Namedar is a service which aims to take the hardship out of coming up with a name for a business or product.

Essentially it gives you a place to brainstorm ideas for your business name.

The main suggestion interface.

If you’re creating a startup, you start a new search on the site. You can increase your chances of coming up with a good name by inviting co-founders or willing friends to help out with suggesting name ideas. All you need to invite someone is an email address.

Interface for inviting teammates.

All team members can make name suggestions. Every suggestion is automatically checked for availability on various services including Twitter and Facebook. The domain availability is also checked in the countries important to you. That .com and .net or it could be .am and .io. You choose.

Suggestions made across various services

Namedar also helps the group to settle on the best name. Each teammate can “star” their favourite names. This makes it possible to quickly hone in on the best name for the business.

Favourites mode enabled

Why I built it

I’ve been involved in numerous projects over the last 2 years or so. One experience I’ve had over and over again is the pain of trying to come up with good names for things. Sometimes it feels like it’s impossible.

I often found myself sitting for hours with a spreadsheet in one browser tab and a domain availability checker in the other. Eventually I realised that there was an opportunity to combine these two things into something more useful. That’s when I decided to create Namedar.

How it’s doing

Even though it’s not under active development and I haven’t done a stitch of marketing, it still gets a few signups a month so hopefully it’s helping somebody out there! I know I personally still use it to help come up with names for projects I’m working on.

Technologies Used

  • Ruby on Rails 3.2+ with various gems such as RSpec, Cucumber, Rabl. The Rails app mostly acts as an API for a JavaScript front-end. Some low-interaction pages are rendered on the server for simplicities sake.
  • The client-side uses Backbone.js with Backbone.Marionette for structure and Backbone.Relational to tie the models together.
  • Twitter Bootstrap for base CSS styles.