Menu X Menu
How may we help you?


3 Easy Steps for Naming Your Company in Delaware
Companies Served Since 1981

3 Easy Steps for Naming Your Company in Delaware

By Paul Sponaugle Friday, May 1, 2009

One thing everybody seems to have figured out by the time they call us is the name of their company. They may not know what type of entity they’ll form or where they’ll get the money to do it, but one thing they always know is the name of the company. Now, you may think you have the greatest name for the most spectacular notion ever contemplated in the history of the world, but here are some things you may want to consider before naming your new Delaware company:

1. The start will lead you to the end. What I mean is, start with the foundation of it all, the type of entity, and figure out whether you are going to form a Corporation or an LLC.  Many states, including Delaware, will  require an entity specific word, or words, to appear on the end, or within, the company name.  Below are the acceptable endings in Delaware for Corporations and LLCs:

• Corporation endings - association, club, company, corporation, foundation, fund, incorporated, institute, limited, society, syndicate, and union. A name may include abbreviations, with or without punctuation, such as, Inc., Co., Corp., and Ltd.

• LLC endings -Limited Liability Company, LLC, and L.L.C.

2. Don’t red flag me!!! Be careful not to include a word that is restricted by the State. Though Delaware is one of the more lenient states when it comes to naming your company, it does place some restrictions on the use of particular words.

• Corporations may not use the words bank, university or college, without being subject to additional scrutiny by those respective Delaware State departments. Also, corporations may not include the word trust.

• LLCs, like corporations, may not use bank, university or college with the additional scrutiny; however, unlike the corporation the LLC may use the word trust.  Also, an LLC name may not include Corporation, Corp., Incorporated or Inc.

3. Make sure the name’s available. There’s nothing worse than thinking you have all the details figured out only to find out that someone else beat you to it, so once you have the specifics of the name be sure to check its availability. Delaware requires that a name be distinguishable from any type of entity already on record. This means that two companies, regardless of entity type, may not have the same name unless given written consent by the previously formed entity, which almost never happens. To make sure your company name is available in Delaware, take advantage of Harvard Business Services free name check service,

Remember, these rules and restrictions apply to Delaware so if you will be doing business in a state, or states, other than Delaware, be sure to check name availability and word restrictions in those states before forming your company.


Comment Facebook Twitter Google Reddit LinkedIn

Leave a Comment


* Required

Email Address:

* Required, will not be published

Website: Comment:  
Secure Connection
X Secure & Confidential

Your personal information is encrypted by Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) software so that it cannot be read as the information travels over the Internet.

X Our customers love us!
We have lots of great customer reviews.
Like our service? If you are one of our many satisfied customers, please let us know.
BBB A+ Rating
X A+ Rated BBB Accredited Business

Need more proof that we're the best? Check out our record!

100,000+ Companies Formed

Companies Formed Since 1981

Disclaimer: Harvard Business Services, Inc. is a document filing service that provides general information. We cannot render legal or financial advice and your use of this site is subject to additional terms and conditions. HBS is not affiliated with Harvard University.

© Copyright 1996-2017. All rights reserved.