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In Minecraft, there are two ways to claim an account name. One is to create a new account with that name, and the other is to perform a free name change on an existing account (this can only be done once per month). Minecraft does not automatically release names from inactive accounts, so there is no way for us to entirely predict when a name will become available.

When you use NameVault to search for a Minecraft name, you will see you one three results:
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Free

You will see this if no Minecraft player currently has this name. In this case, you can claim this name with a new account, or with a free name change on an existing account.

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Taken

You will see this if a player currently has this name. You will not be able to take this name unless that player chooses to change their name to something else.

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Invalid Name

You will see this if you used a search term that uses a character Minecraft does not accept for display names. This list includes all characters except for English letters, numbers, and underscores.

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