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100+ podcast names and how to choose the right one

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, or potentially start a business, so I made sure my podcast name included a gender specific term and playful tone to attract this niche target 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 or with the help of our AI-powered title 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 and get the conversation started, before the podcast even plays.

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 you tap into the psychology of the impact of names and 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, creativity and other wordplay, resulting in witty titles.

Catchy podcast names

To us, catchy refers to a podcast name that won’t be easily forgotten and make encourage discoverability too.

Unique podcast names

Can a podcast name be one of a kind these days? Maybe, just like these rare finds:

Funny 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 and used language to create an entertaining yet meaningful name.

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, to lighten your keyword research load.

Sports podcast names

  1. Play by Play

  2. Are You Keeping Score?

  3. A Win Is a Win

  4. Roll with the Punches (Boxing Podcast)

  5. Who Dropped the Ball

True crime podcast names

  1. What a Killer Show

  2. A Creepy Freaky Podcast

  3. Spooky-Doo Podcast

  4. You’ll Need a Night Light (True Crime Podcast)

  5. Horrifyingly Interesting

Comedy podcast names

  1. Try Not to Laugh (I Dare You)

  2. Too Funny Not to Share

  3. No, You Didn’t!

  4. Laughing So Hard I’m Crying

  5. Sad, but True

News and politics podcast names

  1. What's News with You?

  2. Let’s Get Political

  3. Breaking News by [name]

  4. Not Just Headlines

  5. News Flash

How to choose a podcast name

Keep it simple

A best practice is to make your name easy to spell, pronounce and remember. Many great podcast names contain two to four short, simple words. At the same time, avoid keyword stuffing. Focus on something simple and to the point that captures the essence of your podcast.

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. You can also use AI name generators, like Wix's.

How to name a podcast?  Podcast name generator example

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 aim to uplift their audience and so their names reflect this. If you're hosting a comedy podcast, it's a good idea to choose a funny name or one with a witty pun.

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. This simple podcast name gets right to the point.

Let your personality (and brand) shine through

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.

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.

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.

image of a linkedIn poll used to find the best podcast names

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.

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.

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 to have people vote on their favorite one.

Say your podcast name out loud

All too often a phrase reads good 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]."

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.

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.

Make sure you love it

You should always want to yell it from the rooftop. Podcasting requires passion and dedication to be successful, so take your time picking the perfect name.

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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.

Now What by Wix podcast name example

Secure your podcast domain name

You chose a podcast name that makes you proud, now secure the domain name. Mark your online territory and follow this detailed guide on registering a domain name. Remember, you can incorporate an associated keyword to improve SEO.

example of a domain URL for a podcast name idea

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 made 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.

example of podcast website templates

Benefits of creating a podcast website

Pro Tip: You can link to your podcast website and all of your online assets by using a link in bio tool such as Hopp by Wix.

promote your podcast with social media graphics example of a sale banner

  • 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.

Podcast names FAQ

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?

Should you use your real name in your podcast?

Should you use the word “podcast” in your name?

What should you do if your podcast name is taken?

Can you change your podcast name later?

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