The Best Domain Name Generator Tools - The Definitive Guide

Trying to find a decent domain name can be difficult, but it need not be. Use one, or more, of these name generators to find your perfect domain name.

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A domain name serves as your identity on the web. Choosing the perfect domain name that is not only catchy, brandable and easy to remember, but one that is also available is hard.

Fortunately, you can use an online name generator tool that provides you with some suggested names based on one or more submitted keywords. The tools usually tell you if the domain is available, making it quick and easy to create a unique and creative domain name suggestions for your website.

Before you proceed to choose your domain name, I highly recommend reading the following article which provides some great advice on some of the most common pitfalls:

In this article, I have listed all the free domain name generator tools I could find (there are quite a few), along with a summary of their features, usability, etc. I have also added a screenshot showing an example search.

Once you have found your perfect domain name, I recommend one of the following domain registrars: GoDaddy or Namecheap. I have created a detailed guide on how to register your domain name with these registrars, which include discounts ($0.99 .com) and instructions on configuring your name servers.

The 16 Best Domain Name Generator Tools

#1. Panabee

Key Features:
  • Random domain names
  • Prepend \ append keyword
  • Limit to character length
  • Domain availability
  • Short domains suggested
  • Many methods of creation
  • Related terms

To use Panabee, enter any keyword in the search box and select from a number of options (I’ll highlight these in a moment). Alternatively, the tool acts as a random domain name generator, although I am not sure I would recommend going that route.

Here are my findings:

  • The suggested domains are varied, and complex in scope. The tool provides an extensive list of suggestions based on many weird and wonderful rules such as “append ific,” “append io,” “misspell i as y,” “slang z” and more. This truly is brilliant.
  • A list of related terms is provided so you can rerun the tool for more ideas.
  • The tool is straightforward to use as there are virtually no options available. However, it produces some of the best results.
  • Overall, this is one of the best domain name generators I have found. The tool explains the method they use for creating each of the suggestions, and you end up with some completely random, but sensible ideas. This has to be one of my favorites.

Panabee Example Search for 'Craft'.

Panabee Example Search for 'Craft'. © Screenshot.

#2. Name Mesh

Key Features:
  • Multiple Suggestion styles
  • Prepend \ append keyword
  • Short Domain Names
  • Made-up words
  • Multiple domain extensions (including new ones)
  • Domain availability
  • Social Media Handle availability

To use Name Mesh, enter any keyword (it works best when you add multiple keywords) in the search box. On the results screen, you will see the results by suggestion style (New TLD, Short, fun, etc.). You can at this stage select the maximum length of the domain name, and detailed suggestions for .io, .co and .net domain extensions.

Here are my findings:

  • The suggestions are quite varied and are collated into different styles. I like this a lot.
  • There is minimal filtering ability.
  • It can function as a short domain name generator by limiting the number of characters available. The only issue is that some of the very short domains (2 or 3 letters) appear to be available to register, but they are not.
  • Overall, this is one of my favorite domain name search tools. It is very simple with limited options, but it does it differently to all the other tools. The collation into suggestion types is very good, and it does appear to have much more useful suggestions as a result.

Name Mesh Example Search for 'Craft'.

Name Mesh Example Search for 'Craft'. © Screenshot.

Key Features:
  • Strictly keyword-based
  • Domain availability (.com only)
  • Twitter handle check
  • Basic Sort \ Filter

To use Lean domain search, enter any keyword in the search box. Within seconds you will see hundreds of creative domain name ideas.

Here are my findings:

  • The search tool allows you to combine your keyword with another by either appended or prepended it. This makes it a useful tool if you want to use your particular keyword in your domain, but not very helpful if you are looking for something a little different.

  • The domain availability feature only searches for .com domains, so is not so useful if you are considering one of the new TLD’s or simply your country code TLD.

  • There is some basic sort functionality allowing you to choose based on length, alphabet or popular domain.

  • You can filter based on whether your keyword is placed at the beginning or the end of the suggested domain.

  • Overall, the suggestions seem to be decent, with very few nonsense ideas.

Lean Domain Search Example Search for 'Craft'.

Lean Domain Search Example Search for 'Craft'. © Screenshot.

#4. Bust a Name

Key Features:
  • Random domain names
  • Prepend \ append keyword
  • Limit to character length
  • Choose “naturality” of domain
  • Domain availability
  • Short domains (5 characters)
  • Similar keyword suggestions

To use Bust a Name, enter any keyword in the search box and select from a number of options (I’ll highlight these in a moment). Alternatively, the tool acts as a random domain name generator, although I am not sure I would recommend going that route.

Here are my findings:

  • The suggested domains are relatively basic in scope, with your keyword either appended or prepended onto another word. You will need to do multiple searches with different options, as you can only choose one or the other.

  • You can check whether the domain is available for .com, .net, .org, .info and .biz domains. You can even see what domains have already been taken if you tick the “show taken” option.

  • There is no sorting or filtering functionality, but instead, you can choose the length of the domain, and “naturality” when configuring the tool.

  • The tool provides a list of “Similar Words to Try,” which I think is quite useful.

  • Overall, the suggestions seem to be decent, with the “someone natural” setting creating an alternative approach to having readable domains consisting of proper words. This may be worth checking out, as my trial of this yielded some interesting possibilities.

BustAName Example Search for 'Craft'.

BustAName Example Search for 'Craft'. © Screenshot.

#5. Shopify Business Name Generator

Key Features:
  • Incredibly simple
  • Shows appended / prepended keywords
  • Domain availability (.com only)

To use Shopify’s Business Name Generator, enter any keyword in the search box. There are no other options available.

Here are my findings:

  • The suggested domains are relatively basic in scope, with your keyword either appended or prepended onto another word.

  • The Business Name suggestions are displayed as a brand name (i.e., with spaces, capitalization).

  • The tool only suggests names that have an available .com extension.

  • Overall, a straightforward and basic tool that provides sensible suggestions.

Business Name Generator Example Search for 'Craft'.

Business Name Generator Example Search for 'Craft'. © Screenshot.

#6. Nameboy

Key Features:
  • Use a Primary & Secondary keyword.
  • Allow hyphens (not recommended)
  • Make the domain name Rhyme
  • Multiple TLD availability
  • Premium Domain availability
  • Search Expired & Expiring domains

Nameboy will generate ideas based on the Primary keyword you enter in the search box. You can also add a secondary keyword, or select “Allow hyphens” and “Rhyme.”

Here are my findings:

  • The suggested domains are created using a variety of methods. These include misspellings and similar sounding keywords.

  • You can check whether the domain is availabile for .com, .net, .org, .info and .biz domains.

  • The tool will show availability of premium aftermarket domains that you can purchase immediately from namemedia.com.

  • The domain name generator will even search for expired and expiring domains.

  • Overall, this is quite a powerful tool. Its suggestions appear to be a little more sophisticated in than its competitors. I recommend trying it out if you wish to find a cool domain name.

Nameboy Example Search for 'Craft'.

Nameboy Example Search for 'Craft'. © Screenshot.

#7. NameStall

Key Features:
  • Allow hyphens (not recommended)
  • Keywords at beginning/end
  • Multiple TLD availability (large choice)
  • Search different word-groups
  • Other related tools available

To use Nameboy, enter a Primary keyword in the search box, choose Word Group (if required), and select keyword placement options.

Here are my findings:

  • The proposed domain names are relatively simple in scope, with keywords either added to the beginning or the end.

  • The ability to choose from different Word Groups is very powerful and perfect for narrowing down choices. You can select popular words, smart misspellings, objects, topics, parts of speech, to mention a few.

  • Nameboy has a suite of tools, including:

    • 3 Words Domain Name Generator
    • Rhyming Domain Name Generator
    • Random Keyword Domains
    • Domain Brainstorm
  • Overall, this is quite a powerful tool and appears to be a little more sophisticated with it’s differing Word Groups

NameStall Example Search for 'Craft', with secondary word 'sewing'.

NameStall Example Search for 'Craft'. © Screenshot.

#8. Domain Puzzler

Key Features:
  • Domain Availability (multiple TLD’s)
  • Use own list of keywords to generator names
  • Generator names using familiar words
  • The Tool appears to be broken

You have two main options here; Firstly, the “Advanced” search, which requires you to add your own list of words to combine with a primary keyword. Secondly, the “Magic” search automatically combines your keyword with popular words.

Here are my findings:

  • If you already have a long list of words you wish to try and combine, this may help find available domains. However, the accuracy of the available domains was poor.

  • The Magic tool is untested because it failed to work.

  • Overall, this tool was of poor quality. The “Magic” popular word option failed to work. When searching for domain ideas using a random set of keywords I entered in manually, it said certain domains were available even though they were taken.

There is no example screenshot as it does not work.

#9. Domains Bot

Key Features:
  • Powerful New gTLD suggestions
  • Prepend \ append keyword
  • Made-up words
  • Includes Premium domains from Sedo
  • Domain availability
  • You can add specific keywords.
  • Multiple languages

To use Domains Bot, enter any keyword in the search box and select the type of TLD’s you wish to search (includes new gTLDs, and ccTLDs). You can add synonyms as prefixes or suffixes.

Here are my findings:

  • The domain name generator does a great job at suggestion new gTLDs, and as a result, there could be some very short names available (i.e., 5 or 6 words).

  • Availability of all the domains is checked upon search.

  • The tool is integrated with Sedo to provide a good selection of Premium Domains. However, for the price (several thousand dollars) some of the premium suggestions were less than inspiring.

  • Overall, if you want to use a new gTLD, then this might come up with good ideas. Otherwise, I don’t think this tool is one of the best. The suggestions for .com domains only were pretty uninspiring.

Domains Bot Example Search for 'Craft'.

Domains Bot Example Search for 'Craft'. © Screenshot.

#10. Name Station

Key Features:
  • Multiple Search types
  • Prepend \ append keyword
  • Topic lists
  • Made-up words
  • Tweaked \ blended words
  • Domain availability
  • Similar keyword suggestions

To use Name Station, enter any keyword in the search box, followed by any secondary keywords (optional). On the results screen you will be able to filter from a range of options under three categories; Compound words, Tweaked words, and Made-up names. Also, you can narrow the suggestions further by choosing from a large selection of word lists.

Here are my findings:

  • The “Compound words” domain name suggestions were very cleverly done. The tool was not limited to using your specified keyword, and correctly picked up the intent of the keyword. You can filter these specific results by suffixes, prefixes, word list selection, hand-picked names, popular affixes, related words, conceptual names, plurals, and alternative names.

  • The “Tweaked words” domain name suggestions were the most interesting, and if you want a made-up domain name, then it does a respectable job.

  • The “Made-up names” were what you might typically expect. Complete random nonsense that on our test run revealed nothing remotely usable. However, you can keep clicking “Generate” to create some more random domain name ideas, so who knows. You may get lucky.

  • The tool provides a list of “Similar Words to Try,” which I think is quite useful.

  • Overall, this is one of my favorite tools, with some very good suggestions coming through.

Name Station Example Search for 'Craft'.

Name Station Example Search for 'Craft'. © Screenshot.

#11. Impossibility!

Key Features:
  • Prepend \ append keyword
  • Choose adjectives, verbs, nouns
  • Domain availability

To use Impossibility!, enter any keyword in the search box and select the type of word to either add to the beginning or the end.

Here are my findings:

  • The suggested domains are relatively basic in scope, as it only allows you to combine words using your keyword as a prefix and suffix.

  • You can check the domain availability for .com domains.

  • There is no sorting or filtering functionality. The only options are to choose the type of word to prepend or append. You can choose 4, 5 or 6 letter adjectives, verbs or nouns. Or, you can select all of them at once for more random results.

  • Overall, this is not the best domain name generator tool regarding functionality, but the names suggested were reasonable.

Impossibility! Example Search for 'Craft'.

Impossibility! Example Search for 'Craft'. © Screenshot.

Key Features:
  • Multiple TLD availability check.
  • Unique suggestions
  • Keyword-based suggestions
  • Includes premium domains

To use Instant Domain Search add your keyword to the search box. There are no other options available.

Here are my findings:

  • This tool provides some very creative domain ideas. It does not simply prepend or append a keyword but instead will suggest domains using related words as well.

  • This is a potent tool if you are looking for a cool domain name using the new domain name extensions.

  • As the name implies, it will check domain names instantly as you type.

  • Overall, I like this tool a lot. It is straightforward but provides quite a few unique suggestions over other tools.

Instant Domain Search Example Search for 'Craft'.

Instant Domain Search Example Search for 'Craft'. © Screenshot.

#13. I Want My Name

Key Features:
  • New top-level domains
  • Domain availability

To use I Want My Name, input in your dictionary or made-up word into the search box and click the search button. There are no options.

Here are my findings:

  • I don’t know why this tool has made it onto so many lists of popular domain name generators, but it appears to be a standard domain registrar tools that allow you to search domain names.

I Want My Name Example Search for 'Craft'.

I Want My Name Example Search for 'Craft'. © Screenshot.

#14. Dot-o-Mator

Key Features:
  • Random domain names
  • Prepend \ append keyword
  • Domain name availability
  • Topical word lists
  • Limited domain extensions
  • iPhone app in the App Store

To use Dot-o-Mator select a beginning word or word list, and an ending word or word list. It will then generate available domain names. I have found that the tool works best when you add your own keyword as one of these options, along with your chosen word list for the other option.

Here are my findings:

  • The suggested domains are relatively basic in scope, with any keyword being added as a prefix and suffix depending on your settings. Essentially, the tool allows you to combine words that you specify, or from the lists you define.

  • The tool only shows suggestions if the .com domain name is available.

  • Overall, I was not overly impressed by this tool. The number of proposals for each dictionary word list was extremely limited, and with many of the ideas already taken most of my searches revealed only a couple of available domain names.

Dot-o-Mator Example Search for 'Craft'.

Dot-o-Mator Example Search for 'Craft'. © Screenshot.

#15. Cool Name Ideas

Key Features:
  • Prepend \ append keyword
  • Domain availability (limited choice)
  • Short Domains
  • It displays a large number of results
Cool Name Ideas takes a somewhat unique approach. To use the tool you will need to answer a few questions such as the type of business, what benefits that business will bring, style of business and the top-level domains you are interested in. It is more like a business or company name generator in scope. Here are my findings:

  • It would appear the business name questions trigger various keyword lists, rather than anything overly sophisticated. However, I found that the tool does seem fairly good, and you may just see a great domain suggestion.
  • You can check the domain availability for .com, .net, .org, .info and .biz domains.
  • A few advanced features allow you to place your keyword in the middle, beginning or end of the company names suggested. You can also limit the domain length by character length, allowing you to search for short domain names.
  • Overall, the domain name search appears to be fairly good, with a large number of suggestions being made.

Cool Name Ideas Example Search for 'Craft'.

Cool Name Ideas Example Search for 'Craft'. © Screenshot.

#16. Namelix

Key Features:
  • Prepend \ append keyword
  • Domain availability (limited choice)
  • Short Domains
  • Premium Domain Names, with pricing.
Namelix is a domain name generator tool created by the company Brandmark.io. Brandmark is an automated Logo design service that can create a unique, professional looking logo from just a few pieces of information, such as Brand Name and keywords.

With Namelix, not only do you get domain name ideas, but you also get those ideas presented together with an example logo. Now, I am not saying you will like the logos for their suggested words, but I think it really helps visualize the name, and who knows, maybe provide you with some inspiration.

Here are my findings:

  • After entering your initial request, you can further refine by adding more related words, adding negative words, choosing shorter names, keywords, and checking for domain name availability.
  • All the main domain name extensions are available, such as .com, .io, .ai, .com, .net, etc. However, the new domain suffixes are not available.
  • The tool provides significantly better results when adding multiple keywords.
  • Overall, the domain name search tool is very good. It has a large number of suggestions that can be refined. I am impressed.

Namelix Example Search for 'Craft'.

Namelix Example Search for 'Craft'. © Screenshot.

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