Shop Mobile More Submit  Join Login
Time for a quickie tutorial!

Your username (also known as nick) gives one of first impressions of you when introducing yourself online. At the best, your username tells people you're an original person with good taste, and at the worst, it blends you to the mass of people lacking imagination.



Here is a list about issues that are healthy to think about in general. After this section, I'll give you "not to do" and "to do" lists about creating usernames. So...

  • The most important thing is that YOU like your name. If you don't feel cozy with your username, it will irritate you sooner or later. However, especially if you are still young or new with Internet, be prepared for that your naming taste may change later and you may dislike that name you picked first! (That's something I have seen in the comments of this tutorial.)
    For example, my first online username was, if I remember correctly, my given name + my birth year (like, Lisa90, though my real name isn't Lisa), following the fashion of my peers. Later, I realized that this kind of name could be quite a hazard to my online privateness, as my birth year helps people to think how old I am (I was a young teen that time) and as my given name is some a bit rare, it could help nasty people to find me... Later, I adopted name Nuti after a story character of mine and its variation NuttyNuti. I have been really satisfied with my current name.
    Even if you can't help if your tastes change later, a good username in start usually lasts longer and gives better chances for that you like the name in the future, too! Changing an username is always quite a process.
  • A good username is something that people can remember: thus, people can also remember you more easily! This consists of two main issues: clarity and originality. Clarity makes sure that your name is easy to understand and remember, and originality helps people to pay more interest to your username and tells you more easily apart from the other users. So, try to make your username readable and avoid copypasting mass usernames! (Examples later.)
  • Also, try to think about what kind of impression you want to give to other users. What the name tells about you? You think for example these issues...
    Does your name look optimistic and happy or pessimistic and angsty?
    Is it a fun punny name or perhaps a mysterious fantasy name?
    Is it humorous or serious?
    Does it look like you a story writer whose creativity reaches to his/her username, too, or an uncreative mass fan who directly copypastes his/her (already hyper popular) favorite characters' name to his/her username?
    Is your username possibly revealing your nationality or hobbies?
    What kind of mental images or impressions it gives to other people? To with topics people relate your username?
    Remember that for example in dA your username may give people first impressions about what kind of art you do!



...or things that are not recommended. You can use them of you want, but here lies danger called Too-Over-Used-Stuff in them. You can use these if you spice them well with good word formatting and stuff.

  • Too bombastic cliché words like darkness, angel, death, kami etc. Over-used, simply over-used. Also, they give easily an impression about you're talking bigger than needed. A healthy portion of humbleness is not that bad.
  • Names of too well-known characters / series / phenomena in you username, like, Kakashi--Hatake or Bleach-Watcher or Anime-Luv. It binds you netpersona to that thing and makes more difficult for you to show your own self. Also, it makes you drown into the mass of people using similar username. And what do you do if you stop liking that character / what ever? Are you ready to change your username, then?
  • Number lists. At least I find really annoying to see usernames like Catperson298109 or Nekochan087. It feels they are clones made of users called Catperson and Nekochan, not entire personality. Numbers can be used if they have a special meaning, like Awake24/7. But avoid using them telling your birth year, like in way Sleeka91: in the Internet, mostly people don't care how old are you, as long as you behave yourself. And on the other hand, some immature people may discriminate you due to your age.
  • Cliché Japanese words like kawaii, neko, yami, shinigami, chan, kun, san and sama. Believe me; people are simply fed up with them. And about chans and other honorifics: Real Japanese-speaking people NEVER refer themselves with honorifics (unless they are weird), just people around them. So, using the honorifics like that is even grammatically wrong. Rarer Japanese words are okay.
  • Banging your head into the keyboard - meaning totally random usernames like jdgskghki3ush. Honestly, people can't even remember your username if it seems like a line of random characters.
  • Unneeded list of special marks. Almost nothing angers me more than seeing usernames like +*+~+InsertUsernameHere+~*+. They are NOT making them cooler, just more annoying to write! Also, extra X's are also frustrating to read.
  • Things that doesn't suit you or that may give wrong information about you. For example, a buddy of mine has as a username Ainoboy. You may think it's a username of a male since the ending 'boy', but in fact Ainoboy is a female. Only people knowing some Finnish may guess her real gender: Aino is a well-known female name in Finland, and 'boy' gives some tomboy aspect to that. The username works well in Finland, but it causes misunderstandings in international sites. So, be careful when choosing the name!
  • Also, usually it is better to start the name with a capital letter, AVOID WRITING ALL WITH CAPITALS, and aVoId LeTtERiNg LiKe ThAt. With _short_ names, they can be used.



These ones are not the only ones, but the ones I've seen they work!

  • Funny and/or not-too-used real words or phrases. What about a username, like, Haphazard? Isn't it sweet? :) And carefully/funnily chosen adjective + substantive combinations or other combined words can create useful names. For example, StripedBanana and Levitating_Sheep are nice names in my opinion! I've also seen here artists with usernames RoughArrow and Elves-Ate-My-Ramen, and I think that they are nice names! Just avoid clichés mentioned above and choose name that suits you!
  • The previous one, in your own mother tongue (if it is not English). A nice spice, and it hints quicker to your fellow X-landers where might you be from! Thus, you can start quicker to discuss in your own language!
  • The previous one, in some other language. But be sure that you know ALL meanings of the words you use to prevent embarrassing situations with people talking that language! Also, check out the grammar you need with the name (like, genitive) and avoid too-used words! (And be warned about people that think you may speak their language.)
  • Fully or partially self-invented names. Think like naming a fantasy creature. My own often used username, Nuti (sometimes combined with word Nutty), falls to that category. Also, derivations from real words/names are good, like 'a violet' -> Violetu. (And yes, Nuti is not derivated from word 'a nut', or so I think.)
  • Not-too-used things relating something you're interested in. Thanks for the idea, Lady-Madbeth! She told me she finds easily people that are interested in classical literature, since they comment like, 'how, your username brings my mind Shakespeare.' Be warned about too common topics (like, Anime--Luv), but instead, give hints about what are you interested in. For example, a deviant that likes taekwondo can use username like 'AnnunSogi' (a common stance used in taekwondo, also known as horse riding stance). With that, you may find people interested in the same stuff as you!


Happy usernaming :)
Or, more specially, how to make not bad usernames. A day, I got fed up with bad usernames and decided to make this.


ASK these deviants for help with coming up with usernames, they have volunteered to help! :) (I have too much going on with my life to have time to focus on a username banter.)

- Solitarybrother (formerly Mindmellow)
- lil-tanukii


Usernames are so personal issues that I can't judge the usernames of people of which I know only an avatar and the, well, username. I can (roughly) choose my favorite of several suggestions, but honestly, I can't say if an username matches you or not. Though I'm really flattered about you having asked about those ^_^'

The username is YOURS. IT'S PART OF YOU. The most important thing is that YOU like the name by yourself. One of the reasons why I made this tutorial was to help people the create usernames they won't regret later, or names that stand out and make you appear mature. However, I'm not an ultimate judge in "goodness" of names. If you (don't) like it, I have nothing to say for that. What I can do is to answer questions like "what do you think about this username as an outsider/third party".

Oh, also: Premium Members can change their usernames :)…
Add a Comment:
ChristianMcCabe02 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2017  Student Digital Artist
Can someone help me with a name, I want it to have my nickname/shortened, Chris, in it but I can't think of any names. I was thinking about doing something simple similar to Jaiden Animations and Draw With Jazza, two names that simply state the type of stuff they do with their name in it, but names like that are pretty much taken. I love playing video games, specifically Legend of Zelda, so I also was gonna try to make my name have something to do with LoZ but I don't want to do anything from the things to avoid list.
Eriksonix Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2017
I usualy go by 3 diffrent names online, my current one Eriksonix: my name (Erik) whic is made into a nickname my parents and childhood friends called me by (Erikson) and i just added ''ix'' cuz it sounded cool in my opinion. Second is Triple-Snake: was a name of my Imperial Agent in SWTOR (basicly i made of code name from my fav number, 3, and Snake from Solid Snake xP) and i liked it so much i used it in alot of other stuff online. And my final one is also my steam name, Panty Jesus/Pantsugami (ok i guesse thats two, but they both mean pretty much the same lol) i honestly dont even know where it came from but i found it incredably amusing :p
jigglyroll Featured By Owner May 11, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thoughts on my name? c:
Nella-Moon Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hmm... Help T_T can anyone help me with a good username..? As you can see I fell for the Japanese trend and now people oftenly call me Kozuchi (which I think it means hammer, if I didn't google it wrong back then). OTL I'm done being a hammer...
SatanIsMyDaddi Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2017  Student Digital Artist
i need to change my username asap
SatanIsMyDaddi Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2017  Student Digital Artist
toffeeshop Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
anyone like my name? uwu
i just thought it sounded rlly cute
XxGlitterboom Featured By Owner May 7, 2017  New Deviant Hobbyist
It's great!
sting-rei Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yes its cute and easy to remember because its original and interesting !! ♡♡
Pastel-PNG Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Does anyone like my username? XD
I was gonna make it Bun-PNG because I like bunnies, but Pastel-PNG seemed to be nicer sounding to me.
Fluffiest-Bites Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2017

I Found Some Name Ideas I Should Have
1.CuteAndMuddyEevees (If You Like Jumping In Mud Puddles And Eevee)
There for girls

Crap i cant spell i feel drunk today -_-
flockfantrekkie Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
If you've heard of the Vsauce network on YouTube, their main username is electricpants.
Solbyliet Featured By Owner Edited Dec 14, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
mine was based on an MLP oc i had... (i have regrets ;-; ) "Silver Star" was her name (but i then made her human and changed her.)

then coming on DA few years later, i wanted a new short name that could be recognized easily.

so, "Solbyliet"
for a while, i thought about calling myself: "silver star" but it was obvious it was taken, and it was so cliche.
silver... i though of the moon and the stars.. then about the sun.... sun in Spanish is "sol"

then, it was: "Solbystar"

but that was taken, so i thought.... and i looked through pictures in my PC to find stuff i love... i found an anime character named L. real name, Lawliet. took the last part and

"Solbyliet" was born, and i love it ^w^
PixelRipster Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2016
could you help me with a user name plz im looking one for my new profiles as im going to be a pixel artist /game dev  plz may i get help
MicrowavedFerret Featured By Owner Edited Jun 3, 2017  New Deviant Student Digital Artist
But PixelRipster is cool!
GUNSANDSHlPS Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2016  Student Filmographer
your username is really nice already!
PixelRipster Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2016
No I dont really like it that much though thanks anyways:)
PixelRipster Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2016
Lucien-kun Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2016  Professional General Artist
Heya, can you help me think of a new username? I want something fantasy related and funny at the same but I don't have any good ideas. Help me out please? 
nataliethenong Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2017  Student Traditional Artist
Bane of Old memes?!?!!? i don't know ;; XD
Lucien-kun Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2017  Professional General Artist
Hahaha!! that's great but still kinda stale. I have some other ideas but I'll send it to you in a note bc you know, don't want my brilliant ideas to get stolen. :P
GGRamenGod Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
Do I have a good username?
GG = Good Game/Gamer
RamenGod = Play on words for Roman god
KamiAlice Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
the struggle is real, since Kami is actually my real name :| (Blank Stare) I went for it anyway :p 
Parakeetie Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Heres my main problem I love a name for about a month (Ive gone through so many...) then I feel it doesn't fit me or I just loose interest in it and feel like it doesn't relate to me anymore i'm the worst with names...
Sneshneeorfa Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Well I flunked this a long time ago

My username is unpronouncable :lol:
Grimmigeist Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2016
Hello! I was wondering if my username is good-


It's a combination of "Grimmige" and "Geist" which both mean "Grim" and "Ghost" in German
I know it sounds like a generic edgy emo username in english, but it's actually a nod to my affinity for horror.
Depardokai Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2016  Hobbyist
I totally made mine up
TheEmmastar123 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I desperately need to think of a new name.. I've had this one since the beginning of time, but it definitely does not suit me.. :P

I still like how I have included my real name in my username, but I desperately need to get rid of the numbers and I want it to be a little more catchy... I was thinking about including a catchy photography word or something but nothing has come to mind as of yet...

There are a few names I do like but I can't seem to claim them, yet nobody seems to be using them which is very annoying... DA should sort this out (and allow unused names to be claimed)!! :)

Sorry for the rant... Any name ideas are welcome! :)
astrophilliax Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
"emmacro". Macro is a type of photography, your name is Emma. 
"emmapyreal". It's a play on the word "empyreal", which means "celestial". 
KKlightdragon Featured By Owner Edited Sep 9, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The stages of my username

Piggy-First 4 letters of real name- (based off my stuffed animal's name and mine, it was my MySpace and name XD)

-FirstName--MiddleName-4444 (thanks for keeping me secure when deciding my name, mom ;D )

-real name-2000 (Dont worry its not my birth year I just typed the first number I saw)

SUPALIGHTPOWA (I stayed with this name for a while but now i'm embarrassed of it but I don't have money to change it ;u; )

K The Dragon


RebelRokstarr Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2016  Student General Artist
I've been wanting to change my dA name for a long time but I have to get another account for it bc I don't have CORE lmao
If anyone wants to suggest a username, here's some things:

I like dogs and ducks (quack)
My favorite color is blue (all shades it doesn't matter to me)
I like memes (who doesn't like memes?)
I like the words creativity and pastel (they're pretty cool)
I like art (so does everyone else on da)
Anime is cool (im not a weeb i swear)

I might not use the name directly, but I might play around with it to see what I like <3
AkageOtoha Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
LenaUchiha8 and bushybrowsgirl-95 are two old old accounts of mine. I regret using those usernames, lmao. x'DD Both were based on Naruto.
I am really looking for a new username right now, but I'm having trouble coming up with a good username.
jclover0577 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i kinda had this username when i was in high school on other sites, i think? JC stands for the actor John Cusack, and I really love him (I still am XD) the number was a random generator made by Yahoo Mail for the suggestions. Now I want to change, if I had a CORE haha. Something professional but still cute, preferably.
barbarian-jk Featured By Owner Edited Aug 12, 2016  Student General Artist
Hi! I recently changed my user name to this one. In my case, I created this name based on my real name. However, I have two probs.. First, now I'm not sure the "barbarian" part fits my art, doesn't it sound kind of rough? Second, I've just found out that "JK" means Joshi Kousei (High school girl) in Japanese... such as in the "JK Meshi" anime. And I'm a man! xD I'm using this nickname in my Pixiv account too and I should probably change it there first, but I don't want to be using two nicknames around.

What do you guys think? Or it sounds good and I'm overthinking it? I can change it again later on here on DA... Do you think I should change it? What sort of name would you suggest to someone aiming to be a manga-style artist (focused on moe, bishounen and bishoujo), a character designer and a story writer?

Thank you very much for your time and have an awesome day!
MarsLeo Featured By Owner Edited Aug 10, 2016
MarsLeo is my nickname that I have created.. But somehow I have always been mistaken as a guy T^T Do you think I should change it? Also it is always been taken by someone sometimes in other sites D: .. and was planning to have a second username that is 'me'. But I can't think of anything except for the name 'Yuine', which is also usually taken T^T 

Idk anymore, can you help me please? ;_;
barbarian-jk Featured By Owner Edited Aug 12, 2016  Student General Artist
Hi! How about Yuineria or Yuinelia? It sounds cute to me personally, but I don't know about you xD It could be something like that, adding an extra part to the name. That's in the case you really want to change your current name of course. Does this other person use the name as an artist nickname as well? Good luck choosing your new name!
b0rklet Featured By Owner Edited Aug 7, 2016
I came up with a good one
candy-pain (like candy cane but it rhyme lmfa0)
Creative-Chai Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2016  Student Digital Artist
I made my username when I was like 11 and I really don't like my username right now as midnighteclipse02
I want to change it into a more 'professional sounding' name but I can't choose! XD

I've been thinking about one though, TheBangladeshiPepper I don't know if it's good though X)
If anyone want's to help me out, feel free to do so! X)
sickbatea Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
HI! I am the same creator of "Allisander" but I wanted to create a more original nickname! So I created the "sickbatea" and I LOVED. It's a combination of things about my mascot (fursona / OC) sick + bat + tea. what do you think? sz
KKlightdragon Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It has a nice ring to it
cari-mel Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I've been considering changing my username, because although I LIKE my name now, as I get myself more into the world of anime art outside of the internet, I'm feeling like I might want something that is more akin to my real name, and more professional (but still cute!). I'm doing my first art show as an anime artist in August and I'm feeling a little silly calling myself Yuki in front of peers from childhood as it's not my real name...and i don't want to sound like a weeb
Anyway, anyone have any ideas? I'd like to use the name Cari somewhere in it.....errr sorry for babbling and hopefully i'm not troubling you! 
netflixandsapphire Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Tfw you made your dA when you were 9 and have the name "CookieKawaiiSenpai"
DeiAndItasGirl Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
allisander Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I LOVE MY NAME! Thank yuuu Nuti sz
You like my new name? 
NuttyNuti Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Memorable? Check. Reasonable to write? Check. You like it? Check!

Good to go :thumbsup:
allisander Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks sz
aragorn3208 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
How you invented nickname?
At the moment I'm trying to think of new nickname!
allisander Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Well... First I was thinking of names like: sly-cat, ar-to...
 But I really did not like, then I started to think of names that I really like, old, medieval names... names like: Magnus, Tybalt, Wenrick... and the name I chose was Alesaunder... but I modify it into a form that I really liked...
And so came the name "Allisander" which is the name of my character and my DA
lil-tanukii Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Or if anyone wants help I can help you think of a username >v< I love making usernames so fun
Add a Comment:

:iconnuttynuti: More from NuttyNuti

Featured in Collections

Devious Collection by Ashry42

Tutorials by NerdyCatLite

More from DeviantArt


Submitted on
October 13, 2010
File Size
8.5 KB


116,647 (72 today)
259 (who?)