How to Choose a Good Gamertag for Gaming

Updated on July 5, 2016

Coming up with a Good Gamertag

Your gamertag is one of your most personal forms of expression on a game. Depending on what you're playing, it can create an impression on hundreds of people.

It's important to find an alter-ego that suits you: a well-placed allusion, (e.g. Frodo Fraggins or Das Bait), joke (e.g. ghettohamburgler), or menacing word (e.g. BeastMode) communicates your personality right of the bat.

If you're having trouble getting started, follow the steps below to help job your creative process.

Step 1: Decide What Genre of Games You Are Interested in

You gamertag will likely be different depending on the type of game. For example, an FPS game will bring to mind different gamer tags than a MMORPG.
You gamertag will likely be different depending on the type of game. For example, an FPS game will bring to mind different gamer tags than a MMORPG.

If you haven't done so already, consider what type of game you will be playing. This will allow you to imagine the type of impression you would like to create with your gamertag. Consider if you are going to be playing one of the following:

  • FPS games
  • Strategy games
  • RPGs
  • Sports
  • Brain games
  • Other

Step 2: Brainstorm Gamertags

Next, we are going to brainstorm words that would fit your gamertag. While you can search online for name generators, the are unlikely to give you the kind of name you want. A good name requires creativity, intellect, and nuance. Think about what tone you'd like to use—whether it be fun, powerful, scary, cute, or quirky—and use the following steps to help make up your name.

Don't worry about if the gamertag is already in use—leave that until step three. Instead, focus on finding one that suits you.

  • If you are going for a powerful name, consider incorporating one of the world's natural elements: earth, wind, water, or fire. Alternatively, you can consider natural phenomenon, such as earthquakes, storms, etc.
  • Playing a FPS game? Consider incorporating an allusion to your favorite gun, map, or outfit.
  • Playing an MMORPG? What about referencing your favorite weapon, animal, or dungeon?
  • A good name means something. Consider a favorite character from a retro game that others may recognize or lyrics from a favorite song.
  • Do you already have a nickname? Perhaps you can think of a play on words using your nickname.
  • If you don't have a nickname, think of two-word gamertags that start with the same letters as your real name. Sometimes self-imposed constraints such as this can help you be more creative.

Idea Generator Table



Before you settle on your name, think about whether you eventually want to use it for other genres of games or media. For example, if you intend to one day make a YouTube channel or Twitter with the same tag, check those websites first to make sure that your name isn't a copy of someone else's name. If it is, you may get a lot of hate from certain people and wind up having to change your name after all. If it isn't, it is a good idea to create a user account reserving that name proactively in case you want to use it later.

Step 3: Make Your Gamertag 'Fit'

If you username or gamertag is already taken, try adding an underscore or another word rather than "x"s and lots of numbers.
If you username or gamertag is already taken, try adding an underscore or another word rather than "x"s and lots of numbers.

Gamertags like ‘xXHardscopeXx’ and ‘EpicSlayer542’ look pretty unprofessional. Luckily there are alternatives that allow you to keep your name, without resorting to those tactics. Remember that there are a lot of ways in which you can combine your new name! Don’t be afraid to experiment; you shouldn’t be held back from making your desired gamertag just because some of the options are already in use.

  • Try using ‘_’ in front or behind your name.
  • Try doubling your letters (depending on the letter).
  • Think if there is another word that you can add. This will open up many possibilities.

A Few Tips to Keep in Mind

  • Don't go full caps. It will make your name look like you are shouting.
  • Only change letters to numbers as your last resort. This will make it look a bit less professional, and so is only recommended if all the other options are already in use.

Pro Tip for PlayStation

If you are making a PlayStation username and are not 100 percent sure that you can stick with one name for an extended period of time, make a Japanese account. That's right, Japanese. Why? Japanese accounts allow you to change your username without having to make a new account! The only disadvantage: the menu is in Japanese. But if you know where to find everything, this shouldn't be a big problem.

Best of luck finding a new gamertag that fits your personality! If you have any suggestions I may have forgotten, please leave them in the comments.

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        BeastMode_Demon 4 months ago

        Wowow thanks for good tip on username making!

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        Regifide 4 months ago

        I need a good name for ps4 causes im a gamer.

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        BerZerker 4 months ago

        Is ThIs GoOd?

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        i need minecraft username 6 months ago

        ugh i need 1

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        FuryExecute 7 months ago

        wow this website is so good thanks alot

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        Malthe 10 months ago

        guys please help me i need a gamertag for a minecraft owner of a comunity plss help me

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        Muhit 11 months ago

        Can someone help me with a name to do with assasins

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        SFM-NeonZeroGamer 11 months ago

        Make me one

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        Cant Decide 11 months ago

        What if your interested in all types of games

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        Tynan Moores-Griffin 11 months ago

        I don't know what to do for mine. Something to do with scarecrow.

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        tendergnome3 12 months ago

        What do you think of Misunderstood Overlord and if you like it how can I shorten it by 6 letters

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        Пешо 13 months ago

        _ScriptKittie i think its cool

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        Brodie 15 months ago

        I think my game tag should be awesome.

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        Nameless Jimmy 16 months ago

        I have a few ideas bit I want to know what you guys think is best, some of my names are Slym Jym, The Dog, The Steel Dog, or should I stick with my regular name The Player2087

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        Aidil 17 months ago

        How about _F1X_1T_ or _Pr33tY_K1LL3R...

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        Vesam 17 months ago

        What should be my gamer tag for the Xbox one

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        Alcpwn 17 months ago

        Ive always loved my name ^

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        BAKAN_LUVAR458 18 months ago

        A lot of people have told me in the past that I have a bad name, but this article has helped me to know that in reality it is a good one. Thanks.

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        Someone 18 months ago

        My new gamer name is Dark_Steel_Wolf thanks to this website my gamer name is cooler (before this is was Tomato)

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        Overwatch123 18 months ago

        Im trying to find a name that i like that is overwatch related or something like that so pls help...thx

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        Francesco 18 months ago

        I need help with this name.




        or maybe even


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        Casper 19 months ago


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        Yeboii 19 months ago

        Im thinking OF StinkyOyster or AncientTofu

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        _sopro 19 months ago

        Thanks to vote for me #kimleonard08

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        ejwidoskld 20 months ago

        a name that links with sloths :d

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        Jreded 21 months ago

        Which ones better Jrev or Jreded?

        I have both

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        Andre 22 months ago

        Good Names

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        Doggy 22 months ago

        mine is SKu11CRush3R

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        monkey 23 months ago

        I love monkeys and i love purple but my brain is fried i can't think of names. this is for minecraft and i would like something cute. any names???

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        Jay dog 23 months ago

        Mine is ButterSquidSlayer2000

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        Md 2 years ago


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        bossy 2 years ago

        my last name is Boss which i actually really like and i would like to incorporate it in my gamer tag but i am not too creative, any ideas?

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        Luke 2 years ago

        Someone help me out! A name that link with Ice

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        Billy 2 years ago

        Mine is Grumpy doge

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        adsf 2 years ago

        ^ KittyKillcam

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        Bri 3 years ago

        Mine is DynamicKillcam but I want a girly one because I go into lobbies and people think I'm a guy

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        Mike 3 years ago

        GameSet&MattHutch might be a good one... might be a little long but it is clever, includes your name and also kinda suggests you are better than everyone else

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        Matthew 3 years ago

        Really helpful any good suggestions for me ? First name Matt second name Hutch

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        Ryan Melton 3 years ago

        I think my gamer tag is freaking epic


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