If you’re lost for ideas on what to use for your Twitter handle, one of the best ways to get inspiration is to check out what the most popular users have chosen as their usernames.
When you take a look at the names and usernames of these 166 famous brands and celebrities, you’ll see how it’s best to keep things simple and just use your first and last name, or the name that you’re commonly known by.
Famous People and Brand Names on Twitter
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How Many are the Same?
Out of 166 accounts, there are 88 where the user’s name and username are exactly the same (such as Tom Hanks @tomhanks). That comes to 53%.
Since these multi-million dollar brands and celebrities probably know a lot more about brand naming than you, it’s fair to say that if you’re in any doubt about what to pick for your Twitter username, just go with your name.
Anyone who is wondering what they should use as their Instagram username should get their answer by looking at the 167 usernames of the top brands and celebrities listed below.
The answer – just use the name you’re known as or known for. There’s no need to get creative with strange spellings, random numbers or any other way to try and make your username cooler than it needs to be.
Keep it short, keep it meaningful, and keep it simple. That’s all there is to it.
167 Famous People and Brands on Instagram
@bmdc27 (Matt Kemp)
@howulivinjpiven (Jeremy Piven)
@trey5 (Kevin Durant)
@zefron (Zac Efron)
Instagram Names for Businesses
If you’re choosing a name for a business or product, it’s quite obvious, just go with your brand name. Here are some points to note:
- @lakers – Keep it simple. No ‘the’ or anything else if you can
- @nylonmag – Add a relevant descriptive word for clarity or if your main brand name is unavailable
- @nyrangers – You don’t have to spell out obvious words and names in full
- @donnakarandkny – Make sure the people who you’re trying to reach can recognise your username
- @dallasmavs – Keep it as short as possible and use an abbreviation if it makes sense
Personal Instagram Usernames for Individuals
Unless you’ve got an extremely unique name, chances are, your first and last name combination (ie @aliciakeys) won’t be available any more.
Here are 6 alternatives used by the celebs listed above:
- @clint_dempsey – add an underscore (_) between your names
- @ashleyrparker – add the initial for your middle name in between your first and last names
- @jeremymcgrath2 – add a number at the end of your name
- @thekatvond – add a ‘the’ in front of your name
- @zefron – use the initial for your first name and combine it with your surname
- @kevinhart4real – append something else that’s not too cheesy to the end of your name
To learn the art of naming, we can see what successful people and brands call themselves or observe the mistakes made my people who ended up with crappy usernames, but nothing illustrates it better than lining them up side by side.
And that’s what we’ve done for you. In the left hand column, there are usernames of 200 random YouTube users, and in the right column, there are usernames of 200 popular YouTubers.
Usernames of Popular vs Ordinary YouTube Users
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While there are bound to be some exceptions, it is clearly evident that the people with a successful YouTube presence tend to have names that are:
- More Meaningful
- Easier to Spell
- More Memorable
With this in mind, try to come up with a cleverly crafted name that’s inspired by what your brand represents and what you want it to be known for.
When it comes to naming, knowing what *not* to do is just as important as being witty with words. And the easiest way to get an average to really cool username is to avoid the mistake of picking a terrible one that you’re going to regret.
Coming up with a fairly decent name is not difficult if you know some naming fundamentals, but unfortunately, too many people don’t even bother to learn the basics of what it takes to create a name properly.
Listed below is a random sample of 273 usernames from ordinary users such as yourself. As you can see, it generally looks like a real mess. There are definitely a handful of well-named examples but on the whole it’s hard to understand and pronounce most of them.
Take your time to go through them and identify any naming styles you like. At the same time, make a mental note of all the gimmicks and creative fails you should avoid at all costs when selecting your name.
Usernames of 273 Ordinary YouTubers
The majority of internet users tend to end up with really awful usernames for themselves. It’s such a pity since it is so easily avoidable.
Some people just follow what their friends do or copy the latest fad. Others simply go with the first thing their ill-informed mind comes up with.
But most of all, the bad names are normally a product of someone trying too hard to be creative and using words, symbols and techniques that just don’t make a lot of sense.
As we’ve already noted, most of the top YouTube users have usernames that are identical to their brand names. But this doesn’t really help if you’re not sure what you should call yourself or your online identity in the first place.
In this follow up article, we pick 37 interesting names from that list and take a look at the different ways that a uniquely catchy name can be created.
Although these are actual YouTube usernames, the naming strategies can be applied to create a name for Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr or any other username you need.
Note: Just for reference, the user’s name has been included in brackets () so that you can compare it with the actual (bolded) username.
How to Come Up with an Awesome Username
- emilynoel83 (emilynoel83) – Adding your year of birth to the end of your name is a popular way to create a unique name for yourself. You can use your name in full, or any combination of your first, last or middle name, as well as only initials if you prefer.
- itnnews (ITN) – An obvious way to name your YouTube presence is to add a relevant descriptive keyword to your brand’s name (ie ‘news’) if the exact match for your brand name’s username is taken already, or if the brand name is not intuitive enough on its own.
- DNewsChannel (DNews) – Another ideal way to make a YouTube name is to add the word ‘channel’ to your main brand. It instantly creates a meaningful username or the name for your channel.
- ShaneDawsonTV (Shane Dawson TV) – Appending ‘TV’ to your personal name or brand is the simplest way to create a YouTube name. It’s short, memorable and as relevant as you can get.
- passengermusic (Passenger) – Brands that use dictionary words as their names can append a descriptive word to their usernames (ie ‘music’) to make it easier for people to understand what they offer.
- CenturyMedia (Century Media Records) – Brands with long names can consider dropping a word or two to form shorter usernames that are more memorable and not such a mouthful to say out loud.
- D0MICS (Domics) – Exchanging O’s for zeroes, 3’s for e’s, 1’s for L’s or I’s is a common way to try and get a short or perfect looking username. It’s a pain to explain how to spell it verbally, but if you expect most of your audience to come from clicking a link, it should be no problem.
- officialtiesto (Tiesto) – For celebrities and famous people who have plenty of potential impersonators or confusingly similar usernames to contend with, prepending a word like ‘official’ before your name is a good way to tell people it’s officially you.
- ScottHermanFitness (Scott Herman Fitness) – For topically focused content, just add the most relevant keyword to the end of your name and you’ll instantly have a username that’s relevant and meaningful.
- DigitalRevCom (DigitalRev TV) – For web-based businesses, adding a ‘com’ to the end of your brand name is a nifty way to indirectly communicate your website url, assuming you have a .com domain name of course. Another option is to append ‘dotcom’.
- RTAmerica (RT America) – If your content has a specific geographic focus, use that to make your username unique and meaningful to your audience.
- COOP3RDRUMM3R (COOP3RDRUMM3R ) – If you’re going to be get creative with the spelling of your username, make sure your underlying brand name is spelled the same way. This follows the rule that whenever possible, your username should be the same as your name.
- JoyofBaking1 (Joy of Baking) – If you’ve got a common name or a brand that uses a popular phrase, chances are, the matching username is not available. Just put a ‘1’ at the back of it to get the next best thing.
- SpinninRec (Spinnin’ Records) – In an online world where there are character limits for messages, shorter is always better and this applies to usernames too. Try to balance the trade off between a short name and a meaningful one.
- TheEllenShow (The Ellen Show) – Just like TV, the word ‘show’ is a natural fit when it comes to suffixes for a YouTube username or channel. Append it to your name, add the definite article ‘the’ in front of it and stake your claim to be the only one of its kind.
- CaptainSparklez (CaptainSparklez) – Replacing s’s with a z is a common way to turn a regular word into a brandable name. This normally works best when the s is at the end of a word and preceded by a vowel.
- Jaclynhill1 (Jaclyn Hill) – Revealing your year of birth or any other specific information about your birthday may not be the best idea for privacy reasons or if you’d rather keep your age to yourself. In which case, add any number to the back of your name to make up a username.
- UltraRecords (Ultra Music) – The username for your brand is taken and you don’t want to modify it by adding a number? Consider replacing the descriptive element of your name with another word.
- bakerXderek (bakerXderek) – Use a big X to separate your names or a 2-worded brand name. It may seem strange, but it’s visually memorable and passes the radio test.
- WWEFanNation (WWE) – When choosing the right words to combine with your brand name, always have your target audience in mind to create something that will resonate with them deeply.
- EricTheCarGuy (EricTheCarGuy) – You can be a car guy or a makeup girl, just append your expertise to your first name to create a username that’s unique, descriptive and pretty cool.
- yogayak (YogaYak) – Alliterative, short and only 3 syllables – all the makings of a great brand name, especially since ‘yak’ has multiple word playing dimensions to it.
- MrSuicideSheep (MrSuicideSheep) – Can a name get any quirkier? Have you come across any suicidal sheep? Powerful names always make you want to know more about them.
- simonscat (Simon’s Cat) – Descriptive names can be too boring but sometimes, if you keep it quirkily simple, it can be memorable and have it’s own appeal.
- movieclips (Movieclips) – Descriptive phrases used in their literal sense are special, albeit boring and unimaginative. But they are unique in their own way though.
- TipsyBartender (TipsyBartender) – Good names normally have words that are relevant to each other. This one works because bartenders are not normally the ones that are tipsy so it gets us to take notice instantly.
- GameGrumps (GameGrumps) – If you can find a 2 syllable name that is made up of 2 highly relevant words that both start with the same letter, you’re on to a winner.
- CuteGirlsHairstyles (Cute Girls Hairstyles) – If you’re focused on a unique niche and can’t think of a cool name, then just keep it super simple and say it as it is in your name.
- MondoMedia (MondoMedia) – It just can’t be overemphasized enough how alliteration and syllable matching almost guarantees the making of a fabulous name.
- RoosterTeeth (Rooster Teeth) – It’s probably fair to say that everyone who comes across this understands what it refers to but has never ever given the subject matter any thought. Do rooster’s have teeth?
- passion4profession (passion4profession) – Rhyming words that make sense when combined together give any name a natural advantage if you can come up with a good one.
- laurenbeautyy (Lauren Curtis) – That double y instantly transforms an ill-fitting and awkward 2 word combo into a visually unique name. Misspellings can work well, but only if the underlying words are composed well. This one isn’t.
- BeFit (BeFiT) – The perfect example of as fine a name as you can get. Short, intuitive, memorable and full of meaning. Namers all strive for this but end up having to compromise.
- fastingtwins (FastingTwins) – There are some things that automatically pique people’s interest and twins are one of them, but only if they’re identical. This one makes you wonder whether one would lose more weight when fasting.
- FueledByRamen (Fueled By Ramen) – Weird names that don’t pretentiously try too hard and are simple enough to understand will often stand out from the crowd.
- AndroidAuthority (Android Authority) – What better way to establish yourself as an authority on something than to use the most relevant word you can. This works for plenty of other areas too.
- SuperSimpleSongs (Super Simple Songs) – Wow, 3 meaningful words all starting with the same letter, where the first 2 even have the same number of syllables to make the pronunciation even more rhythmical. Perfect.
So, what can we conclude?
- There are many ways to create a great name
- Alliteration is a popular and effective naming technique
- Quirkiness makes people stop to take notice of a name
- When in doubt, keep it nice and simple
- Make your name highly relevant to what your brand offers
If you want more examples of how top YouTube users named their accounts, you can view the entire list of 387 names in the original article.
Are you in the process of signing up for a Pinterest account and are stuck trying to decide on the perfect username? Or perhaps you’ve already registered but are thinking of changing your username?
If you’re in need of some inspiration, you should probably get lots of ideas from the collection of top Pinterest users listed below.
To help make things clearer, we’ve listed the username (in brackets) together with the user’s personal name or the business/brand so that you can see how they compare.
Names & Usernames of Popular Pinterest Users
- Abby Barnett (flairdesignerybranding)
- Airamzul Alfano (aqbixlerpackaging)
- Ashley Richfield (ashleyrichfieldword)
- Bauble Bar: (baublebar)
- Behance (behance)
- Ben Silbermann (ben)
- Bergdorf Goodman (bergdorfs)
- Bev Missing (rainqueenpackaging)
- Birchbox (birchbox)
- Blair Thompson (BlairThomsonbooks-worth-reading)
- Brandon Lesley (oomingmak22)
- Brit Morin: (brit)
- Buzzfeed (buzzfeed)
- Cabot Cheese (sourcecabotcheese.coop)
- Carol Han (carolhan)
- Carolina Beiertz (carolinabeiertzgraphic-design)
- Caroline Waxler (cwaxler)
- Chad Syme (chadsymeprint-design)
- Charlene Koh (jakeberriesbranding-identities)
- Chobani (chobani)
- Christopher King (wingsart)
- Club Monaco (clubmonaco)
- Crosby Noricks (crosbynoricks)
- Daniel Abrahams (danabrahams)
- David Brainer-Banker (typographytypefaces)
- Design Milk (designmilk)
- Design Quixotic (helloquixotictypography)
- Eat. Sleep. Wear (eatsleepwear)
- Edition01 (edition01)
- Emma Farley (emslfmagazine-covers)
- Erin Loechner (erinloechner)
- Etsy (etsy)
- Eva Morell (evamorell)
- Fiorela Larrea (fiorelalapackaging-branding)
- Gábor Magasvári (magilogo-visual-identity-branding)
- Gap (gap)
- Glitter Guide (glitterguide)
- Graham Smith (imjustcreativelogo-brand-identity)
- Guillaume Galante (pwacticepackaging)
- Hazim Al Radadi (hazimalradadiidentity-print-design)
- HGTV (hgtv)
- HonestlyWTF (honestlywtf)
- Hrvoje Grubisic (ihrvoje)
- Hunterdon Art Museum (hunterdonartmus)
- Ideas To Steal (ideastosteal)
- Igor Ovsyannykov (inspirationfeedlogo-designs)
- Jennifer Chong (jchongdesigntype-and-lettering)
- Jessica Quirk (whatiwore)
- Jessie Tyree (jessietyreeprint)
- Jim McCauley (jimmccauley4ds)
- Joe Stone (somapixbranding)
- Joel Ng (jocundistampersand)
- John Januzzi (jannuzzi)
- Josephine Reijman (adonnadesigng-r-a-p-h-i-c-d-e-s-i-g-n)
- Joy Cho / Oh Joy! (ohjoy)
- Kate @ Wit + Delight (katea)
- Katie Evans (katieae)
- Kayla Meyer (kaylameyer1flyers-posters)
- Kendi Everyday (kendilea)
- Kingsley Harris (kingsleypackaging)
- Land’s End Canvas (landsendcanvas)
- Laura Bolter (laurabolterwords-of-wisdom-and-nice-type)
- Lauren Indvik (laurenindvik)
- Leah Dent (leah_dent)
- Life (lifephoto)
- Lilly Pulitizer (lillypulitzer)
- Lisa Fargo (fargojoelots-o-logos)
- Lisa Welding (lisa_welding)
- Lonny Magazine (lonnymag)
- Lucky Magazine (luckymagazine)
- Maia McDonald (maia_mcdonald)
- Manuel T. (blocklettershipsters-logos)
- Marketing for Breakfast (mktforbreakfastcreative-packaging-designs)
- Matchbook Magazine (matchbookmag)
- Michael Kors (michaelkors)
- Mike Jones (jerrythepunkratlogolicious)
- Newsweek (newsweek)
- Nick Karn (kptillustration)
- Niki Blaker (nikiblakertypography)
- Nina Garcia (ninagarcia)
- Nordstrom (nordstrom)
- NotCot (notcot)
- Ophelia Quixote (opheliaquixotedesign-and-packaging)
- Oscar PR Girl (oscarprgirl)
- P.S. I Made This (psimadethis)
- Paperfashion (paperfashion)
- Paula Cevasco (paula_cevasco)
- Pennyweight (pennyweight)
- Pinterest (pinterest)
- Real Simple (realsimple)
- Rebecca Williams (rebeccaaliseprint-posters)
- Rua Arnold (ruaarnolddesign-print)
- Ruche (shopruche)
- Rue Magazine (ruemag)
- Ryan Junee (rjunee)
- San Francisco MoMA (sfmoma)
- Sarah Kunst (sarahkunst)
- Seamless Creative (designworklife)
- Sean Booth (seanboothygraphic-design)
- Severien Van Dam (severiengraphic-design)
- SF Girl By Bay (sfgirlbybay)
- Sneh Roy (cookrepublictypography)
- Steve Nealy (stevenealydesign-identity)
- Stripes and Sequins (stripesnsequins)
- Style At Home (styleathome)
- Style Me Pretty (stylemepretty)
- Stylelist Home (StylelistHome)
- Taylor Sterling (sterlingstyle)
- The New York Botanical Garden (nybg)
- Thiago Hapner (hapnerprint-design)
- Time Magazine (time_magazine)
- Travel Channel (travelchannel)
- Warby Parker (warbyparker)
- West Elm (westelm)
- Whole Foods (wholefoods)
What a mixed bag!
Similar to usernaming for Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and any other social network, the ideal approach is to keep things simple by using your name or brand name on it’s own (ie evamorell, nordstrom, travelchannel, sarahkunst, etsy, wholefoods etc).
At most, those who know what they’re doing just use an underscore to separate the words in their name (ie time_magazine, paula_cevasco and lisa_welding).
The other popular Pinterest naming strategy is to combine the user’s name together with descriptive keywords that are separated by dashes (-) to explicitly spell out what their focus is all about. Some of these are really too long though.
The ideal way to name Twitter accounts is to use first and last names or the name your brand is known as, just like the majority of famous brands and people.
But if your perfect name is already taken, there are a number of alternatives you can consider. Here are some naming strategies used by celebrities and popular brands:
- Katy Perry (@katyperry) – Whenever you can, grab your first and last name without any other characters in it
- Harry Styles (@Harry_Styles) – If your first and last name combination is not available, try separating them with an underscore (_) as dashes (-) are not allowed in Twitter usernames
- Justin Timberlake (@jtimberlake) – Short names are always better on Twitter, so if your full name has over 15 characters or if you just want to keep your username short, then just use the initial for your first (or last) name
- Cristiano Ronaldo (@Cristiano) – Unless you’ve got an extremely unique given name, you won’t be able to get it as username like Cristiano Ronaldo
- Jennifer Lopez (@JLo) – JLo’s username illustrates 2 naming tips perfectly – use the name that you’re known for and keep it as short as possible
- Oprah Winfrey (@Oprah) – Even though most people know her full name, we all know her as Oprah so it’s only right if her Twitter username is @oprah
- Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) – Once again, keep it succinct and exactly how your audience know you as, even if your birth or married name is slightly different
- Marshall Mathers (@Eminem) – You can use your real name as your name in Twitter but ideally, your username should be your main brand or stage name
- Miley Ray Cyrus (@MileyCyrus) – Use your middle name in your Twitter name but don’t include it in your Twitter handle if you can
- Emma Watson (@EmWatson) – If you can abbreviate your name in a way that makes sense, it’s a good alternative to just using an initial
- Kourtney Kardashian (@kourtneykardash) – Sometimes there may be no option other than to shorten your name creatively
- Leonardo DiCaprio (@LeoDiCaprio) – Some people shorten their surnames, but generally, given names are easier to shorten meaningfully
- Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) – If you don’t have a cool nickname but always wanted one, then your Twitter handle could be a good time to start branding yourself as this alter ego
- Ashton Kutcher (@aplusk) – You don’t see this naming method much but it’s short, meaningful and easy to remember once you get it
- Adele (@OfficialAdele) – Celebrities like to use ‘official’ as a prefix and this is one of the only times you can pretend to be one by following suit
- LeBron James (@KingJames) – You can add ‘king’ as a prefix to your name if you’re a guy but this one is super witty since it’s a version of the bible
- Diddy (@iamdiddy) – A tried and tested Twitter naming strategy is to add “i am” in front of your name
- Andrés Iniesta (@andresiniesta8) – If all else fails, stick a number at the end of your name to create a unique username
- Vine (@vineapp) – Products or brands with short dictionary words that may not be available should just add a relevant descriptive word to their brand name
- Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) – Twitter should have a real person behind the account even if they are representing a popular brand so choose the name and username accordingly
Although these are all Twitter handles, you can use the same naming techniques to create an ideal username for yourself on any social media platforms or any websites where you need an online identity.
One of the best ways to get ideas and inspiration for your YouTube username (or channel) is to see what the most successful users call themselves and the naming techniques they use to create their names.
Here’s a listing of 387 popular users on the video hosting site, together with an analysis of whether their username is the same as their name.
Names & Usernames of Top YouTube Users
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Out of the 387 YouTube users, 270 have exactly the same username as their personal, business or product brand name. That’s a whopping 70%!
In fact, this figure is actually higher if we include the names currently listed as being different to their usernames because they have apostrophes (ie. Simon’s Cat), periods (Strange Music Inc.), ampersands (Geek & Sundry) and other characters (/Drive) that are not allowed to be used in YouTube usernames.
So if you’re wondering what’s the best username you should choose for yourself, just follow the pros and keep things simple by making it the same as the name of your name or brand.
Been trying to find a creative girly name and haven’t had much luck in coming up with anything that sounds catchy enough? Or perhaps the names you like have already been taken?
If so, you’re in luck, as this cute username resource was created to help girls just like you who are searching for a great name for their online identity.
Hopefully, you’ll find the following list of naming ideas incredibly useful – either as names you can adopt and use immediately, or to give you inspiration for something that’s tailored to suit you better.
190 Cute Girly Username Ideas
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Princess Munchkin[/threecol_one] [threecol_one_last]Wabbit Bunnie
Another 119 Cool Usernames for Girls
Hugsie Star[/threecol_one] [threecol_one]Mystical Pinkness
Magical Emerald[/threecol_one] [threecol_one_last]Creamed Sunshine
Got any Questions, Feedback & Suggestions?
Feel free to use any of these usernames for your social media accounts like Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram or for your blog’s name on Tumblr, Blogger etc.
If you’ve got any questions or feedback, please post them in the comments below. Better still, if you’ve got any name suggestions, share them below to help other readers who may be desperately trying to find a name.
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