the founder, Kaunas. The environment mentioned in the legend is the ocean, the Baltic Sea, the coasts, the village, the settlements, the confluence of the rivers Nemunas and Neris, fields. The main objects are the village and the city. The Italian legend of Romulus and Remo and the founding of Rome is also dominated by the motif of nature, shows the river, the founding of the city. The Polish legend "Demon Bies and Chad (Bies and Hero San)" repeats the same environment: a forest of mythological creatures, a river, a village. The river is named Sanas in honor of the deceased commander, and the mountains over which the river flows, known as Bieso-Chad, remind the
evil master of these lands. Polish legend "The legend of the Wawel dragon" and "The story of Mr. Tvardowski" - Krakow city, fields, river.
The same or similar depictions (rivers, settlements, villages, fields, forests), objects (city, village, land) are inseparable in the legends of Lithuanian and other nations about the establishment of cities or the origin of the name. Cities are usually named after characters or historical figures in legends.