What are good ways to come up with a business name?


I have been working at this non-stop for almost a year now, and I can't come up with any names that aren't taken.

At this point, I am exhausted.

Does anyone have any ideas for thinking of a name?


asked Sep 7 '11 at 14:43
Kevin Soviero
180 points

4 Answers


If you have $200, go to crowdspring.com, post your project, and dozens and dozens of creative people all over the world will give you suggestions.

p.s.: I am not affiliated in any way to crowdspring.com. I just think it works wonders.

answered Sep 7 '11 at 23:34
A. Garcia
1,601 points
  • I just used them again recently to get my logo, and I love the result! Thanks for the answer. – Kevin Soviero 11 years ago


The name really doesn't mean too much. Just name it and concentrate on building up your reputation as great a customer service, great value, great price etc. etc.

A slogan would be more useful than wasting time on a name, like:

"The Huge Long Named Open Source Solutions Company" - "Need Help With Your Open Source Software? We're Your One Stop Solution".

Hell, that isn't that great, but I only spent maybe 20 seconds on it. Concentrate on what you'll do for your clients and what value you'll bring, rather than worrying about a name.

Eg. What really does Pepsi, Coke, Yashoo or Google mean before you knew what they did? It's more about what they do for you that counts.

answered Sep 7 '11 at 14:52
310 points
  • If nothing else, I think the business name needs to be short enough to make the email address less than torture to type... And with short comes taken, and with taken comes hard to find (one thats not taken)... – Kevin Soviero 12 years ago
  • The name doesn't really have to short. It could be long, but easy to understand. I like names which give you an idea of what the company does. If you can't do that, then add a subtitle with some keywords of what you do. – A. Garcia 12 years ago


Might I suggest PCOpener.com? It relates to PCs, open source, and the .com is available (at the time I write this).

It also includes the subtlety of the fact that you open up computer use to others who could not otherwise afford it.

answered Sep 7 '11 at 15:46
1,194 points


There are no rules to naming a startup. And most entrepreneurs do assume that the name they choose will change before their businesses really start to gain momentum.

Consequently, it doesn't shock us that some of our favorite startups were sired by picking names out of hats, by throwing out odd proper nouns that might be cheap domain names and by haphazardly removing vowels.

Ever wonder what a "Twitter" is, or who the "Hipmunk" is? We've asked nine startups to share the story behind their names.

This is an excerpt from the article on Mashable As what A. Garcia had said you could try crowd sourcing websites when you need help naming your business

answered Sep 8 '11 at 09:15
11 points
  • Wow! Squad Help is much cheaper than crowd spring... Any other ones I should know about? – Kevin Soviero 12 years ago

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