A Guide to Podcast Names (+ 100 Podcast Name Ideas)
Short, memorable, and meaningful. Yes, we’re talking about podcast names. Just as we all have our own name and identity, your podcast name should embody your brand and represent your podcast’s content. As the host of Girl, You’re Hired, I know how a podcast name can influence how your audience perceives and engages with your show. I aim to attract an audience of women who want to succeed in the business world, so I made sure my podcast name included a gender specific term and playful tone to attract this niche audience and project ease.
If you’re going in circles coming up with podcast name ideas, you’ve arrived at the right place. In this complete guide I’ll share my learnings and cover strategic tips and tricks to come up with a podcast name. We added dozens of real podcast name examples, plus new titles you can claim. If you're ready, can also find the right name for your podcast with our podcast name generator. We’ll also show you how to secure a domain name and create a website with a built-in Podcast Player.
Podcast name ideas
Starting a podcast is a multistep process, from choosing a podcast topic to recording your first episode. But don’t rush choosing the right podcast name as it sets the show’s tone.
To get inspired, check out our favorite real world podcast names—with examples across industries, genres and audience sizes—to get your creative juices flowing. Whether a play on words, a pun, or a spelling error, these names tell a story.
Cool podcast names
This podcast name collection comes with an extra twist: uncommon word combinations that made us double take.
Funny Podcast Names
A study found that viewers remembered humorous commercials 17% more than the average commercial. While your podcast isn't a commercial, a funny title can still help audiences remember you.
Creative podcast names
Whether humorous or surprising, these creative podcast names caught our eye.
Clever podcast names
These clever podcast names use puns and other wordplay, resulting in witty titles.
Catchy podcast names
To us, catchy refers to a podcast name that won’t be easily forgotten.
Unique podcast names
Can a podcast name be one of a kind these days? Maybe, just like these rare finds:
Fun podcast names
Listening to a podcast should be fun, so why not let your podcast name reflect that experience too?
Best podcast names
We thought these podcast names excellently combined different naming elements.
Podcast names invented for you
Looking for names you can claim? We did the heavy lifting and came up with these new podcast names for the most popular genres.
Sports podcast names
Play by Play
Are You Keeping Score?
A Win Is a Win
Roll with the Punches (Boxing Podcast)
Who Dropped the Ball
True crime podcast names
What a Killer Show
A Creepy Freaky Podcast
You’ll Need a Night Light (True Crime Podcast)
Comedy podcast names
Try Not to Laugh (I Dare You)
Too Funny Not to Share
No, You Didn’t!
Laughing So Hard I’m Crying
Sad, but True
News and politics podcast names
What's News with You?
Let’s Get Political
Breaking News by [name]
Not Just Headlines
How to name a podcast?
Follow these tips to narrow your list and finalize your podcast name.
01. Keep it simple: Make your name easy to spell, pronounce and remember. Many great podcast names contain two to four short, simple words.
02. Try a name generator: Use a free, quick and easy name generator tool to find your podcast name. Type a few keywords related to your podcast topic, and the AI-powered tool populates a long list with names to get you started.
03. Think of your audience: Reflect on the tone and voice your audience uses and what podcast names they might find appealing. What do they want to learn about? These motivational podcasts aspire to uplift their audience.
04. Give some context: Your podcast name should hint at your show’s content. For example, the show How I Built This, highlights how founders started different companies.
05. Let your personality shine: Since a podcast name should be unique to you, don’t be afraid to season it with some personality. Whether you’re quirky or sassy, let your name show it.
06. Optimize for search: Listeners often discover podcasts when searching keywords related to a topic. Include some target keywords in your name to increase your chances of appearing in these searches. Google Keyword Planner or Ahrefs can help you find highly-searched terms related to your niche.
07. Use your network for feedback: Get some insights from friends, family, and peers into which podcast name ideas sound best. You can ask those less enmeshed with your topic to see if the podcast title piques their interest, too. Use social tools like Instagram Polls or LinkedIn polls to let others vote on which name they prefer.
08. Tap into people’s emotions: Come up with a podcast name that evokes a specific feeling. Will your podcast scare people with true crime, or will you make them roll on the floor laughing with comedy? Give listeners a taste of what to expect.
09. Don’t box yourself in: Make sure you can grow with your podcast name. For instance, a business podcast named "Stock Market Genius" sounds like it only covers stock market-related content. If you also hope to cover entrepreneurship tips one day, you should pick a broader title.
10. Incorporate puns and wordplay: The best podcast names entertain or intrigue. Include puns, famous sayings, or wordplay for a funny, memorable name.
11. Check out the competition: Explore the podcast landscape to cross off duplicates from your potential name list and further fuel your inspiration. If you find you like a particular naming style or method, you should apply it.
12. Write down all your podcast name ideas: When brainstorming, keep track of all the names you like. The list will come in handy when checking name availability or running polls.
13. Say your podcast name out loud: All too often a phrase reads awesome on paper, but when you say it aloud, it sounds a bit off. Repeat your podcast name out loud and see if it rolls off the tongue. After all, you will be saying it a lot in phrases like these: "Hi, my name is [name], and I'm the host of [podcast name]."
14. Make it spelling and grammar-friendly: Avoid commonly misspelled words. They can prevent your show from populating on podcast directories or search engines. Words like "your vs. you're" and "their vs. they're" can confuse some listeners. Also, stay away from special characters, since they take extra time to type.
15. Check its availability: Research the name on social media, podcast directories and search engines to confirm no one already podcasts under that title. It would be unfortunate if you couldn’t promote your episodes on Facebook or Twitter under the same podcast name.
16. Make sure you love it: You should walk away ecstatic to yell it from the rooftop. Podcasting requires passion and dedication, so take your time picking the perfect name.
How we came up with the podcast name for Now What? by Wix
Rob Goodman, the host of Now What? by Wix, helped create the podcast's name. Goodman interviews leaders in eCommerce, design, development, and technology who redefine the future of business. He explains the show’s title stems from how technology forever changes the way teams work and what consumers expect from their favorite brands. The phrase “Now What?” prompts guests to answer a relatable question for the audience, sharing what’s new and what’s next for the listening audience. The show tackles "the insights you'll need today to seize the world of tomorrow."
To find the right name for your show, Goodman suggests observing the conversations for your episodes. What core subjects, concepts, or questions consistently pop up? These keywords and topics might just hold the key to naming your podcast.
Secure your podcast domain name
You chose a podcast name that makes you proud, now secure the domain. Mark your online territory and follow this detailed guide on registering a domain name. Remember, you can incorporate an associated keyword to improve SEO.
Showcase your podcast with a website
Help people discover and experience your podcast with a dedicated website. These podcast website templates come with a built-in Podcast Player where visitors can listen to episodes. Just connect your podcast hosting RSS feed and all your episodes auto-populate.
When I launched Girl, You're Hired, I created a website to display my show's episodes and introduce myself to the audience. With the help of the Logo Maker, I created the cover art and podcast logo. Check out these other podcast website examples to get inspired.
Benefits of creating a podcast website:
Get discovered on search engines using SEO optimizations.
Build an email list and send email marketing campaigns and newsletters to promote new episodes.
Use features like a free video maker and create short episode trailers.
Create social media graphics to share your podcast.
Tap into website analytics and understand how users find your podcast website and how they behave on your site.
Add a free blog and turn episodes into transcribed blog posts or summaries.
If you work with brands, use affiliate links or run ads on your site.
Frequently asked questions
How to check if a podcast name is taken?
Search the name on popular podcast directories, including Apple Podcasts, Spotify and Google Podcasts. Also, check on social media and conduct a web search.
How to register a podcast name?
To register a podcast name, input the name in your podcast hosting platform’s registration form. If the name is available, you can set up your podcast. Additionally, if you’re creating a website buy the domain name.
Should you use your real name in your podcast?
If you're already a public figure or want to build your personal brand, using your name could help. In contrast, if your show contains mature or controversial content, you might want to use a pseudonym or nickname.
Should you use the word “podcast” in your name?
Some believe it can be redundant to include "podcast" in your name, but no set protocol or rules exist. Write both ways down and see if the name works without the word "podcast."
What should you do if your podcast name is taken?
If someone already uses your ideal podcast name, see if you can use a synonym or take a different angle to the title. Avoid listeners confusing you with an existing show by picking a unique and easy-to-find name.
Can you change your podcast name later?
Since podcasts live across different platforms, changing a podcast's name tends to be more complicated than switching a social media handle. We suggest you stick to a name you 100% love. If you must change names, create a new podcast and inform your audience to tune in there.
By Lena Sernoff
Writer and Podcast Host of Girl You're Hired