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The right business name is more important than you think.
Our global team of real business name experts helps you discover a unique brand name (and matching domain name availability) through a dramatically simple and quick process that starts at $299, including all fees.
It’s never been easier to get captivating business name ideas from real people, not computers, that will delight your customers and set you apart from your competitors. We even tell you if a matching domain name is available.
We have everything you need in a fresh, easy-to-use interface (project management, namer discovery, feedback, IP protections for the business name you’re buying, award-winning customer service, and more) for a price that’s 25 to 50 times less than you would pay an agency. Guaranteed!
When should you use a business name generator?
The company name for a small business or brand is one of the most important elements of your brand identity.
It’s impossible for a small business to build a strong brand identity and impress customers and prospects with a boring, forgettable business name from a business name generator.
A free business name generator asks you to describe your brand in one or two words and then the computer picks random dictionary words, combines them, and spits out random business name ideas without any explanation.
A business name idea randomly suggested by a free business name generator is inhuman, cold, and forgettable. And, not surprisingly, the suggested business name ideas from a free business name generator have no connection to your unique brand.
Random, generic, and forgettable business name ideas from a business name generator will make it impossible for your customers to fall in love with your unique company.
Sure, an online business name generator might be cheap or even free. But this is one area where it will end up costing you much more when you use a free business name generator and then struggle to build a strong brand with a random business name and confusing domain name.
The truth is that a strong brand identity is never free. You’ll either pay for it up front with a small fee or suffer the inevitable consequences of creating a weak brand using free business name generators that suggest weak business name ideas.
An online business name generator like oreblo, namelix, and the shopify business name generator will not leave a lasting impression on your audience and will not give you a one-of-a-kind brand identity. There’s just nothing unique, custom or brandable about random words or word fragments from a free business name generator, even if the business name was suggested by an algorithm or artificial intelligence (AI).
There’s a reason the world’s best marketers, agencies, and brands rely on real people and not a free business name generator to name companies. In fact, none of the most successful companies in the United States or anywhere else in the world were named by a business name generator.
So whether you’re a first-time entrepreneur seeking strong company name ideas or have an existing business and considering a rebrand, avoid an algorithmic business name generator and get the perfect business name from real people, not computers.
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We create compelling brand stories ...
Brand story provided by mt1895:
'A great tagline (bonus) would be: You can’t say Asabasa Spice Co. without first saying AHH. Asabasa is a fun word I like to say when I am feeling great and relaxed. It has no meaning and is not associated with any language from my research. The name is a palindrome which can be spelled and pronounced the same forward or backwards - which means no matter which way you look at it, it still says AHHH (HOW COOL IS THAT!) The name can indeed be trademarked in the USA for sure. It can be branded and it surely has character & personality. The name is essentially just ONE word and only seven characters and uses only three letters.'
We explain why the business name is memorable ...
Brand story provided by Itswords:
'Clink has a double meaning - the sound two glasses make during CHEERS. :) And, it's slang for jail - a reference to the historic building your brewery occupies. The name is fun, easy to say, spell and remember, and the reference to a sound 'clink' and to water makes it a memorable name.'
We explain the origins of the business name ideas ...
Brand story provided by 1parker:
'The name has only 5 letters, it pronounces equally in many languages and there is a nice meaning to it (latin for castle, fortress).'
Fundamentals of a memorable business name
Why is a strong business name important?
A brand is a name, term, design, or symbol that differentiates a business, organization, firm, product or services from its rivals, in the eyes of the customer.
A strong brand name communicates what your small business or brand does, how it does it, and at the same time, establishes trust and credibility with your prospects and customers. Strong business names are important for every type of entity, including corporations, partnerships, limited liability companies (LLC), LLP, PLC, joint ventures, and others.
A business name can be a real word, made-up words, or combinations of words. For example, Hospira, a business name selected by the company’s employees, was derived from the words hospital, spirit, inspire, and the Latin word spero, which means hope. Bosch, a German diversified technology-based corporation, was named after its founder, Robert Bosch.
Some famous companies started operating under different business names but later changed those business names. For example, Google was initially called BackRub. Pepsi-Cola was initially called Brad’s Drink. Sony was initially known as Tokyo Tsushin Kogyo. BP, formerly British Petroleum, was shortened as part of a rebranding effort in 2000.
Some companies choose to operate under a trade name, or trading name, which is a pseudonym frequently used by companies to operate under a business name different from their registered legal name.
How many of these and other successful companies do you think used a 10-second business name creator to get a creative brand name in seconds or to generate business name ideas instantly? If you answered 'none', you are correct. No successful company has ever jumped from naming a brand to securing the domain name, to starting a small business - all in a few clicks.
If you have an existing business name that no longer fits your brand, you can learn more about the why and how to rename your business, and review the 10 tips for naming your startup or small business on our award-winning business marketing blog.
Can you operate under a business name different from your legal name?
Every business has a legal business name. But, sometimes you don’t want to operate your business under your registered legal business name.
There are many reasons for this. For example, the legal business name might be confusing, unrelated to your business, or no longer descriptive of your business. Or you just might want a new business name without changing your incorporation or registration documents.
You can easily do this by registering a DBA (doing business as). A DBA is like a nickname for your business. A DBA is sometimes also called an 'assumed name', 'fictitious business name', or 'trade name'.
Importantly, registering a DBA does not excuse you from forming a legal business entity. You must first create a business structure, like a corporation, LLC, limited partnership, or another structure, before you can register a DBA.
You can operate your business under as many DBA names as you want - there are no limits. But, each DBA name must be registered in the state where you operate. This is required because the public has a legal right to know that a particular person or legal entity is conducting a business under a name that differs from its legal name.
There are many reasons you should consider registering a DBA for your business: you don’t want to use your personal name for the business, your bank requires a DBA, you’re taking your business in a new direction, you want to improve credibility, and it’s better for marketing. The legal name of a business might be complicated or hard to pronounce. A DBA will allow you to market a memorable, accessible brand name that’s more search engine friendly.
The cost to set up a DBA varies by state, county, city, and business structure. In general, you will end up spending from $10 to $100 on registering your DBA.
Here’s a useful starting point to file a DBA, with insights, FAQs, links, and state requirements to help you file a DBA in any U.S. state or territory.
10 tips for a great business name
Here are the 10 things you should consider when deciding on a new business name:
Think about what you want your business name to convey.
Your company name is an important part of your company’s identity. The business name will appear on your business cards, letterhead, website, promotional materials, products, and pretty much everywhere in print to identify your company or your company’s products and/or services.
Service oriented businesses should consider whether it will be easy for their prospective customers to recognize what services the business provides, based on the name of the company (example: Friendly Dog Walkers or Bright Accounting). And, not surprisingly, business name generators can’t do this - a business name generator just spits out random words.
Brainstorm to identify name possibilities.
Think about words that describe your industry or the products/services you offer. Think about words that describe your competitors and words that describe the differences between your products and services and those of your competitors. Also, consider words that describe the benefits of using your products or services. Finally, think about words (and phrases) that evoke the feelings you want your target audience to feel when they see your company name.
Keep the name short, simple, and easy to write and remember.
Think about the names of companies you admire. They typically have a few things in common: their names are short, simple, easy to write and easy to remember. (Examples: Apple, Google, Virgin, Southwest).
An obscure business name is and an obscure domain name are often difficult to write and even more difficult to remember. This is, at best, what you will get from a business name generator. This is a problem because for most startups and small businesses, word-of-mouth advertising is the most successful form of marketing. If your customers can’t remember your business name, your domain name, social media handle, or can’t spell it for others, it will make it difficult for them to help promote your business.
Avoid a business name that is too narrow or literal.
Think about how your company may evolve over time and make sure that the company name can evolve with the business. For example, if you name your company iPhone Accessories and later expand to sell accessories for other products, your original name will be too narrow and restrictive.
The same advice applies even if your company sells a niche product. For example, if you sell antique lamps, you should consider whether you might sell more than lamps in the future. Naming your business Joan’s Antique Lamps may be too limiting when you later start selling antique clocks and furniture. And if your domain name was also limiting, it will be difficult for you to grow your business.
Avoid decisions by committee but do test the business name with others.
It’s tempting to involve our friends, family, employees and customers in finding a business name. Sometimes, this can work out really well. But there are risks. People might be upset if you don’t pick a business name they think is great. You’ll also find yourself trying to find consensus – which can lead to a very plain company name. If you must involve others, pick a small group of people who understand you and your business (and pick a mix of right-brain types and left-brain types so that you can have some variety.
Avoid plain words.
Plain words make it very difficult to differentiate your company from your competitors. For example, there were hundreds of thousands of logo design businesses around the world when we started thinking about crowdspring. We knew that we would be expanding to many different industries (graphic design, web design, industrial design, and many more) and so we didn’t want to name our business Great Logo Design or manyDesigners – it would have been descriptive, but not memorable and certainly not sufficiently unique.
And, you won’t be able to find a matching domain name if you pick a plain word for the name of your business.
Be careful with geographic names.
Some people use their city, state or region as part of their company name. If you plan only to work in your city, then this might serve you well. But a geographic name could hinder you later and a matching domain name will likely be too long and confusing.
Avoid obscure words.
Company names that help tell stories can be powerful and memorable (think about Google, for example). But obscure words or references might be difficult to spell or pronounce, and that’s commonly what you might get from a business name generator. Be especially sensitive if you’re trying to reach a mass audience (such as on the Internet). Obscure or invented names can work – Xerox is a great example – but this often requires a huge marketing budget and tremendous effort. One upside to an obscure business name is that the matching domain name could be easier to get.
You’ll want your company’s name to evolve as trends evolve, so be careful to identify the trends and to avoid following them. For example, in the late 1990s, it was trendy to use a .com after your company name if your company was an Internet business. After the Internet bubble burst, the '.com' became synonymous with having no business model and those companies who survived very quickly dropped .com from their names. This is especially important because your matching domain name will be permanent so think carefully before you pursue a trend for your business name and domain name.
Consider whether you can register a domain name and obtain a trademark.
It’s important to make sure that your competitors are not using the same name in your industry. It’s not uncommon to find similar (or even identical names) in different industries, but this can result in confusion for your customers and vendors. If your competitors are using the same name – you’ll expose yourself to possible litigation and you’ll likely be unable to obtain trademark protection for your company name.
So, look for a company name that is also available for registration as a domain name (ideally, as a .com domain name). You should understand that .com domain names are very popular and you’ll struggle to find an available domain name that matches your company name. Many people worry about this and that’s why every proposed business name on crowdspring has a matching domain name.