How to come up with the right name for your start-up

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As we’ve established before, finding a cool name for your startup is no easy feat, especially one that is available. Short domains are lavishly expensive and long startup business names are just awkward and don’t exude strong brand confidence.

Fortunately, there is a smart alternative to this issue. Many startups have found their random name ideas take shape on a branded new domain name that is short, easy to remember, affordable, and supremely brandable on new domain extensions such as .tech.

Benefits of getting .TECH:

1 Nothing says you’re in the tech space like a .tech domain extension. 2 Relevance: Pick a name that resonates with the most intuitive search keywords. 3 Easy-to-remember: With your .tech extension implying your core competence, you can choose a short domain name that is memorable and brandable.

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Choosing a name for your startup can be a monumental task. Using the right tools, keywords, and resources can help you with a shortlist but the hunt doesn’t end there. While this startup name generator can help you with some great name ideas, the name isn’t truly yours if it isn’t available. Unlike other startup name generators, this one spins out great name suggestions and checks for it’s availability on the go. Many startups have found the name of their choice on a .TECH domain. You can too!

HOW TO NAME YOUR STARTUP

One of the first steps towards creating an amazing website is naming your startup. With over 1 billion websites on the internet, it is difficult to find a cool name that is relevant to your business. Our free and simple to use startup name generator is equipped to offer you suitable suggestions and ideas to simplify the grueling ‘naming your startup’ process.

Consider these three parameters before you start searching for the perfect online name for your tech business or app or product:

1 Innovative: Pick a name that is unique to your core competence and your brand ideas. 2 Searchable: Pick a name that resonates with the most intuitive search keywords. 3 Brandable: Pick a name that is short, easy to remember and pronounce,
and free of any lingual or grammatical flaws.

How to use .TECH :

Here are some ways in which you can search for a smart new name on .tech.

1 [BusinessName] .tech 2 [industry] .tech 3 [name+IndustryNiche] .tech 4 [industry+geo] .tech 5 [product+geo] .tech 6 [phrase] .tech

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Coming up with a cool startup name isn’t as easy as it seems. With every potential name having upsides and downsides, it’s easy to get stuck in a never-ending state of analysis. Sometimes, the name of your small business sticks out right away. But more often, it doesn’t.

If you need help creating a name for your small business, you’ve come to the right place. With Shopify’s brand name generator, you can come up with a list of potential brand-names in seconds, but how do you decide which one to choose? That depends on your brand.

Your name is the first thing customers recognize about your brand. The best products, perfect service, and engaging marketing will go a long way in building brand loyalty⁠—but it won’t be enough if your customers can’t remember your name.

A customer’s ability to recall your business name has a huge impact on how they view your business. Every inch of the marketing funnel, from attracting new customers to bringing back loyal ones, is tied to how quickly a potential customer remembers your name.

Your business name selection from the naming brand generator shouldn’t be made hastily. That’s not to say you should get stuck obsessing over the pros and cons of every option. You still need to make a decision before moving forward, but before you resign to picking a random name from a hat, it’s important to evaluate your names for branding potential.

Our business name creator will provide a ton of potential brand names and domains, but finding the name that works for your brand is up to you. Knowing what makes the best name isn’t always easy, but when you create a business name, here are some factors to keep in mind:

Clarity: Something that is simple, clear, and direct will be far more catchy easier for customers to recall. If customers don’t understand your brand initially, they’re less likely to remember it later on. Good brand names don’t require too much explanation.

Our online store name generator is designed with the simplicity of an effective brand in-mind. When using the shop name generator, you’ll be asked to describe your brand in one word. Is your brand funny or sincere?

Branding: Your name will be a blueprint for all the decisions you make when developing your brand down the road. Your logo, slogan, and value proposition can be changed, but it’s exceedingly hard to change your name without losing some of the strength of your online brand.

While it should be clear, it should also be adaptable to change. Names that are too topical, or directly reference a specific product could box you in later on. Make sure to evaluate your name ideas for company growth potential and entry into adjacent industries.

Uniqueness: Customers won’t remember a brand name if it isn’t distinct. Catchy branding is all about setting yourself apart from your competition and that starts with a cool, unique brand name. A startup brand name that grabs a customer’s attention will be remembered later on.

Availability: Last but not least, you need to make sure your brand name isn’t already taken. Setting aside the legal risks, another brand with your name (or something similar) can be confusing for customers and damaging to your online reputation.

This is true of your domain name as well. Your domain name should be as memorable as your name and easy to associate with your brand. When you’ve selected a name, make sure to claim a workable domain as soon as possible.

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Finding the right name for your startup can have a significant impact on your success. The wrong name can do worse than fail to connect with customers; it can also result in insurmountable business and legal hurdles. In contrast, a clear, powerful name can be extremely helpful in your marketing and branding efforts.

Here are 12 helpful suggestions on how to come up with a winning name for your business:

1. Avoid hard-to-spell names.

You don’t want potential customers getting confused about how to find your business online. (I never understood why “Flickr” was pushed as the name for the photo-sharing site.) You want to avoid having to continually correct the misspelled version of your name. Keep it simple.

2. Don’t pick a name that could be limiting as your business grows.

Picking too narrow of a name may cause you problems down the road. Imagine if Jeff Bezos had picked the name “OnlineBooks” instead of “Amazon.” So avoid names like “Wedding Dresses of San Francisco” or “LugNuts Unlimited.” You don’t want to limit your business to a particular product or a specific city.

3. Conduct a thorough Internet search.

Once you have determined a name you like, do a web search on the name. More often than not, you will find that someone else is already using that business name. While that won’t be a total showstopper, it should give you pause.

4. Get the .com domain name.

My strong preference is that you secure the “.com” domain name for your business rather than alternatives such as .net, .org, .biz, or other possible domain extensions. Customers tend to associate a .com name with a more established business. Undoubtedly, someone will already own your desired .com name, but many domain owners are willing to sell their name for the right price.

Think of acquiring the .com name you want as a business investment. You can check on the availability of a domain name on sites such as GoDaddy.com or NetworkSolutions.com, and if the domain name is taken, you can often track down the owner of the domain name and see if they are willing to sell it by using the “Whois” tool at GoDaddy or Network Solutions.

Also make sure to grab your desired business name on popular social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

5. Use a name that conveys some meaning.

Ideally, you want the business name to convey something meaningful and positive related to your business. Can people instantly get what your business is about? While meaningless names like “Google,” “Yahoo,” or “Zappos” have some appeal due to their catchiness, these kinds of names will cost you a lot more to brand.

Some examples of clear, simple, and intriguing domain names include Canny.com, Cling.com, Afire.com, and Administer.com. A domain name like “OnlineTickets.com” is genius as it conveys the meaning of the business and is helpful for search engine optimization purposes.

6. Conduct a trademark search.

Do a search at USPTO.gov to get an idea as to whether you can get a trademark or service mark for the name.

7. Conduct a Secretary of State search.

Since you will likely want to structure your business as a corporation or LLC, you should do a search of the Secretary of State’s records to make sure your name won’t be confusingly similar to a business name that’s already registered. If it is too similar to an existing name, the Secretary of State may not allow you to register it. Your corporate lawyer can help you conduct this kind of search. (See “10 Big Legal Mistakes Made by Startups.”)

8. Assess if the name is catchy.

Obviously, you don’t want a boring name for your business, but you also don’t want to choose something that’s too “out there.” You want your employees to be able to say where they work without hesitation, and you want your name to resonate with your target audience.

9. Get feedback on the name.

Come up with 5 or 10 names and then run them by friends, family members, and trusted colleagues. Get feedback from your target audience as well. And make sure that the name doesn’t have any negative connotations (such as when GM named its new car model the “Nova” without realizing that the name meant “doesn’t go” in Spanish).

10. Make sure the name sounds good when said aloud.

Sometimes names seem fine on paper, but sound awful when said aloud. And if it’s said aloud, make sure people aren’t confused as to how it’s spelled.

11. Use resources available for brainstorming names.

There are a number of sites that can help you brainstorm names, including:

  • VisualThesaurus.com (gives you a visual around a keyword)
  • Shopify Business Name Generator (generates business name ideas and checks domain availability simultaneously)
  • NameMesh.com (provides a startup company name generator)
  • Naminum.com (allows you to generate names based on a theme)

There are even name branding experts such as Alexandra Watkins at Eat My Words.

12. Make sure you are personally happy with the name.

You as the business owner will have to live with the name for a long time, so make sure you are happy with it and believe it will resonate with your customers. Take the time to get it right from the start.

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Have you ever heard people say, “What’s in a name?” Well, plenty if you consider that a name can convey personality and unique characteristics. The name is often associated with an image that you can relate to. This holds true for a brand name or in this case “the name of your startup”.

Naming is the first step towards bringing your business idea to fruition. Deciding on a name is often fraught with various problems. You find yourself scrambling to come up with a name that is accepted by the team and makes sure it is not being used by someone else. If you do manage to find a name you like, the chances of it being used or reserved by someone are quite high.

Yet finding the right name can make or break your startup. It has a tremendous impact on your success and a wrong brand can bring hurdles that may not get resolved. It’s quite possible that your brand name may fail to connect with your audience and convey a message that doesn’t align with your goals. However, picking up a name that is clear, concise, and powerful may connect with your audience easily, making your marketing and branding efforts a breeze.

Here are a few things to consider while naming your Startup.

Keep it short and sweet: Coming up with a name that can symbolize everything you want to say is not easy. To make it easier, all you need to do is keep it short, preferably less than three syllables. There are quite a few startups that are mega successes today. For e.g. Facebook, Twitter; Drop Box, Google, Tumblr, and others.

Opt for easy to spell names: Any name you pick should be easy to spell and remember. If your name is similar to another brand name, then it may create confusion in the minds of your customer. Brand recall becomes more difficult. It becomes tedious when you have to constantly correct the misspelled name. So keep it simple, concise and easy to spell.

Pick a name with a universal appeal: When you are looking for names, make sure they are not narrow in their focus, like “TraditionalwearGujarat or Ebooks.com”. Selecting such names would be limiting, and would not help you when it is time to expand your service offerings. It makes sense to avoid names that may enforce geographically or service option boundaries.

Research Thoroughly: Thinking of one name and a few options makes sense; however, doing so without proper research may do more harm than help you. You should conduct a thorough research of the names you have picked up over the Internet. Most often you will find someone else is already using the name for his or her business. This development may not be a showstopper, but should help you reassess your selection. You should also conduct a trademark search.

Get the right domain name: Industry experts find that .com domain names are the easiest to remember. Most potential consumers associate a .com domain name with an established business. This is not to say that other domain extension like .biz, .co, .org, and .net do not work. It is quite rare to find a .com domain not in use already, but for the right price you can always decide to buy the domain from the owner.

Check for domain availability on hosting sites such as GoDaddy.com, BigRock.com or NetworkSolutions.com.If the .com is taken, you can use these sites to track down the owner using the ‘whois’ tool. Do make sure you can have the same business name on popular social media sites.

Decide on a name that means something: Pick a business name that is meaningful and relates positively to your startup. Ask yourself, “Will my customer understand what my business is easy?” If you find an immediate answer then you have done what is needed. In some cases, abstract names may have some appeal as they are catchy, but your branding efforts may become a costly affair. A domain name like “Bookmyshow.com” is excellent as it conveys the meaning of the business instantly while being helpful in your search engine optimization efforts.

Get Feedback on your selection: Conduct a brainstorming session for names. Get feedback from friends and peers and your TG about various names selected and pick the most popular one that conveys your business idea instantly. Make sure your business name is catchy and appeals to your target audience with enthusiasm.

Make sure you are happy with the name: All things said and done, as a business owner you should be happy with the name selected finally. The name you select is long-term and you will have to live with it, so do it right the first time.

Hopefully, you have considered the pointers above to come up with a name for your start-up. There are quite a few resources available online that help you with visualizing the look of your brand name. Try using tools such as VisualThesaurus, NameMesh, ShopifyBusiness, or Naminum to get the best name possible based on visuals, theme, etc.

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Choosing a name for your company can be daunting. There are so many options. But few exude brand confidence. With this name generator, you can find a list of names that align with your brand personality and brand promise.

Here are three key benefits of this startup name generator:

  • Relevance: This name generator suggests names that are relevant to the business that you’re building and your audience.
  • Available: The startup names ideas list you find on this tool are available to register on new domain extensions so that you don’t have to settle for anything less brandable.
  • Uniqueness: The list of startup names you find here will not only give you a competitive benefit but also help you build a memorable brand.

BONUS: Not only does this name generator offer cool startup name ideas, but it also gives you options for a corresponding domain name and logo to choose from.

Namify offers some of the most unique and catchy startup name ideas

How to come up with the right name for your start-up

Namify offers some of the most unique and catchy startup name ideas

Namify is one of the best online tools available to come up with creative name ideas as it uses a top-of-the-line, cutting edge technology to churn those names. With Namify, you can find the name of your choice without having to settle for something that doesn’t feel right or is complicated and hard to build a brand with. Here’s how Namify can benefit you with your business name search:

  • It will offer brand names that are truly meaningful and not just a concoction of keywords
  • It will offer domain name availability and the option to register your domain name
  • It will offer a complimentary logo that’s relevant to your brand name

Tips on how to name your startup

The World Wide Web is changing at a rapid pace and with the ever-increasing competition, it is getting challenging to find a good name with a corresponding available domain name. However, this free and simple to use startup name generator is equipped to offer you desirable name suggestions with available domain names on new extensions.

New domain extensions such as .tech, .store, .online, .site, .fun, .space, .press, .website, .uno etc. can help you find a name that is simple and unique to your startup. These names are:

  • Innovative: Your business name will stand out from the competition and will highlight your latest digital know-how. For example, www.brilliant.tech
  • Brandable: Your startup name will be meaningful, brandable, and will help you strengthen the brand that you’re building. For example, www.cohousing.site
  • Searchable: Search is an extremely crucial factor when building an online brand. New domain extensions give your keyword-rich domain names such as www.louder.online

Mentioned below are some ways you can use this name generator to come up with a list of startup name ideas:

Unlike random name generators, this startup name builder uses sophisticated technology to give you the most catchy startup name ideas

Smart Technology

Creative and meaningful brand name ideas with social media availability.

Future-proof Domains

Advanced website name suggestions that will stand the test of time.

Free Logo

100s of sophisticated logo suggestions matching your purchased domain name.

Smart Technology

Creative and meaningful brand name ideas with social media availability.

Future-proof Domains

Advanced website name suggestions that will stand the test of time.

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100s of sophisticated logo suggestions matching your purchased domain name.

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Explore some cool and unique names using this startup name generator

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Choosing a name for your company can be daunting. There are so many options. But few exude brand confidence. With this name generator, you can find a list of names that align with your brand personality and brand promise.

Here are three key benefits of this startup name generator:

  • Relevance: This name generator suggests names that are relevant to the business that you’re building and your audience.
  • Available: The startup names ideas list you find on this tool are available to register on new domain extensions so that you don’t have to settle for anything less brandable.
  • Uniqueness: The list of startup names you find here will not only give you a competitive benefit but also help you build a memorable brand.

BONUS: Not only does this name generator offer cool startup name ideas, but it also gives you options for a corresponding domain name and logo to choose from.

Namify offers some of the most unique and catchy startup name ideas

How to come up with the right name for your start-up

Namify offers some of the most unique and catchy startup name ideas

Namify is one of the best online tools available to come up with creative name ideas as it uses a top-of-the-line, cutting edge technology to churn those names. With Namify, you can find the name of your choice without having to settle for something that doesn’t feel right or is complicated and hard to build a brand with. Here’s how Namify can benefit you with your business name search:

  • It will offer brand names that are truly meaningful and not just a concoction of keywords
  • It will offer domain name availability and the option to register your domain name
  • It will offer a complimentary logo that’s relevant to your brand name

Tips on how to name your startup

The World Wide Web is changing at a rapid pace and with the ever-increasing competition, it is getting challenging to find a good name with a corresponding available domain name. However, this free and simple to use startup name generator is equipped to offer you desirable name suggestions with available domain names on new extensions.

New domain extensions such as .tech, .store, .online, .site, .fun, .space, .press, .website, .uno etc. can help you find a name that is simple and unique to your startup. These names are:

  • Innovative: Your business name will stand out from the competition and will highlight your latest digital know-how. For example, www.brilliant.tech
  • Brandable: Your startup name will be meaningful, brandable, and will help you strengthen the brand that you’re building. For example, www.cohousing.site
  • Searchable: Search is an extremely crucial factor when building an online brand. New domain extensions give your keyword-rich domain names such as www.louder.online

Mentioned below are some ways you can use this name generator to come up with a list of startup name ideas:

How to come up with the right name for your start-up

One of the most important and potentially challenging steps of starting a business is choosing a business name. For some, choosing a business name is the first step tackled because it’s simple, quick, and obvious to the business owner. For others, it’s a struggle to identify a business name that truly encompasses the business and everything it stands for.

Even if you have an idea of what to call your business, check out these 5 tips on how to pick a business name to make sure you’re choosing the right one for your brand.

1. What is the Essense of Your Business?

The best way to start the process of choosing a name for your business is by reviewing the essence of your business. Consider your mission statement, your business plan, and your unique selling proposition. And don’t forget to think about your target audience and what you learned about it in your market research.  

Some questions that can guide you as you choose a name for your business include:

  • What message do you want to portray through your business name?
  • What are your biggest priorities for your business name? Do you want it to be easy to pronounce, different and unique, directly related to your products and services, etc.?
  • What do you want people to think and feel when they see your business name?
  • What is your business structure and will your business name use a related abbreviation, such as Inc. or LLC?
  • What are the names of your competition? What do you like and dislike about those business names?
  • Does the length of the name matter? If so, do you want a short name or a longer name?

2. Conduct a Brainstorming Session

Once you have a sense of what you want your business name to represent, it’s time to get creative. In fact, the more creative and free-thinking you can be during this stage, the more ideas you will generate, and the more possibilities you will have to choose from.

Conduct a series of brainstorming sessions, some with just you, some with a colleague or partner, to come up with as many business name ideas as possible. During your brainstorming, keep the essence of your business in mind, but also let your ideas flow unrestricted. Some common ways to start a brainstorming session include brain dumping, list-making, mind mapping, and word association.

Business Name Activity

Write down words associated with your business on slips of paper and then mix and match in different combinations to generate business ideas.

3. Give It Time

Now that you have conducted your brainstorming session(s) and have a list of possibilities, it’s time to review and analyze your results. Go through your list and remove any non-contenders, sort similar names, and mark the names that immediately resonate with you. A few things to consider when assessing the good names from the bad are:

  • Does the name indicate what your business is about? While there are plenty of business names that don’t reveal what they do, such as Google or Amazon, as a small business owner, it’s to your advantage to choose a name that tells people what you’re about.  
  • Does it set you apart from your competition?  
  • Is it easy to remember?
  • Is it easy to pronounce, which is becoming increasingly important with the use of voice assistants such as Siri, Alexa, and Google Assistant?  
  • Does it fit with your business tone and branding?   If you have a serious business, you might not want a whimsical name.

As you sift through your ideas, it’s important to let your preconceptions and biases settle before you create your shortlist of best possible business names.

When you have your shortlist of potential business names, walk away, do something else, or sleep on it. Choosing a name for your business is a big decision as it will eventually come to represent your brand. Let your ideas percolate for a day or two, then come back to it and review them again. In many cases, after a brief hiatus, you will return and instantly know which of your options is the right business name. And if none of the possibilities feel right, start your brainstorming process again.

4. Check Availability

Before you decide on your business name, check to make sure it’s available. If the name is already in use, trademarked, or a domain name, you’ll want to reconsider using it.  

Don’t Use Trademarked Names

If your chosen business name is already trademarked, you cannot use it without risking getting sued.

Search the federal database of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Trademark Electronic Search System (Tess). You should also run a series of searches with Google and other search engines for your desired business name to make sure there isn’t another company already using your name.

Part of your availability search should include a domain name search if you intend to have a website to promote your company, products, and services. If your business name is not available as a domain, you can consider using an abbreviation, hyphens, or an alternate top-level domain, such as .net. However, it’s important to also consider how easy it will be for potential customers and clients to remember or use the domain to find your website. If they forget to use the hyphen or type in .com instead of .net, you could lose them to your competition. Ideally, domain names should be short and without hyphens.   If you have to get too overly creative in a domain name, you might want to move down your list of business name possibilities to the next idea if there is a better domain name available.

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For best results, choose a domain with .com and no hyphens to make it easier for people to speak and understand how to reach your website.

5. Register Your Business Name

Protect your business name by registering it with your state authorities.   If you have a limited liability company, a corporation, or a limited partnership in the U.S., you’ll need to register the business itself, which will also register your business name. If your business is a sole proprietorship or a general partnership, you generally don’t need to register your business entity with the state, but instead through the county and/or city where your business is located.  

If you are a sole proprietor, you may choose to file a “doing business as” (DBA) name so you can use a business name other than your own legal name. You can register a DBA with your state or county clerk.  

It’s not required, but you may also want to register your business name for a trademark, to protect it from use by someone else.  

Choosing a business name can be a lengthy process, but it is well worth the time you put in. Once you have chosen your business name, not only have you made a significant step toward officially launching your new venture, but you have also started branding your business and carving out your own niche in the small business world.

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This generator will combine all words together and check name availability for com, net, org, co, io and country specific tlds. It will also suggest names with words separated by hyphens.

SIMILAR

This generates highly relevant company name suggestions by replacing words entered with similar words. These are good for startup names, app names or product names. Some popular company names using this technique are: FaceBook, MicroSoft, GitHub, PayPal, WordPress. For best results use 2-3 words. Some of the methods used to find similar words are as follows

  • Synonyms, Antonyms and others using Thesaurus
  • Words that co-occur much more often than normally expected (also known as collocations) and words that often form a continuous sequence in a text or speech (also known as n-grams)
  • Uses 6 million word relations database
  • Uses real world intelligence which takes into account nearby places, languages, similar products etc. Check these examples – (california, mclaren, mac)

Sometimes you might want to limit these alternative suggestions to one of the keywords or have keywords follow some characteristics based on length or starting and ending sequences. In these cases, you can use some special characters with your keywords :-

    To make sure the your keyword is never replaced or removed in the generated company name, you can use the ‘*’ character with keyword.

For example, : generating names for the keywords ‘cool* company’ will make sure that the word ‘cool’ is not substituted, whereas the keyword ‘company’ will be replaced with other similarly related words like business, firm, enterprise, brand etc
For inspiration, you can use ‘?’, which matches any character.

For example : For dictionary words comprising of 4 letters you can use ‘. ‘ as the keyword in the input box. If you specify partial characters like ‘a. ‘, this will generate dictionary words of length four and starting with letter ‘a’.

These options can be used multiple times within the same query.

This will check for name availability using new gtlds domains. The internet is changing with the launch of new gtlds. This name generator will use new gtlds like .shop, .store, .enterprises, .brand, .tech, .cool, .company, .business in the domain name and check availability. Currently, supporting hundreds of new gtlds.

SEO can be a very important factor for your new company name. Sometimes you may want your company name to include specific words that can help users to search or find your business easily. This will suggest name ideas while preserving your main keywords. Some of the ways to generate SEO domain ideas are as follows

  • Very short additions to entered name like adding i, my, the, a, e as prefixes and adding me, it as suffixes. Hundreds of these popular prefixes and suffixes including dictionary words are used to create company names including your main keywords.
  • Words that can be derived from the root of your keyword, mostly including present, future, past and nouns which are dictionary words are generated.
  • You can also tell the generator to use all dictionary words containing some sequence of letter by using *, followed by the sequence of letters . For example:- ‘*k’ will include small dictionary words having the letter ‘k’

SHORT

This is a naming technique in which the tld itself is the part of the name. Hence, these tend to be short and brandable. Some examples would include rabb.it, stori.es etc

This generates very creative company name ideas by breaking, joining, replacing and rearranging words entered together to create new words. It’s perfect for brandable company names.

  • Merged Portmanteau – as the name suggests create words by merging or fusion which are very pronounceable and hence brandable.
  • Acronyms
  • Phonetic Variations
  • Overlapping common parts of keywords
  • Removing vowels
  • Misspelling some keywords

Let AI (Artificial Intelligence) generate a short creative business name for you. AI uses randomness and acts like a random creative business name generator which produces business names which are short brandable and creative. Also the results may or may not change for the same keywords after you refresh the page.

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Other popular tlds are checked for availability. These includes that go well with most of the words like .ly, .it and .me

Mixing involves generating names by merging into some common and small suffixes and some dictionary words. This works as a good startup name generator as many of the startups uses suffixes like -ify, -ly, -sy, -able, -er in their name.

  • Portmanteau – Many startups are adding small suffixes like ify and ly and using it as their company name. This is a recent trend and has become very popular. Your keywords are mixed with some of these suffixes and checked.
  • Overlapping the keywords with some dictionary words is also popular like in pinterest.

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Generate all possible permutations of names by combining each word from first input with the second input and vice-versa. Names are ranked based on the ordering of the input. This is the best choice for your company name, if available.

SIMILAR

Replaces first input with synonyms and other similar terms and combines it with the second inputs and vice-versa. The ranking of names is based on how similar the suggested words are.

Combines words from first and second input fields in a number of ways by removing vowels, joining, breaking and merging the words together. It also uses acronyms, misspellings and other methods and can generate very good and unique brand names.

PHONETIC

This produces phonetic variations on the words like replacing s with z, c with k and many others.

How to come up with the right name for your start-up

One of the most important and potentially challenging steps of starting a business is choosing a business name. For some, choosing a business name is the first step tackled because it’s simple, quick, and obvious to the business owner. For others, it’s a struggle to identify a business name that truly encompasses the business and everything it stands for.

Even if you have an idea of what to call your business, check out these 5 tips on how to pick a business name to make sure you’re choosing the right one for your brand.

1. What is the Essense of Your Business?

The best way to start the process of choosing a name for your business is by reviewing the essence of your business. Consider your mission statement, your business plan, and your unique selling proposition. And don’t forget to think about your target audience and what you learned about it in your market research.  

Some questions that can guide you as you choose a name for your business include:

  • What message do you want to portray through your business name?
  • What are your biggest priorities for your business name? Do you want it to be easy to pronounce, different and unique, directly related to your products and services, etc.?
  • What do you want people to think and feel when they see your business name?
  • What is your business structure and will your business name use a related abbreviation, such as Inc. or LLC?
  • What are the names of your competition? What do you like and dislike about those business names?
  • Does the length of the name matter? If so, do you want a short name or a longer name?

2. Conduct a Brainstorming Session

Once you have a sense of what you want your business name to represent, it’s time to get creative. In fact, the more creative and free-thinking you can be during this stage, the more ideas you will generate, and the more possibilities you will have to choose from.

Conduct a series of brainstorming sessions, some with just you, some with a colleague or partner, to come up with as many business name ideas as possible. During your brainstorming, keep the essence of your business in mind, but also let your ideas flow unrestricted. Some common ways to start a brainstorming session include brain dumping, list-making, mind mapping, and word association.

Business Name Activity

Write down words associated with your business on slips of paper and then mix and match in different combinations to generate business ideas.

3. Give It Time

Now that you have conducted your brainstorming session(s) and have a list of possibilities, it’s time to review and analyze your results. Go through your list and remove any non-contenders, sort similar names, and mark the names that immediately resonate with you. A few things to consider when assessing the good names from the bad are:

  • Does the name indicate what your business is about? While there are plenty of business names that don’t reveal what they do, such as Google or Amazon, as a small business owner, it’s to your advantage to choose a name that tells people what you’re about.  
  • Does it set you apart from your competition?  
  • Is it easy to remember?
  • Is it easy to pronounce, which is becoming increasingly important with the use of voice assistants such as Siri, Alexa, and Google Assistant?  
  • Does it fit with your business tone and branding?   If you have a serious business, you might not want a whimsical name.

As you sift through your ideas, it’s important to let your preconceptions and biases settle before you create your shortlist of best possible business names.

When you have your shortlist of potential business names, walk away, do something else, or sleep on it. Choosing a name for your business is a big decision as it will eventually come to represent your brand. Let your ideas percolate for a day or two, then come back to it and review them again. In many cases, after a brief hiatus, you will return and instantly know which of your options is the right business name. And if none of the possibilities feel right, start your brainstorming process again.

4. Check Availability

Before you decide on your business name, check to make sure it’s available. If the name is already in use, trademarked, or a domain name, you’ll want to reconsider using it.  

Don’t Use Trademarked Names

If your chosen business name is already trademarked, you cannot use it without risking getting sued.

Search the federal database of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Trademark Electronic Search System (Tess). You should also run a series of searches with Google and other search engines for your desired business name to make sure there isn’t another company already using your name.

Part of your availability search should include a domain name search if you intend to have a website to promote your company, products, and services. If your business name is not available as a domain, you can consider using an abbreviation, hyphens, or an alternate top-level domain, such as .net. However, it’s important to also consider how easy it will be for potential customers and clients to remember or use the domain to find your website. If they forget to use the hyphen or type in .com instead of .net, you could lose them to your competition. Ideally, domain names should be short and without hyphens.   If you have to get too overly creative in a domain name, you might want to move down your list of business name possibilities to the next idea if there is a better domain name available.

Domain Name

For best results, choose a domain with .com and no hyphens to make it easier for people to speak and understand how to reach your website.

5. Register Your Business Name

Protect your business name by registering it with your state authorities.   If you have a limited liability company, a corporation, or a limited partnership in the U.S., you’ll need to register the business itself, which will also register your business name. If your business is a sole proprietorship or a general partnership, you generally don’t need to register your business entity with the state, but instead through the county and/or city where your business is located.  

If you are a sole proprietor, you may choose to file a “doing business as” (DBA) name so you can use a business name other than your own legal name. You can register a DBA with your state or county clerk.  

It’s not required, but you may also want to register your business name for a trademark, to protect it from use by someone else.  

Choosing a business name can be a lengthy process, but it is well worth the time you put in. Once you have chosen your business name, not only have you made a significant step toward officially launching your new venture, but you have also started branding your business and carving out your own niche in the small business world.