How did you come up with your company name?

Discussion in 'Operating a Hosting Business' started by MannDude, May 27, 2014.

  1. MannDude

    MannDude Just a dude vpsBoard Founder Moderator

    Mar 8, 2013
    Curious how everyone here came up with their company name. Some names seem obvious, as in they include the words, "host", "vps", "server", etc. Others, not so much. Since your company name is your brand identity, I'm curious why you chose the name you did and how you came up with it.
  2. Mun

    Mun Never Forget

    May 9, 2013
    I beat manndude to a pulp until I found a name I liked.
  3. raindog308

    raindog308 vpsBoard Premium Member Moderator

    May 16, 2013
    I thought that's how you got your nick?

    MannDude -> beating, pulping, rearranging, condensing -> Mun
  4. lv-matt

    lv-matt New Member

    May 17, 2013
    I purchased mine of someone else who had already come up with it for $XXX.
  5. Mun

    Mun Never Forget

    May 9, 2013
    Actually I got it because people couldn't pronounce the original name I got from pulping manndude so I shortened it for all the idiots in the world.
  6. datarealm

    datarealm New Member Verified Provider

    Jun 26, 2013
    We sat down with a notepad and filled pages with names.  Then went back and veto'd a bunch, and finally started a voting process.

    Likewise for domain names.  We had originally started with '' and a bunch of ideas based off a gas station motif with '' for fully managed services, '' for self managed services, etc.
  7. Xenfinity

    Xenfinity New Member Verified Provider

    May 11, 2014
    We started doing business in the web hosting industry to bring innovative new features to VPS hosting. Lots of Virtuozzo/OpenVZ hosts out there, probably because it's very cheap to maintain.

    After working with Virtuozzo, KVM, Hyper-V, and Xen, I found that I really liked Xen for how realistically its virtual machines act like dedicated servers. Xen can even virtualize within a virtual machine.

    To create a company name, I had someone else try to come up with a name, but he only made some variation of "Texan" (we're incorporated in Texas), like "ATXXEN", which reads "Austin Texen"

    The only name I could come up with was "Xenfinity", which doesn't have any special meanings except being a portmanteau of "Xen" and "Infinity", and since I didn't like any other name candidates that popped up, "Xenfinity" stuck.

  8. raindog308

    raindog308 vpsBoard Premium Member Moderator

    May 16, 2013
    But how did MannDude get his name?

    I assume it was an iterative process...

    "Mann...what?  Let me think...



    Mann 'Tude...too strident...

    MannBrood...bugs me for some reason...

    MannCrude...descriptive, but...


    MannFood...sounds like a sports bar...

    MannScrewed...oh God, the jokes...

    MannPrude...what am I, a Puritan?  No.

    MannBloodFeud...I like it, but too hillbilly..., sounds like a spa...

    MannSubdued...doesn't fit...

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  9. jarland

    jarland The ocean is digital

    Apr 4, 2013
    I ran into on GoDaddy auctions. Launched with it. Grabbed .net when it expired. Waited a year for .com to expire with fingers crossed.

    Never understimate the power of getting drunk and trolling the domain auctions on GoDaddy ;)
  10. MannDude

    MannDude Just a dude vpsBoard Founder Moderator

    Mar 8, 2013
    Company name, not forum username.

    But for reference, "I'm Curtis Mann, dude." ==> MannDude

    Or sometimes I lie and tell people it's my real name and pronounced, "M-ahn Dew-day", which I think sounds better anyway.
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  11. iWF-Jacob

    iWF-Jacob New Member Verified Provider

    Jan 27, 2014
    I won the original domain via a contest at DigitalPoint (I know, I know...) It sat for a couple years until we decided to launch!
  12. KuJoe

    KuJoe Well-Known Member Verified Provider

    May 17, 2013
    Originally we were Backup Dragon, then I decided to buy for our WHMCS because I'm not a fan of subdomains, then we got the idea of offering services other than backups, then we registered the LLC using our "company" domain, then backups became such a small percentage of our services so we stuck with Secure Dragon, then we offered different brands with different domains, then we went back to just one website, and here we are.
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  13. Coastercraze

    Coastercraze Top Thrill Verified Provider

    Mar 28, 2013
    Queue line mist fan AKA Cedar Point.
  14. AMDbuilder

    AMDbuilder Active Member Verified Provider

    Jan 3, 2014
    A few hours of debating possible company names leading up to lunch.  The closer we got to lunch the more food related names were suggested.  I forget the exact reasoning we settled on our name, perhaps because our lunch arrived or the name wasn't already taken.  It could also be the fact none of us could say the name without smiling.

    In either case we get to have some fun with the branding, and yes we still smile when saying the name.
  15. lbft

    lbft New Member

    May 15, 2013
    I think a lot of the time the primary determining factor is finding an available domain, unfortunately.

    I don't do hosting myself but it's usually the limiting factor when I'm trying to name a project.
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  16. HostSailor

    HostSailor Member Verified Provider

    Apr 27, 2014
    Days of deep brainstorming, but then again now adays it's hard to find a name that isn't already taken.
  17. Nett

    Nett Article Submitter Verified Provider

    Nov 27, 2013
    Virtuozzo is expensive FYI.

    Back on topic: my website (PetaByet) is just an anagram of petabyte(1024TB), originally I bought the domain just for fun but later developed the site.
  18. cspacews

    cspacews New Member Verified Provider

    Jan 30, 2014
    Our Website name is CSpace well my first initial starts with C and we are reffering to Web/Internet Space so it become CSpace and Hostings its assumed ;)
  19. dano

    dano New Member

    Nov 19, 2013
    I sleep on names -- I used to buy great names I would think about(impulse), and then I decided that I should sleep on the name and see if I like it in a day or two, and if I do for the project, it sticks.
  20. markjcc

    markjcc New Member

    May 1, 2014
    1 Minute of Brainstorming, I thought about the word Next.. Then removed the T came up with NexHost

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