Pen Name Generator

Welcome to the Pen Name Generator! Use this idea generator to generate thousands of possibilities for pen names. Have fun!

Grab your pen names

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What is a pen name?

A pen name is an alias a author uses to publish their work. The term comes from the old days when authors would sign their manuscripts with a fake name. Today, most authors use pen names because they want to protect their privacy or because they want to write under a different persona for different projects. Some famous authors who use pen names are J.K. Rowling, James Patterson, and Nora Roberts.

So many ideas, but can I use the pen names for free?

All random pen names created with this tool are 100% free to use without any need to provide credit (although we do appreciate the occasional shoutout). Be a little careful though, as there is always a small chance that an idea already belongs to someone else.

Is there a limit to how much I can generate with this random Pen Name Generator?

There's thousands of pen names in this Pen Name Generator, so you won't need to be worried that we'll run out anytime soon. Just have fun with it.

For even more ideas and some additional options, be sure to also check out the Pen Name Generator over on The Story Shack.

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