What is a Good Fandom Name?

Updated: Sep 15

Written by: Katherine Penman

Fandoms have blown up in popularity as fandom names are becoming commonly used on social media. Fans are using fandom names in their bios, hashtags, and posts to express their admiration and to reach other fans. When it comes to fandom names there are many different variations, but what makes a fandom name good?


Some fandom names are spin offs of the name the fandom follows. Like Justin Bieber's Beliebers, One Direction’s Directoners, or 5 Seconds of Summer’s 5SOSFam. These names are easy to understand to new fans and for those not a part of the fandoms! When new fans see these types of fandom names, it’s easy for them to catch on and use the term for themselves.


Other fandom names have deeper meanings or multiple meanings. BTS’s fandom name, ARMY, represents how the band acts as their fans' armor and the fans fight for the band as their army. It also is an acronym for Adorable Representative MC for Youth. These names hold special meanings for the fans and can be harder to understand for those who aren’t a part of the fandom.


They can also be a combination, for example BLACKPINK’s fandom name BLINKS. BLINK is a combination of the words black and pink but also means the fans start and end with BLACKPINK.


Fandom names can also be the name of a song released by the artist. Like Adele’s Daydreamer’s named after the song “Daydream” and Avril Lavine’s Black Stars named after the song “Black Star ''.


These are all examples of good fandom names, but what really makes a fandom name good? A good fandom name can consist of many things. They can be easy to understand and find, have deep meanings, be an acronym, or be a reference to something within the fandom. The most important component that makes a fandom name good is that the fans love it, know its meaning, and use it amongst themselves proudly owning the name!


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