Saturday, February 19, 2011

What's in a Name?

No, I haven't seen "Gnomeo and Juliet". But from Shakespear's original "Romeo and Juliet" Juliet wonders "Romeo, Romeo, why for are thou Romeo?...." I always thought she was asking if he was somewhere down below her high balcony. Actually she was only asking why did he have to belong to the one family her family had "issues" with. Ah, the Montagues and the Capulets. She finally decided that a "Rose by any other name would smell as sweet".
So, currently having done a name search for my small jewelry business, I have found that getting an appropriate name is very hard. It was hard work given the thousands and thousands of internet business out there. So let's take a look at some of the names of Starving Artists Team members to illustrate both "conservative" and "unusual" (nothing wrong with unusual, I wish I had been able to think of some of these).

Bead Origami Has an oriental flavor with the "origami", the Japanese art of folding paper.

Angie's Jewelry Designs Fairly straight forward, Angie makes jewelry.

Cat's Wire She works with wire and really really loves cats!

Shiny Adornments I'd adorn myself with any shiny thing in this shop!

You know who makes Marie Cristine Handcrafted Jewelry.

Here's a lovely imagery: Twining Vine Designs. This pendant could twine around me any day.

And, finally: JewelryArtbyDawn.

As you can see, choosing a business name is an art by itself. Each shop name is as unique as the jewelry in it.


galadryl said...

Super post, it is always interesting to find out how people got to their business name. No easy to decide on one in the first place, I agree.

mcstoneworks said...

Interesting post and beautiful examples of work by the talented SaTeam.

Beadorigami said...

Great post, and yes, it is difficult to come up with the perfect business name. It must have taken me over a year to come up with "Bead Origami," even though it's such an obvious choice when I look back on my style and personality. My advice? Think of what influences and defines your design style, and go from there.

Cat said...

What an interesting post!
My business name came so naturally to me, even before I ever decided to have a business, but I think that was just a stroke of luck.

BeadSire said...

It is fascinating to see where some names come from

ShinyAdornments said...

Great post!

Shiny on Artfire

DawninCal said...

It's usually a difficult task to come up with a name that suits the business. I had lists and lists of possibilities that turned out to be either taken or just not quite right before deciding on my business name. Like Beadorigami, it seemed so obvious once the decision was made.

Thank you for including me, Sue!

AMDesignsbyAngela said...

Wonderful topic and beautiful selections.

Rita alias alatvian said...

Lovely post!

Jeanne said...

Great post! I'm not sure my name is the greatest, business-wise, but it feels like "me." Even though my first name is in the title. I'll be blogging about it later. :) There are some really great business names that are elegant, great plays on words and such, then again those that fit people's personalities.

Cassie said...

Cool post!