How to find a nickname: 8 steps (with pictures)

How to find a nickname: 8 steps (with pictures)
How to find a nickname: 8 steps (with pictures)

Have fun changing your name! It is especially useful to create a "pen name" to hide your real identity from the public if you are the author of a book, article, website or other medium.


Make Your Own Pseudonym Step 1

Step 1. Determine the extent of your real name change

Your nickname may be completely different from your real name. You can also shorten your first name, for example by replacing “Samuel” with “Sam” or choose a similar nickname.

Make Your Own Pseudonym Step 2

Step 2. Go for a pseudonym that goes with your literary genre

  • For fantasy or science fiction texts, the use of initials can be useful, for example J.R.R. Tolkien and J.K. Rowling.
  • For literary writing, fluent names are very suitable to replace a fairly common or complicated name. Thus, “Eugène Émile Paul Grindel” took the pen name “Paul Éluard”, and “Marguerite Cleenewerck de Crayencour” chose that of “Marguerite Yourcenar”.
Make Your Own Pseudonym Step 3

Step 3. Check the composition of your nickname

The number of syllables should be easy to pronounce. Avoid names with 2 syllables or those with excessive letter repetition, such as "Billie Letts", which has many "l's" in it.

Make Your Own Pseudonym Step 4

Step 4. List several aliases

Often, it is enough to combine the syllables of your real name to make an attractive pseudonym. This may sound strange to you, but you can write the combinations using a simple font and giving them some space. Then, keep the names that you think are correct to improve them, and strike out the rest.

Make Your Own Pseudonym Step 5

Step 5. Search the Internet

The goal is to verify that your new username is not already in use by another person. If so, you will need to remove it from your list.

Make Your Own Pseudonym Step 6

Step 6. Say each name out loud

To check the sound, use a common phrase like "I'm going to read [your pseudonym] 's book" or "will [your pseudonym] be attending the book signing? And evaluate the result.

Make Your Own Pseudonym Step 7

Step 7. Choose the correct nickname

There is no magic recipe for selecting from all the names on your list. If you like one of them more than the others, remember it!

Make Your Own Pseudonym Step 8

Step 8. Use an online nickname generator

You can find several. Try different combinations of the suggested name. You also have the option of choosing the origin of the name, which can be French, English, Irish, African or even mythological.


  • To remember your new nickname, practice signing dedications. Do not think that you are vain in doing so. You are just preparing to become an author!
  • Don't choose a name that is so eccentric that it will make you uncomfortable later.
  • Be sure to choose a nickname that you really like!
  • Try to combine your maiden name or mother's name with a middle name. Most people are used to these names, and they won't be surprised or surprised when using them.
  • You can design a fake cover page for your book using word processing software, and verify that your nickname is located correctly. Write the title of your work at the top of the page and your nickname at the bottom. If the result is not good, try other combinations. Otherwise, you're done!
  • Make an anagram of your name. For example, "Edgar Liane" can become "Aline Garde" or "Lin Guard" to introduce an Anglo-Saxon touch.
  • Don't remember a name you won't recognize if someone uses it to appeal to you. When you're an author, people will try to get your attention. A pseudonym like "Jeanne Dupont" won't do you much good if your real name is "Élisabeth Martin".

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