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How To Make A Band Name In 3 Straightforward Steps

About to form a band and wondering how to make a band name? Well you’re in luck, as today I’m going to show you the best way to do just that!

Picking the right name for your band is an important process. The name you choose can say a lot about you, so it’s important you pick one that every one will be comfortable with.

Here are a couple of the best ways to go about making a band name. If you use them, let us know some of the best (And worse) names you come up with in the comments.

1. Create A Random One Using A Band Name Generator

If you want to make a band name in the quickest time possible, your best bet would be to use a band name generator. This is a free tool that will allow you to create random band names at the click of a button. Some of the results you get will be very good, while others not really for you. Either way though, you should get a load of great ideas for band names with the minimum effort possible.

Many bands have used these tools to create a name for their band, so give it a try.

2. Brainstorm With Band Members

Another option is to brainstorm ideas with the rest of your band members. There are a couple of ways you can do this.

The first option is to give every one a task. Each of you needs to go away and come up with say 10 potential names for your band. You will then come back in a set amount of time and share your ideas with the group. Together you can work the list down to 5 or so potential names, and have a vote on which one you feel is the best.

The second options is to pick random band names from your head, and just write them down no matter how silly they sound. When you have a big list, you can see if there are any you like. If not but one sounds half ok, use the bit you like, then think of a better way to start of finish the name. You can then present these band name ideas to the rest of your band, if they haven’t seen them already that is.

3. Pick The Best Band Name Ideas

Now depending on whether or not your band is already formed and who decides your final band name, this process could go one way or another. If the band’s not formed and / or you have the final say of your band’s name, you simply have to make a final decision. This is the simplest outcome.

If however your band is already formed and you have to make sure everyone’s happy with the final decision, you need to make sure you pick the final name in a fair way.

The best way to do this is to narrow it down to a few options (That everyone has contributed with), and vote. This is fair, as everyone in the band will have their say. Before you do the vote, you should all agree that the name that wins will be your new band name and everyone will stick 100% behind it. This will save arguments and any potential hesitation once the results come out.

Some times the voting won’t be a necessary and you’ll have a clear winner you’ll all like, but other times it’ll be needed. If you can’t decide on one name at the end of your vote for whatever reason, another option is to get outside people to vote as well. Alternatively, you can start again and think of another name using the above process.


Creating a band name isn’t always a quick process, but it’s necessary if you want to get the perfect band name. Your band’s name is what will define you as a group, so you want to get it right the first time around.

Using these methods, you will be able to come up with a good name for your band. Both of them work well, but using a band name generator is often the easier of the two.

Shaun Letang
Shaun is the owner of Music Industry How To, an advice website helping a wide range of music industry professionals. Other guides you may like include how to form a professional band, and how to market your music. Enjoy.

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