Semicolon in company name?


I have a great idea for a company name, but it requires the semicolon character ; in order to work. Do you think it would be possible to have a semicolon in the company name? I know dotcom-companies are allowed to have periods in their names.

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asked Mar 16 '12 at 01:07
Eero Heikkinen
118 points
  • Which country? Is it just a name or domain as well? – Karlson 11 years ago
  • Is it just a logo? Like the R in Toys 'R' Us. – Mhoran Psprep 11 years ago

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What you mean by 'allowed'? I don't think there is any law against using a semicolon or any other special character in a business name. As you point out, many dot.coms do. And there's Yahoo! with an exclamation point. And the Toy'R'Us example already cited.

I'd say that if the semicolon helps accomplish your intent, I don't see why not. Of course, you can't use the special character in your domain name, so whatever you are doing should probably be able to stand as something recognizable in cases where you are not able to include the semicolon.

answered Mar 16 '12 at 05:01
339 points


You can name your company whatever you like - but you can't (reliably ) put a semicolon in a domain name. So my;, for example, wouldn't work.

answered Mar 16 '12 at 05:38
Mark Beadles
502 points


As others have mentioned, semicolons are not feasible in .com domains. That said, I think it all comes down to how translatable the name is to typing. If the semicolon replaces an i and it's pronounceable, then you shouldn't have any issues. Yahoo! naturally translates to, Email: Your Way would naturally translate to But something clever like M;ne would be a bit of a challenge; is it "Mine" or "Mne"?

answered Mar 16 '12 at 10:45
Joseph Jaber
101 points

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