Random Name Picker

Pick a random name from a list of names.

Name Picker

Name Picker is an easy-to-use tool to quickly select a random name from a list of names and instantly pick a winner. The tool can be used for everyone to quickly select a random name, for teachers in a classroom or to draw a random winner for a contest or raffle.

Just enter a list of names, select your preference settings and start drawing a random name. It's possible to pick multiple names at once, up to 5 names per draw.

Looking to draw a random name with a name picker wheel? You can use our Wheel of Names to pick a winner by spinning the wheel.


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Pick a random name

How to draw a random name?

You can draw a name from a list of names in the following steps:

  1. Enter a list of names.
  2. Select the number of winners.
  3. Choose if you want to remove winning names.
  4. Start raffle and pick a random name with the 'Start' button.
  5. Create a unique URL with results and share it via social media, WhatsApp or email.
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What is Random Name Picker?

Random Name Picker is a free tool to quickly draw a random name or to pick multiple random winners by submitting a list of names. This tool can be used in classroom by teachers to select a random student or for lotteries to draw a random winner. Drawing a random name is never been so easy.

You can use random name selector 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 select random students for activities or assignments in school classes.

Name Picker is the easiest way to draw names from a hat (a virtual hat in this case). Any suggestions or feedback to make the Name Picker app even better? Please let us know via Facebook or Instagram.

How to save and share results of the Name Picker?

We have a featured to save the results of your raffle and create a small certificate. You can create one by using one of the social share buttons or the copy link button after the draw is finished. We will create a unique URL with the results of your raffle.

You can share this link on social media and we show the winner, total names and the date of the raffle if anyone visits the page. Results of the giveaway picker for a limited amount of time.

Example of a unique link with results of a drawing:

Example Random Name Picker results

Randomly Pick Contest Winners

This tool can be very useful to choose 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 names in the Name Picker tool, select raffle options and start the draw to pick a random winner for your contest and contact the winner of your raffle and share the results via social media.

You can also use one of our Comment Picker tools to get all names and entries automatic for Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or YouTube.

For what kind of contests or giveaways do you choose a winner with our Name Picker tool?

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 Picker

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

We also provide filter options for the Random Picker to customize it. The options are explained below.

Number of winners

With this option you can select multiple random names at the same time. You can select up to 5 winners for each draw. The winners in one draw can never be the same name. Use the pick again button if you want that a name can be drawn multiple times.

Remove name from list of names after draw

If you select this option it will remove the name from the list of all names after it's randomly selected as winner of the raffle. This can be useful when you are picking multiple names one by one and don't want a name to be drawn twice.

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.

How to use the Random Name Picker?

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

Frequently Asked Questions

You can find answers of frequently asked questions about our tool in the list below. Is your specific question not in the list? Please send us a message via Facebook or Instagram.

Is Name Picker fair? This question is asked us a lot of times. For randomness 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 drawing, 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.

Name Picker app has no limits in the number of names that you can enter. 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 names.

By default, we don't store any results of the raffle. We only store the results if you use one of the share buttons or the copy unique link button. Then we will store the name of the winner, total number of names and the date of the draw.

It's possible select up to 5 random names and winner in one draw. Do you need more? It's also possible to use the "pick another name" button (shown after a draw) which allows you to choose new names.

If you have selected the option "Remove name from list of names after draw" the previous winners 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 ;-)

Sorry, we don't support this feature to save your list of names. 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 the tool.

We don't generate a certificate of validity, since we believe that 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 are using our Name Picker app and that's why we decided to don't build it like other websites.