How to Find Good Screen Name Ideas?

A screen name (screenname or s/n) is a name that uniquely identifies a user within an online system, instant messaging software, platform roleplay games and other Internet-based environments.

The term started out as screen name (two words), but in recent years, the usage of the single-word form screenname has been  increasing. The abbreviation “sn” can also mean an online screen name.

Screen names are often pseudonyms or first names, many times complemented by extra numbers, letters, or other characters to disambiguate them from users with similar screen names on the same system; this practice is increasingly common as the popularity of online environments grows.

How much a screen name means in reference to its owner usually depends on number of accounts, and length of use. When a person uses the same identity for multiple services, then it probably means something to them personally, such as a nickname or a running joke. People who are not able to obtain their desired screen name on a popular service make minor typographical changes to the name by adding numbers or changing spelling, resulting in a multitude of usernames like ‘Dela54r4h5’ and ‘will0wRick’.

Substituting numbers for certain letters is called Lookalike or l00k4lik3, because the numeric characters visually resemble the alphabetic ones and the name is still readable.

If you have completely ran out of screen name ideas, there are several websites that help you generate new name ideas randomly. Some examples from an online SpinXO Screen Name Generator are the following:

4l3xTab, CaesDressy, FelBeach, InfernoEamon, MorlyDemon, R0d30Lang, SephTin, VividN0bl3, 5illyPat, CandyParke, FeliAlone, IvennGoofy, MortNyc, RacingYul3, SergeSteen, VkDamia, AbrAnnon, CheeBour, FielToxic, JandDonald, MuchDua, RamonXmc, SincGr4nt, WaldMyh3r0, AlfyBoz, ChikSkyl, FitzW4v3, JeffeIam, N3dyTao, RamoX0x0x, SlashKende,  AmirSchool, ClauLovely, ForeverFarre, JeremMo, NascarTha, RecipeHold, SlipkKais, WinnCutie

If you wish to get more personalized results, just enter some words into the three textboxes – for example your name, your favorite pet, your hobby.

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267 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by DSME on January 13, 2012 at 2:47 pm

    I am experimenting with a 3 elements rule. With 3 of the 5 W’s. The three are: Who What and possibly Why or Where. For example: If you name is David that would be your “who” and if you have a specific focus for example: politics, arts, vlog, or sports that would be your “what”. Then you can add what ever your “why” or “where” is. For example: or Davidvlogsamerica or Davidvlogsus for short. You can even add in your “when” aspect. such as Davidchatnow or Davidvlogshistory. You can abbreviate to make it shorter and if your favorite screen name is already taken try doing these 3 things to help: 1. Look up alternate versions of words in a Thesaurus. 2. Look up the history of words that are already used to perhaps find old/different ways of spelling it or different versions of the word. and 3. Simply get creative with the spelling of words, for example replace letters with numbers such as and “E” can be a “3” or try switching letters such as a “Y” can be replaced by an “I”. You get the picture. So there are 3 main elements to this rule and 3 sub elements to helping with finding alternatives to each word.


  2. Posted by natasha on January 5, 2012 at 8:42 pm

    Hi i am natasha i like do math i love math….lol+


  3. Posted by natasha on January 5, 2012 at 8:38 pm



  4. Posted by Mary Joy Camulo on November 21, 2011 at 10:44 am

    How about my name Mary Joy?


  5. Posted by Anonymous on October 16, 2011 at 9:10 pm

    My name is Cat (Catherine), but i would really want a name only with cat, not catherine, but i dunno
    !!!!!!!!!! Help!!!!!!!!!!!!! Please!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Help!!!!!!!!!!!!


  6. Posted by Anonymous on September 24, 2011 at 12:34 pm

    wat abt desmond miles|? my bf kpt it nd i love it..


  7. i need a fresh oovoo name i like kush everybody thinks im hillarious an im fresh a.f


  8. […] How to Find Good Screen Name Ideas? « Name IdeasA screen name (screenname or s/n) is a name that uniquely identifies a user within an online system, instant messaging software, platform roleplay games and other Internet-based environments. … The term started out as screen name (two words), … Screen names are often pseudonyms or first names, many times complemented by… […]


  9. Posted by tiffany on March 29, 2011 at 9:26 pm

    my names tiffany n i want to have a cool displayname, i like R&B MUSIC N I have no idea.?. :/


  10. my name is elisabeth, i am 45, im a mom of a boy and a girl and i am french from the islands. i want an appropriate but cool name that reflects my origins. please help


  11. I need a very good s|n plz would somebody help me!!!!!!!


  12. Posted by Catie on November 6, 2010 at 4:26 pm

    I dont kno a good screen name i want 1 bout my boyfriend whos nameis david but we all call himdj we started dating on 10-1-10 HELP!!

    Thank Yew!!:)


  13. Posted by Dover, Alexandra on September 10, 2010 at 7:39 pm

    hi my name is Ali Dover.and my friends call me Dover.. so my screen name is dovertherainbow


  14. Posted by Eyenstein on August 31, 2010 at 9:22 am

    Casey Davis? Nooooo way!


  15. Posted by allie G on August 18, 2010 at 7:45 pm

    to casey who also posted a comment here,
    why dont you try catchmecasey for a screen name, good way to start a convo with guys :)


  16. Posted by Anonymous on July 19, 2010 at 6:21 pm



  17. Posted by Sadie on July 4, 2010 at 7:22 pm

    If you’re a girl… Mine is lovesadieforevr


  18. Posted by MEaghan on May 25, 2010 at 12:29 pm

    hi Peeps whazzzzzzzzzzz up i was just posting a comment caudse i can not find a screen namee thiese days!!!


  19. Posted by solly on May 23, 2010 at 2:39 am

    please help screname 11 year old boy likes sports yankees arod


    • Posted by Kayla on July 11, 2010 at 1:39 am

      i think u should try something for short….…….see it envolves she like singing and acting so i think u should do… ( arodyanks (do his team #) @ ( whatever ur thing is…:)


    • you can try ..

      haha. cause this is one of the lyrics that jay-z saaang. and like i <3 it. sooo if you liek it you can use it , but if not its okay.


  20. Posted by Casey on May 10, 2010 at 8:44 pm

    Hi,my name is Casey,case,whiskers,cupcake,ect.
    I’m lookin for an original account name for Chatango…or just a really cute name..I can’t think of ANYTHING…and it’s driving me nuts. =.= ”’
    could you pleaseeee help me D:>
    I’d appricate it,if ya did.
    Thanks a bunch! :]


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