20 Apps For Finding Creative Domain Names

Can cool domains names assure the success of a site, blog or brand? No, they can’t. However, a great product combined with a cool domain name does get the word around lightning fast. Selecting the perfect domain name requires patience, wordplay and more patience. Out there in the internet, there are bunch of web apps that help suggest, crunch and spin words to get hold of that perfect name.

While researching for this roundup, I discovered some really awesome web apps that can suggest hundreds of domain names based on broad based keywords and have listed some of them after the jump. Read on.

Domparison

Domparison

Domparison

Domparison is a domain name price comparison and search engine. The web app searches domain registrars to find the cheapest domain prices, saving you a lot of time. Simply select the domain extension you are looking for and the type of price you want (e.g. register, renew or transfer) and the lowest domain name prices for registration, renewal or transfers will be displayed.

  • Multiple TLDs : Yes
  • Price Comparison: Yes
  • Domain Name Suggestions: No

Bust a Name

Bust a Name

Bust a Name

Bust a Name is a web app that suggests domain names, register domains and help manage them.  The app combines linguistic data with a unique interface making search through thousands of domains with the keywords you submit and see which ones are available.

  • Multiple TLDs : Yes
  • Price Comparison: Yes
  • Domain Name Suggestions: Yes

Domainr

Domainr

Domainr

Domainr lets you explore the entire domain name space beyond the ubiquitous and crowded .com, .net and .org extensions. When you type a search term into Domainr, you’ll see all the different possible domain names it creates. If you’re looking for a non-Latin internationalized domain name, you can enter characters with accents or other diacritics, and even scripts such as Arabic, Hebrew, Chinese, Japanese and Hindi.

  • Multiple TLDs : Yes
  • Price Comparison: No
  • Domain Name Suggestions: Yes

Domize

Domize

Domize

Whether you’re a first-time buyer or a seasoned “domain name collector”, Domize is the right place to find the next best domain name. The web app is well designed and the results start showing up instantaneously. All your search queries are encrypted over SSL for privacy and security.

In addition to checking whether a domain name has been previously registered or not, Domize also checks whether unavailable domain names can be bought on the secondary market or whether they are expiring soon.

  • Multiple TLDs :Yes
  • Price Comparison: Yes
  • Domain Name Suggestions: Yes

Instant Domain Search

Instant Domain Search

Instant Domain Search

Instant Domain Search is a free service that instantly checks .com, .net, and .org domain name availability. The service is blazing fast and thanks to their deal with Go Daddy, you can snap .com domain names for $7.49 a pop. The main limitation with the web app is new TLDs are not supported.

  • Multiple TLDs : Yes, but limited to the three classic TLDs.
  • Price Comparison: No
  • Domain Name Suggestions: Yes

Domain Typer

Domain Typer

Domain Typer

The USP of Domain Typer is its responsiveness and the refreshing user interface. Search results appear as soon as you start typing and lets you know if the domain is available. The web app does not store your search records.

  • Multiple TLDs : Yes
  • Price Comparison: No
  • Domain Name Suggestions: Yes

DomainsBot

DomainsBot

DomainsBot

DomainsBot has been around for a long time now and has helped me choose some great domain names in the past. On top of having a great set of filters and name spinning suggestions, the web app also displays which domain names are unavailable but currently on sale at domain name marketplaces.

  • Multiple TLDs : Yes
  • Price Comparison: Yes
  • Domain Name Suggestions: Yes

DNZoom

DNZoom

DNZoom

Apart from performing standard domain search and suggestions, DNZoom lets you import domains from your current registrar and domain parking accounts. DNZoom acts like a portfolio manager for all your domains from a single dashboard.

  • Multiple TLDs : Yes
  • Price Comparison: Yes
  • Domain Name Suggestions: Yes

geek.name

geek.name

geek.name

Well, the name says it all! geek.name is a tool for power users who want a lot of variables and criteria to be included in their domain search. It suggests names of interesting domain names that are not yet snapped up and also displays suggestions based on the query you have typed.

  • Multiple TLDs : Yes
  • Price Comparison: No
  • Domain Name Suggestions: Yes

Domain Hacks

Domain Hacks

Domain Hacks

Domain Hacks follows a unique a methodology to find awesome domain names – playing with subdomains. Thanks to this neat little app, you too can now have a cool domain name like del.icio.us.

  • Multiple TLDs : Yes
  • Price Comparison: No
  • Domain Name Suggestions: Yes

Moniker

Moniker

Moniker

Moniker specializes in creating user-friendly ways to make domain management easier and more efficient. The service offers easy-to-use domain management tools for single domains – plus versatile and intuitive bulk tools for larger domain portfolios. It is a full service app and you can register the domains with them too.

  • Multiple TLDs : Yes, lots of them.
  • Price Comparison: No
  • Domain Name Suggestions: Yes

NXdom

NXdom

NXdom

NXdom is a domain search engine that specializes in short domain names. Its database contains millions of DNS results  and you can search by prefix and suffix, and sort the results by length, readability and popularity.

  • Multiple TLDs : Yes
  • Price Comparison: No
  • Domain Name Suggestions: Yes

Wordroid

Wordroid

Wordroid

Wordroid pitches itself as a domain search engine that generates suggestions that sound natural in varying degrees in five different languages.

  • Multiple TLDs : Yes
  • Price Comparison: No
  • Domain Name Suggestions: Yes

Domain Exposer

Domain Exposer

Domain Exposer

Domain Exposer is a tool which helps you find available domain names based on the keywords, length and other parameters you specify. The downside of the app is that it shows too many results in a single page.

  • Multiple TLDs : Yes
  • Price Comparison: No
  • Domain Name Suggestions: Yes

Name Station

Name Station

Name Station

With Name Station it is very simple to generate hundreds of random phonetic names, enter their own keywords and combine them with preset wordlists containing categorized suffixes and prefixes. Registered users get free access to advanced features.

  • Multiple TLDs : Yes
  • Price Comparison: No
  • Domain Name Suggestions: Yes

Nameboy

Nameboy

Nameboy

Claiming itself as the world’s most popular domain name appraiser, Nameboy offers unique suggestions. You can also use the domain cart feature to keep track of domain names you plan to buy in the future and manage them from one convenient location so you can register them later.

  • Multiple TLDs : Yes
  • Price Comparison: No
  • Domain Name Suggestions: Yes

Dot-o-mator

Dot-o-mator

Dot-o-mator

Getting suggestions from the app is simple. Just enter a word (or words) in the left box, and choose some endings (or enter your own). Click to combine them. If you see a name you like, you can check its availability or save it to your scratchboard.
  • Multiple TLDs : Yes
  • Price Comparison: No
  • Domain Name Suggestions: Yes

PCNames

PCNames

PCNames

Based on your query, PCNames.com instantly checks whether .com, .net, .org, .info, .biz, .us, .mobi and .name domain names are available. The app remembers the search history so that you can look it up later.

  • Multiple TLDs : Yes
  • Price Comparison: Yes
  • Domain Name Suggestions: Yes

SuggestName

SuggestName

SuggestName

SuggestName works in the same manner as Dot-o-mator but with a minimalistic yet splendid user interface. Enter a prefix, suffix and let the app combine them to throw up catchy suggestions for you!

  • Multiple TLDs : Yes
  • Price Comparison: No
  • Domain Name Suggestions: Yes

Shout Domains

Shout Domains

Shout Domains

Shout Domains works like Google Instant, it gets you results as fast as you type. There are two separate tools to combine and crunch names based on the words you specify.

  • Multiple TLDs : Yes
  • Price Comparison: No
  • Domain Name Suggestions: Yes

Share Your Thoughts!

Which one of the domain name suggestion tools do you like? Will you be using such tools when buying domain names in the future?


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  • this is really helpfull
    I was just about to buy a domain in5 minutes
    got me thinking a little bit more

  • there is this cool WEB app that called namechecklist
    http://www.namechecklist.com/

    • Yes “namechecklist.com” is super awesome. I think it had to be included on the post. 😉

    • I agree. Namechecklist.com looks like a great app!

  • Wow, too many of them. Some i knew, some i did not. Thanks for the compilation.

  • Thanks for compiling this list. As part of our services to my small business clients, I have used namecheck.com for finding domain names and handles across various web properties. Also, namechk.com checks if a given social handle is available or not.

  • I found my company name with the help of a company name generator and i think it can also work for domain names. If you wish to try it it’s http://www.company-name-generator.com

  • There’s a new one out, and it’s the best – DomainHole.
    http://www.domainhole.com

    • Yea, I’m surprised domainhole is not up there. It is much better than 90% of those websites.

  • I would suggest http://www.cheapestdomain.info/ for domain price comparison.

  • Terrific list. Thanks.

    Up ’till today I was using an app called Domain Name Checker. But today it is loading as a parked domain page.

    Hence my finding your list from a simple Google search.

  • I thought that http://www.panabee.com/ was pretty good. Great UI and easy to use.

  • Helpful tip, i found a site that sell’s creative domain names and the logo to go with it. Very unique website. It’s cre8ivedns.com, not like anything I’ve seen before.

  • Cool sites, I’d reccommend http://regrates.com – compares prices for many more TLD’s and registrars.