Justin Bieber has his Beliebers. Taylor Swift has her Swifties. Nicki Minaj has her Barbz. Fan base names range from cute to crazy. And although they may seem a little ridiculous and unimportant, these cult names can boost your publicity as much as a trending hashtag. So how do you go about picking a name to call your own fans by?
1. Personify Your Own Name
Most fan base names are derived from the name of the artist to whom they’re dedicated. Take a part of your name and personify it. For example, Demi Lovato’s fans are called “Lovatics,” a combination of “Lovato” and “fanatics.”
2. Make a Play On Your Name
If your name sounds similar to a funny word or familiar product, then you’ve got a monicker that will stick. Ed Sheeran is a great example. His fans call themselves “Sheerios,” a nod to the cereal Cheerios.
3. Use One of Your Songs
Do you have a song about a warrior or a blue-eyed girl? You fans will rally behind a name that comes with an anthem attached. Kesha calls her fans “Animals” after the title track from her debut album.
4. Make It An Army
Fan bases are sometimes referred to as fan armies, especially when they stretch as far and as wide as Beyonce’s fan base does. “Queen Bey” calls her fan army the “Bey Hive.”
5. Choose Something Meaningful to You
Sometimes, fan base names don’t relate to the name of the artist at all. A few musicians have decided to nickname their fans after a phrase they randomly coined. Lady Gaga, whose fans lovingly refer to as “Mother Monster,” nicknamed her fans “Little Monsters.”
Having a special name for your fans will help you feel more connected to them. It will also make them feel more like a community. After all, fans often treat each other like family, so why not give them a name to identify each other by?
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Kristen Harris enjoys listening to a wide range of music, from Taylor Swift to, on occasion, Celtic instrumental. She also spends her time writing, reading, and baking.