Like any creative decision we make in our lives, sometimes something clicks right away, other times it seems like an impossible task, and coming up with a Twitch name is no different.
If you’re struggling to come up with the perfect name for your Twitch channel, then this article is for you!
We’ll go over a few techniques that’ll spark some ideas and inspiration so you’ll finally find a Twitch name that you’re pumped on.
5 Important Things to Consider When Choosing Your Twitch Name
Before we get into the nitty gritty of coming up with your Twitch name, let’s first quickly talk about a few things you’ll want to consider when choosing your username.
This will mainly apply to you if you plan on streaming on Twitch at least semi-seriously.
If you’re just trying to come up with a name as a Twitch viewer, or a super casual streamer, then don’t worry too much about this part.
With that said, consider these points when it comes to your Twitch name:
1. Make It Memorable
Try to avoid having a generic name as your Twitch handle. You want people to be able to easily remember you so if you ever leave a lasting impression on someone, they’ll be able to recall you better.
Tim5831 isn’t memorable – TimTheTatman is.
2. Easy to Read & Pronounce
Having an original name is kind of pointless if it’s something that people will struggle to pronounce.
If a name is hard to make out because of the spelling, or due to some inside joke that only a few people would get then it might not be worth using.
3. Name Too Long? That’s an L
Kind of tying together the first two points above, usually the longer your name is the less memorable and harder it will be to read.
Staying within 1-3 syllables is the sweet spot.
4. Personality & Branding
The best Twitch names are born when you can combine something that reflects a part of your personality, while also having a bit of branding appeal.
We’ll dive deeper into this in a few seconds, but try to include something that’s personal to you within your name.
5. Is Adding TV or Gaming to Your Name Worth It?
This is a personal preference so it’s up to you if you want to add some form of TV/Gaming at the end of your name.
I think it’s a little overdone and comes off as a little amateurish, but sometimes you’ll have the perfect name in mind and it’s already taken, so slapping on a TV at the end is usually better than adding numbers to your name.
Word Dump (DO THIS FIRST)
Alright, with those considerations now in the back of your head, let’s get to the fun stuff.
First we’re gonna need to come up with a bunch of words that we can then later start using to create your Twitch name.
Without thinking too hard, write down as many words as you can that are meaningful/relevant to you.
Think about your favorite things and stuff that’s personal to you like:
- Video games
- Personality traits
- Personal characteristics
Any and all of your personal interests. Write everything you think of, without worrying if the word will be good for your Twitch name or not.
Are you balding? Hairy? Skinny legs? Introverted? Do you love foxes? Are you into crypto currency? Can’t get enough of Miss Vickie’s sea salt & malt vinegar chips?
Write down words that relate to YOU. Remember don’t think too hard here, this will start making sense in the next step.
Coming Up With Your Twitch Name
Now that you have a bunch of words listed out from the previous step, we can use these as inspiration to spark some creativity and come up with a name for your Twitch account.
Here are some ways to use these words to come up with your username:
*Don’t feel like you only need to use the words you wrote down. They’re meant to spark ideas and can help come up with even more name ideas that you hadn’t already thought of.
See if any of the words you wrote down look good and/or sound cool together when you combine them.
Are you skinny and love ninjas? Skinja.
Play on words
Can you use your real name or any of the words you thought of to create a play on words?
Is your name Lucy and you love sea salt chips? Luseasalt.
Are you a Genji main in Overwatch? The “ji” in Genji makes me think of Gee Whiz. Genjiwhiz.
You get the idea 😉
Root word combos
Take roots of words (usually first syllable) and combine them with others to come up with a brand new word.
Maybe you like Electronic Music: Electsic
If you’re into Twitch culture (or any other culture), try to incorporate parts of that into your name.
Twitch emotes are a huge part of the culture, so what if your name is Rob and you’re a PogChamp kinda guy? RobChamp.
Add a quip
Tacking on some sort of quirky quip at the end of your name could work.
If your name is Amber and you’re always hungry, try Amberishungry.
Try changing a letter or two of a word to spice things up a bit.
One of my first gamer tags was back in Runescape Classic; I liked how the word “simplify” sounded, so I just changed the S to a Z and Zimplify was born.
Some Twitch name generators let you input words and then they’ll come back with a bunch of different name ideas based on what words you entered.
Worth giving them a shot if you’re stuck.
After You’ve Come Up With Your Twitch Name
Once you’ve got an idea or two for a name for your Twitch channel, sit on it for a couple of days before making a final decision.
There’s nothing worse than having a name you regret choosing. So if you still like the name you came up with after giving it some time, then you’ve got a winner!
Check If It’s Available
If you’re creating a new Twitch channel for the purpose of streaming and growing an audience, then you’ll want to make sure your name is available not only on Twitch, but other social media as well.
You can use tools like brandsnag to quickly check the name availability.
It’s rare to have a name that hasn’t been taken on at least one social media platform, so there are some ways to alter your name a bit to something that’s available while remaining genuine to the original.
1337 speak is one of the most popular methods. Some numbers kind of look like certain letters. So you can try incorporating leet speak into your name.
The most popular numbers are:
1 = I or L
3 = E
4 = A
5 = S
7 = T
8 = B
0 = O
The other alternatives are using numbers and/or underscores, or even multiple of the same letter in your name. Usually at the end of your name like Rundownnn for example.
So there you go! Hopefully this article helped spark some ideas for your Twitch name. Drop a comment below if you have other tips for coming up with a name to help other people out reading this. And feel free to share any fun names you came up with!