How to get a firstname.lastname email address with a common name?
May 29, 2007 1:00 PM Subscribe
What's the best way for someone with a common name to get a permanent firstname.lastname email address?
posted by harkin banks to computers & internet (26 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
When I first went online in 1995, I picked an email address in tribute to my new puppy. Unfortunately, he's probably not got that many years left in him (he is twelve, after all), and I really don't want to go on using his name as my email address after he's gone.
I'd like an address that sounds a little more professional than my dog's name, preferably something that incorporates MY name. Unfortunately, both my first and last names are very common, so all of the firstname.lastname@hotmail/yahoo/gmail variations are long gone. I have a work email address which I can use for personal email, but I'd rather keep work and play separate, plus what happens when I change jobs? (Same thing with my home ISP -- it's local, and what happens if the company gets bought or I move out of the area?) I'm looking for an addy that I can keep more or less indefinitely. Bonus points if I can access it via webmail and is free or cheap. (I'm willing to pay a reasonable amount to make this happen, but free is always good!)
The ideas I've come up with so far:
* register my own domain and have email hosted somewhere.
* register my own domain and run my own mail server.
* find someplace I'm marginally connected with and convince them to give me an email address.
* send an email to firstname.lastname@gmail/hotmail/yahoo and offer to buy the address from them.
Obviously all of these options vary wildly in the degree of effort and cost required. How have the rest of you with generic names resolved this? Is there another way that I'm missing?