20+ Tools to Name Your Domain

20 Plus Tools to Name Your Domain NamePicking a domain name for your new business, product or service is often the most challenging part of launching an enterprise. After all, you want a website that is easy to remember, does not have too long a name and will stand out among the crowd of websites on similar topics. The process of picking a name is complicated by the fact that so many domain names have already been taken.

If you want to hand register a domain name (i.e. not buy a domain name from a marketplace), this list of useful tools and websites.


Ajax Whois: This website allows you to type a domain name and see its availability instantly.

Blungr: To use this simple domain name generator, type one or two keywords, choose settings and get the results, including domain name availability.

Bust a Name: After you enter relevant keywords, this tool will try every combination and tell you which domain names are available.

DomainHole.com: This site’s tools include expired domain search, a name spinner, instant availability check and a name generator. Interviewed by DomainSherpa: “How to Find The Perfect Domain Name for Your Business – with Brad Pineau“.

Domai.nr: This tool finds domain names and short URLs. You can instantly check availability and register for all top-level domains. An iPhone app is also available.

Domains Bot: This website provides a name spinner, allowing you to find domain names similar the one you enter. It also allows you to buy available and suggested domain names at third-party aftermarkets.

DomainFinder: This web application will help you find domain name hacks from a suggested word.

DomainMasher.com: A domain name/business name idea generation tool that combines a thesaurus and a domain availability checker into an interesting and usable interface design.

DomainNameSoup.com: This website helps with selecting a domain name through its searchable database and name generator.

Domain Puzzler: Four modes for name spinning. Try the “magic” tab for sparkly goodness.

Domain Tools: This tool uses its “name-spinning” semantic domain name technology to suggest up to 100 domain names.

DomainTyper: This tool allows you to type in a domain name and find alternative suggestions and domain name hacks. It also has an iPhone app (http://domaintyper.com/iPhone).

Domize: As soon as you start typing a domain name, a domain name search engine begins looking up its availability. Domize provides a secure search environment, and suggests other, available names similar to your initial request.

Dot-o-mator: Enter a word (or words), choose some endings (or enter your own), then click to combine them. If you see a name you like, you can check its availability or save it to your scratchboard. Also provides a Web 2.0 name generator.

Impossibility!: You provide a keyword and this tool combines it with a selected list of nouns, verbs and adjectives. It then presents the resulting list of unregistered .com domain names.

Instant Domain Search: Ajaxy-search checks availability for .com, .net, .org, .biz, .mobi and .co.

JabberWordy: This website provides a nonsensical domain name generator and availability checker.

Lean Domain Search: Free, simple, user-friendly way to find great available domain names; pay option exists with more suggestions. Discussed in Developing Software As a Service for Recurring Monthly Income – With Matt Mazur interview.

Nameboy: This website will generate domain names based on the primary or secondary keywords you enter, and gives you the option to allow hyphens and/or rhyming.

NameMesh: Uses synonyms, antonyms, related words and intelligence to help you find and identify unique domain names. It also has options for SEO, branding, phonetic and much more. Definitely worth a try.

NameStall: Generates thousands of keyword rich names for your websites or businesses using your preferred word groups, prefixes or suffixes and you can select your word group, prefix or suffix from more than 180 word groups. Automatically recommends and suggests thousands of amazing and magnificent two words, three words as well as brand able names in five different domain name categories or types.

NameStation: This website includes domain name search tools, a random domain name generator, social naming contests and niche keyword research.

NameThingy: This website helps you create and generate random blog, website and domain names through its keyword generator.

NameTumbler: Enter a keyword and the system combines with adjectives, keywords, verbs and about 20 other options, either as a prefix or suffix, to create a long list of domains that you can then paste into a bulk domain name checker.

NameVine: Scans .com and .us, as well as major social media handles. Then it suggests alternative domain names that are available.

NXdom: This website provides an interactive search engine for available short domain names. You can search by prefix and suffix, and sort the results by length, readability and popularity.

Panabee: Simple way to search for domain names, app names and company names.

Randomainer: This website provides a domain name research tool that creates phonetic word variations and checks available domain names.

Snapitnow: This website allows you to type in some keywords, select some options (e.g., flip-flop keywords, .com only, etc.) and generate domain name options.

Stuck Domains: This website allows searching of domain names that have recently expired or dropped, with search options like “.com,” “6-letter” and “exclude hyphen.”

SuggestName: This website provides a domain name generator with optional predefined categories, and availability checker.

Wordoid: A webapp that helps you invent a made-up name that looks nice, contains a word provided by you (optional) and sounds natural in English, Spanish, French, Italian or German.

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19 Responses to “20+ Tools to Name Your Domain”

  1. Sandra says:

    Trev, check out domainnmebrain.com. I have had good luck using it. It does a bit of everything. It does instant search, generates domains, and uses word lists.

  2. Dmitry says:

    w3Blender just a launched our new web app, http://www.domainNameBlender.com/ ! domainNameBlender helps you find new domain names that fit your sites by taking keywords and giving you synonyms to choose from. You use the synonyms to build a new domain that describes your site and then check if it’s available. If it is, you can purchase it right through hostingBlender.com, save it for later, or send it to a friend with the built-in share function. It’s not just a great tool for finding domain names, either; it works just as well for naming your new business, game, or script!

  3. Pablo says:

    Take a look at http://www.domainpuzzler.com . This is a very good domain name generator / wizard that can help lots of people to find their domain names to their sites. It’s one of the best out there!

    Have a nice day!

    Pablo

  4. Rohith VR says:

    It’s actually amazing how much relevancy value Google attributes to a website’s domain name. It’s extremely difficult competing again exact match domain names even if you have a diverse backlink profile. Thanks for the post though, I’ve been looking for a tool like Domize for a long time.

  5. Another one is http://www.tinychecker.com, beta but it looks promising and I do my best to make it highly user friendly.

  6. dumBunny says:

    @BullS Guess I’m a little bit tired having spent the last 15 min on Google trying to find your domain search tool “Common Sense”. :( Who could possibly need more than what’s listed above?? Yeah, a little sleep is desperately needed. Thank you Trev! zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

  7. Hi Trav,

    This is a great list–Domai.nr and Domains Bot are personal favorites. I’d also like to suggest my company’s name search engine: http://www.namecheck.com. We designed it for people who want a name across the spectrum, so it searches for a name across gTLDs, popular ccTLDs, plus it searches for matching usernames in the top social networks, and even trademarks.

  8. BullS says:

    @William-

    Do not register at Network Sol, because it is expensive. You can do it at Godaddy and many times they have a promo code for 99cent reregistration. I have many domains registered at 99cent and resold them for so much money-20000% profit

    BTW, I have MBA too and if you want to know what it stands for, just visit “BullS’

  9. Holy COW! My head is spinning. Thanks for all the leads. Question. Are many domainers creating their own domains to sell or are they mostly buying from others and getting drops? Also, I usually go to Network Solutions because I can research 10 domains at a time. Do any of these allow us to put in more than one or two at a time to research?

  10. BullS says:

    There are a couple that you are missing out:

    It is called Common Sense – it is god’s gift, but unfortunately most of you do not use it – it is free.

    And I have the Domain Crystal ball—

    Last week I reg domains:
    JoblessFuture.com, americanDowngrade. and americandowngraded.com – all have hits already and potential buyers.

    • Tom says:

      Thank you Trev for a well researched and written piece. My head starts to hurt when I read great posts like this. One one hand I’m driven by curiosity and due diligence to investigate potential additions to my quiver of arrows, and yet on the other hand I loathe just the thought of figuring out the idiosyncrasies of yet another domaining tool. :-)

  11. Peter says:

    Wow awesome list!

  12. Great list Trev!

    Cheers,

    iD

  13. Andrew Tenney says:

    Wow. That’s a lot of ways to “skin a cat,” as they say. :)

    I find it interesting how so many people have developed so many different ways to accomplish the same task. People should try as many as they can when naming their domain.

    Nice list.

    • Trev Alex says:

      @Andrew: Actually, your iPhone apps article (http://www.domainsherpa.com/domainer-iphone-apps/) was the inspiration! :)

      I find it interesting not only from a functionality standpoint, but from a design standpoint. Some of the tools aren’t as intuitive to use without instructions, while others are so simply my 4 year old daughter could get it working. It’s a great list for those offering services to look at and learn from.

      Thanks for the comment.

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