I take too long coming up with hostnames, and using virtualization I’ve been installing lots of hosts recently. It’s hard to come up with a good name. I like them short (4-5 characters are easy to type) and memorable. A few examples of hostnames I’ve used in the past are dyad, koan, merk, zayin, alai and aeon. It would have been nice if there was a theme to these, but there isn’t one. They’re the result of random searches in dictionaries, on Morewords or wherever else. I like the idea of sticking to a theme so it’s easier to think of new hostnames when you need them.
In order to brainstorm ideas for myself and others, here’s a list of hostname categories. They work just as well for usernames too, in case you’re in the market for one.
In case you’re wondering why they don’t all have links, I grew tired of searching for good ones :)
If you already have a list of names and want to generate more, plug them in to Google Sets.