Sunday, March 22, 2009

Check the domain availabilty of your name mashes

Besides being a great name generator for couples, namemasher is also a great way of brainstorming and coming up with a company name or website.  Say your new site is a cross between twitter and linkedin or youtube and flickr.  You can mash them up, view your name mashes, and can now easily check to see which names are available as domain names.  Just click the "Check domain availability of these names" link to be taken to  They will display the domain names and list which are taken and which are available.  Happy hunting!

Friday, March 20, 2009

namemasher as a Facebook application

namemasher is now available as a Facebook application!  It has all the same features as the namemasher site as well as the ability to select your Facebook friends to mash up.  After selecting your favorites, you can post your mashed up names to your profile to share with your friends.

Go to to start mashing up your Facebook friends!

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Linking to namemasher with names pre-filled

If you'd like to link to namemasher with two names pre-filled and mashed up, you can add them to the query string as follows:

(or course substitute your own names for pug and beagle)

f = the first name/word to use.
s = the second name/word to use.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Your favorite name mashes on Facebook!

You can now submit your favorite name mashups to Facebook!  Here's how: 
  1. Mash up two names
  2. Pick your favorite name mashes by clicking them
  3. Click the Post to Facebook link
  4. If you already logged into Facebook, you'll see Facebook's feed dialog appear
  5. Click the Publish button and the feed will be posted to your Facebook profile!
There's also a Connect to Facebook button at the top of the page if you're not already logged in.  If you're already logged into Facebook though, you'll see a message saying you're already logged in.

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Welcome to namemasher!

namemasher is THE ultimate name generator. I wanted to create a name generator that could take two names or words and mash them up to create new mashed up names/words. A Google search for a tool that could take "Ben" and "Jennfier" and spit out "Bennifer" or "Brad" and "Angelina" to create "Brangelina", came up short. So I had to create one myself.

My goals with this name generator:
  • It had to be able to create "Bennifer", "Brangelina", and "TomKat" as those were the baseline tests
  • It had to intelligently generate every combination of mashed up names, not just one name
  • It had to be intelligent enough to detect "bad" names vs "good" names
  • It had to be fun and easy to use
namemasher is not just a tool for creating these celebrity uni-names, as they're sometimes called. It can also be used to create new portmanteau words. A portmanteau is a combination of two words, such as picture+dictionary to create "pictionary".

So try it out and let me know what you think. And have fun!