How To Come Up With A Band Name Fans Will Dig In 6 Steps
So you've just formed a band, and are looking to come up with a new band name.
Well look no further!
Within this article I will walk you step by step to getting a good band name for your group.
All I ask is that you read down to the bottom to make sure the process runs as smoothly as possible, and if you find it useful you share this article with other bands.
So, let's get into it.
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Use A Band Name Generator – The Easiest Way To Pick A Band Name
Ok, so I'm going to start with the easiest option available to you: Create your band name using a random band name generator.
A band name generator is a free tool which can be used by anyone to create a name for their band.
How they work is simple.
You simply load up the page the tool is on (it loads as fast as any other internet page), then click on the ‘Generate Band Name' button.
You will then be given a random band name which you can see if you like or not.
If you like the suggested name, you can add it to your list of potential names you could use.
If not, simply click the Generate Band Name button again and a new random name will appear.
A quick word of warning; As the words are created at random, you will get a lot of unique names that haven't been used anywhere else before.
That said, the tool may occasionally create a name that already exists.
It's because of this that you should do your own research once you've found a name that you like, and make sure no one else is already using it.
If they are, click to generate a new name.
This is no reason not to use a band name generator however, as even when you think of a new name by yourself, you could still accidentally pick a name that is already in use by someone else.
No matter how you go about picking your band name, you should always do your research on it before you finalize your choice.
If you decide against using a band name generator to pick your good or funny band name, there are a few other options.
Use Words Personal To You
One great way to make sure you pick a band name you will be happy with, is to incorporate words that have some kind of meaning to you already.
This could be in terms of a road you live on, the name of a childhood sweet heart, or even your favorite type of chocolate bar.
Using those examples, you could use the area ‘Brixton' to create the band name ‘Brixton Bears', your childhood sweetheart ‘Amy' to create ‘Amy And The Bricks', or your favorite chocolate bar ‘Twix' to create ‘Twix Tales'.
You can do this with any word that has any meaning to you.
If you're not picking the name by yourself, you can also use words that are relevant to all of you.
For example, if you met on the website ‘Gumtree', you could call yourself ‘Gums For A Tree'.
Brain Storm Random Words & Use One Or More For The Basis Of Your Band Name
One final way to come up with a band name is to brainstorm random words. They could be words you just think sound cool, or they could be words based on whatever comes to your mind at the time. It doesn't matter how silly or boring you think they are, just get them down.
You can either brain storm words together (E.G. ‘Fuzzy Boo') or you can do them as singular words; just whatever comes to your head at the time. The important thing though, is that you write all these randoms names and words down.
When you got a page or so of words and ideas, the next step is to look over this page. You may find that most of the names aren't suitable, but you may also find that some are actually quite good. From here you can either pick a band name, or if none are suitable, get to work on modifying some of the ideas with potential.
So say for example one of your ideas was ‘Metal Hog'. You like the ‘Metal' part and that the next words begins with a ‘H', but you don't like the word ‘Hog'. From here you can think of a replacement word that you would find more suitable. List down a load of words that begin with H that sound good after Metal, and after pick the best one.
By the end you should have one or two main ideas you want to use. If not though, rinse and repeat with any other ideas with potential.
Once you've done this and have a name you like, there are still a few things you need to do before you confirm and decide on that name.
Checking No One Else Has Chosen That Band Name Already
The first thing you need to do when you have a name or two you like and could see yourself using, is to check if there any other bands with the same name out there (if you're a metal band you'll want to see if your name's been taken). Having the same name as another band is not really acceptable, as you want to make sure people can easily know it's you when your name gets mentioned. You also want to set yourself apart from the rest by having a cool and unique name….
With that said, you need to do a Google search to see if anyone else has that name already. So load up Google in your country, and type the band's name to see if anyone else comes up. It doesn't matter if there's a small business or something with the same name, as long as there isn't another music related band or person with that name.
Next, type your name with the word ‘band' after it. If still no results, do the same again with the word ‘music' after. Finally, do the same with the word ‘songs'. If after this you still don't see any music related results with your band name, there's a good chance no one else has got it. From here, you can move onto the next step.
Sleep On Your Best Name Ideas
So, you've got a great band name or two, and you're ready to go out there and tell the world. But wait; before you do that, you really should sleep on the idea of the name.
It's easy to hear a name one day then get carried away and pick it straight away, only to realize a couple of days later you're not too keen on it. This is fine if you haven't told anyone outside the band or done anything with the name, but if you've bought your website address and put it on flyers, then changing your name at that stage is going to be more then a small inconvenience.
So make sure you sleep on the idea of your chosen band name for a night or two, and see how you feel a couple of days later.
Pick Your Final Band Name One
If you've slept on the idea of your band name and you're all happy with it a couple of days later, that's your band name! If you've got more then one you like, decide which one you prefer and go with that.
Finding it hard to decide which one to choose? Ask the opinions of others, and ask them what their first thought was when they heard it. See which one gets the best answers, and go with that one.
Worse comes to worse, if you still cant pick your name at this final stage, pick it out of a hat. If you're not happy to go with the one you chose out of a hat, you know it's not really the name for you and you should go with the other one.
How To Make A Band Name Conclusion
And there you have it, the best ways to come up with a band name. Use these methods as mentioned, and you will come up with a good name every time. You can also use a band name generator if you want an easy way around this, but if not, the other methods should help you think of a great name your can use.
So, what names have you come up with after reading this? Let us know in the comments section below. If you found this article useful, please share it using the social buttons below. 🙂
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