I used to get domain name alerts via subscription email from BuyDomains.com. Usually they track fresh inventory of interest to you by providing keywords and the category a particular domain name comes under. It's a great way to keep in touch with the domain market if you're involved in the registration of domain names.
At first glance, it's not that easy or simple just to conjure up a domain name and think that it's a great name. With a gadzillion of domain names being cooked up every day, you'll be surprised to know that there are many "great minds" that think alike on the Internet. Many times I thought I had a great domain name but only to discover that somebody had just beaten me to that name.
Sometimes when you need to look up a certain name for your personal website or for your business site, it might do you some good to use a domain name portfolio site in your search. If you are a first-timer, you might find it a daunting task to check on all those names that are swimming in your head.
Of course, if you use your own name for a domain, you will most likely get it. But if you are looking beyond a personal site, a popular name for a niche market may be like looking for a needle in a haystack.
You might be better informed by using a portfolio site like BuyDomains.com which has one of the world's biggest single premium domain collections. At last count, they have more than 800,000 registered domain names in their portfolio. That's a lot of cherry pickings for you and you might find one domain name that will be great to kick-start your site and build your brand.