With so many registered (domain) names, finding the perfect name for your business can be challenging. Of course you want the domain name as short as possible and the name has to reflect your business. Believe me, I’ve been there; brainstorming until late in the evening, asking friends and family for their honest opinion, writing down names, combining existing names, take words apart and mold them together to create a new word.
Fortunately there’s a good selection of online domain name generators available. Some allow you to enter just one word, two words or no word at all to generate a list with (random) generated business names. Most results include a domain availability check, so you can register the name right away if its to your liking.
My advice is to try create a domain name that is easy to remember and contains no more than three words. These domain name generators, listed in random order, will be very helpful in your research:
Panabee allows you to enter one or two keywords for your business and with this the form creates a list with available and not available domain names.If the main domain is not available, it will give you a link to the godaddy website to check if the domain is available with a different extension. Panabee.com
Unlike Panabee, this domain name generator doesn’t give you any extra letters. It will generate words by scrambling the letters of the word you entered. When available, you’ll get the option to purchase the domain name immediately. It is also possible to search premium domains. This means you can purchase an existing domain that is not used anymore. Expect to pay a few hundred to a few thousand dollars for a premium domain. Domize.com
Before you can do a search, you have to register an account with namestation or login with Facebook. After logging in you’ll have a good selection of options. The search engine also generates a list with synonyms, so if the first result wasn’t successful, you can easily switch to an alternative word. The free subscription is limited to a certain amount of search queries. Namestation.com[bctt tweet=”Need some inspiration to come up with a creative business name? Check this article out!”]
Not really a search engine, but a pretty cool (and addictive) name generator. When you enter the website, it will already start generating random two word name combinations. I came across some interesting combinations and clicking on the suggested name will show if it is available for domain registration. Edited Nov 02-2016: link not working anymore.
5. Domain Puzzler
This name generator has four different search methods: 1. Easy 2. Advanced 3. Magic 4. Page Rank. The easy method combines the words you entered, the advanced method gives you a third word alternative, the magic method adds a system generated word to your search query and the page rank method was a bit of a mystery to me. The last one didn’t seem to work for me. Domainpuzzler.com
Enter one or more words in the search field and the search engine will generate random words and combine them with your search query. Below the search results, you’ll find a link to a different search tool where you can select the length of the name outcome. Impossibility.org
Wordoid is a name generator that allows you to enter your own words, set a limit to the length of the domain name and combines this with wordoids. Another option is to completely rely on wordoid, without a focus keyword. Wordoids are made up words, so the outcome is in most cases original. You’ll know immediately if the suggested business name is available for domain registration. Wordoid.com
8. Bust a Name
This business name tool consists of three result screens. You have to keep adding words into the search box, so that the name generator can combine these words and create business names. You can also save domain names to review later. Bustaname.com
9. Name Stall
Name Stall will check what domain names are still available based on your search query. The search tool will use your key phrase and combine it with random keywords. You can pick several options to narrow down the search results: two words, three words, numbers, hyphens and brandables. On top of that it will also show a list of synonyms for your key phrase. A nice tool, but with limited features for the free account. Edited Nov 02-2016: link not working anymore.
When you open the LeanDomainSearch website you are welcomed with a search box. After submitting your search query, you’ll be presented with the results. The search results are based on you query, combined with random words. You are able to have the results filtered by starting or ending with your search phrase and sort them by popularity, length or alphabetical. Leandomainsearch.com
Dot-o-mator doesn’t combine your search query with random keywords. It will allow you to enter start and end keyword phrases, connect them and check if the domain is still available. Pretty straight forward, but sometimes that’s all you need. Dotomator.com
Enter a keyword, choose to combine the keyword with either adjectives, animals, basic words, buildings and places, business nouns, business verbs, common things / objects, words ending with… And the list goes on! You can also select if you want your key word to be at the beginning or the end of the phrase and the option to use hyphens. Nametumbler.com
13. Cool Name Ideas
Cool Name Ideas takes on a different approach finding the perfect domain name for your business: you can enter your desired keywords and refine the results with taking into consideration the type of your business, the operation field of your business and your business communication style. Coolnameideas.com
Enter up to two keywords, hit submit and you’ll be presented with a list of names, gathered by combining your name request with random words, endings or scrambling the words in a different order. You also have the opportunity to filter the search results by popularity, length, key phrase before / after, business, cool, technical or strange. Businessnamegenerator.com
15. GURU Business Name Generator
GURU business name generator is more for creating creative, cool names. This is just my opinion, I suggest you try them out yourself though. The results can be surprising and probably something you never thought of yourself. The procedure is pretty simple: enter up to two phrases, select your industry, hit enter and let the GURU meditate on your business name. Copyshoppy.com
16. Wordlab Name Generators
This is not a domain name checker, but well worth to mention. This website present you a list with different name generators. Whether you need a name for your new restaurant, a fantasy figure, a business name or a name for your sports club, this website covers them all. Wordlab.com
Names4brands.com let you select the length of the first and the second random word and combines this with your search phrase. You have the option to search for words or names and check if the domain name is still available. Names4brands.com
The brand name generator on the NetSubstance website allows you to enter your keywords and combine them with a percentage of vowels, consonants, prefixes and suffixes. You can also limit the amount of used letters within the search results. Netsubstance.com
19. Naming by WriteExpress
This naming tool by WriteExpress allows you to enter a name, a syllable or letters. You can then combine the words with common words, prefixes, suffixes, ending word parts and even rhyme words. Naming.net
20. Elerty Business Name Generator
Very basic, but a fun approach; you enter your search term and let the generator create random business names. The results do not necessary include your keywords, the results are more based on the meaning of the keywords and tag them to a certain business category. Elertify.com
Finding the perfect name for your business can be a challenge and will probably keep you awake for a few brainstorming nights. Often the business name generators will at least inspire you to find the perfect business name and combine this with an available domain name. With a list of 20 name generators, I am sure it will open the door for new inspirations and probably even more sleepless nights… Good luck with your research and if you find that there’s a name generator missing in this list, please let me know and I will be happy to add it. I am curious to know if you came up with a cool name for your business and which name generator was most helpful to you. You can use the comment box below to share your results. This might be helpful for other readers as well.