Since 2015, Discord users have enjoyed the ability to communicate with other gamers via crystal clear VoIP, video, and text. But trying to come up with a name to use on Discord can be kind of tricky, especially if you play lots of different characters in lots of different games.
Or, what if you want to use something other than your gamer tag? If you want to generate cool usernames for Discord, this tutorial will show you how to come up with something that describes you as an individual and set you above the masses online. Whether you’re creating an account or you’d like to update your Discord username to something else, make sure you pick the perfect one for you!
Considering how much your username says about your personality, it seems few people give it the attention it deserves. Spend anytime online and you see the same themes over again, name plus age, name plus birth year, name plus 123, random names, movie or TV names, names that might not make sense, and plenty of rude names. All this says about you is that you know how to use a random name generator. You can do so much better!
Generating Discord Usernames
If you want to be taken seriously, gain a solid, respectable reputation, or just have people to listen to you online, your username has to be a good one. Name yourself something dumb, rude, juvenile, or offensive and you’ll likely have trouble interacting with people and teaming up with them in-game.
Of course, Discord isn’t just about gaming anymore. All sorts of interests have represented the platform, which means you should give your username even more thought so it can be relevant on a lot of different channels.
The first thing you need to do before trying to come up with anything is to think about how you want to be perceived on Discord. How do you want people to think of you? What impression do you want to create? Are you a hardcore Fortnite gamer with little interest in doing anything else on Discord? Or are you running a self-help group on the server for people who want to improve their lives?
As you can imagine, those two user types are completely different and will have different target audiences. Knowing how you want to be perceived and who you’re likely to be talking to is key. You’ll want a user name that embraces your presence, your passion, and what you hope to accomplish on Discord.
Once you know who you’re going to be talking to, you can come up with a suitable username.
Use Your Gamer Tag
Assuming you’re using the platform for gaming communications, using your gamer tag is probably the simplest option. It helps others identify you and makes it easier to team up in-game, find each other anywhere, and adds that link between the game you’re all discussing and your antics in-game.
Then again, maybe you want to have a sense of anonymity, so you can let your gamer persona fly, while your Discord is for more serious matters. If anonymity is for you, keep reading.
Some people love them, but there are some downsides to these random generators. You could try letting an algorithm choose your username if you like. It definitely won’t hurt to give a free generator a spin to see if something strikes your fancy.
Websites such as SpinXO, Rum and Monkey, Screen Name Generator, and others can get the job done if you don’t want to create your own. Generally speaking, these sites allow you to enter a few facts about yourself, then spit back possible word combos that might make a good username.
On the upside, you don’t have to think too hard. On the downside, it will be a case of spinning the wheel a couple of hundred times before you find something that might work.
Plus, since you don’t have a personal connection to the username chosen, you might find it hard to remember. There is nothing worse than forgetting your username when you’re in the middle of a chat.
Say A Little About Yourself
If you don’t use your gamer tag, you’ll have to use a little more imagination. I wouldn’t suggest using your name, birth date, age, or anything like that as they make you identifiable off-screen and in your personal life. Plus, your age changes, so Bobby14 will soon be about of date. Honestly, no one wants to be 14 forever!
Use a hobby, favorite book, superhero, historical figure, song, artist, pet, or something personal to you. If the name is commonplace and already taken, mix and match the name with another or add a special character to differentiate it, if the server admin allows. Let’s say you love the Harry Potter series. These books are full of fun references that can be twisted and turned into tons of material.
Using little known references is one of the best ways to connect with others who have similar interests. If you enjoy a certain series of Manga books, generate a name based on one of your favorite characters.
You can also look up the meaning of your name using Google and take it from there. Greek mythology, Celtic mythology, and even Roman mythology probably have references to your name. If your name relates to Thor, you can always use that! Of course, you can probably come up with a much more unique example than Thor123.
Use A Different Language
If you have a go-to username that is already taken, check it out in a different language. Google Translate is your friend here. See what your favorite name is in German, Italian, Latin, Spanish, French, Cantonese, Russian, or whatever. You would be surprised at how different and cool an ordinary word or name is in another language! Even something as simple as the last snack you had could be a fun username. “sgon mefus” may look like something fantastic, but it’s simply Welsh for “strawberry scones.”
This also adds an air of mystery and intelligence to your username which can create exactly the right impression.
I always suggest this, and with good reason. Keeping a notepad next to your computer and writing down cool names or usernames of other players is a great way to come up with one of your own. Inspiration rarely appears on-demand, so writing something down when it does appear is the way to go.
If you use someone else’s name, make it your own. Change something, personalize it, anything! Just don’t blatantly copy it. Take inspiration from everywhere, too! Spotify, Netflix, Wikipedia, forums, Reddit- anywhere you go online is filled with words, names, places, and events. Write names down, build up a list, and use it for inspiration when you need to.
Use Something Clever
We all want to have a username that stands out, is an expression of ourselves, and is attractive to others with similar interests. For gamers, think of the roles you often play.
Are you out to have the highest K/D ratio on COD? Or, do you prefer to be a healer on ESO? Using a mixture of pop-culture combined with the roles you play is an excellent way to come up with a unique and catchy username.
For example, if your character typically takes a Tank role and you really enjoy Game of Thrones, use “TheHoundiscoming” or something similar. This not only describes your intentions but also ties in references to a popular book series that others may be interested in.
What To Do When Your Perfect Username Is Already Taken
One of the challenges that we haven’t touched on too much yet is the possibility of your desired username already being used. To be fair, this is a rare occurrence on Discord. Discord couples your username with a random number between 0000 and 9999, which means that 9999 people can have the same username. So, the odds of a particular username being unavailable to you are extremely slim- but not technically impossible.
Of course, other platforms are a little less forgiving when it comes to choosing a unique username, so even though it’s not a problem on Discord, it is still a problem on the internet at large.
If your desired username is unavailable, you have a few options. The most obvious and most used solution is to add numbers to the end of your username (CoolGuy29388). Although this will usually work, it can make it harder for other people to remember your username, unless you pick numbers with some relevance (CoolGuy1984).
Another common method of securing a username is to add “X”s or “O”s to the ends of it (“xCoolGuyx”, “xXCoolGuyXx”, “oCoolGuyo”, or “oOCoolGuyOo”). Again, this will work in most cases, though it’s a little overused at this point. Another popular and overused method is to use “leetspeak”, which means incorporating numbers into your username (C001Guy). This can make your username more difficult to remember as well, which is something to keep in mind.
For something a little cleaner, you can add a few words to your username if your base username is already taken. The simplest way to do this is to add “The”, “TheReal”, “TheOnly”, or “TheOriginal” to your username (TheOriginalCoolGuy). This is a great approach as it’s still easy to remember and type in, plus it’s less likely to be taken.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I edit my username?
Yes. Under the user settings in Discord, you can click the ‘Edit’ button to change or update your username. Click ‘Save’ and your new username will appear to all of your friends.
How often can I change my username?
Fortunately Discord does let you change your username every hour. If you have a typo, or you just want to update it to something that reflects a current fad you can. u003cbru003eu003cbru003eJust beware, your friends may not immediately recognize who you are if you change your username frequently.
It isn’t easy to generate cool usernames for any app, especially Discord. I don’t know anyone who can instantly come up with something cool on-demand, which is why I find it easier to plan ahead and take notes.