What are Aesthetic Usernames?
When it comes to social media, your most recognizable attribute (apart from stellar content, hopefully) is your name. Your username, or handle, is typically the most visible version of your name, so picking an attractive, catchy, and easy-to-remember one can boost your online presence to the next level.
Aesthetic usernames provide a way to show off your unique style with your username. Regardless of the vibe you want to cultivate with your online presence, choosing a username with an identifiable aesthetic is a great first step in creating a lasting personal brand.
Coming up with good usernames is more art than science, and it may be tempting just to boot up an aesthetic name generator and use whatever it spits out. However, you’ll get much better results if you take the time to audit your interests and design a username from the ground up.
Sound like a lot of work? Well, fear not! Here’s a foolproof process to get you started and an extensive list of over 440 possible usernames to inspire your creativity.
How to Come Up with Username Ideas
First, it’s essential to know what aesthetic you’re trying to channel with your username. For instance, consider if you are:
a certified sadperson
embarking on your soft girl era
a weirdcore disciple
Knowing your target aesthetic first makes finding inspiration much easier, so nail this down before moving on.
After you know your aesthetic, it’s on to the real work: designing a unique aesthetic username all your own. This task might seem daunting, but the key is playing to your interests and getting help when you hit a block.
There’s no one-size-fits-all process for finding your ideal username. Nicknames, character names, or random cute names you vibe with can all be great places to start. But if you’re struggling to find inspiration, try the procedure outlined below. If you follow the steps, you’ll be on track to the username of your dreams in no time:
1. List your interests
Here’s a sample list of interests:
Hot air balloons
2. Pick two of your interests
Stick to the ones with strong, identifiable aesthetics. For more dynamic combinations, pick two interests that seem totally unrelated. Here’s what we picked:
Hot air balloons
3. Make a list of words
List words that make you think of your interests’ aesthetics. Here’s what we came up with:
Hot air balloons
4. Combine words to make a username
Pick a word from each column and combine (in any order) to make your aesthetic usernames - this is where the magic happens 🪄 Here are some of our genius combos:
Following this process is a one way to discover excellent username candidates, and it’ll invariably lead to many unique, funny, and unexpected combos.
After creating a few potential usernames, add some extra flair with any of the following optional steps:
Add or swap one of the words for a power noun. Power nouns ensure your username creates a strong mental image when people see it. If your username creates a powerful mental image, it’ll be easier to remember. Here are a few example categories and associated power nouns:
Candy and sweets: chocolate, pastry, nougat, syrup, honey
Outer space: galaxy, nebula, black hole, moon, sun, solar
Fantasy: chimera, dream, alchemy, castle, sword, magic, spellbook, war cry
Add an adjective. Get creative and try some impossible word combinations to make your username stand out. Here’s some inspo:
Remove vowels, add digits, or use unconventional letter combos to give your username some visual appeal
No vowels: “mad_hatter” → “md_httr”
Numbers for letters: “sad_party4” → “s4d_p4rty”
Alternate spellings: “pirate_face” → “pirate_phace” → “pirate_fase”
Find inspiration in other people’s words
Base your username on your favorite quote or some catchy song lyrics
Include a foreign word to give your username an extra edge
Grab some inspo from a random word generator or aesthetic username generator
Username Vs. Display Name
Social media trends move fast, and usernames are no exception. A name that’s available today might be gone tomorrow, especially if it’s related to a popular or trending topic. Most social media platforms require usernames to be unique, so once somebody snags one, it’s often gone forever.
When hunting for a username, checking if one’s still available before you go through the account signup process can be helpful. .inc’s free Social Media Username Checker is one handy option to verify username availability on some of the most popular social platforms.
So what should you do if you’ve put in all the work to build the username of your dreams, only to find someone else already scooped it up?
One way to get around this restriction is to use the unavailable username as your display name instead. Many popular platforms - Twitter, Instagram, and Tiktok, to name a few - require you to set both a username and a display name.
On these platforms, your username is your handle - the name you use to sign in to your account and what appears when you post comments or send messages.
Your display name is the name that appears on your profile, typically above your bio. Display names don’t usually have to be unique, so if that extra special username’s off the market, you can repurpose it as your display name for a little consolation prize.
Another feature of display names is that they typically support special characters, emojis, and Unicode text. This feature means you can further customize your display name to match your aesthetic of choice.
Ready to style your display name? Try one of our 400+ fancy text and font generators to send your display name (or bio) to the next level!
Top 30 Aesthetic Usernames
There are a lot of usernames in this article, and we love each of them deeply. However, as with all things in life, not all usernames are created equal. It was like picking between children (if we had 443 children, of course), but here are our top 30 best aesthetic username ideas to help jump start your creative process. Some may even still be available to use 😉.
Cool Aesthetic Usernames
Everyone wants to be cool (I know I do). One great thing about the internet is that your online self is only as limited as your imagination. So go ahead - dig deep and find that inner cool version of yourself. I know it’s in there somewhere 😎.
Display name style recommendation: use our cool text generator to give your profile some extra pop!
Cute Aesthetic Usernames
Cute is always in style, regardless of who you are or how you identify. If the cute aesthetic’s what you’re about, then check out this list for some username inspo to help you design your next adorable handle!
Want to use one of these as your display name instead? Don’t settle for just having a cute name—pop your choice into our fancy text generator and add an extra splash of style to your profile!
Aesthetic Usernames for Instagram
Looking to jump start your influencer career? Then this list is for you! These expertly curated usernames are just waiting for the next big insta star to scoop them up. Just make sure you’ve got a bulletproof Instagram aesthetic to back up your sweet new name.
If you're looking to jazz up your display name try our Instagram font generator.
Aesthetic Usernames for TikTok
You don’t need us to tell you that TikTok is one of the hottest social media platforms right now. But you might need us to tell you to ditch that old username and try something fresh! So here’s a list of sample names to start with - if you look close, you might even spot a stellar pun or two!
Pairs nicely with our TikTok font generator—give it a whirl to dress up your display name.
Aesthetic Roblox Usernames
Did you know that Roblox lets you go to the Home Depot and build a birdhouse now? We didn’t either 🙃. But nothing says “I need a top-notch username” like planning a trip to a meta-hardware store, so here’s a selection of edgy-yet-accessible suggestions to get you started!
Short Aesthetic Usernames
Need something a little shorter but still punchy and eye-catching? Then check out this list of short (all 14 characters or less!) aesthetic username ideas!
Cinch up that display name even more with our small text generator; use it to customize the look of your name and make it even shorter.
Soft Aesthetic Usernames
No shade to the VSCO, granola, and e-girls out there, but we had to make some hard decisions when choosing this article’s categories, and softies were the ones who made the cut. So, for all you up-and-coming softgirls (or boys!)—these usernames are just for you!
And if you're in the market for for an ultra soft display name, try it out with some italic text.
Aesthetic Kawaii Usernames
How is the kawaii aesthetic different from the cute aesthetic? That’s a great question, and we don’t have an answer for you. Our best guess is that this one involves more macarons and Studio Ghibli-inspired bento boxes, maybe. Regardless, if you know you know, and we trust you’ll pick the right username to match your inner Sanrio character (we’re team Gudetama around here, btw).
And don’t settle for just having a kawaisugiru display name—try out our stylish text generator to kick the cuteness up another notch.
Sad Aesthetic Usernames
Looking to add a little emo or grunge aesthetic nostalgia to your Instagram presence? Or maybe you’re just trying to express that inescapable feeling of sadness and existential dread that haunts every facet of your life. If either of those sounds like you - you’re in the right place! Check out this list for some inspiration on your next sad aesthetic username!
Channel your sadness with some dark visuals to accompany your name—our creepy font generator is just the thing.
Aesthetic Usernames for Girls
The title says “for Girls”, but don’t let it scare you - it’s open season on these usernames for everyone! We tried to pick some that might vibe with those of you who are, or identify, as female, but realistically we all like what we like, so don’t let a random list on the internet tell you how to live!
Aesthetic Usernames for Boys
As with the previous category, don’t let the title fool you. If you’re male, or identify as such, you might dig these usernames. But you also might dig them if you’re none of the above. So don’t let us tell you what to do—give them a look regardless of who you are! You never know what might strike your fancy.
Aesthetic Words for Usernames
Yeah yeah, not all of the usernames in this article are winners. But there are some hidden gems in there (I would know, since I picked all of them). Think you can do better? Well, I certainly hope so - it’s your personal brand on the line here, not ours. So here’s a selection of aesthetic words to use for inspo if you’re ready to ditch our examples and cut out on your own!