Choosing a company name

A guide to choosing a name for your company

  • You need to choose a company name when you register a company.
  • The name needs to be distinctive and cannot copy other companies.
  • You should do a search of company names before you choose your own to make sure that your preferred name is not already taken.
  • The company name must have the word ‘limited’ or ‘ltd’ at the end.
  • Registration of a company name provides limited name protection – that is, it will prevent another company being incorporated under an identical or almost identical name.
  • You can change the name of your company online through the Companies Registry. See Maintain a Company’s Details for guidance.  You will have to pay a fee if you wish to change the company name.

Note | This information is intended as a guide only – it is not intended as legal advice. For more detailed information please refer to the legislation or seek legal advice.