Random Name Picker

Pick a random name/winner from a list of names with our random name selector

Name Picker

Name Picker is a free online tool which can be used to quickly pick a random name or winner from a list of names for any draw, raffle or contest.

Enter your list of names in the textarea and quickly draw names and pick a random winner.

With our Random Picker it is possible to remove a winner from the list of names after a draw. By default, we filter duplicate names. If you want to allow duplicate names in your online raffle, please uncheck the option below the list of names. Pick multiple names with the pick another name button and remove name after the name raffle.

Enjoy our easy and free online random name picker app!

Name Picker options

Add names/entries
Amount of names: 0
Random Picker options

Pick a random name / winner

How to pick a random name or winner?

You can pick a random name or winner from a list of names via the following steps:

  1. Enter your list of names in the textarea, each on a new line or separated by comma
  2. You can also upload a list of names via a text file (optional)
  3. Choose option to remove name from list of names after name draw which is useful when picking multiple names (optional)
  4. Check or uncheck the option split names by spaces (optional)
  5. Check or uncheck filtering of duplicate names (optional)
  6. Start raffle and pick a random name by pressing the "Start" button
  7. Pick multiple names/winners with the "Pick another name" button that will be shown after a raffle
  8. Create an unique URL with the results of the raffle by using one of the share or copy buttons
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What is Random Name Picker?

Random Name Picker is an online tool to quickly pick one or multiple random names or winners from a list of names for a drawing, contest or raffle.

Enter a list of names in the textarea, choose the raffle options and click the start button. We will get all names and select one random name as winner of the raffle. You can filter duplicate names, split names by space or upload a list of names.

If you want to pick multiple winners, you can select the option to remove name from list after the winner is chosen. A pick again button will be shown after choosing the first name.

You can use the Random Name Picker for any contest, giveaway, raffle, drawing, promotion or competitions. The tool is also used for families to decide who has to do the dishes or by teachers to pick a random students for activities or assignments in school classes. Name Picker is the easiest way to draw names from a hat online (a virtual hat in this case).

What's your best use case for the Name Picker app? Let us know.

How to save and share results of the Name Picker?

We have a featured where you can save the results of the Name Picker draw and create a small certificate. You will see social share buttons an a copy link button after the draw is finished. If you click one of these (social) buttons, we will create a unique URL with the results of your raffle.

You can share this unique URL on social media and if someone visits that URL, it will show you the winner, total names and the date of the raffle. We will store the results of the giveaway picker for a limited amount of time.

Randomly Pick Contest Winners

This tool can be very useful to pick a random winners for your online contest.

Get all the names of the participants that entered the contest and which comply with the rules of your contest or giveaway. Enter the list of names in the Name Picker tool, select raffle options and start the draw to pick a random winner for your contest.

Contact the winner of your raffle and share the results via Social Media. You can also make use of one of our other tools to get all names automatic if you use Facebook, Instagram or YouTube.

For what kind of contests or giveaways did you already pick a winner with our online Name Picker tool?

Name Picker Wheel

If you want to have a more visual and animated way of picking a winner for a raffle, you can use the Name Picker spinning wheel. With the Wheel of Names you can do a wheel spin to decide a random winner from a list of names.

Random Drawing Generator

Random Drawing Generator could be 2 different tools with different purposes, because the word drawing has two different meanings.

  • Drawing can mean: "the selection of a winner or winners in a lottery or raffle".
  • Drawing can also mean: "a picture or diagram made with a pencil, pen, or crayon rather than paint, especially one drawn in monochrome".

Our Random Drawing Generator is used to select random winners in a drawing of a raffle. We might release a Random Drawing (Idea) Generator as well.

Random Name Picker that removes names

Are you looking for a Name Picker that removes names after a winner is chosen, so you can pick multiple unique winners? In the tool you can select the option "Remove name from list of names after draw".

This means that after a random name is chosen by the tool, it will be remove this name from the list of names for the next draw. If you then start a new draw and pick a new random name, it won't be possible to pick the same winner again.

Random Name Generator

Random Name Picker is sometimes confused with Random Name Generator. Name Picker is the tool to select a random name or winner from a list of names, while Random Name Generator is the tool to generate random names.

Looking for the last one? Check out the Random Name Generator tool.

About Name Picker

Name Picker is the best free online tool to quickly pick a winner for your raffle or draw. We are not a spinning wheel, where you can have a maximum amount of names. No, you can enter an unlimited amount of names and pick multiple winners with the Random Picker app.

This means you can pick a random name for every draw, raffle or contest that you want to do. You can select the option to remove a name from the list of names after a name is randomly chosen and choose multiple winners. This tool will make your life so much easier, right?

Any suggestions or feedback to the Name Picker app even better? Please let us know via Facebook or Instagram.

Random Picker

Random Picker is a free tool to pick a random name and winner for a contest, giveaway, promotion or competition. It can also be used to pick a random item from a list of items. The tool support teams, emails, numbers, songs, usernames and more.

We are also proving some filtering options for the Random Picker tool to customize it. The options are explained below.

Remove name from list of names after draw

This option means that it will remove the winner from the list of all names after the name is chosen as the winner of the raffle. N This is useful when you are picking multiple names and don't want to have the same winner twice.

Split names by space

If you have a list with names or usernames which are separated by space, you should enable this option. By default the tool will only split names by comma or by a newline. If you have a list with first name and last name, it's not useful to enable this option.

Filter duplicate names

Let's say you have a huge list with names that you created. It could happen that you include a name twice by accident. Enabling this option will remove the double name and count them as one. If you use this for a raffle or contest and you want to give an extra entry you should disable this option.

Need more options?

Please send us a message via FB or IG if you have cool ideas for the Random Name Selector and we will see if we can build the feature for you.

Video: Random Name Picker

Learn how to use our Name Picker app by watching our how-to video.

FAQ Name Picker app

You can find answers about our Name Picker app in the list of frequently asked questions (FAQs).

Is Name Picker fair? This question is asked us a lot of times. For randomness of the Name Picker we are using the Javascript method Math.random() which is Pseudorandom. Pseudorandom numbers are random numbers that are generated by computers by using a seed and number generation algorithm. We can't manipulate the outcome of the random name/winner of the raffle in any way, since it's all generated on the client side.

Other tools generating random number server side where you can't see the code, which means in theory they could manipulate the outcome.

Our Name Picker app can handle `almost` an unlimited number of names. We tested the Name Picker to pick a random name out of 1 million names for a draw and it didn't had any issues. Should be enough right? If you are using a large amount of names the tool/browser can be a little bit slower then you are used to, since it has to process all the names.

By default, we don't store any results of the raffle. We only store the results if you choose to save the results via the store results button and create a unique raffle link.

If you use the store result option, we will store the winner, total number of names and the date of the draw. We don't store all the names that you entered in the Name Picker app.

It's possible to pick multiple names/winners with our Name Picker. After the raffle you will see a "pick another name" button which allows you to choose a new name or winner for the raffle.

If you have selected the option "Remove name from list of names after draw" the winner will be removed from your list of names after a raffle, so that name will not be chosen twice.

You can calculate the probability with the following formula: 1 divide by the number of names and multiple it with 100% to calculate the probability in percentage. Example: when there are 15 entries, the change that your name is chosen is 1 / 15 * 100% = 6,667%. How larger the number of entries, how smaller the change is that your name is chosen.

Some say the probability is 50%: winner or not a winner ;-)

You can choose if you want to remove duplicate names via the Name Picker options. By default, the option is enabled. This means that duplicate names will be removed from the raffle. It can be useful to disable this option if a name should have multiple entries in a contest and more change to win.

Yes, we added support for uploading names from a text file (.txt) in the random name selector. Use the "choose file" upload button in the Name Picker options and select your text file to import a list of names.

Sorry, we don't support this feature to save your list of names (yet). This means that the list of names will be gone after you close your browser. Please let us know if this will be an interesting feature to improve our Name Picker.

We don't generate a Certificate of Validity. We believe that there there will be always a way for an owner of a raffle to cheat with this in some way if they really want to.

We believe in honesty of people who use our Name Picker tools and that's why we decided to don't build it like other websites.

Random Name Picker is totally FREE like all our tools and can be used as many times as you want! You can pay us by sharing this tool to your friends/family or adding a link or mention on your website.

No, we don't have a Random Name Picker app, but our website is 100% mobile friendly and can be used on all devices. You can bookmark or favorite our website to quickly use it for all your raffles.

Sorry! We don't support offline support (yet), but we are planning to make the Random Picker offline available.

If you have any tips, feedback or suggestions for our Name Picker. Please send us a message via Facebook or Instagram.