What does Namebird mean?

Namebird came up with its own name, when we asked it to make words starting with "name." We like to think of our tool as kind of a stork, but instead of bringing babies, we bring great names.

Do we record your domain searches?

Nope. Of course not. Since our goal is to make your life easier, we do not log what you search for and do not register domains you look at.

How does Namebird work?

Our word generation process is actually based on the ancient science of alchemy. We started the project by renting a philosopher's stone from Edward and Alphonse Elric.

Jokes aside, we came up with some fairly cool math to make things work. What we did was statistically analyze a large set of words and brand names.

We then spent a lot of time with dozens of pages of data on words, looking for patterns, making connections, and coming up with formulas.

We specifically tried to look at brand names that have been very successful to identify the underlying "logic" of why a word makes a great brand.

Basically, we'd come up with a bunch of formulas, run the program, identify the bad words, analyze them, and tweak.

What made you decide to make Namebird?

We were frustrated.

When one of us wanted to start a website or project, that meant days of trying to come up with a name that a) sounded good and professional b) was available as a .com domain.

Then one day we were brainstorming tools we could make and became excited about doing a brand name generator/domain name finder.

We've bought too many bad domain names.

Did you name any famous brands?

We can say with great confidence we did not name Coca-Cola or Lamborghini.

On the other hand, in testing our tool has generated a few well known brands, which is always fun to see (in one test, Connect the Dots between 'a' and 'a' made avandia. Avandia was a hugely popular medication that was recalled for reasons unrelated to the name.)

Also, in recent testing, we put "ends in fy" into our basic word maker. Out popped abillify! (Abilify is a very high selling medication). Our version had two lls in it, though, which might be why it was rejected by our quality control.

Can you name my child?

Gosh, that's a little forward! On the other hand, in a way we can. Namebird can be used for generating any kind of name. We are designed to be more oriented toward company/official names. We might release a tool specially for coming up with names for people.

Why don't you cover other domain extensions?

We'd love to. It can be a bit complicated, however, for technical reasons.

What names do you guys like?

We like Instagram, Groupon, Reddit, Ferrari and SoundCloud as brand names.

Credits:

In making Namebird, we found certain resources and websites particularly helpful.

Our thanks go to Differential Equations, a course by Prof. Haynes Miller Prof. Arthur Mattuck, writing by Marc Lachieze-Rey on Spin and Clifford algebra, and the Google Ngram project, which is a collection of words used in the English language.

SubtlePatterns provided a nice background image. Magnific Popups gave us a great popup and Letterizer helps with some lettering code.

Finding names of startups and companies to analyze was at times a bit laborious; people like Louis Gray made it easier by posting exciting startup companies.

We use the very powerful dk.brics.automaton package. The dk.brics.automaton package is developed by Anders MØller at Aarhus University, with contributions, suggestions and bug reports from Alexandar Bakic, Jodi Moran, Brandon Lee, David Lutterkort, John Gibson, Alex Meyer, Daniel Lowe, Harald Zauner, Dawid Weiss, Robert Muir, Hans-Martin Adorf, Dale Richardson, Yannick Versley, and Gustaf Lundh.

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