Fortnite is one of the multiplayer game sensations that have swept through online culture, particularly among younger gamers; Fortnite was released in 2017 and as of March 2019, more than 250 million people have installed the game and tens of millions play it regularly. One of the more compelling features of Fortnite is that you are allowed to choose your own username for your online persona; although you can do this every time you start again with a new persona, most people take the opportunity to pick a username that conveys their awesomeness without coming across as the village idiot or someone who is in elementary school. In this article, I will show you what makes for a great username for a game like Fortnite, and will provide you with a number of ways to create a good name.
The definitions of good (and even of cool) are subjective. We all think different things are cool and the way in which different people make that variation varies by age, culture, gender, upbringing and all kinds of things. What may appear cool to you may not be cool to anyone else. The key to coming up with a cool username for gaming is making the name something that you know is cool (whether other people know or not) or making it something that will be perceived as cool by other users.
You have two options for generating a cool username for Fortnite. You can use a name generator or come up with your own.
Use a name generator for Fortnite
There are name generators all over the Internet, well-suited for creating names for role-playing games, works of fiction, teams, characters – pretty much anything you can imagine. Some generators want you to provide some types of input (like what ethnic groups to draw names from), while other generators just produce names out of the blue. dozens of name generators on the internet that can help you generate a cool username for Fortnite. Some will want some kind of input from you and others can generate things out of the blue. I’ll list some here and you can see which ones you like. This is by no means a comprehensive list.
Fake Name Generator
Fake Name Generator is a very handy website for name generation because it does a lot more than just produce a name. It provides fictitious mailing addresses, phone numbers, and even phony SSNs. You don’t need any of that for Fortnite, so why am I listing it here? Because the best feature of the site is the dropdown for “Name Set”. You can pick names from just about every language and ethnic group on Earth, and many of those names will be look interesting and cool to English speakers. This makes Fake Name Generator very useful for Fortnite, and for many other games where you need a character name or username.
Jimpix is a versatile site for generating username generators from a variety of different categories based on a keyword you provide and a category that you select from a very long list of possibilities. For example, if you wanted a name based on the keyword “Tiger” and the category “emotions”, Jimpix would come back with a very long list of possibilities for you to choose from, for example ‘CockyTiger’ or ‘TigerEnraged’.
Name-generator.org isn’t a name generator, rather, it’s a site that hosts literally dozens of specialized name generators. There are generators for fantasy names, pirate names, superhero names, cat names…the list goes on and on.
Rum and Monkey
Like name-generator.org, Rum and Monkey is a collection of specialized generators, but the generators at Rum and Monkey are strongly themed, as you can see from the screenshot above, which only scratches the surface of the generators available at this versatile site.
SpinXO uses more AI in its approach to name generator, letting you input some or all of a long list of categories of information, then taking that input and using it to generate a list of usernames from your input. You can also choose to totally randomize things by producing random inputs for the generator. SpinXO produces some weird but definitely unique and interesting usernames.
Generating your own username for Fortnite
If none of those name generators delivers for you, why not come up with your own name? It won’t happen instantly so doing it in advance will probably work best. If you plan ahead and give your username due care and attention, you could come up with something genuinely cool.
I tend to keep a pad and pen by my keyboard for taking notes while on the computer. It has all sorts on it, including a bunch of names I saw when on the internet and liked the sound of. I can then use them as inspiration and come up with something unique to me or a play on words that uses the names just in a different way.
Here are some other actionable tips for generating a cool username for Fortnite.
Use something personal
If you have a hobby, nickname, avid interest or are a huge fan of anime, movies, sci-fi or whatever, you can use those as inspiration. The same for sports teams, colors, foods, music, movie stars and so on. Just make it personal to you and try not to copy famous names, brands or be uninspiring.
Avoid nonsense and numbers
L33tsp34k was so overdone and was never that cool in the first place. Avoid it wherever possible when coming up with a username. Avoid substituting numbers for letters. It doesn’t always work and will always look dumb. You can do better than that!
The same for random letters and numbers. Every time we see someone with ‘xyz123’ as their username, we know they are either lazy or a gold famer. Neither of which we are going to want to team up with.
See it from the other side
Gamers have a tendency to be insular and not see things from other perspectives. Spend five minutes on any game forum to see the evidence of that! Don’t be one of those. If you come up with a cool username for Fortnite, don’t enter it right away. Think about how it looks, how it portrays you as a player or as a person and whether you would team up with a player that used the name.
If the answers are positive, go with it. If you answer honestly and it isn’t so positive, dump the name and move on.
Keep it Simple Stupid
The Keep it Simple Stupid, KISS method, is a train of thought that says most things in life are better if you keep them simple. This is very true for usernames. Nobody wants to have to type three dozen letters in chat or even speak a complicated username in Discord. Keeping it simple means people will be more likely to use your name and cooperate or otherwise engage.
Make your username too complicated and people will either shorten it or not use it at all!
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