Business naming or product naming deserve all the time it takes to get it right.
Now I will admit some companies thrive with a poor name, just peruse the list of INC 500ï¿½s fastest growing companies for proof. But I believe their good fortune will be short-lived.
Try to think of well-managed, poorly named companies that are over 50-years old. Youï¿½ll find many mediocre names on that list, but very few duds.
The name can be everything, so make sure itï¿½s right.
Remember in my last Branding for Bucks blog I spotlighted three aspects of success through the naming process: be open-minded, prepare to create and review many, many candidates, and expect to be disappointed at least once or twice when top candidates will not be available.
Then I promised to speak to resources available to create long lists of candidates. Iï¿½m going to keep that promise right now, even though itï¿½s been delayed more than a month.
Name Creation resources ï¿½ Books
Prior to the Internet, the most common and valuable naming resources were thesaurusï¿½s and dictionaries of all types. I personally own over 75 of them: dictionaries of science, mythology, art, philosophy, slang, idioms, clichï¿½s, new words, obsolete words, foreign words, crossword puzzle words and variations on all the above.
I also have an Atlas handy because as I stated at Business Naming Basics, youï¿½ll find a plethora of candidates in the lists of cities and counties from around the world.
But I keep coming back to three major in-print resources ï¿½ three books that arenï¿½t dictionaries or atlases.
First is Word Menu by Stephen Glazier. In this tome, Ideas and concepts are grouped by subject. Words relating to those subjects are grouped together. For instance, four and a half pages are devoted to ï¿½danceï¿½. Thus, youï¿½ve got a mini dictionary/thesaurus on a single subject in just a few pages. And all the words are there.
Next comes Barbara Ann Kipferï¿½s Rogetï¿½s 21st Century Thesaurus in Dictionary Form. Though a very thorough and concise thesaurus, I find its greatest value from a section in the back, the Concept Index. Here under subjects as abstract as ï¿½States of Beingï¿½ to specifics like ï¿½Weights and Measuresï¿½ youï¿½ll find word associations and synonyms that can lead you into some nooks and niches youï¿½d probably not have explored without this comprehensive guide.
And last is the Complete Word Book by Mary A. De Vries. This volume is more wide-ranging than a namer needs, but its lists of action words, prefixes, suffixes, pleasing words, foreign terms, common abbreviations and many more can be reviewed quickly and scraped for name nuggets.
Next post Iï¿½ll speak to the resources available as software and as Internet sites. In the meantime you might want to accumulate some of the titles Iï¿½ve mentioned here. I suggest you begin, just as I did, by visiting several used book stores, and possibly the Amazon used book associate program. Just type in the book title and click the ï¿½used bookï¿½ button. Under the retail price.
Business Naming is so important that I set up a separate blog just to address company naming. I call it Business Naming Basics. There I provide naming tips as well as discussions of the four major components of acquiring a great corporate name: preparation, generation, evaluation and registration. Check it out ï¿½ click Business Naming Basics.