Fabulously Silly Business Names

What's in a name? You may well ask? But a catchy and witty business name can be a gold mine for creating a brand and attracting customers. Many of these names become stuck in our brains and we tell our friends about them, which is a great way to get promotion for a business. When choosing a business name there are generally two schools of thought:

New and Quirky - Google, Yahoo, Flickrs, Odeos, Twitter, Wotif. - which work because they are memorable and unique. These types of names can work very well for mass-market services or products but it make take a lot of time and money to get established.

Descriptive and Functional - A good descriptive business name should convey in several words what your business does, such as 'Customized Stickers'; 'Fold-up Shoes' .

Lets add a new one Funny, Silly and Smart - Below are some of the best - mostly from Australia.

  • A Deli Named Desire - Restaurant
  • A Pane In The Glass - Glazier
  • Geta Garbo - A pick-up garbage service run by women in Byron Bay
  • Mr Whiffy - A service for pumping out septic tanks - A play on a soft-serve ice cream business name Mr Whippy
  • Two Wongs - A chinese restaurant located in Toowong, a Suburb of Brisbane
  • Curl Up & Dye - Hairdresser
  • Grateful Head - Hairdresser
  • Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow
  • Shear - a la Shear Elegance
  • Shear Cuts - Hairdresser
  • Shear Designz - Hairdresser
  • Oops! - Hairdresser
  • What's Your Racquet? - Tennis Shop
  • Back By Monday
  • Be Right Back
  • Gone Fishing Marina
  • The Duck Inn
  • Tanks a Lot - supplier of water tanks
  • Holy Sheet - a linen shop
  • Electricity Bill - an electrician run by Bill
  • Thai Me Up - a Thai Restaurant,
  • Bow Thai - a Thai Restaurant
  • Thai Tanic - a Thai Restaurant
  • Dirty Dogs, Done Dirt-Cheap - Dog washing service
  • We're The Focaccia - Sandwich Bar in Melbourne
  • Bunghole Liquor
  • Wok This Way
  • Wok it Up
  • Wok Rite In
  • Wok Around the Clock
  • The Dick Liquor - in Melbourne
  • Tipsy Toes - a shoe brand
  • Debbie Does Dogs - A dog wash service run by Debbie
  • A Salt and Battery - Fish and Chip Shop
  • Splashdown - The name of port-a-loo business
  • Lentil as Anything - a Vegetarian Restaurant
  • Plug A Lug - Local plumber
  • Stop Dealing with Drips - Plumber
  • Old's Kool
  • Fishn' Chippie - name of a carpenter
  • Totally Hammered - carpenter
  • No Tern Unstoned - A seaside paving business
  • Wooden Ewe - Timber carver
  • The Cod Father - Fish Shop
  • Camel Tow - Tow truck operator
  • Are you Rooted - pipe cleaning service
  • Get One or Get Lost - map retailer
  • Hassal and Byrne - Solicitors real names
  • Knobs & Knockers - cabinet makers
  • Tanks Mate - water tank supplier
  • BRRR - air conditioning installer
  • I came I saw I concreted
  • William the Concreter
  • Grillers in the Mist - Mountain Restaurant
  • Sew What
  • 'Your Business is Our Business' - Porta-loo Motto

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theringerreport 5 years ago

All these names achieve the main thing for a business, to be recognized. Even if you don't remember why you know it, it'll be hard to forget seeing businesses like Pane in the Glass, Thai Me Up, and Thai Tanic. I'll never use any of these places but I'll certainly remember them.

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Au fait 5 years ago from North Texas

Some of these really are cute and catchy.

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Cyndi10 5 years ago from Georgia

Hey, liked you list. Some of them were very clever. Thanks for sharing your "finds."

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Simone Smith 5 years ago from San Francisco

Hahaa, these totally cracked me up! I love how witty people can be with business names. Why bother with a boring name??

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Angela Kane 5 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

Very funny, great hub idea.

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aboutaustralia 5 years ago from Newcastle, New South Wales

Very memorable names, which is what the business owners want of course. Very cleaver! Great hub, voted up.

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ruthclark3 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

Great post. Thanks.

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boomhauer 5 years ago from US

deadlywind.com is one... paintball products with references to uh.. well you know.

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chrisand 5 years ago

This was a fun hub to read. Some ingenious names used for businesses which of course will make them easily remembered which is what the business is aiming for. Thanks for giving me a giggle as I read.

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Ghaelach 5 years ago

Hi Janderson.

Some very goods names here.

Here's one you missed from out Asia somewhere. It's a book shop and is the owners name :- "Wong Fu Kin Book Shop" and that without worrying yourself about your shop name. Some things just can't get any easier.

LOL Ghaelach

tinagleisner 5 years ago

What a great list which will keep us all smiling for days.

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Beata Stasak 5 years ago from Western Australia

Great hub...creativity flourishes everywhere...'everything that catches people's attention is great'...this is one 'unwritten law' that we follow in our lives everyday even without realising it:)

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craftybegonia 5 years ago from Southwestern, United States

Very funny hub. Not sure if i would go to a hairdresser at a place called Ooops! though

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Angie Jardine 5 years ago from Cornwall, land of the eternally youthful mind ...

Very funny hub, janderson ... it brightened up my day.

My daughter saw a chinese take away called Luk Yeung ... which she reckoned you wouldn't if you ate too many of them.

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