200+ Best Name Ideas for Startups and Tech Companies (and Name Generator)

Updated on April 27, 2019
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How to choose a name for your startup.
How to choose a name for your startup. | Source

How to Choose a Name for Your Startup

A while back I met with a lawyer because I was interesting in trademarking a name for my media company. He gave me a great lesson on what it takes to select a name and how trademarked names are categorized—what makes them strong. There are three types that pertained to my "startup":

  • Indicative: An indicative mark indicates what service or type of goods are being offered—like a "suggestion" (also see other term). A good example of this is "Greyhound" because it indicates movement.
  • Fanciful: A strong choice when choosing a name to trademark. This is a term, name, or logo that is distinguishable from anything that exists. Examples of fanciful names include Kodak, Nike, Adidas, and Kleenex. This category doesn't compete with "generic" names like "bike studio."
  • Arbitrary: Arbitrary choices are also strong because it's a word or term that has an adapted meaning. The most common example of this is Apple. Apple has come to be identified with the sales of electronic manufacturing but the actual meaning of the word "apple" in English has no association with that service or product.

Do Your Research

Now that you know what category of name you are shooting for, do your research. You can acquire a name that is currently being used (but not always) if your services are TOTALLY different. But to be safe, and to avoid cease and desist letters or whatever in the future, choose something unique.

Choose a distinct name that is difficult to reproduce.
Choose a distinct name that is difficult to reproduce. | Source

Tips for Creating Startup Names

How to Hybridize Words

Hybridizing words is way easier than it seems. Simply pick two words and hack them—yep, simply divide them up. If you have consents like "K" or "C" that are easily replaceable, do it. If you have letters like "S" and "Z" that are easily replaceable, do it. If you have letters like "F" and "PH" that are easily replaceable, do it.

Cut Letters or Vowels Out of Words

You can simply remove vowels from words using leetspeak (1337—gamers and hackers know) like B33T (beet) or "finder" can read as FindR.

Tip

Choose a name that communicates both intention and invention.

Startup Names for Creative or Artistic Companies

 
 
 
TwistedRye
EbbnFlow
ArtSpayce
IrisCenters
FryMedia
InterLayer
Vascilayte
Brush&Palette
WeaverHedge
AstralSpec
HaloStop
FlyntWorks
Paper&Quill
LYTEriddle
FlowFreer
CloudLyte
BoulderBuild
BakersLove
Handly
RypeMake
PuzzleLink
TailorTap
StitchRite
Sun&Beam
RayVisyn
ArrowCross
InterConX
ValorSync
CloneLocker
FreshLyne
Bud&Bloom
FoodiePhilic
PryceDrop
PaperBag
SilverLynx
OctoFlyte

Startup Name Ideas

 
 
 
Varietex
Lanlink
Priorize
Connex
Drifly
Floria
Cantor
Barel
Blisz
Olively
Lotis
Kream
Dreem
Lincer
Lanz
Veriphy
Plann
Sooper
InterV
Humman
Palaz
Embrayce
Ajent
Acsent
Findr
Philler
Phorum
Newly
Seer
Hevin
Blosum
Bendr
FindR
Flowz
Expedyte
Limityd
This names have been created but not researched.
Name ideas for your business.
Name ideas for your business. | Source

Letter Substitutions for Startup Names

Example
Letter(s)
Substitution
Phoenix
Ph
Foenix
Clear
C
Klear
Syndicate
S
Zyndicate
Filter
F
Philter

Startup Name Ideas: Sortable Table

(click column header to sort results)
Descriptor  
Root  
Industry
Light
Sapien
Speed
Center
Conex (Connection)
Creative
Sphere
Drum
Ritual
Radial
Spectrum
Think
Spec
Data
Mode
Founder
Method
Cross
Vital
Alpha
Blink
Beta
Bank
Delta
Brand
Cranial
Serve
Level
Selection
Infinite
Stratus
Cloud
Flight
Geo
Drift
Inside
Treasure
Server
Standard
Simple
Craft
Sonic
Collective
Proton
Collaboration
Feed
Pool
There are over 200+ name possibilities here. I used a permutations and combination calculator.
Choose a name that communicates both intention and invention.
Choose a name that communicates both intention and invention. | Source

More Creative Name Ideas

 
 
 
ApexSite
AphidLink
MirrorSpec
MineralBow
CalciteX
FilterFlow
FloraBloom
CranialSpace
ReelLite
BendR
Epitomy
Multiplyer
FlexBrand
TowerFleet
BrilliantRev
GhostLine
ClearMode
AceLogic
KinderLot
GraySpace
GrayMatter
WhiteMatter
LenderSite
VarProject
VarsityTheory
ConceptBoom
IntoSpace
AmberField
MineralBank
CinderBloom
UnderFlow
GeminiWink
AriesPlayce
AquaVew
HandlerStrata
ShineLogic
SpeshReel
PalmPal
GoldRiver
This names have been created but not researched.
Heartstorming is a good way to collect ideas.
Heartstorming is a good way to collect ideas. | Source

Words That Can Be Disguised Using Substitution

 
 
 
Laine (Lane)
Shapez (Shapes)
Sayge (Sage)
GE0de (Geode)
Flynt (Flint)
Bl00m (Bloom)
Ryver (River)
Remedi (Remedy)
Rea1m (Realm)
Foenix (Phoenix)
SYMFONY (Symphony)
SINK (Sync)
Strateyze (Strategize)
B1END (Blend)
VariaT (Variety)
LOGYC (Logic)
Paramyter (Parameter)
EnerG (Energy)
Mobyle (Mobile)
Puzzel (Puzzle)
T00L (Tool)
Bounce opinions off others.
Bounce opinions off others. | Source

Miscellaneous Creative Business Name Ideas

 
 
 
Flynt
CloudForest
IntraHop
FloodPlane
Andes
ClimbRx
Fallyn
FallenAngel
ManuScrypt
BestPass
CreditCradle
BluePond
Willow&Tree
DenBloom
PrairieLogic
DimensionHack
OldRebel
RowingElectric
DNASplice
FlowzOrganic
TellTaleMedia
StoryRite
ElevateBliss
ClassicXX
ZoomHulk
SlowBud
VarietalLine
NovelWarrior
Hello9
GalaxeWayz
SpinPlanet
Holidayz
Bull&Rabbit
CounterClock
IntheLight
UnderLit
SpendSmartR
Investopede
VariableSet
SpanFreer
NewHatch
ChrysalisSpectro

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