How To Come Up With A Blog Name: 10 Effective Ways To Choose a Name For Your New Blog

“Names, once they are in common use, quickly become mere sounds, their etymology being buried, like so many of the earth’s marvels, beneath the dust of habit.”                                                                                                                                    – Salman Rushdie

choosing your blog name

A few months ago I had a great idea that I could build a blog around. I had the content planned out, the design laid out in my head but the one thing I couldn’t put my finger on was what name I would use.

I don’t know about you but I seem to be one of those people coming up with names waaaay after someone already else has. There’s nothing more deflating than seeing that name brandished blazingly across someone else’s blog.

But it doesn’t have to be that way.

The truth is that there are ways we can come up with that we probably wouldn’t have thought of on our own.

Are you ready to think up an awesome name for your new blog?

Things to Consider When Planning Your Blog Name

Before you dive head-first into the world of wordsmithing, it’s worth taking a moment to think about just what your blog name is going to represent.

  • What is your blog going to be about?
  • Who is your target audience?/
  • What is the tone/voice of your blog going be like?
  • Will you be building your brand around your blog name?

If you come up with a name that’s completely irrelevant to your content, it’s not going to be doing you any favours. Similarly, a cool, corporate name for a fun and vibrant writing style is again going to give your readers the wrong impression.

Katie from Orb Online says…

brand is one of the most important things when starting a blog or any website, that name stays with you, everything you do is to build that name so it has to be something you’ll look back on as a great choice!

10 Ways to Come Up with an Awesome Blog Name

With the above in mind, it’s time to really get into the thick of it. Below you’ll find 10 tried and true methods that I’ve personally used to create my own blog names that I think you’ll find just as useful.

1. Grab a Thesaurus

There’s something about flicking through a good Thesaurus that beats almost any other method I know, for coming up with interesting new words. A Thesaurus can be a goldmine of inspiration, especially if you want to say something in a slightly different way.

When was the last time you looked through a Thesaurus?

A quick scan for the word “Tips”, brings up suggestions such as, buzz, hint, inkling and pointer – all of which sound much more exciting to an ear that’s well-tuned to that more common phrase.

2.  Look At Competitors’ Blog Names

This may seem like a no-brainer but doing your research on the kinds of blogs you’ll be competing against, will give you an idea of what type of name will work for your own blog. Of course, you’re not going to be copying anyone, yet it may just be the perfect nudge to get those creative juices flowing.

3.  Use a Word Generator

One of my favorite tools for coming up with fun word combinations is Wordoid.com. This creative name generator allows you to set your own limits on the kind of words you want to create. Then all you need to do is hit “submit” and browse through the suggestions.

The great thing about Wordoid is that not only does it suggest some pretty awesome names, it also tells you whether the .com of that name has been registered by anyone. Taking the stress out of crafting a great name, only to find out it’s being used elsewhere.

4.  Take Inspiration from Books

Whoever said you have to conform to rules when creating names? Why not take some advice from the World’s greatest authors and use your favorite literature as inspiration.

With millions of books out there, all full to the brim with wonderful words, it won’t take you long to find something that inspires and delights, as well as be a potential contender for your new blog.

5.  Consider a Different Language

One of my favorite languages now is Icelandic. There’s something incredibly beautiful about the way the words and syllables flow together to create their meanings.

If you’re looking to stand out in a saturated market, choosing an abstract word or phrase in a language other than English can be a great way to draw attention to yourself. A simple online translator such as Google Translate will get you off to a good start.

Try choosing something short with fewer syllables. This will help to keep your blog name easy to remember and pronounce!

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6.  Play with Words

What happens if you’ve already come up with the perfect blog name, but it’s already registered elsewhere on the net? I’m sure we’ve all been there at some point and it’s incredibly frustrating, to say the least, but don’t write off your favorite name just yet.

Step in Panabee. This cute little tool helps you to keep your original idea alive, by providing suggestions that are closely linked to your first choice. It uses the range of methods such as suffixes, phonemes, and prefixes to name a few, in order come up with alternative name suggestions that usually end up being even better.

7.   Use Humor

Laughter and humor is an infectious tonic with the benefit of making your readers smile. Try boosting those endorphins by creating a blog name that portrays a wicked sense of humor.

While it may not work for more professional blogs, if your tone of voice is fun, fresh and witty then there’s nothing to lose and is well worth giving a try.

Some of the names I’ve come up with in the past using this method include “The Dork Side”, “Motherpotamus” and “The Pillage People” (that last one was for a game clan, please don’t judge me).

8.  Try Alliteration

alliteration (noun)

  1. the occurrence of the same letter or sound at the beginning of adjacent or closely connected words.
  2. “the alliteration of ‘sweet birds sang’”

You may not realize it but I bet you use alliteration in your day-to-day life without even realizing it. It has an almost musical quality that allows a sentence to flow fluidly from one word to the next and is incredibly addictive.

Try alliteration when coming up with your blog name, by using the same letter for each word in your name. A few ideas could be, “Business Blogging Basics” or “Blogging Blues Busters” – you can probably come up with something much more awesome than me I’m sure!

9.  Use Abbreviations

Take a moment to think about the companies and brands you’re aware of and how many of them have an abbreviated name. I can think of at least ten off the top of my head and with a bit more thought can probably think of many more.

Abbreviations are beneficial because they keep things short and sweet, without removing your brand and identity. You could abbreviate your whole blog name, or mix it up by half abbreviating and use a word on the end – a bit like Devish, the owner of WPKube, does.

10.  Use Your Own Name

If you’ve tried all the above methods and you’re still really stuck on what to call your blog, you could always default to your own name. Many bloggers have become hugely successful with self-named blogs. I even use one myself over on staceycorrin.co.uk and it comes with its own benefits.

Not only do you get to attribute your own name to the stuff that you put forth on the web, people will also be able to recognize you more easily as the word spreads.

Ultimately how you go about naming your new blog is squarely in your hands. It’s not easy trying to create something unique when all the good ideas seem to have been taken, yet if you follow some of the advice above, I’m sure you’ll get there.

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Stacey is a Ghostwriter & Professional Blogger who regularly creates content for influencers in the digital marketing community. When she’s not blogging elsewhere, she hangs out on her own blog, sharing visual content and blogging tips. You can also follow Stacey on Twitter – @SCorrinBlog and say “Hi.”.

Comments

  1. says

    Hello Stacey,

    You come up with a very genuine problem among all the bloggers at the time of naming their blog. In fact, I was also facing the same problem. Sometimes it feels so annoying, but you gave us some wonderful tricks to choose the blog name perfectly.

    And yeah, I also like the part on how to choose the name using Google translator 🙂

    Thanks a lot for this wonderful post.

    Have a nice weekend ahead.
    Regards
    Sandipan

    • says

      Hi Sandipan,

      Thanks for taking the time to pop by and read my post!

      I’m so glad you found it useful. There’s nothing worse than being in the middle of branding a blog or website and not being able to think up a good name. Hopefully you won’t find yourself in that situation any more in the future!

      Huge thanks,

      Stacey

  2. says

    Hey Stacey, great to see you over here on Sue’s blog 🙂

    Coming up with names has always been a huge problem for me.

    I’ve always had to rely on some random creative moment for coming up with names in the past – “Blogging Wizard” came to me randomly one night about 4 years ago.

    You’ve hit the nail on the head with your points to consider, especially knowing your target audience.

    One thing I did to come up with the name for my latest project was to hone in on my target audience and focus on what I wanted to help them achieve. – It works so well.

    Great post!

    • says

      Cheers Adam!

      I’m terrible at coming up with names – Wordoid is probably the tool I use the most these days, although it has thrown some questionable suggestions my way. Twinsformers anyone?

      I think Blogging Wizard is such an awesome name. If I didn’t think it would sound cheesy, I’d get Blogging Witch but you’ve seemed to pull that one off really well!

    • says

      Thanks a lot for this wonderful post.

      Have a nice weekend ahead.

  3. says

    I chose to use my online nickname but that was in the days when blog competition wasn’t so great. Today I’d use something more descriptive, or my real name for self branding purposes but I’m stuck with it now. It’s so important to get it right and not rush into publishing your blog before you’ve thought it out.

    The ideas you’ve given here are really good and I’m going to bookmark Panabee especially as their other tools are handy too.

    • says

      Hi, Sue,

      When I read Stacey’s guest post when she sent it over to me, I learned a few things from it!

      I had never heard of Panabee. I think it’s a great free tool.

      Thanks for stopping by the blog today!
      Sue
      Sue Anne recently posted…Profitable Blogging Simplified With Ivana TaylorMy Profile

  4. says

    Hi Stacey (and Sue Anne).

    Finding the right name has been a problem for me. I’ve tried a few names and domains over the past three or four years. Then I recently decided that I ought to use my name for the domain name.

    I settled on “Get Organise With Nathan Ambrose” for the blog name. It has my name, and briefly tells people how they can benefit from my services.

    Nathan.

  5. says

    Hi Stacey,

    I found summing up my life worked well, at least when I picked the name for my new blog 😉 Smart tips here. For me, I struggled for years, holding on to a blog which had good naming intentions but which was too long and confusing.

    When I focused on summing up my life I simply thought of “Blogging from Paradise.” I checked, no one bought the domain and I gobbled it up. I must have really been aligned to do this because I thought someone who have bought the domain by now, with a gazillion travel bloggers out there. Glad I acted on my intuition immediately because another blogger commented on my blog a few days after it went live, saying he wanted the domain name.

    Travel bloggers are some of the wittiest folks out there on the name front. I run a blogging tips blog for all types of bloggers, but it’s super useful for travel bloggers who want to island hop.

    These folks are brilliant. So many cool names I find just commenting on these smashing blogs.

    They’ve no issues standout out from the crowd.

    My favorite: “From Tieland to Thailand.” Brilliant retired couple who headed to Thailand, who created this awesome blog name.

    Thanks Stacey.

    Tweeting through Triberr.

    Ryan

    • says

      Hey Ryan,

      That blog name you mentioned is brilliant! I love the play on words and it’s so applicable to Travel Blogging.

      Back in my parent blogging days I saw some crazy ideas that somehow seemed to work really well. I guess ultimately it all comes down to not only what works well for your audience, but what feels right too!

      Thanks for stopping by!

      Stacey.

  6. says

    Great post, I think most of the people have problem with names. Using your own name is common way, and I think it’s one of the best, but you have to decide if you want to brand your blog as your personality or a brand.

  7. says

    Hey Stacey,

    Great post. I could have use this type of blog when I came up with the name for my own blog lol. I grew to like it though. But using your name wasn’t an option for me since there’s another Andrew Warner out there in the business world … but I have another site where I use my name and I managed to get around that.

    When I started, many people said to grab a Thesaurus to try to figure out a name and it is a great resource for trying to come up with something .. but like you said, you have to know who your intended audience is going to be before you even start looking up possible words.

    That Panabee thing is actually cool. I just tried it out and it gave some crazy suggestions … but I can’t say any name is crazy when we live in a world of (Google, Yahoo, Twitter, etc. lol)

    Great post.

    – Andrew

  8. says

    What a fab post. Now, a guide for attaining the right Twitter handle would be useful, too. Especially if someone has taken the one you want (and that matches your business name, grumble grumble). This post is a keeper, thanks so much!

  9. says

    Hi Stacey,

    You’ve really hit the perfect Blog post title / headline for this Blog post.

    When I read the title I was intrigued enough to click its “Read More” link. My experience of choosing a really great Blog site name appeared to be scarily outside my skill set.

    My mind just could not come up with any name that was better than Blah. Hence, I decided to settle down and read / understand your Blog post.

    By the way, my 20 year old Blogsite is – originally named – ivansmusings dot com, ( Yup I know you are rolling on the floor laughing ) Hey! that’s why this is a must read Blog post AND you did recommend using your own name, I must be doing something right.

    A Thesaurus? I never ever thought of that as a source of great Blogsite names.

    I’m begining to understand what thinking out of the box means. I’m sure that if I can marry a carefully curated set of words ( how’s that for Alliteration? ) from a Thesaurus with a touch of humor I’m home and dry.

    Thank you for sharing. Your style of English writing is beautiful. Its easy for people like me to read and understand even though English is not my mother tongue.

    Warmly

    Ivan Bayross

  10. Darren Green says

    Thanks for this great post, Sue! Finding a good domain name can be very difficult. Personally, I’m a fan of NameBird (shobia.com/namebird), it seems to be like Wordoid only more powerful. Anyway, hope you post here again soon!

    • says

      Oh, a new resource! Thanks for stopping by the blog, Darren, and sharing.

      You can write multiple comments anytime 🙂
      Sue

  11. Darren Green says

    Also, for finding new names, I like to sit down with a piece of paper and do a brainstorming cloud. I write down words that I think are important, then write related words, sounds, ideas and concepts. Then I try to meld them together and see if something cool comes out.

    Sorry for two posts! 🙂

  12. says

    This is really good advice! I used numbers 8 and 10 for mine! V is for Violet.

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  13. says

    This is such a timely post as I am struggling to come up with a name for a niche site. Each name that I do come up with will effect the way that I will have to present the site (professional, conversational, informational, etc.).

  14. says

    I had considered using my real name, however I am one of those lucky people who have others with the same name. There are even 6 people in the US with the exact same first, middle and last name.

    So, since I had been mistaken for one of the other people with the same name many times in my life, I decided to create my own unique identity that is mine and mine alone.

    I also wanted the name for my blog to be short. So after much research and looking at the meanings of different parts of words I cam up with ulterios as my unique identity and my blog is ulterios.com.

  15. says

    Hi Sue,

    I am struggling to find a new name for my new blog to be launched and the ideas in this article of yours help to me a lot. I would suggest every new blogger who are going to launch a new blog should think reading this article to benefit more from it.Thanks a lot for the wonderful post..:)

  16. Tracy Roy says

    Nice to be here again. What a post you have posted.
    It is right that now it has become a lot difficult to select a name for the blog and which in turns out to be a brand.
    But You have shared some of the best ways to do this.
    Keep up the good work Tracy

    • says

      If you want to sell your blog someday, using your own name makes it close to impossible. That’s the only drawback.

      Thanks,
      Sue

  17. says

    Hi Stacey, great post with loads of useful information. I’ve had my blog for four and a bit years now. I’m undergoing a refresh, possibly changing provider and I was also contemplating changing the name and having a mini-crisis on what I should call it. I came across your post and reading through it really helped. In the end, after hours of word games, I decided that the original name still fits the purpose of the blog, so no change coming through. It was good to go through the process though…otherwise I wouldn’t have known that I was happy with what I have. Happy blogging!

  18. says

    Really thorough post, with lots of detailed information. I have stopped by on a few occasions when coming up with new domain names.

    On our most recent, as it is specific to us we went with surnames, but this is where I discovered Woidoid.com.

    I have shared on our blog how I normally go about coming up with a domain / blog name. I would like to build on it, but it has all my initial steps.
    Nick recently posted…How to come up with a Blog NameMy Profile

  19. says

    Hi there Sue,

    As you know I follow every new blog post from you, but this one was that really inspiring, that I could do nothing else, just comment and let you know about this. Simpli EPIC.

    Regards

  20. Benny says

    Hi Stacey.. Your article has helped me a lot now I’m confident with what I would name my blog.. Thanks.. ?

  21. says

    OHH, such a followed information i really love to share this.

  22. says

    Aw, this was a very good post. Finding the time and actual effort to produce a great article… but what can I say… I procrastinate a lot and don’t seem to get nearly anything done.
    Vain Glory Hack recently posted…Vain Glory HackMy Profile

    • says

      Try the Pomodoro Technique, Glory. Put on a timer for 25 minutes and work without checking email or social media. Then take a 15 minute break.

      Try to do 4 cycles of 25-5 a day and you’ll be able to do more work than most bloggers!

      Sue

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