To be able to choose good email names for your personal email address seems to be like hitting gems these days. Why? Because most of those decent email names ideas are most likely to have been already taken. Gone are those days when you could easily choose your first name and last name as usernames on free and popular email services like Gmail, Yahoo & Outlook. Unless you are blessed with a very unique name, it’s almost next to impossible to choose such good email usernames that are simply made from concatenation of your first and last name. If you’re reading this post, it’s most likely that you’re into your teens and at this point in your life, you desire to choose good email address names that not only look unique, but also seem professional from your career front. In this post, I’ll be sharing some really useful tips in this direction.
Characteristics Of Good Email Names:
Before we dive into the tips to choose professionally good email names, let’s discuss some of their ideal characteristics:
- They consist of your first and last name
- They are short and easy to remember
- They are free from numbers & special characters
- They are free from adjectives/words of self-conceit like cool, sweet, handsome, pretty, ultimate, powerful and the like.
But, the problem is – such ideal usernames for your email addresses are most probably already taken. No worries! Through this guide, I’ll help you walk through some clever and creative tips to get your desired email usernames.
Gmail Vs. Yahoo Vs. Outlook? Selecting The Best Email Accounts:
These days, there are a myriad email services available where you can easily create a free email account. For example – Gmail, Yahoo, Outlook, AOL, Mail.com, etc. are some of the top email brands in the industry. But, in your endeavor to create a professional/proper email address for your personal needs, it is equally important that you choose the best email service provider. Considering security and credibility, I’ll suggest you to go for either Gmail or Outlook. However, if you personally do not like my recommendation, feel free to try other options as well. Here is a good post on Hubspot where they have reviewed the top 5 and best email accounts in 2018. You can take some reference from here.
Some Creative Tips To Choose Good Email Address Names:
Once you’ve shortlisted your preferred email account, it’s now the time to choose your desired email name address. Here is an example:
My name is Abhishek Raj. An exact match keyword search on Google yields around 22 million results and on Facebook, the profiles with the exact name seem unlimited. In this scenario, do you think that I will be able to choose abhishekraj or any of its alterations as my ideal email address? Certainly not! Here are some step by step creative hints/guidelines to choose unique and good email names:
Step 1: Start with trying the ideal format first – Your First Name (followed by) Your Last Name OR Your First Name (underscore/dot) Your Last Name OR Your Last Name (underscore/dot) Your First Name
If you are able to choose the intended email name, you’re very lucky and your search ends right here. Otherwise, head on to Step no. 2 below.
Step 2: Try this format – Initial of First Name (followed by) Your Last Name OR Initial of First Name (underscore/dot) Your Last Name
Still unlucky? No worries, try something unique this time. Follow the Step no. 3 below.
Step 3: Try prefixing the desired email name with short forms that may include:
- Concatenated initials of your First/Last Name (followed by) initials of Last/First Name. For example, in my case, the prefix will be “ar” OR “ra” since my full name is Abhishek Raj. Using this clever trick, at the time of writing this post, I’m still able to choose [email protected] as my email id. This certainly looks quite neat and professional. Isn’t it?
- You may also try prefixing salutations like “Mr“, “Ms“, “Mrs” or even “er” – for engineer, “ca” – for chartered accountant and “doc” – for doctor if that suits your profession.
In case, you still turn out to be unlucky, please follow the step no. 4
Step 4: There are more than 7 billion people on our planet, and no doubt, there is fierce competition everywhere. The world of email accounts is no certainly not an exception. If you’re still unable to shortlist good email names, you can try the aforementioned steps from 1 to 3 on other less popular but credible email services like outlook and mail.com Keep on trying some clever combinations of first and last name that make sense, and I’m sure you’ll certainly hit the nail in the end.
All Good Email Names Exhausted? Try Personal Branding
If you’ve a very common name and you feel that all those professionally good email usernames have exhausted, it’s time to create your own personal brand. Registering a domain name in your own name is the first right step towards personal branding. Moreover, the competition for personal domain names is far less than the competition for good email names on free services like Gmail, Yahoo and Outlook. So if you’re serious about sounding unique and professional, creating your own personal brand is the way to go. For example, my personal website is – abhishekraj.in & the email address that I’ve chosen is [email protected]. Can you have such elite privileges on free email accounts? Probably never. Registering a domain name is easy. You can find one for yourself on any popular domain registrar such as GoDaddy. With a cost of around $10 a year, I don’t think it is too expensive given the seriousness for a neat, clean and professional online identity.
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Did You Hit The Nail?
I really hope that you have found my article resourceful and my post has helped you in capturing good and decent names for your personal email addresses. Looking forward to your comments below.