Ideas for Hostnames

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.

Hostname categories

  • Fish (or any animal)
  • Shakespeare characters
  • Greek gods
  • Roman mythology
  • Metals
  • TV show / movie characters (e.g. Simpsons, Star Wars, Monty Python, Disney, Muppets, Loony Tunes, etc)
  • Battles / Wars
  • Oceans
  • Rocks
  • Car parts
  • Pizza toppings
  • U.S. Presidents
  • Biblical characters
  • Elements (but some are really long)
  • Cities / States / Countries
  • Street names
  • Hobbits / Elves / Middle Earth / Fantasy / Science fiction
  • Robots
  • Painters
  • Fruits
  • Colors
  • Music terminology
  • Plants / Trees
  • Sports teams
  • Planets and other astronomical names
  • Latin words
  • Famous musicians / authors
  • Spices
  • Computer scientists
  • Candy bars
  • Transformers
  • Peanuts characters
  • Baby names
  • Warcraft
  • Other ideas

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.

Note: Some of these ideas came from these sites.

Update: NamingSchemes has a bunch of options too (via Lifehacker)


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  1. Thanks, This helps me figure something out. It is hard to come up with a good hostname sometimes… and I’m only just trying to come up with the hostname for my own laptop :D

    Comment by Chris on February 10, 2011 @ 7:15 pm

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