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