How to Create the Perfect Screen Name

Create the perfect screen name for Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, Kik and others

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Creating the perfect screen name, also known as a username, handle, or login ID, is serious business. Not only will this new moniker become your identity online, but the username you use for messaging and social networks can affect other people's perception of you — just like how your hair or clothes might during an in-person meeting. Your handle might even affect the results of your job search if it refers to something racy or inappropriate.

On the flip side, being associated with a unique and attention-grabbing screen name is a great way to showcase your personality and create a memorable impression.

Indeed, screen name creation is probably more important than most of us realize. But, don't fret! Here are a few ideas which could help you score a terrific handle.

Add Favorite Things to Your Screen Name

Like dinosaurs, candy, the number 7 and the color purple? Maybe something like SweetPurpleDinosaur7 will go a long way. Take out a scratch piece of paper and jot down a few of your favorite things. Consider your job or career aspirations, favorite foods, sports teams or hit movies. Be creative!

Consider What's Around You

Exhausted that favorite things list idea? Consider school mascots, your town or other things relative to where you live and what you are about. However, be very careful not to give away too much information. Internet predators could potentially identify your location by your screen name so be careful.

Use a Screen Name Generator

One of the most easy ways to create a screen name (with the least amount of effort) is to let your computer do it for you. There are several screen name generators available that are easy and fun to use. Here's our top picks:


SpinXO generates names by using information that you enter about yourself including your hobbies, things you like, important words, and numbers.

SpinXO has a tab for each of the major social networks so that you can create screen names specifically for your platform of choice. Options include Instagram, YouTube, Tumblr, Kik and Twitter. 

Screen Name Generator

The Screen Name Generator allows you to enter two words and then generates a unique screen name by adding them together along with other words. This is a good tool to use if you have specific words that you'd like to include in your username. 

Rum and Monkey

Rum and Monkey's online name generator is broken down into categories to help you find the best moniker. Here you can find your "Vampire Name," "Ancient Greek Name," or even your "Samurai Name," amongst other choices. Select a category, enter your gender and your real name, and the tool will generate a fun and unique name for you to consider.

What to Do When Your Screen Name is Unavailable

Have you hit the 'This Screen Name is Taken' roadblock? Sometimes, just because a screen name is taken doesn't mean it wasn't meant to be. Substitute "@" for "a," or "3" for e. Most messaging apps and social networks will allow the use of symbols, and with many to choose from, the possibilities are endless.

Updated by Christina Michelle Bailey, 5/24/16