When choosing a name for your new company, I encourage you to look outside of common english and find something unique and unexpected. But if it's not based on something that you've identified as distinct in your marketplace you're gambling with your brand's authenticity and ultimately its longevity. Even if it's a weird name, you should be able to stand behind it with confidence.
Here are a few seemingly nonsense company names that actually make a lot of sense. They also make great domain names because they're short and easy to say or spell.
"We chose our system name, Google, because it is a common spelling of googol.Googol is the mathematical term for a 1 followed by 100 zeros." (wikipedia)
"I was watching Fellini's 8 ½ and writing down what I was hearing. In Italian, you say 'etsi' a lot. It means 'oh, yes.' And in Latin, it means 'and if." (wikipedia)
of course is based on the word tumble, to roll over and over. Picture a bingo ball rolling and the next number being a surprise, like your random experience on tumblr.
The name Hulu comes from two Man Mandarin Chinese words, húlú (??/??), "calabash; bottle gourd", and hùlù (??/??), "interactive recording".
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