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One of the most important parts of starting a YouTube channel is choosing the perfect name!
Think about all the popular YouTube channel names you know–they’re always catchy, memorable, and unique!
Read on for some helpful hints and tips on how to come up with great ideas for your own YouTube channel name.
Plus read reviews of the best YouTube name generators available online.
1. Make sure your channel name has a connection with your content
Before getting your YouTube channel up and running, it’s very important to do some planning!
You’ll definitely want to figure out exactly what type of content you’re going to create and what audience you want to target.
Take time to think about the kinds of things you’ll talk about and show on your channel, and brainstorm some names that have to do with the content you’ll be putting out.
Is your YouTube channel about gaming? Make the channel name gaming related. Is your YouTube channel about cute pets? Make the channel name cute and pet related.
Your YouTube channel name should be cool and creative and be related to the content you create at the same time.
A channel name that has a clear connection to its content is sure to be much easier to remember than a jumble of random words!
2. Make it memorable!
Your goal is to get viewers to come back for more, and they won’t be able to do that if they can’t remember your channel name! So be sure to come up with something unique and memorable.
Try to avoid using random numbers, letters, or special characters at the end of your username–it makes it more difficult to pronounce and remember.
It is a good idea to use a conjunction of a maximum of three different words, as this makes it easier to remember. Case in point: Film Daft.
Check-out my interview with successful YouTube-channel owners within video and film production and see their channel names for inspiration.
3. Choose a name that’s easy to talk about
A good YouTube channel name is short, catchy, and rolls off the tongue!
One option, especially if you post more personal content such as a vlog, is to use your own name or nickname. This is not only easy to remember, but it also has a clear connection to your content.
Another idea is to take a moment to write down a list of nouns and adjectives that have to deal with your channel’s content, and mix and match them together or add them to your name for a unique channel name!
Before you settle on a name for your YouTube channel, say it out loud a few times and see how it sounds.
Maybe even run it by a few friends to see what they think as well!
4. Be original!
This may seem pretty obvious, but it’s not a good idea to imitate or copy another person’s YouTube channel name.
Of course, you probably know of lots of popular YouTube channel names that you want to use as inspiration, and that’s totally fine! But you want to avoid being too similar to other channels.
Once you’ve thought of a name that you like, give it a quick Google search and see what comes up.
Is there a website with that name as its URL? If so, it’s best to choose a different name–if your channel grows in popularity, you’re going to want to be able to use that unique URL.
Another good idea is to check through different social media platforms to see if your potential name is available as a username.
As you expand your channel and create accounts on different platforms, you’ll want to be able to use that same unique name for all of your profiles!
You can also use Namechk to help you see your channel name’s availability across multiple platforms.
5. Use a YouTube channel name generator
If you’re really struggling to come up with a name, there are some awesome tools available to help you brainstorm and put together the perfect name for your YouTube channel.
There are quite a few different short YouTube name generators out there, and we’re going to give you a quick overview of our favorites.
They’re sure to help you find the ideal name for your YouTube channel and content, with just a few clicks and keystrokes!
This short YouTube channel name generator strings together creative adjectives with video-related words. It also allows you to add in a prefix, a word that comes at the beginning of the YouTube name, and a suffix, a word that comes at the end of the name.
You can click the “Generate YouTube Names” button as many times as you’d like to get plenty of different options!
The Name Generator puts all of the names together into a convenient YouTube channel name ideas list, making it simple for you to choose a great name.
For a more personalized and creative YouTube names list, click over to SpinXO. This short YouTube name generator allows you to input your topic, focus or niche, keywords, things you like, important words, and numbers or letters.
For example, if you’re looking for YouTube channel name ideas for girls that like makeup, maybe you’d type in “makeup review” or “makeup tutorial.” If you want a YouTube channel name for gaming, sports, travel, or any other topic, simply choose some related words.
You can also select whether you want the name to include the exact words you’ve typed in and if you’d like the name to rhyme.
Each time you click the “Spin” button, you’re given a YouTube channel name ideas list with 30 different names! You’re sure to find the perfect one in no time!
Best Username Generator is a short YouTube name generator that allows you to enter keywords and your preferred number of characters in the name (10, 15, 18, or any of the above) before providing you with a creative YouTube names list.
Every time you click “Generate,” you’re provided with 80 more possible YouTube channel names! This generator should make brainstorming a name for your YouTube channel easier than ever before.
The Bottom Line
Be sure to take your time when deciding on a name for your YouTube channel! Connect it with your content, make it memorable and easy to talk about, and always be original.
If you get stuck, try using a YouTube channel name generator to help you out with a creative YouTube names list!
Now that you’re armed with all of these great tips and tools, you’re sure to be able to figure out how to choose the best name for your YouTube channel.
About the author:
Jan Sørup is a videographer and photographer from Denmark. He’s the owner of filmdaft.com and of the Danish company Apertura, which produces video content for big companies in Denmark and Scandinavia. Jan has a background in music, has drawn webcomics, and is a former lecturer at the University of Copenhagen.