Great names are priceless. Unfortunately, it takes a fair bit of wit and clever wordplay to come up with a truly outstanding gem.
If you’re still trying to figure out what to call your new site, check out these catchy names to get some ideas.
- Swissmiss – Rhyming words make great names, but only if they are relevant and meaningful. This one is, as the blogger is a Swiss designer and female.
- Memeorandum – Great example of a name using combined words to create an original brand. This one blends meme with memorandum perfectly.
- Bargaineering – What do you get when you fuse ‘bargain’ with ‘engineering’? An awesome name for a personal finance blog.
- Wisebread – Quirky combinations of words usually get people’s attention. In its regular meaning, bread is not normally thought to be wise, but when it refers to money, this is a cool name for a finance blog.
- Smitten Kitchen – A perfect example of a beautiful and memorable name using 2 words packed full of meaning, ryhme and have the same number of syllables.
- What Katie Ate – From What Katie Ate and What Kim Wore, to Where Allie Went and Where Jill Played, short descriptive questions can make effective personal or topical blog names when done right.
- Man vs. Debt – You’d normally think of ‘versus’ being used to refer to 2 teams or people competing together, but evidently, it’s also an ideal way to sum up any struggle, task or challenging goal, such as keeping personal debt under control.
- Saving for Serenity – Nice name that uses alliteration for a phonetic impact, and a quirky meaning for added effect. We think of saving for a new car, home or a vacation, but not normally for serenity.
- Weakonomics – Another blended name produced by combining two words. In this case it’s ‘weak’ and ‘economics’ which work well as the ‘eak’ in weak sounds similar to the ‘ec’ in economics.
- Inhabitat – This is nice and clever. There’s ‘inhabit’, ‘habitat’ and even ‘inhabitant’, but no ‘inhabitat’ until this name was cleverly created for a blog about the future of design and technology.
- Shelteriffic – A fitting name for a home improvement blog that mixes ‘shelter’ and ‘teriffic’ nicely with the last 3 letters of the first word being the same as the first 3 letters of the second word. Some word combos are naturally suited better than others.
- Bad Banana – Alliterative names work most of the time, especially if they get your attention and make you want to know more. This one certainly does that. Surely the blog’s not about a rotting nana. Is it?
- GameSetWatch – Sometimes, all it takes is a tiny tweak of a single alphabet to modify a common phrase into a cool blog name, and in this case, Game-Set-Match has simply been innovated into Game-Set-Watch.
- Economix – The use of alternate spellings as a way to modify a dictionary word into a unique brand whilst keeping the same phonetic sound and pronouciation of the word is a clever naming strategy. Rappers do this a lot.
- Freakonomics – This is what you get when you marry ‘freak’ with ‘economics’? A fresh term to rationalize quirky realities of the real world from an economist’s perspective.
- The Kitchn – Words can be transformed into unique brand names by spelling them in a quirky way and a common technique is to drop a vowel at the end of the word which may not change the way the resulting name is pronounced. Hence ‘flicker’ becomes ‘Flickr’, and ‘kitchen’ becomes ‘Kitchn’.
- Rambling Spoon – Quirky names like this are amusing. Just combine an adjective that’s not normally used to describe an object and you’ll often produce something that is attention grabbing. When was the last time you saw a spoon ramble on?
- Rafael Nadal – Rafa’s parents probably didn’t do it intentionally, but the endings of his first and last name rhyme nicely. It’s not a perfect rhyme, but there’s a nice phonetic bounce to it. As a result, his name makes for a great blog name too.
- Centsational Girl – A beautiful modification of the word ‘sensational’ (aren’t all women?) by using ‘cent’ to replace the ‘sen’, and coming up with a unique word that instantly indicates it’s a money saving or bargain hunting blog.
- Bargain Babe – No overly clever word play here where both words are used in their natural meaning, and combined eloquently to produce an effective alliterative name that’s memorable and meaningful.
- Get Rich Slowly – Something that is out of the ordinary normally stands out in the crowd. If every other blog is claiming to help readers to ‘get rich quickly’, and you call yours ‘get rich slowly’, you’re going to be different, and different is good when it comes to creating unique names.
- Moolanomy – The use of a slang or alternative word is normally effective in creating a creative name. Instead of using ‘money’ as your main keyword, you could replace it with ‘bread’ or in this case, ‘moola’, so that when you further combine it with ‘economy’ (or any other word ending in ‘nomy’), you’ll have an extremely unique name that’s packed with meaning.
- Field of Schemes – Words that ryhme don’t need to be spelt in a similar way, it’s the sound produced when they’re pronounced that’s important. This one is a perfect adaptation of ‘field of dreams’.
- Thinking Out Cloud – Simply brilliant. There may be other phrases with the word ‘cloud’ in it that could be used for a cloud computing blog, but in this case, the underlying phrase of ‘thinking out loud’ is just perfect to refer to a blog where the blogger is sharing his or her opinion with the world.
- Petite Planet – As a Parenting/Mommy blog, this name is particularly cool in a number of ways as ‘petite’ is an elegant way to describe the little ones and ‘planet’ certainly sums up the unique lens that they view the word through. But it’s the lovely mix of the two words that produces a wonderful combined effect.
If you’re about to start a new blog and just can’t think of a cool name for it, then browse through this collection of 16 creative blog names to get some inspiration.
There are lots of different ways to come up with an awesome name and you can take your pick from the naming style that’s best suited to your blog.
- Babyrazzi – Very few words end with ‘razzi’ and the first one that comes to mind is ‘paparazzi’. And what are the paparazzi associated with? Celebrities. Hence, no prizes for guessing that this is the name for a blog about celebrities and their babies. A very creative and suitable name indeed.
- College Candy – Some names just hit the spot, and you know it when you see or hear them. This is one of them. You don’t know if the blogger’s name is Candy or whether she’s sweet. It doesn’t matter. The alliteration sounds good, you know it’s probably about the non-academic side of colleges, and it makes you want to check it out. What more can a name ask for? And oh yes, it’s super memorable as well.
- Simply, Me – This blogger is either unpretentious, unsuccessful at finding a creatively catchy name, or simply unimaginative. Regardless, mixed in among names that are clever, cool and witty, this one does stand out in its own way. Makes you think – what’s so simply you? As long as you can perk an interest, you’re half way towards getting a new visitor and a potential reader.
- Fork You! – This is a great name in many ways. It’s an obvious play on ‘f*ck you!’, which inevitably gets anyone’s attention whenever it’s said. Now, keep the first and last letters and make minor modifications to the 2 letters in the middle, and ‘fork’ cleverly transforms a common phrase into a creative foodie blog name. Simple, witty and unambiguous, unless you’ve been forked before.
- Phoodie – Some of the best blog names are made by using alternative spellings of relevant words to create a totally unique brand. You basically want to vary the way a word is spelt but still have the resulting name pronounced to sound the same as the original, such as ‘foodie’ and ‘phoodie’.
- Ethicurean – Oh yes, very very nice. Without knowing what the blog is about, you would be right to guess that this is a name made by combining ‘ethical’ with ‘epicurean’. The resulting ‘ethicurean’ just fits perfectly, and it’s pleasing to learn that this is indeed a blog focused on sustainable food. Definitely one of the best blog names ever created.
- Life Begins at 30 – There’s no doubt this name works. It’s simply a tweak on the famous ‘life begins at 40’, which could be adapted to 20, 50, or any age, so it’s not overly creative, but sometimes you don’t need to be. The goal is to get a blog name that is meaningful and memorable, and if you get good marks for creativity in the process, all the better.
- Brooklyn Bride – Can there be any doubt what this blog is about? No, it’s a wedding blog. Is it easy to remember and tell your friends all about it? Yes, especially if you’re a woman living near Brooklyn. Is it short and pronounceable? Yes, only 3 syllables in total. Is it a pleasure to say and hear? Yes, the alliterative b’s work like a dream.
- Pizza Therapy – Unique and highly memorable. A good naming strategy is to combine common objects and concepts that are not normally associated with each other. It doesn’t always work, but you know when it does, as the resulting name needs to make sense in some way. Pizza and therapy certainly does.
- Shanghaiist – At first, the double i’s look strange, but it grows on you quickly when you look at it from a brand name’s perspective instead of how common words are spelt. The ‘ist’ suffix leaves no doubt the blogger is writing about Shanghai. It’s a good name, but just doesn’t roll off the tongue nicely. In fact, you need to get your lungs and chest involved to push out the ‘haiist’.
- Going Out Gurus – Meaningful, memorable and easy to pronounce. What more could you want in a blog name. It’s not one of the wittier or quirky names in the blogosphere, but it’s simple and effective. Tried and tested formula at work again – alliteration and a concept that’s unique (who’s ever heard of a going out guru before?).
- Metrocurean – Modded from ‘epicurean’, the ‘curean’ word ending can be combined with lots of root words to produce a name that suggests the blog is devoted to a particular form of sensual pleasure. In this case, Metrocurean is the blog of a food and travel writer from Washington DC.
- Chicagoist – Some people may find the ‘city name’ plus ‘ist’ suffix as a cool naming strategy for a locally focused blog name. While it certainly produces a unique sounding name that’s not a common dictionary word, it’s not particularly creative and the word-playing quality leaves a lot to be desired. That said, the sound of the end product depends a lot on the underlying town or city, so some of these names will be a lot more appealing than others.
- Wordle – A short, easy to pronounce word that contains a relevant root keyword normally makes for a good blog name. It doesn’t always work, and a lot of testing needs to be done, but when it does, you’ll have a winner that turns your blog’s name into a memorable brand. Who could possibly not like a name like ‘wordle’.
- Bakerella – Fantastic name, simply awesome. It’s sweet, it’s fun, and it sounds delicious. Even smells of cupcakes and cookies, leaving no doubt that it’s a baking fanatics blog. The ‘ella’ word ending works its charm in many ways from Spanish-Italian inspired linguistic angles, to beautiful (‘bella’) and girly (‘Cinderella’) associations. It doesn’t click with any old root word, but this is a good example of when it does.
- Seven Spoons – Chances are, it’s a foodie blog, but does it have anything to do with seven little dwarfs? Probably not. Sometimes the true meaning behind a blog’s name isn’t immediately apparent. Sometimes, it never becomes clear why it’s called what it is. But if the name sounds interesting, makes you want to know more, allows you to recall it easily, it’s probably done its job already.
- Mashable – Nice, short, memorable and only 3 syllables. But it’s also meaningful, originally inspired by the trend of ‘mashups’ on the Internet where pieces of web content are combined in interesting and useful ways. Now that practically anything in the digital space can be mashed together to produce something new, this is a fabulous name for a news source that covers a mix mash of news and resources for the connected generation.
There are plenty of naming strategies that can be used to come up with a memorable and meaningful name for your new blog.
Here are 16 examples of good names that have been created with a range of different techniques:
- Nourish Me – Sometimes simplicity trumps super creativeness, especially if you have a broad audience where a large proportion of them may be simpletons who are not good at interpreting witty word play. Use words that clearly define your niche. This is not just a food blog, it’s evidently one that focuses on nourishing meals and nutritional eats.
- Remarkablogger What do you call a remarkable blogger? Remarkablogger or course. This is an interesting combination to create something that certainly fits, but the end result is quite average as it somehow just doesn’t roll off the tongue perfectly. Maybe it’s a bit too long with 5 syllables.
- Jung at Heart – Nice, very nice, especially if it is a blog related to psychiatry, which it is, since the author is a Jungian psychotherapist. When you use a unique and topic specific word or name (such as ‘Jung’ in this case, referring to Carl Jung the famous Swiss who founded analytical psychology), it will automatically resonate with your intended audience. Others may not ‘get it’ but that doesn’t matter, as long as those who you’re trying to reach value and appreciate the sophistication in the name you created. Now combine that word (ie Jung) with a popular phrase such as ‘young at heart’, and you have a meaningful name that communicates how Jung is at the heart of (or central to) your approach.
- Shrink Rap – As a blog related to psychoanalysis, this name has multiple creative spins to it, all revolving around the core phrase ‘shrink wrap’ which of course has nothing to do with psychology or psychiatry. Everyone knows that ‘shrink’ is an informal term for a psychiatrist, while ‘rap’ refers to a music style where lyrics are spoken or ‘rapped’ rather than sung in the conventional way. Combined, these two word plays become a great name for a psychiatrist’s blog.
- Pensieve – This is a mommy blog where the author shares great tips and advice. There are a couple of potential interpretations of how the name is made up – by blending the word ‘pensive’ with ‘sieve’, or by combining the word ‘pen’ with ‘sieve’ to produce a result that sounds like ‘pensive’. Either way, it involves the blogger’s thoughts and opinions that have been sifted or distilled into coherent and useful thoughts that are ‘penned’ into the blog.
- SimpleMom – A lot of mommy bloggers are clever, smart and capable super moms who dish out awesome advice, but their readers may not completely relate to them in a down to earth way. Amidst the flurry of differing expert mom blogs out there, by choosing a classic and unpretentious name, you could connect with a lot of readers who instantly connect with you as they view you to be just like them, a simple mom.
- Lifehacker – The term hacker usually refers to a super smart computer genius who can do spectacular things at amazing speeds because they have clever know-hows on ways to ‘hack’ things. This blog focuses on offering productivity tips to make everyday tasks significantly easier to achieve. In short, it helps readers to hack their way through life. The resulting name is simple and descriptive in this sense, but hacking is not normally associating with people’s lives and that’s what makes this name slightly quirky and hence awesome.
- The Onion – An onion has many layers, each of which can be removed gradually in order to get to the core. A quirky name can be weird or amusing on the surface, but it could also be loaded with meaning if it has been creatively thought up. But sometimes, there’s no clever history behind it, and in the case of TheOnion, apparently the founders were so poor when they started the publication that they were down to eating white bread and onions.
- TreeHugger – In every industry or niche, there are specific terms or phrases that are unique, and these normally make good names for blogs as they will naturally connect with your targeted audience. When it comes to green and environmentally related topics, ‘tree huggers’ is definitely a popular way to describe people who want to save trees, save animals, and save the planet.
- Money Saving Mom – A creative name doesn’t need to be too clever. It just needs to be effective and appeal to its audience. This name is descriptively simple and full of meaning to communicate what it’s all about. The natural use of alliteration (with money and mom both starting with ‘mo’) produces a great name that’s easy to pronounce, intuitive, memorable and meaningful.
- Skool Days – For a nostalgia blog, this is an awesome name that’s extremely creative. It combines the core phrase of ‘school days’ which already involves looking back into the past, together with the word ‘skool’ from the phrase ‘old skool’ (which refers to old and out of date ways of doing things that are cool). Very nice indeed.
- Life in the Turn Lane – As a Nascar focused blog, this name simply combines the popular phrase ‘life in the fast lane’ with ‘turn lane’ which is a driving related term to produce a unique name that’s easy to remember.
- Black Flamingo – Although it has been used as a name for lots of brands and products, ‘black flamingo’ is still effective as a blog’s name. Similar to black sheeps, swans and any animal where black is not their common colour but a one-off anomaly, the use of such a name automatically indicates that the underlying product is unique, different and special. When you think of flamingoes, you imagine orangey pink birds, so when one visualizes a black one, it definitely stands out from the crowd.
- Hippy Shopper – There’s nothing exceptionally creative or clever about this name. It’s just short, simple and goes straight to the point. Maybe it’s the double p’s that gives it a pleasing look when spelt out.
- Pearsonified – This is one of the best personal blog names ever created. It’s rich with meaning, creativity and relevance. Chris Pearson (the author) has beautifully blended his name with the word ‘personified’ to produce a unique brand. In addition, the suffix ‘ified’ also refers to the process of ‘becoming’ or ‘to become’ something, hence any words, concepts or thoughts shared in this blog has effectively become ‘pearson-ed’. Absolutely brilliant.