Business Name Ideas and Best Name Generators [Updated for 2020]
Finding the perfect name for your business, blog, brand or domain is going to be one of the most important decisions that you make. Not only will it be the name and identity of your brand and products for years to come, it can also heavily sway the perception and first impression of your service as well. Today we are going to take a look at some of the best name generators and resources online to help with this process.
The famous and immortal words of William Shakespeare still ring true today: “What’s in a name?” In reality, Will Shakespeare knew exactly what was in a name back then. He knew it was important what someone’s name was, not only regarding their real name but in what it symbolized regarding one’s reputation.
Today, for the online business owner, it remains essential to have a good name. When you are just starting out as a business owner, it’s important to think about what name you want to choose because you will likely have it with you for a long time.
But how do you choose the name that you need to use for your business? You can make a list of possible names on a legal pad, take a nap and hope that you dream one up, pray, or do a rain dance. These just might work if you try them. Perhaps.
But if none of these things results in giving you an idea for a proper name, you may want to use one of the tools that are available online.
In this post, we’ll take a look at some tools you can use that help you generate names using AI and technology that can help you find the right name for your business.
Free Domain Name Generators
First, let’s look at some free domain name generators. Any of these can help you to get a start on name research, and they will bring up some possible names that you could use to get the creative juices flowing.
The free domain name generator tool, as you probably guessed, brings up suitable domain names that will work with your brand and help you to get started with a domain to share your brand with the world.
Another tool you can try is namemesh.com. It also helps you by generating a whole slew of possible domain names to try before you buy.
A more practically focused blog name generator can be found on Satori Webmaster Academy’s website. This one not only helps you brainstorm a name based on one or more keywords – it also checks the respective .com domain availability for you. The results are grouped into three categories: close variants, popular prefixes/suffixes, as well as synonym-based suggestions.
After you do your first search for a domain name, you may want to follow the following steps to dig deeper into the domain name search process.
- Use keywords that are related to your business idea to find out how various people search Google and other search engines. Use tools like “The Moz Beginners Guide to SEO” to see what they say about doing keyword research.
- Select the domain generator that matches your domain search requirements. You need to focus on creating a domain name that closely fits your brand name. If you sell eBooks, for example, you should use a format that provides the publishing industry. If you utilize your blog to promote your eBooks, use a blog-related name for your domain.
- Once you do this initial research, you can enter your keyword and other information and click “Generate.” Once you do that, you can sit back and watch the magic begin. You’ll be provided with some suitable domain names that will help you make your mark on the world. If none of these fail to meet your standards, you can do it again or change your keyword to try again.
One thing you will want to remember is to be sure to check the trademark at pto.gov to make sure your name doesn’t conflict with existing trademarks before you register it.
Business Name Generators
If you are in need of a business name generator as well, you can use a tool such as Oberlo to do this. Oberlo Business Name Generator calls on some tools to present business name possibilities for you using a keyword you want your business name to include.
Another tool can be found at businessnamegenerator.com. Like the other tools we mentioned, this tool allows you to explore possible business names out of the blue and then narrow it down to the one that best fits your business needs.
Blog Name Generators
If you are in the market for a blog name generator, one tool you can try is name-generator.org.uk/blog. This tool helps you find suitable blog names based on some questions that you input before running this tool. It kinds of reminds one of the “Mad Libs” game that children play with paper and pencil to generate various parts of speech, but the results seem to work!
Another blog name generator can be found at this site at themeisle.com which attempts to find you a blog name for your WordPress site. ThemeIsle also points out that a good domain or blog name generator should provide users with the following:
- Suggest a number of names based on the keywords you type in.
- Check if the domains corresponding to the names are available or are already taken.
- Often help you buy and register the name you want for your blog.
If you are currently using a domain or blog name generator that is providing less than this, you might as well move on to the next one.
Product Name Generators
If you are a brand or business owner who creates physical products, you can use a product name generator like Brandbucket.com. This tool allows you to generate product names for your product based on some key features.
When it comes to picking the best name for your brand or products, be sure to keep the following three key points in mind:
- Search – Start with a single word search and we do the rest. We will find related business names and brands.
- Collect – Add the most unique business names to your favorites list. Share with friends and start collecting feedback.
- Buy – Purchase your brandable .com domain name with upfront no-haggle pricing and transfer guarantee.
The more time you spend on the actual pre-decision and research process, the more likely you are to come up with a great name for your product.
Tips for Choosing the Best Name
When you are searching for the perfect brand name, blog, website domain name, or product name, you should keep in mind these key questions:
- Does the name symbolize your brand or business well?
- Is the keyword for your domain name used in your brand also?
- What images does the name conjure up for customers?
- How easy is the name for people to remember?
- Is it similar to other brands?
These are some excellent questions to ponder as you try out a different product, brand, or domain names. As a rule, you don’t want to have a name that is too similar to other names. Differentiate the name you choose with your logo, or another factor is you have a similar name. It’s always best to select a unique domain and brand name that is not likely to get confused with others.
Secondly, you should think about the visual image that your brand conjures up. Does it leave a lasting impression on the viewer or visitor when they come to your website? Can you image the brand name on a T-shirt, ball cap, or car magnet? If not, you may want to do some more brainstorming before deciding that is the name that you should use.
Why You Need to Register the Domain of Your Business Name
As we discussed briefly before, it’s a good idea to include your brand name within your domain name? Why do I say that? Because it is difficult for people to remember both a brand name and a domain name if they are too dissimilar from each other.
Having the same keyword within both your brand and domain name can help people crystalized your name in their minds when shopping for the products and services you offer without having to look up your URL or risk having people miss your site altogether.
Click here to see if your domain name is available, and also register it for free when setting up a new hosting plan.
Consistency is the key when marketing your brand, website, blog, and products online. Think of your brand as the heart of your business presence. You should start there and have your site be the focus with a similar domain that nicely matches your brand name. Then work on the other aspects of your branding such as your blog which should also echo the keywords of your brand name and domain.
If you work on correlating your branding efforts across the board and on a variety of platforms, you will find that everything falls into place nicely. Permeate every platform and channel where your potential customers are. That’s important. And finding the right name is an essential first step in securing your place online.
What’s in a name?
To answer the question, Uncle Will proposed again, “What’s in a name?” I do think that where Will is now, he’d agree. A name is critical in all things, especially when it comes to creating your online branding strategy. Will might not have understood the nuances of the internet, but he definitely would have told you that he could not have written his masterpiece, “Romeo & Juliet” if one of their names had been “Brown.”
Humor aside, think carefully about the name you decide to use. You are not just creating a name. You are creating a legacy that will live far beyond the day that you choose your name.
When it comes to product names, you should choose a name that symbolizes what the product can do as much as possible. People are also visual. So choose a product name that brings to mind a solution that people are looking for. A simple example is the windshield wiper. What does a windshield wiper do? It wipes windshields from the rain, right? So if you create a product that trims eyebrows, you could call it the eyebrow trimmer. Perhaps you will think of a wittier name. But if you don’t, keeping it simple is sometimes best.
To succeed in business, you must get into the buyer’s mind. Think about what search terms they would use to find your product, your brand, and your services when they search online for your idea. Then base your name search on that.
Don’t forget to use your keywords but choose keywords that have frequent searches. You can find this information by using Google’s keyword search tool or another tool that shows the results of monthly searches.
In short, keep it simple. Make it memorable. And keep it relevant. All of these things will keep you on the right track whether you are naming a website, a business, a blog, or a product.
Now go back and try out the links we’ve provided and let us know if it helped you to locate the perfect name for your business or product. Bookmark the tools so that you can use them later. You’ll find that they may be what you need to start the ball rolling in finding your perfect name.