Where to get ideas for a new business name?

by D37
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I always have the hardest time coming up with cool and interesting names for new businesses and websites. Where does everyone get their inspiration, ideas, and suggestions from when brainstorming a new name?
#business #ideas #names
  • Profile picture of the author godinu
    I am a total idea person, coming up with ideas is one of my favorite things. If you aren't into it, you could always hire someone on fiverr. Or try a web-based word spinner or domain suggestion tool.
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  • Profile picture of the author D37
    I actually hired a few people on fiverr, but the names that they came up with were a complete joke. Domain suggestion tools (from what I have used) suck.
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  • Profile picture of the author godinu
    look online at some of your competition: just type in (whatever keywords) and see what comes up. Then do a mashup of terms you like.
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    • Profile picture of the author D37
      Originally Posted by godinu View Post

      look online at some of your competition: just type in (whatever keywords) and see what comes up. Then do a mashup of terms you like.
      Good idea. Thanks!
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  • Profile picture of the author elitebag
    I name them accroding to my products .It is also good for SEO .
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  • Profile picture of the author nelram
    Easy to remember is at the top of my list when coming up with names.
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  • Profile picture of the author Pamellalovely
    First of all search your business competitors and then make a name according to the competitors and domain also but what is your business niche ?
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  • Profile picture of the author ProfJannes
    When I require a name for a company, site or product I visit my local pub...One can make naming a very complex process, just sit back and let it come to you. Remember, you are looking for something simple, unique and meaningful, so do not over complicate the process...

    ~ Jannes
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  • Profile picture of the author Steve Sieverding
    I usually get a list of adjectives that I like, other words that I want to incorporate or model my brand after (animals, places, things) and mash them together till I come up with something and that is available to register.

    Good luck!
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    • Profile picture of the author curly sue
      it always starts with keyword research. run keywords to your niche in market samurai, google keyword research
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  • Profile picture of the author laybackmarketer
    I use name generators for a hint.
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  • Profile picture of the author Randall Magwood
    I initially considered integrating my business name with my last name. So 2 options i was thinking about were:

    1) Magwood Marketing Group

    and....

    2) Magwood Inner Circle

    But i decided on Success Today Unlimited cause it just resonated as a positive business name to have.
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    • Profile picture of the author jbthemummy
      Originally Posted by Randall Magwood View Post

      I initially considered integrating my business name with my last name. So 2 options i was thinking about were:

      1) Magwood Marketing Group

      and....

      2) Magwood Inner Circle

      But i decided on Success Today Unlimited cause it just resonated as a positive business name to have.
      Absolutely. It's always best to put what you do in your business name or have something totally unrelated.

      Apple for example or Pioneer (Electronics Brand).

      Try mixing and matching with some fruits or vegetables names. Pepperoni Marketing.
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  • Profile picture of the author automaton
    You can try the random company name generator: Company Name Generator - Need a name for your company ? Generate it !
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  • Profile picture of the author RySpencer
    When it comes to naming a business it is important to ensure you will be able to acquire a domain name.

    You can always start a thread (or continue this one) asking people for name ideas. People do it all the time.
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  • Profile picture of the author dunmo
    Naming is a very important aspect in business as a business is known by its name.For me i get names from the products am selling or a popular word used oftenly in an area.
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  • Profile picture of the author Ant Marshall
    I started a thread about this back in April 2011, I had some great feedback so I hope it helps

    http://www.warriorforum.com/main-int...s-company.html
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  • Profile picture of the author Niche Kid
    A site I like to use is: BountyStorms

    You post a paid question and members provide brain stormed answers.
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  • Profile picture of the author thekaver
    I would either just sit there on google doing searches and trying to get some tips and ideas or just outsource it to someone on fiverr

    thanks

    TheKaver
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  • Profile picture of the author twelvejewelz
    I always have a hard time thinking of names so i ask my girlfriend or friends
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  • Profile picture of the author josh22
    You can use your second name to name your company.
    If that doesn't work i recommend you hire a brand naming company.
    I got my company name from frozenlemons.
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  • I think there is no shortcut way to get the perfect idea of business name. You will have to brain storm to some extend if you want a perfect business name idea. The process of deciding perfect business name is somehow lengthy. But there are online tools which lower confusion. Try these tools that i like to use when it comes to get idea of business name.

    1. panabee.com

    2. naming.net
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  • Profile picture of the author StillSEO
    I would look into good for something like Demon Name Generator, god name generator and so on.. U will find some very good ones..
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    • Profile picture of the author josh22
      Originally Posted by StillSEO View Post

      I would look into good for something like Demon Name Generator, god name generator and so on.. U will find some very good ones..
      Yes they are very nice tools to get a company name
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  • Profile picture of the author KevinChapman
    I hate thinking of new names for business ventures, I always use thesaurus.com it helps me to get the ball rolling!
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  • Profile picture of the author Kevin Maguire
    Originally Posted by D37 View Post

    I always have the hardest time coming up with cool and interesting names for new businesses and websites. Where does everyone get their inspiration, ideas, and suggestions from when brainstorming a new name?
    Children's Television programs.

    Recognitive Future Branding
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  • Including one of your major keywords + your name in an attractive, informative way is a good idea.
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  • Profile picture of the author jonafulk
    Try pickydomains.com
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  • Profile picture of the author josh22
    Brainstorming is the first step. If that doesn't work its better to try company name generator or domain name generator. Also there are many brand naming companies that provide company name ideas/suggestions.
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  • Profile picture of the author backlinks11
    Use a random name generator or name it after what you are offering.
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  • Profile picture of the author leilani
    What I usually do is get the online dictionary up and look up words about my niche or product. Then I use the Thesaurus to look up synonyms. Get a lot of words down on paper.

    Then try different combinations. See what you come up with! (Actually fun!) Go to this domain name generator at Domain Name Idea Generator - register domain names.

    Then see if the domain name is available. If it is, before you purchase, go to uspto.org to see if the name has been trademarked.

    Why? You do not want any legal hassles with people who trademarked the name.

    If the trademark is available, go ahead and purchase the domain. Trademarking will be a later decision should your business be successful. That's branding.

    Hope this helps.

    Leilani
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  • Profile picture of the author onehalf
    If you've ran out of ideas for your new business name, there are business name generator that you can find on the web. They are really cool and fun to use.
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  • Profile picture of the author Alex The Lion
    Write a list of words that relate to your topic or the meaning of your website/brand.

    Next, mash them together until you find a word that sounds cool.

    The bonus here is that often the domain and social tags are free because it is a new word.
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  • Profile picture of the author Tom Reed
    I though the trick was to take a word and add
    an ly or ify at the end?
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  • Profile picture of the author marc100
    For ideas check out tech crunch's Crunchbase https://www.crunchbase.com/search

    In the search just put a letter in and search for it
    Like do a search for all companies with A in it
    Then do a search for all companies with "B" in the name

    Youll end up with ideas of company names, many new and fresh, that have serious players investing big money in them. So they are companies with names that are being taken seriously.
    I struggled with a company name then I found a name on Crunchbase that I liked. I changes the first 4 letters now I have my own name that sounds pretty good
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      • Profile picture of the author Steve B
        Thread from January 2012. Since then there have been many other similar threads on exactly the same subject. Use the search function.

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  • Profile picture of the author FromCook2King
    Ideas are really easy to come up with. Think of ideas as coming up with song titles.
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  • Profile picture of the author Platt
    1) go brainstorm in a comfortable environment, get a few beers and don't eliminate any options that you think of at the moment
    2) check your competitors and make a list of their names (circle the ones you like best)
    3) make a top 5
    4) eliminate based on: it cannot be too easy but has to be found/pronounced/remembered easily
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  • Profile picture of the author Strifegall
    You can use some of the numerous “Business Name Generators” like - GoSpaices, Wordoid, Namestation, Lean Domain Search, Bustaname etc.
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