How to come up with a quirky name for your new business

Wok&Go is an experiential quirky name

Descriptive names, practical names, experiential names… they all have a purpose when naming a company. But what catches people’s attention the most is quirky names!

Here’s a quick checklist of the best practices used by businesses when choosing a company name, followed by our top five categories of the best catchy names we’ve found around the world!

The most common sources for company names include:

  • Product ingredients: Coca-Cola
  • Founder’s name: Ford, Mercedes-Benz
  • Mix of two names: Debian, Adidas
  • Mix of two words: Intel, Microsoft, Vodaphone, Verizon, Compaq
  • Acronyms: SUN
  • Invented words: Skype
  • Emotional & evocative: Apple, Virgin
  • Latin and other origins: Acer, Lego, Konica, Reebok
  • Greek and Roman gods: Asus, Nike, Oracle, Pandora
  • Characters: Starbucks, Yahoo
  • Cities, rivers, peaks: Cisco, Nokia, Adobe, Amazon, Fuji
  • Locations: Carrefour

Need further inspiration and more handy tips? Find our what name you need – Distinctive, Practical, Unique or Quirky?

Just for fun: top five sources of quirky company names

If you’re a music and movie fan, why not turn your new start-up’s name into a memorable phrase?


  • Florist Gump
  • Floral & Hardy
  • The Cod Father
  • Thai Tanic
  • Pita Pan
  • Indiana Bones Temple of Groom
  • Lawn and Order
  • The Merchant of Tennis
  • Specs in the City


  • Spruce Springsteen
  • Amy’s Winehouse
  • Chipsy King


  • Jason Donervan
  • Dolce & Banana

Use rhyme in your name to make it sound extra fun:

  • KAbra KeBabRa
  • Wok and Roll

Feeling hungry? Discover even more quirky finds from our Pinterest collection.

Well known phrases

  • Meat you there
  • Life’s a Cabernet
  • Wooden It be lovely
  • Ink about it
  • It’s unbeweaveable

Join our Facebook quiz and tell us the quirkiest company names you’ve come across. Or check out our Quirky Name board with a compilation of the most eccentric entries to inspire your new company start-up.

Are you trying to decide on a company name? Read these popular posts for some unique ideas and guidance from our creative experts.

Finally, we’ve wrapped it all for you in This Video. Discover how the world’s most famous brands named their businesses and find the perfect name for yours!