Choosing a domain name isn’t easy. You want a website address that will be both memorable and meaningful while simultaneously describing what your brand is all about. But even after you’ve come up with something catchy and worthy of your brand, you may find that the .com domain is already taken. That only leads you back to the drawing board, which means more hair-pulling and headaches.
But it doesn’t have to take forever to come up with a great domain name that’s already available. Try one of these top 15 domain generators, listed in no particular order, and save yourself some hair-pulling.
If you don’t have a domain name yet, you can get them below:
- HostGator.com (domain cost: $0.01 for 1 year)
- Bluehost.com (domain cost: FREE for 1 year)
- Find more domain registrars here.
Below are FREE domain name generators
Start with a single keyword, and then search your domain options on Lean Domain Search. Your search results will show hundreds, if not thousands, of domain name ideas. All results are available .com domains. With this tool, you can also:
- Filter alphabetically, by length, or by popularity
- Save your favorite domain names
- Track your search history
- Share your search results
- Instantly search your own ideas to see if they’re available
If you have an idea of keywords you’d like to use but need some fresh ideas for a full domain, this is the tool to use. Whenever I try to come up with domain name ideas, Lean Domain Search is the first site to visit.
Bust a Name has numerous filtering tools to help you find a quality domain name that meets your specific needs. Start by filtering for keywords, and then choose options such as “starts” or “ends” with your keyword. Then, filter by how natural you want the domains to look, and choose your character limit. You can also choose to show taken domains as well as filter by extensions, such as .com, .net, and .org. At the bottom of the page, you’ll also see suggestions for similar keywords to try.
If you don’t have a keyword in mind, try the “Make a Random Domain” button to spark ideas or snatch up an available name. If you find a domain that you like, save it for later, or purchase it through links to domain registrars like GoDaddy and Namecheap. You can also run a domain search on the site to if the name you have in mind is available.
Although the tool’s name suggests it’s just for generating business names, Shopify’s Business Name Generator actually delivers available domain name ideas. Start by choosing a keyword that you want your domain to include, and you’ll get hundreds of suggestions. Although the site encourages you to create a Shopify shop using the domain name they’ve suggested, you can go elsewhere to purchase the web address. Suggestions use the .com extension.
Nameboy helps you find available domain names based on keywords you choose. Enter up to two keywords, and Nameboy will instantly deliver a list of suggested domain names. Their charts make it easy to determine which extensions are taken and which ones you can still snag. For example, even though HostingFacts.com is taken, other users can still purchase HostingFacts.net.
You can also see which domain names are available for resale as well as allow hyphenated suggestions or rhyming keywords. This tool works well if you already have an idea of what keywords you want to use but are looking for suggestions on different variations of it.
NameStall offers a variety of tools to help you in your domain search. Start with their domain name generator tool, which will help you search by keyword and other filters, including:
- Parts of speech
- Popular keywords
- Basic English words
- Industry categories
You can also choose if you want your keyword at the beginning or end of your domain or if you want a hyphen in your web address. Finally, choose extensions you’d like to filter by. You’ll receive a list of options that are both taken and not yet registered. Click the “register” link beside the one you like to choose it.
NameStall also features a similar domain name suggestion tool as well as an instant domain search tool, brandable domain name list, and high paying keywords search tool.
Domain Puzzler is a simple tool with many options. Start with the “easy” version, and insert your ideal keywords, choose your domain extensions, and search for ideas. The cool thing about this domain name generator is that you can include numerous keywords opposed to just one or two like the other tools on this list, and it will combine your keywords into different variations. Add results to your favorites list, or try a more advanced search. You can also use the tool to compare the page rank of different domain names.
Name Mesh works well when you have several keywords in mind. Choose 2-3 keywords, and enter them into the search box. Then, generate your list! The tool will deliver ideas based on categories like:
Once you search your keywords, you can filter the results based on domain extension, unregistered domains, and maximum length. Name Mesh will also suggest other keyword searches for you.
Domains Bot is both a domain suggestion tool and a domain search tool. Start by searching a keyword, and you’ll find available ideas based off that keyword, combined keywords, or similar keywords. Otherwise, search the domain name you want. If it’s available, you can purchase through links to various domain registrars. You’ll also see suggestions on similar domain names. Filter by extension and language, or add your own synonyms, prefixes, or suffixes.
Panabee is a domain name search tool, business name generator, and domain name generator. Get started with two keywords, and search for domain name suggestions. If the domain name you want is taken, you can visit GoDaddy, where you can view other available extensions of the domain.
If you don’t like what you see, Panabee will deliver related terms you can search for. In addition to showing available domain names, Panabee also shows you if your ideal domain name is being used as a social media username.
Get started with Name Station by signing up for a free account, which you can do by using your email or Facebook account. With this tool, you will get access to:
- Domain name generators
- Instant availability checker
- Public name contests
- Keyword suggestions
Filter based on extension, name length, and more. If you don’t have any keyword ideas, try searching by your industry for ideas. The site boasts being seen on TechCrunch, Mashable, SEOMoz, and others, so it’s worth checking out.
Impossibility! uses a slightly different approach than the other tools on this list. Start by coming up with your keyword. Then, choose to add adjectives, verbs, or nouns to the beginning or end of your keyword. You can choose between 4-letter, 5-letter, and 6-letter options, or simply decide to mix anything with your keyword. You’ll come away with a lot of fun ideas. If you like an available option listed, purchase through the links at GoDaddy or Namecheap.
Instant Domain Search is a tool that works well if you already have a domain name in mind. Start by typing in your idea, and this tool will tell you if it’s taken or not. If it is, they’ll suggest alternatives that are currently available. They’ll also let you know which ones are up for auction. You can buy through links on the site that will take you straight to GoDaddy to complete your purchase. If the domain is taken, you can follow links to either look up who owns the site or to hire an agent to help you make an offer on that domain.
I Want My Name is similar to Instant Domain Search in that it works best if you already have a name in mind. Enter the address you want, and I Want My Name will let you know if it’s up for grabs. If not, they’ll show you alternative options and their prices. You can also filter by hiding unavailable domains.
When you have no idea what domain name to go with, start with Dot-o-Mater. Choose two categories to use as beginnings and endings to your domain, and enjoy a long list of random options. You can even type in your own words if you have a topic in mind. If you like what you see, add the options to your scratchbox to keep track of your favorites. You can also try their Web 2.0 Name Generator to get random business or domain name options without needing keyword ideas.
Cool Name Ideas features a business name generator that also tells you if the domain name is available. What makes this name generator different is that they allow you to choose filters based on your business size and customer base to better match your name with your business. Advanced options allow you to choose character length and the location of the keywords you’ve chosen. Not only can you see if the domain name is available, but you can also check if the Twitter handle is taken or not.
DomainWheel is the new kid on the block of domain/blog name generators. Its attractive, simple design is backed up by a powerful tool that suggests domains that are available for purchase.
Results start with +15 top-level domain extensions (.com, .org, .net, .info, .biz) available. Further on, you can explore a list of new, original names available. If you’re still undecided, scroll to pick from a list of rhyming suggestions and keywords that have a better potential for your site.
With these 16 domain name generators handy, you should have no problem coming up with an available domain name that describes your business well. Anything I’ve missed out? Leave a comment below.