Cool Band Names

Cool band names. We’ve all thought of one at some point, whether for a real band, or for hypothetical amusement. Juliet just didn’t get it:

“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose
By any other word would smell as sweet.”
–From Romeo and Juliet (II, ii, 1-2)

Cool Band Name Brainstorming...The perfect rap, country, emo, or rock band name is an elusive find. We expect too much, looking for good band name ideas that spontaneously explode, speak volumes about our rock personna, instill awe in those that hear it, and easily translate into memorable URLs. Meanwhile, the list of unused band names grows shorter…as the number of aspiring rock stars sprout about.

GarageSpin has laid out one possible path you can take to discover and own a good name for your band.

1. Think of a Cool Band Name
Ok, easier said than done. Find it within yourself to create the ultimate band name. Or, try a band name idea generator…

Random Band Name Generator Sites:

Leon’s Random Generators – Besides a random band name generator, Leon includes random generators for song lyrics, chord progressions, and other amusing nonsense.

Rock’n’Roll Generator – Simple, efficient…and not very helpful. The last run generated the band name “Rump-Shaking Unborn Folksingers”. My band name search continues…

Band Name Maker – This band name generator allows you to insert an optional word into the mix. I tried a run with “GarageSpin” inserted; “Garagespin Tsunami” was the best result. (Or worst?)

2. Conduct a Band Name Search
Conduct a Google band name search for your chosen name, to make sure it hasn’t been taken. Then, check…

Band Name Registry Sites:

ASCAP and BMI – Two performance rights societies with large rosters that collectively cover most active, signed bands, as well as many unsigned acts.

Band Name – This site seems to offer much more than just a band name registry, such as classifieds, newsletters, and digital store functionality.

The Band Register – A band registry, A&R Network, and band name trademark info (band names are trademarked, not copyrighted) are included in this resource.

Check independent music sites as well, such as GarageBand.com and SoundClick.com, Phonolog (a listing of published albums), and don’t stop there. You don’t want to have to change your band’s name after two years of building a fan base for it.

3. Protect Your Band Name
What if your name is being used by another band? Protection and ownership of a band name involve both “territory” (where is the band and its fan base located), and “priority” (who used the band name first?). The question is too large to cover here, so I’ll save the answer for another post. If you’re serious about your band, you will want to eventually trademark your band name.

In any case, band name creation is a blast, even if you have no intention of actually starting a group. Do you have any best/worst band name ideas? Submit them below!

  • Crash

    I always considered band name creation more of a feat of serendipity than a fun pastime. The king, of course, is Dave Barry, who would stop in the middle of a story about, say, the randy behavior of shrooming weasels, and say "('Boinking Like Shrooming Weasels' would be a great name for a band.)"

    I feel the same way. Great band names, like nicknames and catchphrases, can't be forced; they just happened to stick. (When you try to force it, you end up with a name like "N*SYNC" or "DOGFIGHT". Need I say more?) Most of the time, they don't make any logical sense, and nobody would want to take the blame for coming up with that. It should also be somewhat self-deprecating, since people who say they are cool invariably aren't cool. Except that the pendulum may have swung far enough in that direction that people who think they can be cool by acting uncool are now actually uncool…I'm not sure anymore. All I know is that I'm naming my band "The Assmints", and that's that.

  • Danno

    Ah, band names. Lately I’ve been digging bastardised phrase band names. Brian Jonestown Massacre, REO Speeddealer (although I think they’re just plain Speeddealer now), that kinda deal. I think a good band name has to sound as good as it looks – Ozzy Osbourne always said that he liked the name Black Sabbath because of the way the vowels sound. It’s funny how when you happen to catch a band with a crap name they are often AS CRAP AS THEIR NAME. I saw a band the other night called Scarlet Soho (nice use of alliteration tho’) and yes – ’twas pus. A friend of mine came up with these beauties a while ago – The Salivation Army, and my favourite – Fuck Rogers.

  • Ian

    I don’t think of seriously starting a band, but the thought has come up to me on a few occcasions. One name that has come up to me is “Twinkle Toes”. I know it does sound a bit funny, but I kind of like the sound of it. I actually got the idea of naming it after a body part from the band “Powderfinger”. It came to me at that instant, ” Twinkle Toes”. I don’t except to use the name any time soon, but I hope I can use the name someday. I don’t have any money to buy any insrtuments anyway. I do have an acoustic guitar( I have never used it since I bought it). I don’t even know how to play a guitar yet. I really want to start a band.

    Ian- Sydney, Australia

    • jana

      Ive got a rock band name…..CRUSH!

  • Barry

    I don’t know how to play any instruments, can’t sing and can’t dance. But I just want to have a band! Not to actually play any music, just to be able to say “Yes, i’m in a band you know.” Oh, and to possibly get my band’s name on a T-shirt and to have people enquire about the obscure band. That would be ace.

    Barry – Glasgow, Scotland

  • Sahjan

    I want to start a rock band. I can sing, but I can’t dance. I don’t have any instuments, although I used to have a piano. That wouldn’t really suit rock music, though would it? I have come up with ‘Immortal Heaven’ or ‘Immortal Hell’. I can’t decide which one. I have come up with a MUCH cooler name now, but I’m not telling you.^^

  • Jordan Petrie

    Ive been in over 4 different bands (like purple-monkey-middle-finger, more than man and trial by fire) Me and my friends want to start another band (i wont tell the full name due to copywright reasons) Piou- C—ord. Yes were a christian band but w/e. we could use some more band ideas and fan support so feel free to e-mail me at death_by_munkies@hotmail.com

    • cake person26

      hi person! we just need help with finding i band name that starts with the letter B.thanks!

      cake person 26

  • HINCH

    Well i play guitar have 4 abotu a year and a half we have a band called massacre of the innocent duno how we got it but just put it up there as as temp thing and i dont like it cos it sound so deathmetal like we wanna play liek metalcore deathcore rele just ne thign mad but i want kind of a off topic name where ppl will be put of fbuy the name but when they hear the music with chronic breakdowns and sweeps they will just love it

    • dave

      you smell a** hole

  • Kristina

    umm me and my friends want to start a band and we were thinking of the name “black rose” or “eclipse” but i don’t know if those are taken…

    • yo mama

      yes they are taken by bands in nyc

  • desy

    This is really helpful.i have a band but i dont know what to name it.this is the choices:
    New York Beneath
    Last Chance Love
    Back to The Future
    Missing Mommy
    I think i like choice 2 and the last choice.without the tips i would have had my bands name stolen in a week.thanks guys

    • OSCAR

      ur name band could be new york beneath its really awesome

      • arin

        new york beneath is beastly

    • your mom

      try something like Six feet under, The final stand, The chemical inbalance, Sunny at midnight, or
      Foggy distortion.

  • Russell

    Me and my mates are in a band we were gonna call it flipside but some stupid rap band and magazine and website and everything had already nicked it ) = so we have thought of some names but i dunno if there any good here goes
    lost cause, black ice, representing, hertz, iconic, origin and loads of other ones one that did make me laugh was lost pockets like lost prophets ( = please if u know a good name please post a reply thx

    • brant

      how about student freek?

  • http://www.freewebs.com/danielaprofile Daniela

    -Naked Toast and the butter knife.(lol)
    -Zero down(cool)
    -Narcissus(original)

    • Jessi

      i hope its ok we named our band thing naked toast :P and ere going on canadas got talent :P !!!

  • http://myspace.com/ambidextrousoctopus Jooosssshhhh

    -Euth (might use this is the near future)
    – Youth an Eyes
    – Turd covered in burnt hair
    – Cereal Rapist
    – Artamus/Artimise
    – The letter S
    – Kebert Xela
    – FREE BEER (used already back in the 90's by a bar band)
    – Cheap Drugs (same idea)
    – Steve

    My bands' name is Ambidextrous Octopus :)

    • TSS

      Ambidextrous Octopus FTW! Sorry, I just liked the name. :)

    • ladiesman

      u r flippin crazy

  • band director

    we have no idea what to call our band!! do you have any suggestions. we have a battle of the band coming up!!

    • ladiesman

      cross fade

  • Ran-Die

    This was helpful.

    I thought of a couple band names. i came to a conclusion, but i dont want to say it in case someone steals it. here are other ideas i would like others to use.

    Dark Horizon
    Damage Inc.
    Madness
    Deadly Angel
    Slave
    Mortality.

    Thnx.

    BTW, i DID NOT mention My Band Name. mine is pure genius that i dont want anyone to steal. :P

    • ladiesman

      y dont u tell people if ur such a genius

  • Lizzy

    Bloodless

  • ladiesman

    i think that band names should not be shone to the world because it is very likely that someone would steal the names u came up with plus if u can come with all these names y dont you come up with a band of your own

  • lil

    im trying to make a band but i don't what to call it i have a fue ideas
    drunk love
    misty dame
    dead beat
    lover lane
    hope lane
    drunken love
    thankz

    • OSCAR

      i like the name drunken love

  • ALEX

    GET A LIFE MAKE IT UP DUMMY BOY!!!!

  • OSCAR

    IM STARTING A NEW BAND BUT I DONT KNOW WAT 2 CALL IT PLZ HELP SOMEONE

    • shutupfluffy

      Imma halp ya, Oscar: Unicorn City. Yah its immature, but think about it.

    • katherine

      think of yourself and what band name you want and make shore it tells a story with one-four words

  • OSCAR

    i came up with names and heres some examples

    new york into planet

    the blueprint fame

    generating black eyed peac

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    destroyed paradise

  • http://Twitter.com/Cruz_muniz Cruz Muniz

    I’m starting a band to…but were also trying to find a name! It’s an all girl band. The runaways are our inspiration. Follow me on Twitter. Also on myspace.

    • Tavii

      Chic Murder
      Hot Ice
      Cherry Girl ( in relation to Cherry Bomb by the Runaways)
      Tavii England, United Kingdom, Europe

  • kira

    hot ice cold fire is good at least i think

  • TLH+DC

    Well, Me and A Friend are starting a band. Im 13 and he's 15. He plays the drums and I sing. We are trying to find a really cool name. BUt we just can;t get one in our heads. Can you help us?

  • 051379

    the angel beneth me
    among the attraction
    angels at the gates
    united by fate
    the razor blade romance

  • ELLIOT

    this website is pointless it says on google really cool band names theres not even any
    names

  • Gracie

    OMG!!!! my band and i have the battle of the bands coming up and we have still not decided our name! as a band we have had many names but none have really stuck. so we need your help! please suggest some names for an all girls rock/pop band! please we need your help!

  • Jordi

    Blacks the new Epic! :D

  • alex

    black shadows…:)
    how does that sound? :)

  • TkT

    me and a freind are creating the most awesom band u will ever hear once we are famous ;P but we have no clue what to name it! were more alteritave rock, any ideas anyone?

  • Tokiohotel4eva

    I personally like my idea better in german, Sonntag Theoretisch. But since ya'll are gonna be like wtf i dnt kno wat that means it means "Sunday in Theory". There, ya happy?

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  • Jacob Baughan

    me and my friends are starting a band named T._D._K

    anybody got any good sond names maybe we can use

  • David

    I got some good ones. How bout….

    For All August
    Reflect the Craze
    Merchant to Medicine
    Rating the Railways
    Tool of Box
    The Mundane Way
    Flannel Feelings

    Idk. Just some ideas

  • gavin

    Im the drummer in a band and we have been together for two years, we play a sort of soft rock kind of style but have major difficulties in picking the name. we have had a few names and have a few in mind but cant decide. we have had lazy sundays, the irony, questions about fire and are currently frontline but hate it. we were thinking of some thing like arya or magnesium skyline but we just cant agree can anyone help, tell me what you think of the other ones thanks :)

  • THom

    I was in a punk band a few years ago and when we first formed, we were trying to think of the name that would offend the most people possible, but also had to sound catchy. We circulated names like The Clusterfuck Experience. Punching Pandas. Sniffing Sharpies. but finally wound up being most locally knows as The Cock Rockets. Those were the days =D

  • mong

    FTH

  • katherine gray

    me and my friends are starting a band but there is a problem in the way we don't have a name we have tried millions but this sight helped us find a name thank you ! the band name is "heart of west" no one is aloud to steel it !

  • Matt

    Friendly fire

    all bridges burned

    Pluto is a planet

    wedding in wonderland

    Signed in blood

    The second of sorrow

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    well i have a couple of ideas like ”unforeseen past” or ”sacrifice to see” or ”proclaim liberty” or ”crimson affair” but its just some ideas but if you like any of them just give me your feedbak on facebook

  • larggrggrg4rgr

    hi-fi alleys

  • Frank98

    Hey Guys ^^
    I'm forming a rock band with my older brother, but we have yet to think of a name, can yuh help us out??

  • regage

    the losers

  • some one

    hi i have some band names:

    6 meters of fun

    sour staps

    flat ice

    spotty penguin

    water bugs

    10 paradises

    magic screen

    i did not say mine!

  • Jontyrockr

    Mine band plays real hard and is called “Right Angle”

  • Allstar Rohit

    Hey Guys… I'm forming a band n I'll be playing Almost everything from Rock -Death Metal….
    Any ideas for a Great name ,….
    I had a nice name "HEAVEN N HELL" … But later realized that it was already taken.. =(

  • audrey

    my band name is cuz band what do you think about that

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  • flint

    TRY THIS:

    -Deadly Sins
    -Blunt Vortex
    -Sorry For Sorrow
    -Burning The Remnants
    – Infernal Punishment
    -Beneath The Grave
    -Unhallowed
    -Crucify
    – Blood Of Burden
    -Great Escape
    – Blowtorch massacre
    – Darkness Enslave
    – Dark Soul

  • Marcia and rosie

    Me and my friend need a name !!! Help??? something original but simple :l 1 word plzzzzz :D thankcoooo x

  • Azzaa x

    we really need a band name! it has to have either the word 'sisters' or 'singing' in it. thanks! :)<3

  • http://www.facebook.com/clramirez4 Christy

    i want to start a country band. I play guitar..not a pro and sing okayish!! anyone in south texas?? I am girl by the way…lol im 21 so perferably someone in 20's or late teens!!! :)

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  • Issey

    How the heck did aerosmith get their name???!!!

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  • https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=843410390 Gary Lee

    country band still looking for a name here

    • Hexx

      "Pistol Dawn" Pissed til' dawn its a play on the word! ive had this name kicking around for over 20 years saw it on a tshirt.

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    My friends name is Haley and my name is saphire and we named our band backfire. Yea I k n ow kinda lame, but we like it so whatever. Try mixing your names and spelling them different.

  • saphire

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