Business name generators are part of a group of tools you can use to come up with business names, domain names, product names and more. They're typically free and can help you come up with a few catchy, unique and interesting names for your brand.
In this post, we're going to cover six business name generators you can use to generate hundreds of ideas on the fly. First, let's talk about why your business name is important.
What Can Business Name Generators Do for Your Brand?
You may not want to give it much thought, but your business name is actually one of the most important aspects of this new venture of yours. It's one of the first things customers will notice when they're introduced to your business for the first time. It represents your brand.
Business name generators can help you come up with names that set your business apart from the rest. While it's certainly possible to have a common word or phrase associated with your brand (think Uber and Amazon), it's better to distinguish yourself with a unique name that can't be confused with anything else.
I suggest using keywords related to your niche several times throughout this post, but keep in mind you don't necessarily need to go this route. You can always enter your name, initials or anything else you want in your name and see what the tools come up with.
6 Best Business Name Generators
Namelix is a dedicated business name generator by Brandmark, a graphic design tool you can use to make logos. It’s one of the smartest generators on this list as it has a built-in algorithm that remembers the names you save and gives you better recommendations over time.
It also incorporates related terms in search results. For example, when I used “baseball” as a keyword, I received suggestions like “Infieldr” and “Pitcheer.” Most other name generators only generate names that include your keyword.
How It Works
You start by entering keywords related to your niche in the search bar. You’re given three different name length options after that, from names as short as three to six letters to names with more than 12.
There are eight different name styles you can choose from after that, including Brandable Names, Foreign Words and Rhyming Words. Once you generate names, you can save your favorites. The tool will even tell you if your name is available as a domain or how much it costs if it’s for sale.
Naming.net is a business name generator owned by WriteExpress, a resource site you can use to find free example letter templates and guides for a variety of different purposes. It allows you to configure a number of different options before you hit the Find Names button.
Every name the tool generates for you features the keyword you enter in the first field. While the names are certainly interesting, the tool seems to focus on giving you as many options as possible rather than recognizing the keyword you entered and generating names related to it.
If you add a domain extension to your search and click on individual names, you’re directed to WhoIs.com in a new tab and will be able to see if a name is available as a domain or if it’s for sale.
How It Works
Start by entering a single keyword or syllable in the first field on the page. You can also enter multiple letters in this field. If you want to try the syllable option, try breaking your keyword up into syllables and doing two different searches per syllable. This would be “base” and “ball” for the keyword “baseball.”
With the next option, you can choose to combine what you entered in the first field with things like Common Words, Greek and Latin Prefixes, Suffixes or Roots, Beginning Word Parts, Ending Rhymes, and more.
You can also choose the number of syllables you want each generated name to have, whether you want what you entered in the first field to appear at the beginning (left side) or end (right side) of the name as well as the domain extension you want to use, such as .com, .net, etc.
Namesmith is a simple name generator that incorporates the keyword(s) you enter in unique ways. Your results are separated into a few different categories, which include exact match phrasing, names that blend your keyword with other words, names that rhyme your keyword with other words and more.
You can enter up to five keywords and mark generated names as favorites to add them to a separate list. The tool also comes with a functionality that allows you to see if each name is available as a domain based on the extensions you select.
How It Works
Start by entering one to five keywords related to your niche in the search bar. If you’re interested in registering generated names as a domain, select the extensions you’d like to use by using the filter on the left-hand side. The defaults are .com, .net, .org and .io.
The results are separated by categories, and you can jump to any category by using the Name Suggestions drop-down menu toward the top of the page. Each category has a preview, but you can view more of an individual category by clicking the Show More link.
Names you like can be saved as favorites, and they’ll appear in a separate list, which you can navigate to by using the Favorites menu item.
Panabee is a multipurpose name generator you can use to generate names for domains, companies and apps. The business names are presented as domain names, and the tool will tell you if a domain is available. Every name incorporates your keyword if you only use one, but the tool generates some truly unique and interesting names if you enter two keywords.
The results are all mixed together, but you’ll see a variety of different results. They include exact match results, your keyword spelled backwards, mixed syllables and more.
The other things you’ll see generated for you are your keyword translated in different languages, related terms, whether or not your combined keywords are available as usernames on various social platforms, and iPhone apps that incorporate your keyword in their names.
How It Works
Panabee is incredibly simple to use. It doesn’t have any of the options the previous tools had, so all you need to do is enter one or two keywords related to your niche in the search bar and browse the names it generates for you.
Nameboy is a domain name generator that doubles as a business name generator. It's managed by Syed Balkhi's company Awesome Motive, which owns WPBeginner, OptinMonster, WPForms and MonsterInsights.
Nameboy is another simple name generator. It generates a list of names for you based on one to two keywords but doesn't organize them by different styles. You'll find quite a few gems in your results, but most simply sound cool or interesting and have very little or nothing to do with your keyword.
How It Works
Enter one or two keywords related to your niche in the search box. The domain lookup, provided via Bluehost, is selected by default. This allows the tool to check if generated names are available to register, but keep in mind leaving this checked will cause the tool to open a link to Bluehost in a new tab.
You're presented with a simple list once your names are generated.
6. Business Name Generator
Business Name Generator is another multipurpose name generator you can use to generate names for businesses, domains, products, podcasts and more. It seems like another straightforward name generator at first but becomes a little more sophisticated when you spot the filter options it provides.
There's an industry filter option you can use to have generated names relate to the broad topic your niche falls under. This was “sports” for the keyword “baseball,” but I found this filter option too broad as it incorporated things from other sports.
You can also use the filter options to select the number of characters and words you'd like your names to appear as. Rhyming words are available as well. A domain availability checker is provided via GoDaddy.
How It Works
Enter one or a few words related to your niche to generate names. A link to GoDaddy will be opened in a new tab. You can then use the filter options to fine tune your results. Click on each name to see if they're available as a domain.
Hopefully, you have a list of potential business names you can use for your brand. Just be sure to choose something that's short, easy to remember, easy to spell and not able to be confused with something else.
Also, make sure the name isn't already being used and is available as a domain. This will make it easier for potential customers to find your website if they only hear about your business.
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