A place where a fertility spell has gone wrong.Kisses can lead to pregnancy, any fungus infection runs rampant, corn grows as soon as it is planted,ect.
A place where for those who sleep in it,the real life and dream world is blurred-so nightmares can be deadly.
The PC's end up in a strange world where the very rocks are made of gold and jewels.As such gold and jewels is worth very little, but the iron in their swords and belt buckles is suddenly worth a LOT.
A cave full of what appears to be gold nuggets-the nuggets are in fact radioactive and will poison whoever takes them.
A place where scratching an itch is seen as highly rude.The problem is, it's full of biting insects.
There is a place where there are living dinosaurs but in miniture.So there are foot long Tyranosaurus Rex's and four foot long Brontosauruses, for example.
Patterns in surnames: There are many ways a surname could have evolved over centuries. One possibility is migration. A Roman name may have traveled to France and hence to England where it was later Anglicized. Case in point - the surname Lawrence went from Laurentius (Roman) to Laurent (French) to Lawrence (English) and then to Lowry (Scottish). There is also natural etymological evolution. For example, a Middle English spelling may have evolved to a modern English spelling (e.g. Stiward to Stewart). Where did your character's Surname come from?