Note: This article was originally published on January 3rd, 2015. It has been updated with new information as of May 7th, 2016.
What’s in a name? If you ask me, there’s a lot. A name tells you someone’s culture, heritage, the decade they were born, their parent’s interests, and sometimes values. And in this modern age of self-identifcation, names no longer have to be things that are handed down to you by someone else.
Names can be self-chosen, opening the door to even richer possibilities of expression and communication. It is the first thing you notice or ask when meeting someone new and will be what you remember after leaving. This carries over into social media platforms like Twitter or Instagram.
Names are much more important in these spaces, because these are not only how people address you, they’re how people find you. Your name becomes your name, phone number, email address, snail-mail address (remember that?) all rolled into one. Of course, if you’ve got a social media account you’re primarily using for business reasons, you may want to go pretty safe, with a handle derived from your name or company.
But for the rest of us, the sky is the limit one what we can call our new social media profile. However, it can be tough to come up with good ideas if you’re not creative or a lot of names are too commonly used. (Also, you’ll want to make sure it’s something you can remember, as forgetting this can cause problems.)
That’s where I come in with this ultimate guide to cool Instagram names for both girls and guys. I will walk you through tips for great names and secret strategies to increase the chance of being recognized by others.
“I wish my name was Brian because maybe sometimes people would misspell my name and call me Brain. That’s like a free compliment and you don’t even gotta be smart to notice it.” – Mitch Hedberg
5 Ideas To Cool Instagram Names
Let’s get into a few tips and tricks that can help you come up with your very own awesome ideas for your brand new Instagram name. These tips are tested and really do work. If you have other suggestions, feel free to comment below so we can know what works for you. Who knows, maybe the tips we get in the comments will be added to this article! Or maybe we’ll just learn about it once you go viral.
1. Be Yourself
It’s incredibly important for you to be yourself in whatever you do. Your Instagram name is the first thing someone will see when they view your profile or see your photo from a common hashtag they searched for.
Make sure you’re representing yourself in your true light and not putting out a fake image just because you think other people would like it.
MySpace (remember that, too?) was loaded with carefully cultivated profiles, carefully designed, not to reflect an individual, but to get the most likes. As a result, everything began to look the same, and MySpace has all but disappeared fro the landscape.
These days, people want a bit more sincerity from their social media profiles. Think about celebrity accounts: we already see the celebrities on TV or in the movies, we know the image, we see just how carefully they present themselves in order to stay marketable. So we don’t need to follow them on Twitter or Instagram in order to see that; it’s already there. We follow them to see the other side: the human side that goes grocery shopping or gets caught in traffic.
From the common saying, “do you” and these things will turn out ok. Follow your heart and trust that people want to get to know your true personality.
2. Get Around Unavailable Names
There are a few tricks to get around unavailable Instagram names if you find that you can’t come up with a name that hasn’t been taken. This is incredibly useful for those accounts which mentioned earlier, may be entirely for professional purposes—accounts when you don’t want to get too cutesy with your name, because you’re trying to present yourself as a serious individual. These are often derived from your name. Of course, the old pattern (which we have already seen with emails) is to use your first initial and last name.
But everybody’s already had this idea, and all the first initial/last name combinations are taken pretty quickly. What can you do to get around this?
First, you can try to add a dot in the middle of your name. Ideally, throw it in somewhere that makes sense, either in between words or at a natural stopping point when saying the name.
You can also add a dash or underscore to the name to add variation if your first try is taken. The last option you can use is to add a few numbers to the end or beginning of your name. You could use the month you were born, your favorite number, your significant other’s birthday, etc.
Lastly, you can add variations on spelling certain things. Interchange letters so that they read the same but are spelled differently. For instance, you could replace “s” with “z” if the original Instagram name is not available.
3. Combine Adjective With Noun
A great strategy is to combine both an adjective with a noun. A ton of popular names use this technique. For the noun, you can use your own name, the name of a city, sports team, place, your favorite musician, etc. Then, for adjectives switch it up depending on your personality or how you want to portray your profile to be.
Here, we’re starting to get away from the purely professional (but let’s face it—totally sterile) sort of handles that come from just using your name. Now we’re getting a little bit deeper into choosing something that express you.
Some examples could be to combine my name, Trevor, with an adjective. For instance, my name could be Tubular Trevor. Play around with a bunch of different adjectives and nouns until you find one that you like.
4. Instagram Name Structure
It’s a good idea to include alliteration to make a name more memorable and roll off the tongue more easily. Another good structure tip is to make the name as short as possible, shorter names are easier to remember than longer ones and will help if someone is trying to recall who you are and find your profile.
5. Take Your Time
The last tip is to make sure you take your time thinking of a good Instagram name before just choosing the first one that comes to your mind. Thinking of a great name can take a while so you shouldn’t rush it. Just think, most new parents I know take the entire 9 months to come up with a baby name and sometimes still don’t even have a name chosen.
Bounce some ideas around with your friends and family, ask them what they think of a couple options. They will be able to tell you if it’s not easy to remember, if they don’t understand it, or if they think it’s cool or not. It’s always a good idea to get a second opinion.
954 Super Cool Instagram Names
Below is the culmination of a lot of work gathering together a master list of the best Instagram names out there. Some of these are taken, some are currently available.
Unfortunately, the only real way to see if a name is still available is to try it. But make sure you’re set on that one first or else you may get stuck using a name you don’t like very much.
|heyiheardyouwereawildon3||Crazy Anyone||Big Ben|
|It Wasn't Me||Miss Kick||Grey Mare|
|You are so Wonk||Sidewalk Enforcer||Teen punch|
|White Sand||Say cute||Teen Rose|
|Life Racer||Doom||Vegetarian Alien Brain|
|Independent Melvin||WarSyndrome||Always Teste|
|Little Miss Piggy||Dimples||Little Miss Cupcake|
|Angel Snowflakes||Honeycomb||Crazy Leader|
|Brutal||Lovely Lights||Apple Honeypie|
|Sky Bully||Snerus||Dear sweetie|
|Fruity Touch||mr. mister||Awesome Honey|
|Lemon Honeypie||deliriousmistakes||Marshmallow Honey|
|Mike Adamle||Kunning king||Atomic Rooster|
|Fairy Fresh||Lovely Poison||OrdinaryGentelman|
|Teen Touch||Strange Evil||Internet Princess|
|Zenith Lead||Best Peace||Xoom lady|
|Turnip King||Teen Hug||Geordie|
|neverforgetyourdreamss||Bean Basket||Take Away|
|AWESOME LYK THaT||Lasmo||dark night bright days|
|Slow Trot||Cool pineapple||Doll Face|
|Shy Doll||Oodles||Rainbow Doll|
|Cross Thread||NONAME||POTATO LOVER|
|Space Walker||Troll||Born confused|
|Honey bear Doll||Feature Swag||Honey|
|2Star Princess||just my little wonderwall||Nightmare King|
|Cool guy||Foxface||Elegant Point|
|girl with th3 br0ken smile||emma ploess||Melody|
|Bite Glory||paintbrushesandbubblegum||Yes Time|
|Babykins||Honey Girl||Garden Rose|
|David A||Smile Somewhat||Girly|
|AmazingHuh||Canadian Violinist||Love Speeder|
|Tight Sight||lovely||Kitty Dance|
|Angel Lamb||Awesome me||Angel twins|
|Dylanf3||Cuddle Bear||Bold Touch|
|Cozy button||Kisses||Neophyte Believer|
|Starhawke Mystery||Lollipop Honey Bear||Dawnofdusk|
|aranamor||Old Regret||Elegant Friendship|
|The Dude||Raging Again||Awesome pie|
|evil weevil||haltyoudoglovers||Doll Diamond|
|kartier klass||thegirl withstarsforeyes||Windy Miller|
|Facer Racer||Your parenting stinks||Pink Garden|
|zada2011||Enough is enough||Silver|
|Scott Evil||Hideki Ryuga||Grenade Sucker|
|Beauty||I Ran Over The Easter Bunny||georgeyves|
|Bob||Grace Shower||Honey Blossom Dimples|
|Rainbow Blooms||Shadow of Love||livingfree8|
|Tricky Mind||megan eve||sweetie|
|Handy Man 7||Day Hawk||Teen Boo|
|Wild Born||Armando Broncas||RedKingdom|
|Planted Brain||Ice Geek||Pink Style|
|Jake Justin||printer||Just Ice|
|Honey Stars Twinkles||negatorri||Luis|
|Looney Looser||lets run away to yesterday||Metalhead|
|Pink prank||I Best||Insta Genius|
|yourea lion||Panic Point||Tattoo Puncher|
|Erak606||Haggy Pie||Little Cobra|
|Luvitus||Blue Bus||Epic angel|
|Seven Shots||Cute sugar||Lime Green Soda|
|Cruiser||Lord voldemort||John Carsweel|
|Queen Honey Blossom||Deal Looser||Kitty Melody|
|GouGou||Fresh Foam||Kitty Bloom|
|Swag Grant||geez||Pink Page|
|TEH CATFACE||OverKill||Rainbow Kitty|
|Meat Duck||unic0rns taking0ver||Dear angel|
|Cool strawberry||Shiny Seashells||TallButShort|
|Lovely Dear||Tina Fey||beyond my thoughts|
|Glamorous angel||Dove girl||they're lying 2 u|
|Rock||Star Shadow||Little Trout|
|Silent Eyes||Zoropie5||Couch King|
|Rainbow Colours||Marshmallow Man||Super Nigga|
|estrellaceleste||Passion Fruit||Darling Dragon|
|Lollipop Princess||deano||I Wisher|
|s a v anna h||5th angel||Pill Head|
|Sober Slap||CryingRock||Last Min stand on the Earth|
|Peppermint Kisses||meN@ citY||Freaky Fred Creep|
|selenago||Bear In The Big Blue House||Moon Down|
|Greek Goat||Dave Days||Teen Graph|
|Happy||Still Dancer||Rose Rain|
|Merrick Takaoka||Honey Maker||IThinkALot|
|Yeah Me||Trumphant Loser||hipster retspih|
|capncrunchcx||Afro head||Lover Dropper|
|El Pollo Loco||Jellybeans||Couldnt Find Good Name|
|Lovely Dove||Mind Freezer||Angel Munchkin|
|Papa Smurf||Honey Sweet Lips||last1youlove|
|IcyFlame||Smart Swag||Nicky Jane|
|I World||Angel Honeybear||Shadow|
|Honey Doll||Lily||Red Queen|
|lue20012||No Limits||Honey bear Sunflower|
|Neo||Gamer Simmer||Awesome angel|
|Swag Swamped||k happiness||Lol Fool|
|Darvince||Casiie s||High Beam|
|Syfaro||if only weknew||Snow Princess|
|Doll beautiful||Honeycake||Say Something|
|baby||Frustrated Monk||Looser Bad|
|how tobe indie||Brendan170||Jelly Fish|
|liivey0urlifee||Flower Fine||Baking Brain|
|Sweet Quail||Boomn4x4||g00d vib3zzz|
|Cute Pixel||Gone by by||Deal Cereal|
|Live Pink||Squatch||Ego Ever|
|angelic||Snow Angel||Mind Probe|
|TheChillPixel||Smiling Face||Miss T|
|Serus Haralain||Successful Loser||DontStealMyBacon|
|chan theillest||Jelly Bean Brownies||Disco Psycho|
|Cheeky girl||Heart||Angel Goldfish|
|Chuckles||Honey Stars Sunshine||Em0srawk|
|Deal Anneal||lorindavi||Yaniv Ganzi|
|ayee erbear||Rainblow Bubbles||Broomspun|
|Oops Lady||Brain Dead||ANONYMOUS|
|just some teenager||Thrasher||Angelberry|
|Midnight Rambler||claudia colombian||Tulip Bed|
|Elegant pin up||Awesomus Maximus||Honey Bell|
|White Storm||Kingdom Warrior||DivinityV2|
|Jade Bad||Cute Eyes||Random Burglar|
|Leton Lee||News Deal||Zod|
|Baby Dream||Pie sweetness||OmnipotentBeing|
|Blonde Bond||No Rules||Maple Leaf|
|Flower||scyp10||I Has A Question|
|Peppermint Candy||Leftfoot||Napalm Bomb|
|Lil Puppy Dog||LokiDarkfire||Scarface|
|Usernamenotfound||Compact Racer||Smilee Doll|
|Kral III||Say Love||Fabulous|
|Drama Creator||Angel Girl||Meaghan|
|Honey Angelhearts||Princess Punch||Jungle Jones|
|Honey Goldfish||Angel Friend||CastBound|
|Sweet sparrow||Electric Player||CyberGypsy|
|Sweet Weapon||firehawk729||Starry Angel|
|Elegant Jump||Sugar Hugs||BrainCordConnection|
|Love Graphic||Angel Doll||Muro45|
|Twin butterfly||Lil Flower||Gorgeous sweetie|
|Interior Bad||Cool dora||Obvious Dump|
|Lowercase Guy||Enchanted||Racer Party|
|Zombie Edge||David||Ever Next|
|Cute Circle||SilverGun||Moon Up|
|ha ve faith in me||Unnecessary||Awesome American|
|RedOcean||Emerald Princess||Love Pink|
|Flame||Ricky run||Mr. America|
|Midnight Rider||Jax4321||Awesome Whisper|
|Jig summer||Black Sheep||Honey cake Blossom|
|Cheesy Nible||Zoom Fire||Perfect Harmony|
|Silly Ninja||Born Hyper||livinglouder29|
|Macho Moron||Angel Sweet Lips||Candy Cane|
|Fear Swag||Teen Smile||copilot|
|Mental World||President Punch||Romeo|
|Sgt. Traveler||pokemon pie||For the lolz|
|You Just Might||Bubblegum||okieedokieee|
|Honey bear Pearls||qwert||Internet Monster|
|Dandy||Rose lady||second kisses|
|Fresh Face||Zesty Dragon||Nice Touch|
|Lil Miss Silly||Glimmers||Tolphas|
|Yoyo Guitarist||Awesome chocolate||Strawberry Applepie|
|Beautiful doll||e4envy||Silly Pie|
|Twister||Golden Panther||Fresh lime|
|Rainbow Pearls||It's A Political Statement||Youme Beer|
|I Hope||Roxrite||Love Donor|
|Cute Energy||Guillotine||Forren person numbah 4|
|Peace Fighter||Happy Jock||Honey Cake Munchkin|
|crimson pain||Top Command||CountryGal|
|Wrong Advisor||Angel Sweetie Pie||Zakhep|
|Delicious||Awesome Beauty||cupcakes rock|
|sprinkles||Rif Raf||Honey Butterfly|
|Princess Rule||Butterscotch||The Undertaker|
|Princess Taste||Madam Maid||Pogue|
|bosky2102||Short Circuit||Invalid Objects|
|Diamond girl||Dark Horse||Rose Catcher|
|Captain Obvious||Mindless Bobcat||Baby Base|
|Tulip wind||Peace Dude||Entophobia|
|enderfemale||Problem Repeater||Married Man|
|Flying Mouse||Gamer Tales||pink|
|Honey Cake Dumpling||n0y0u||Foolish Admin|
|wontobey||Ali W||Elegant Splendor|
|floral my shirt||Mutt||Star Belt|
|Buttercup||Deadline Dork||cra zy vib es|
|Mindset Player||MisterModerator||Honey bear Snowflakes|
|Smilee Love||escap3 with me||Bronze Gamer|
|Twinkle Night||Rainbow Forest||Goddess|
|Whack Attack||SugerSprinkledWalrus||Big Thumb|
|Just As Planned||Fixin||RunsWithFlyingDolphins|
|Foxer||BIG SEAN||Dog Bone|
|Cool Whip||Breakup Master||Love Hearts|
|Bad Chatty||Chan14551||Serious Haha|
|julialaurene||Honey bean Angel||Tech Bro|
|Tiny Heart||Hotcakes||Judy Holly|
|endlesslyyy forrever||NoahWeasley||Skull Crusher|
|Zero Charisma||the con she called love||Swag Football|
|Gamer Slayer||Kitty Cute||Outlaw|
|awrinkle in time||Moon Maker||Red Cream|
|UnmaskedDavid||tea at five||Angry Eagle|
|Wokie||Fairy hot||Right Choice Baby|
|Orange Splash||Forever angel||TheKingOPower|
|Jelly||youreyes dontknowmeyet||Mean Beauty|
|Bull Frog||Teen Ground||Pegasus|
|Cute Sky||toni rapp||Sandstorm|
|Mistake Manager||Honey pie Girl||neonmalu|
|Doctor||mylifeline21||Honey bear Cheers|
|Divine||Gold Grace||Classy girl|
|marie mirabelle||Stale Milk||peaseblo|
|Honey Buttercup||Dream girl||Wazdorf|
|Princess Weapon||Legal Heart breaker||Natural Mess|
|Jelly Hub||Tonight Gamer||Rollins|
|Silent Singer||princess||Sugary cake|
|Reality Bites||Blaze||1thousand is super fantastic|
|Lovely Passion||Oprah Clear||Little Gummy Bear|
|Black Hawk||Cupid||Waylay Dave|
|jesse||Red Dairy||Honey Pot|
|Pink Lover||Drock||Psycho Thinker|
|Honey Hug||Mad Boxer||glimmer|
|Cool bubble||goodatthis123||Awesome girls|
|Oblivion||zak bishop||Winning Looser|
|DroolingOnU||Snow Hound||Pink Doll|
|Plot Racer||WirelessBrain||Irritating Love|
Instagram in 2016
A little over a year later, and we’re back! Instagram popularity is still raging out of control, and more people are using it than ever before. All of our previous recommendations for finding an username that suits you still certainly apply, but as the Instagramming populace continues to get more of their life out and about in the digital arena, it’s become all the more important to set yourself apart as an individual.
After all, that’s why you went to all the work of finding a unique, suitable Instagram name, right?
That being the case, we have a few recommendations for ways that you can shape your Instagram experience to fit you and your lifestyle. We’ll also talk about changes that are coming to the massively popular social media app in the coming months; changes that will shake Instagram to its foundations, and hopefully for the better.
More Individuality in 2016
Instagram is turning into an awfully crowded place, and while it isn’t a bad thing, it’s forcing people to change their behavior when they’re using the app. We’re all still sharing the information, but it’s become increasingly important to market oneself when you’re posting images and videos that you want other people to see.
- More people use hashtags
- People pay more attention to who they’re following
- Instagram has become one of the go-to routes for self-promotion; you can hardly do without it.
How exactly do you go about “branding” yourself in the crowded field of Instagram? It’s become important to have a voice. To have something to say. Above and beyond all of that? Have a name that is identifiable, recognizable, and can perform consistently with the images and videos you’re posting, alongside the voice that you’re choosing to use. It’s not necessarily a lot of work, but everything that we’ve said before about finding the right name that properly expresses who you are is doubly important, now.
And along with this greater need for individuality is a slew of changes that are going to reshape Instagram feeds in 2016. How many times have you been forced to scroll through a huge feed of shared information, all because you want to find something from one specific source?
If you’re like me, it happens almost on a daily basis. Thankfully (though much to the chagrin of some users), Instagram is going to do something about that.
When the next update rolls out, gone will be the days of your feed always being given to you in chronological order. Instead, Instagram will be using new, smart algorithms to determine what sorts of information you’d like to see first, whether it’s something from a musician that you follow, or a share from your best friend. We’ve been promised that it will help to revolutionize our Instagramming, and reduce the amount of clutter that we’re used to seeing in our feeds.
That wraps up this guide on cool Instagram names for both girls and guys. No matter who you are, you can surely find a few names you like in the huge list above. Let us know if you have any other tips on coming up with your own names or if you really like one that is not listed above.
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