Random Name Picker

Use this online random name picker to draw a random name from a list of names, or to draw several names randomly out of a list. You can use it for a raffle, team selection, to randomly distribute prizes, etc.

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Using the random name picker

To generate a single random name, start by feeding the tool with a list of names, one name per row (where "one name" can consist of first and last name, etc.). Copy/paste from a spreadsheet works very well. Our random name picker can handle up to 10,000 names. Then simply press the "Pick a Random Name" button and let our randomizer do its job. It's work is equivalent to rolling a dice with as many sides as there are names - each one has an equal probability to be picked.

How to draw multiple random names

You start in similar fashion to how you would draw one random name from a list, but you need to change the default value of the "Number of names to pick" field from 1 to as many as you'd like to select from the provided list. The maximum names the random name picker can pick for you in one go is 1,000.

If you picked a lot of names, don't forget that you can easily select them all (Cltr+A on a PC) and them copy and paste as you wish.

Is the name picked truly at random?

Our random name picker first assigns incremental integer IDs to each name you enter, then uses a robust random number generator to produce a number in the range from minimum to maximum. The RNG algorithm is cryptographically safe, results in an unbiased pick, and can be used instead of a coin, dice, or another more primitive randomizing device (which might actually be biased due to imperfect construction).

The random selector has been tested statistically through simulations so you can be assured it is doing its job of giving each name an equal chance of being picked on any particular draw from the virtual urn / bag of names.

Applications of a random name picker

There are obviously infinitely many situations where having a tool like the above is useful, but here we'll list a few common ones.

Selecting prize winners at random

If you run a not-for-profit lottery or a charity raffle, you can feed the names of the participants in the random name picker and draw one or more winners this way. The randomizer will ensure everyone has an equal chance to win.

Picking a team at random

Another common application is when many players need to be randomly distributed across sports teams (or board game / pc game teams, etc.). While our random team generator is the best tool for the job, if there are only two teams to distribute the players among, the random name picker will also do. Simply enter all names, say 22 for football (soccer), and tell the tool to select 11 names. Those eleven players will comprise one team, while the remaining will make up their opponents.

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Georgiev G.Z., "Random Name Picker", [online] Available at: https://www.gigacalculator.com/randomizers/random-name-picker.php URL [Accessed Date: 05 Apr, 2020].