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11 Travel Blogs that Use Alliteration as a Creative Naming Strategy

One of the most effective and popular blog naming techniques is to use alliteration to create a memorable and catchy name that resonates with your blog’s target market.

Alliter-what? Unless you’re an English major or have a passion for language, you may not know much about alliteration. But rest assured, you’ve definitely come across it and been charmed by how it has been used to create multi-million dollar brand names.

Heard of Mickey Mouse, Dunkin’ Donuts, Best Buy, Coca-Cola or PayPal? How about American Airlines, Donald Duck, or Bed Bath & Beyond? Notice anything similar in how these names have been formed?

According to Wikipedia, “Alliteration is the repetition of the same sounds or of the same kinds of sounds at the beginning of words or in stressed syllables of an English language phrase.” It is a powerful way to create names that are fun to pronounce, easy to remember, and filled with clever word play or witty quirkiness.

Alliterative Travel Blog Names

Here are 11 leading travel blogs which use alliteration to come up with cool sounding names that are catchy and unique:

Notice how you can add a bit of variation and deviate from the standard 2 words that begin with the same alphabet (i.e. Mickey Mouse).

  1. Everything Everywhere – if you can find words that begin with the same word (such as ‘every’ in this case), the alliterative effect will be more striking
  2. Time Travel Turtle – find 3 words that are all alliterative and you’ll have triple the effect
  3. Heather On Her Travels – not every single word needs to begin with the same letter or sound the same
  4. Beers and Beans – using ‘and’ to combine 2 alliterative words gives you a lot of flexibility to come up with lots of names
  5. Mom’s Minivan – where possible, keep it short and simple
  6. Monkeys & Mountains – try and find words that have the same number of syllables to get a nice phonetic balance
  7. Mom Most Traveled – names don’t have to be perfectly or fully alliterative to be good
  8. Landlopers – if there’s an appropriate word where both syllables start with the same letter, it’s going to make a really cool name
  9. Camels & Chocolate – do camels eat chocolate?
  10. The Travel Tart – 3 words, 4 syllables, conveys a different meaning to different people
  11. Tourist 2 Townie – when spelt out, 2 begins with a ‘t’ as well. Clever.

Now it’s your turn.

Regardless of what your blog is about, you can start by creating a list of relevant words, phrases and common sayings. After that, get creative and combine them in alliterative ways to come up with awesome names that are packed with meaning, wit and catchiness.

30 Punning Names for Food and Funny Blog Name Ideas

It takes a fair bit of creativity to come up with a witty name that puts a smile on your targeted audience’s face. If you can achieve this, and have a deeper, relevant meaning behind the name, you’re onto a winner.

One of the most effective ways to create a funny blog name is to use a pun that people can relate to. By using clever word play and innovative spelling to give a double meaning to existing phrases, you can come up with some really cool names for a blog.

To get your creative juices flowing, here are xx examples of punning food related names which should give you plenty of ideas on what works and what doesn’t.

  1. Bean Me Up
  2. Life of Pie
  3. Thai Tanic
  4. En Thai Sing
  5. Planet of the Grapes
  6. Brewed Awakening
  7. Lord of the Fries
  8. The Codfather
  9. Just Falafs
  10. Fishcotheque
  11. Guan In a Million
  12. Nin Com Soup
  13. Prawnbroker
  14. Mother Cluckers
  15. Earth, Wind & Flour
  16. Wok This Way
  17. Syriandipity
  18. Filled of Dreams
  19. Pita Pan
  20. Basic Kneads
  21. Tequila Mockingbird
  22. Mrs Sippy
  23. Thai Me Up
  24. Thairanosaurus
  25. Lard Have Mercy
  26. Loaf & Devotion
  27. Grillenium Falcon
  28. Frying Nemo
  29. Lord of the Wings
  30. Lox Stock & Bagel

Many of these may be names of restaurants and existing blogs already. Try not to copy them outright, but be inspired by them to create a name that’s originally yours.

Have fun, and if you’re not very good with words, always ask friends and family for help. To a wordsmith, name play is fun and challenging. But for everyone else, it can be quite tricky. So, don’t tear your hair out if you can’t think of anything that’s vaguely amusing, go find someone who loves word games and has a way with words.