268 Catchy & Creative Business Name Ideas (Curated, Not Generated!)

268 Catchy & Creative Business Name Ideas (Curated, Not Generated!)

Did you know…

Kodak got its name because the founder thought the letter K sounded strong and incisive?
Lego comes from the Danish “leg got” which means “play well?”
WD-40 was named so because the formula was finally successful on its 40th try?

My point is, you do NOT need a business name generator to come up with a creative name for your business.

I rest my case.

I know I know, pet businesses are easy for creative names. But creative doesn’t have to mean funny. It just has to have character.

So in this post, I’ll be sharing over 200 business names ideas and examples to help you come up with business names that are catchy, personal, cryptic, thought-provoking, bold, and more.

About this business name ideas list

The examples accompanying each idea are real business names, so use them only as inspiration. See the end of the post for ways to check for business name availability in your state and the U.S.

Here are the categories of business name ideas this post covers:

Creative business name ideas
Unique business name ideas
Catchy business name ideas
Smart business name ideas
Small business name ideas
Marketing company name ideas
Media company name ideas
Consulting company name ideas
Technologies company name ideas
Security company name ideas

Creative business name ideas

There are so many ways to be creative with your business name. Here are just a few ideas.

Use (or make up) words associated with your industry

Think about adjectives that describe your customers or how they want to feel as a result of your products or services. For example, “intrepid” means fearless and adventurous—a good name for a travel company!

Percepta (security)
Exela Movers
Ibotta, Inc. (consumer services)
Wanderu (hospitality & tourism)
Aceable, Inc. (online learning)
Intrepid Travel
Defendify (security)(Plus, how freaking fun is this word to say?)
Twisters Gymnastics Academy
Aims Community College 
Kaboom Fireworks
Compass Mortgage
Marathon Physical Therapy
Semicolon Bookstore

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Use an idiom, adage, or common phrase

We claim to hate cliches, but our brains inherently trust that with which it is familiar, so this isn’t a bad way to go. Plus, not all common phrases are annoying cliches. Try out idioms, famous quotes or lyrics, or just small bits from them.

9Yards Media
When Pigs Fly (food)
Light As a Feather (health and beauty)
More Than Words (retail)
Top It Off (fashion)
Bent Out of Shape Jewelry
To Each Their Own, LLC (beauty salon)
Like You Mean It Productions
What You Will Yoga
EBA’s (Everything But Anchovies)
Soft As a Grape (clothing and retail)

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Go for something epic

There are tons of characters in history and entertainment that signify traits or qualities you may want associated with your business. Here are a few examples:

Atlantis Sports Club & Spa
Atlantis is a legendary utopian civilization.
Saga Innovations
A saga is a long story of heroic achievement.
Atlas Ventures
Atlas is the Greek god of endurance and strength
Titan alarm
Jarvis Surgical
J.A.R.V.I.S is Just a Rather Very Intelligent System, a character in Marvel movies..

Then again, Jarvis is also a name that translates to “spear man” which also works… (Image source)

Catchy business name ideas

Catchy business names are easy and fun to say and stick well in peoples’ memories. Here are some ideas on how to come up with a business name that rolls off the tongue and plants itself in the brain.

Combine words

There are ample ways to be clever here. Just make sure that the word combo is actually easy and intuitive to say, and doesn’t just look good written out. For example, ValiDaTEk is clever (validate + technology), but is it “va-LID-a-tek” or “val-i-DAY-tek”? These are micro interruptions that can subconsciously deter someone from referring or even contacting your business. Here are some fun combo business names:

Groupon
Influitive
Spinfluence
Intellivision
Perficient (proficient, perfect, efficient)
Omnilert
Technologent
Securiteam
Innometrics

Give it a rhyme 

Want to know another copywriting psychology fun fact? The cognitive fluency of a piece of content influences how true or trustworthy the reader perceives it to be. And we all know how fluent rhyming words read (and get remembered).

Puzzle Huddle
7Eleven
Hobby Lobby
The Knickknack Shack
Los Amigos Taqueria
Plan4Demand
Chic Boutique Consignments
ElemenOPillows

The best part of the alphabet.

Try out alliteration

Alliteration is another easy way to come up with a catchy and cognitively fluent business name. Here are some alliterative examples for you:

Clickety Clack (game store)
Horizons for Homeless Children
Superscapes
The Tiny Tassel
Mighty Mule (security)
Decorating Den Interiors
Encore Electric, Inc.
Beet Box Cafe

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Unique business name ideas 

“Creative” and “unique” are interchangeable adjectives, but for the sake of this post, I’m allotting this category of business name ideas to those of eccentric nature.

Go for colors, animals, or fresh produce

I’m not even kidding here. It would seem as though any combination of animals, colors, and organic matter is game for a business name—even if the name gives no indication of the business type.

Arctic Wolf Neworks, Inc (cyber security)
The Zebra (car insurance comparison website)
Purple Mango (this is the name for a cafe, a skincare and laser office, and a media company)
Blue Kite Web Solutions LLC
The Maroon Door (restaurant)
Unchained Carrot (marketing)
The Orange Goat (restaurant)

How to come up with a unique business name: Combine (1) color + (1) animal or plant.

Tap into onomatopoeias

Words that define themselves by their very pronunciation? Prime business name material. Plus, these words usually help indicate what kind of business you are. 

Thump Coffee
Clink Boston (a bar)
Clink Inc
Crunch and Munch (also rhymes!)
Crunch Fitness (not used as onomatopoeia, but still a fun word!)
Whoosh Auto Care
Beep Beep Auto School
Whizz Kids Tutoring 

Go for something over the top

This all depends on your industry, brand, and personality. For example, using slang or movie titles isn’t going to fly for an insurance company, law firm, or consulting business. 

The Breelancers (brie/cheese store)
Weed Man Lawn Care
Real Imposters Jewelry
Kerplunk Portables
The Codfather
Indiana Bones and the Temple of Groom

Can you even?

Smart business name ideas

These business names may not be as catchy or creative, but they contain words that are meant to reflect the value proposition or core values of the company. Keep in mind though, that this can put your business under extra scrutiny.

Reflect your core values

This could be a good way to keep your core values at the forefront of your employees’ minds. But again, they’ll also be at the forefront of your customers’ minds too—which can raise expectations. Not saying you can’t meet them—but no business can please everyone.

PrimaCARE (medical)
Kindness Animal Hospital
Patient First Chiropractic & Physical Therapy
Fidelity Investments
Tenacity (education)

Persistence and stick-to-itness go hand-in-hand with education and career success. (Image source)

Indicate your value proposition

Similarly, you could go with a name that highlights an element of your value proposition. Just remember that unfortunately, there are people out there just waiting to find a reason to to complain. The second someone has a hard time at your EZ Eyecare business, you’ll be sure to hear it from them.

Bottom Line Tax Services
B2B Salesify
Anytime Fitness (24-hour gym)
Holistic Business Excellence
One Stop Painting & Renovating
CustomMade (jewelry)
EZ Eyecare
Reliant At Home
EveryStep (home care)
5280 Digital (5280 feet in a mile)
Siteimprove (websites)
Forecast5 Analytics
Five Star Senior Living

Right idea, brave move. (Image source)

 

Small business name ideas

Most business name ideas can work for any size business, but here are some suggestions geared specifically for small businesses.

Use “people” words

While larger businesses and corporations might end their business name with their product/service (Apex Technologies) or a word with a large connotation (“group,” “corp,” etc.), small businesses can go with more personable “people” words. These often represent the founders or owners of the business.

The Moving Guys
Sister’s Restaurant
Ruggiero Brothers Oil
Angela’s Bridal
The Tree Fellas
The Coffee Girl
The Building People, LLC
The Wine Guys

The Wine “Company” just wouldn’t have that same small business feel. Image source

Try other languages or synonyms

One way to add a little creativity is to use a family pronoun in another language (if that language is relevant to you personally or your business). You can also use synonyms.

Amigos Barber Shop
Tatte Bakery
Tatte means grandma in Hebrew.
Zio’s Deli 
Zio means uncle in Italian.
Aegis Chiropractic & Physical Therapy

Aegis is another word for the protection, backing, or support of a person or organization. (Image source)

Go for small words

Embrace the smallness of your business! Use words to emphasize small things, or better yet, small things with big power.

Tiny Rebellion
Small Giants
Think Big Work Small
Small Ax Creative
Small Potatoes Catering
Small Dog Creative
Tiny Legend Learning Academy

Make it known that you’re a small business with big impact. Image source

Add local language

Local businesses tend to be more authentic and personable, and consumers are generally inclined to support them. Feel free to amp up your business appeal by using local language in your business name. 

Local Bounti
Local Roots
Neighborly Software
Neighbors Construction
Nearby Notary LLC
Local 149

Bonus: 149 is this restaurant’s street address number. Image source

Now we’re going to head into some company names for specific industries, including marketing, media, consulting, technologies, and security.

Marketing company names

Marketing company names tend to contain words associated with growth, visibility, and attention.

Growthonics
ClatterChatter
Fewofmany
Volume Nine
Ignite Visibility
The Bureau of Small Projects
Idea Grove
KickStart Marketing
Digital Dive Marketing
She Runs It
Be Busy Being Awesome Agency
SmarkLabs
The Growth Co.
Creative Juice
Be Seen Solutions
Color 9 Creative
The Invisible Paintbrush
Obvious Agency
Brandopedia
Fill the Gap Marketing Limited
Empiric Marketing

Empiric means verifiable through observation. (Image source)

Media company names

I learned upon writing this post that media company names are the most eclectic ones out there. There isn’t really a common theme other than the fact that they’re all kinda quirky and fun.

Webpreneur Media
Medsnake Media
Big Honcho Media
Everglow Media
Clicky Media
Vibrant Media
Fearless Media
Splash Media
Velvet Media
Vertigo Media
9Yards Media
Redsprout Media
Bluesteak Media
Weekend Media
Fork Media
Idiotic Media
Tiny Milkshake Media

Because media company.

Consulting company names

Consulting company names tend to contain words associated with foundation, authority, collaboration, impact, achievement, and reward.

Acumen
Affirma
Answerport
Archimedes (greek mathemitician)
Navigate
Pivotal Resources
Advisian
Alliance Solutions Group
Allied Consultants
Anchor Advisors
Catalyst Consulting
Cognizant
Collabera
Data Driven Decisioning
Delegata
Diligent Innovations
Edge Strategies
Eight Revolution
Endeavor Partners
Experience Impact
Fusion Alliance
Fresh Squeezed Ideas
Genesis Consulting
Ground floor Consulting
Holistic Business Excellence
Ilumina Solutions
Incrementa (un)Consulting

Incrementa uses “unconsulting” as a term to indicate that the client is the real hero. (Image source)

Innosight
Integrated Insight
Optimity
Perficient
Plan4Demand
Proactive Worldwide
Protiviti
Sage Consulting
Sapient
Swingtide
Utopia Global
Visionary Consulting
The Prize

Technologies company names

Technology company names contain words associated with intelligence, forward thinking, agility, the ether (air and space), and connectivity.

2Gig Technologies
Airbyte
Alfatek
Aurora IT
Axle
Exacq Technologies
Excelero
Evolv Technology
Gecko Dynamics
Hello Ace
Hello Nerds
Ideas2IT
Innominds
Innoometriks Incorporated
Looking Point
Let’s Think Wireless
Matrix Systems
Nerd Crossing
Personetics
Quisitive

After all, as Francis Kingdom Ward puts it, “Questions are creative acts of intelligence.” (Image source)

Reef Technology (love this one)
EnableIP
Converged Communication Systems
Stratosphere Networks, llc
ThinkSys
UniVoIP, Inc
WeDigTech
SAGE Integration, Inc.
Savant Systems LLC
Scality
Sparkline
Technologent
 Plexus

A plexus is a network of nerves and vessels in the body. (Image source)

Security company names 

Securitiy company names use words associated with vision, strength, speed, readiness, and instinct.

3rd Eye Surveillance
4Front Engineered Solutions
ActivIdentity
Alpha Arseanl LLC
Bandit Solutions
Blackbelt Technologies
BlackHawk Products
Bombardier
BrickHouse Security
BullGuard

Doesn’t get much stronger’nat. (Image source)

 

Castle Defense 360
Champion Alarm Systems, Ltd
Datawatch Systems
Deep Instinct
Deep Sentinel
Defendify (this is my personal favorite)
Deterrent Technologies
Digital Guardian
Drawbridge
Eagle Eye Systems
Eye Spy Security
FIDO Alliance (Fast Identity Online)
Fierce Access Distributors LLC
First Defense
Fortified
GateKeeper Security
Glympse
Hawkeye Security
Scorpion Protection

A venomous sting operation? I’ll take it. (Image source)

Instantly Safe
Intellicam Systems
Intellicheck
Keeper Security, inc.
KEYper Sytems
LaserShield
LiveWatch
NestLabs
Nuance Communications, Inc.
Omnilert
Orion Networks
Preventia
Rapid Security Solutions, LLC
Reliant Safety
ReliaQuest
Safe Haven Security
Safetrust Inc
Salient Systems
Securiteam
SheildIT
Silent Sentinel Stealth Monitoring
Sting Alarm
Stone Security
Surety Security

Super catchy, rhymes, and uses alliteration! (Image source)

Threat Extinguisher
Tripwire
Ultrasafe Security Specialists
Videolarm
VigilEASE, Inc.

And remember, as mentioned above, these are real business names, so stay away from infringement by checking your business name idea with the ​​US Trademark Checker as well as entity name availablity in your state.

Have any cool business names to add to this list for inspiration? Let us know in the comments!

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