Namebird is a powerful tool which makes it easy to create new words and names.
That said, its advanced features can take some time to learn. And if you are serious about getting the right name for something, you might want to use its full power, especially regular expressions.
Here we go over the main features Namebird offers and give some ideas for how to use if fully.
With Namebird, you can quickly start generating high quality words. After you generate words, you can improve your results further by clicking the Improve button which appears next to the results.
The Improve button lets you use the Word Zap and Get Similar functions. We cover how those functions work a bit later.
Namebird has three main functions.
Basic Word Maker
The basic word maker lets you create words that either start with, contain, or end with certain letters. It can also be used to generate random words. To generate random words, push the make words button with no input.
For instance, you can put the letters "arb" into the input box, keep it at "starting with," press Make Words, and get words like arboid and arbonal.
You can do the same with containing and ending with.
The results should be pretty enjoyable and useful because Namebird uses a wide variety of formulas in creating the words.
Note: There are several important things you should know about the Basic Word Maker.
1) As mentioned, to generate random words, just push the Make Words button with no input. This feature works only for the Basic Word Maker (clicking Make Words on another tool with no input will return no results).
2) If you enter a 4 letter or longer word as input, the tool will automatically detect that it is a word and change its results somewhat.
That said, if you enter a word plus letters, Namebird will no longer see it as a word. "Cart" as an input counts as a word for our generation rules, while "Carto" does not.
3) Longer words have relaxed quality controls. This means that entering a longer input can result in new words that you wouldn't otherwise see.
Here is an example which shows how to take advantage of these rules.
Let's say you are trying to come up with names that start with "name." (We did this many times in making Namebird). You enter "name" into the basic word maker and press Make Words.
You see a bunch of words, some of which you like a lot. You notice that you like words that start with name and then have a t. So you enter "namet" into the word maker.
The results you now get will be significantly different than when you entered name because it is no longer recognized as a word being input and because it is a letter longer, changing the quality formulas.
This allows you to keep getting new words and finding new ideas as you better understand what your goal is.
Connect the Dots
This fun and useful tool allows you to create words that start and end with the letters you choose.
It is quite useful in its own way and, importantly, uses different rules than the basic word maker. This means that it can generate unique words that the basic word maker won't make.
If you want a 6 letter domain name, for instance, that is not taken and starts with a popular three letter word, using Connect the Dots can get more results than the Basic Word Maker.
Regular Expression tool
This is a powerful feature that lets you create words using regular expressions.
Let's say you want to generate a high quality sounding word that starts with ar, then has one of the letters t,b,k,m,g, goes on for 3 letters, and ends in the letter a.
To do so, just enter, "ar[tbkmg]...a" into the regular expression box on the left or in the regular expression toolbar that appears after you make a search.
It's pretty cool.
Some things to note:
A . means that there is one letter which can be any letter. So "t.a" means you want one letter, which can be anything, in between the letters t and a.
A [ ] with letters in it means you want to use one of those letters. For instance, name[bts]...n would mean you want words that start with name, have either the letter b t or s, have three letters, then end in n.
Here are some regular expression examples:
g.*t.*ia - makes words that start with 'g' have a 't' in the middle, and that end with the letters 'ia'
[abtro]+ - makes words that only contain the letters 'abtro'
a[^a]*a - makes words that start with 'a' and end with 'a' but have no 'a's in between
([^a]|ab)* - makes words where each 'a' is followed by a 'b' (generated words unlikely to contain 'a' at all)
([^a]*ab[^a]*)* - makes words where each 'a' is followed by 'b' and that each have at least one 'ab'. Unlikely to produce more then 1 'ab'
Improve your results
OK, we've covered the main functions. Now let's go over the Improve button.
What is Word Zap?
Our tool can generate a lot of words. But sometimes you see a word and it is almost right - but you wish some letters were changed. Word Zap lets you do that easily.
When you click Improve, you are shown the chosen word and can click on letters to change. Pressing word zap then tells our program to make words with those changes.
For instance, if the tool gives you the word "yolida" and you kind of like it but want the "y" and "l" changed, you can click on those letters.
How does it work?
Word Zap finds and creates new words by regular expressions. When you click on the letters in a word that you want changed, we then generate a string which we plug into our program.
For instance, with Yolida, when you click on y and l, we create the expression: .o.*ida
What that means is: Give me words that has one letter than an o and then any number of letters and ends in 'ida'. Our program then runs with that restriction.
Regular expressions are pretty cool, which is why we have a whole tool in the sidebar dedicated to them.
What is Get similar?
Get Similar finds words that start and end with similar letters to the word you chose. Importantly, this option keeps your selection.
So if you wants words that start with "time" and see a result that you kind of like, Get Similar will find words that start with "time" and have a similar ending to the word you chose.
Get Similar is basically the Connect the Dots tool but with slightly different inherent rules.
One last thing
When you start getting results, you see an input field on top of the page. This lets you quickly check if a word is available as a domain name. It also lets you quickly enter a regular expression.