Name my shell companies
March 1, 2013 11:56 AM   Subscribe

MetaFilter, I'm creating two corporate entities for small side ventures, and I get to name them whatever I want! Suggestions/inspirations? (some parameters inside)

Aside from the odd cheque made out to them, the company names won't be all that visible. Names can be anything PG (including random made up words), but here are some themes if helpful:

-Company names from TV and Movies
-place names
-pop culture references - sci-fi, sitcoms (Simpsons references welcome), alternative and classic rock.
-general satire and irony

I'm hoping to have a little, semi-silly, fun. Sorta like naming pets. Consider this a right-brain warm-up for your weekend.

Obvious disclaimer: by posting a suggestion, you're agreeing that it's okay for me to use your idea for free. I won't be making any money off the name itself.
posted by dry white toast to Grab Bag (41 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
posted by Holy Zarquon's Singing Fish at 11:58 AM on March 1, 2013 [3 favorites]

The Empire and The Republic.
posted by seanmpuckett at 12:00 PM on March 1, 2013 [1 favorite]

posted by Thorzdad at 12:06 PM on March 1, 2013

Kang and Kodos -- the names of the two aliens who always show up on The Simpsons.
posted by missjenny at 12:11 PM on March 1, 2013 [1 favorite]

posted by Jehan at 12:17 PM on March 1, 2013

posted by saltwater at 12:17 PM on March 1, 2013

Veridian and Dynamics - the company from Better Off Ted
posted by lioness at 12:18 PM on March 1, 2013

Red and Purple.

I guess you could name one Red and the other Purple, or use Red and Purple for the name of one (perhaps Purple and Red for the other, or something else entirely).

It is a reference to a poem which inspired some "be your own woman" type organization. (I think it is called The Red Hat Society.) The poem says in essence: when I am old, I will be rebellious and not care what other people think and I will do as I please. I will eat whatever I junk food I want and wear whatever crazy stuff I want, like red with purple. Oh, heck. Why wait. I think I will start today.

Rebellious. Silly. Not dirty. Shouldn't get you sued.
posted by Michele in California at 12:19 PM on March 1, 2013

How about unrelated products?

American Merkin and Custom Dentures LLC
North Ohio Adult Novelty and Cheese Co.
posted by Reversible Diamond-Encrusted Ermine Codpiece at 12:19 PM on March 1, 2013

ID and EGO.
posted by Benny Andajetz at 12:24 PM on March 1, 2013 [1 favorite]

Weyland and Yutani. When they merge, everything is going to hell.
posted by bfranklin at 12:26 PM on March 1, 2013

Touching Cloth and Code Brown
posted by orme at 12:27 PM on March 1, 2013

Scylla and Charybdis
posted by grateful at 12:32 PM on March 1, 2013

Shazzam and Isis.
posted by goethean at 12:32 PM on March 1, 2013 [1 favorite]

Slough and Swindon
posted by Fairchild at 12:34 PM on March 1, 2013

Dont name it after star wars.. you would be following enron's footsteps( eg JEDI, Chewco)
posted by radsqd at 12:35 PM on March 1, 2013

Legitimate Business Venture
posted by ryanrs at 12:35 PM on March 1, 2013 [10 favorites]

Well clearly one of them has to be Compuglobalhypermeganet.
posted by bookwo3107 at 12:35 PM on March 1, 2013 [1 favorite]

Keymaster Enterprises and Gatekeeper Corp.
posted by Emperor SnooKloze at 12:35 PM on March 1, 2013

The Motherloving Sugar Corp

The Globex Corporation
posted by beccaj at 12:40 PM on March 1, 2013

Yoyodyne and Acme
posted by Hactar at 12:52 PM on March 1, 2013 [1 favorite]

Big Daddies Little Sisters Charities
Shodan Glados Asssociation
Denton Tong Enterprises
Raynor Kerrigan Associates
D.I. Helios
Hermann Navarre
Black Mesa Resport & Spa
Vault Dweller Industries

Bluth Fünke Consultancy
Two Lucilles
Ann Hog Mexican Travels
posted by Foci for Analysis at 12:53 PM on March 1, 2013 [1 favorite]

Jolly Fats and Weehawkin
posted by SugarAndSass at 1:12 PM on March 1, 2013

Bourne and Korn
posted by Zed at 1:27 PM on March 1, 2013 [3 favorites]

Best answer: Or you could name your shell companies after seashells as a tongue in cheek, inside joke.

Shell names with pictures.
posted by Michele in California at 1:35 PM on March 1, 2013

Mario and Luigi
Amalgamated Gigawatt and Hyperion Intergalactic
Engulf & Devour and Globex
Holding Company and Umbrella Corporation
Spacely Sprockets and Cogswell Cogs
Gringotts and Frobozz
Yoyodyne Propulsion Systems and Cyberdyne Systems Corp.
Wayne Enterprises and Stark Industries
Clampett Oil and/or Ewing Oil and/or Denver-Carrington
posted by carmicha at 1:43 PM on March 1, 2013

Name them after Maryanne Moore's suggested names for the Edsel. What could be cooler than owning two companies called Intelligent Whale and Mongoose Civique?
posted by CutaneousRabbit at 1:55 PM on March 1, 2013

Dunder Mifflin
Vandelay Industries
Paper Street Soap Company
Pierce & Pierce
posted by young sister beacon at 2:06 PM on March 1, 2013

Vamanos Pest Control.
posted by barnone at 2:17 PM on March 1, 2013

And Madrigal Electromotive GmbH.
posted by barnone at 2:18 PM on March 1, 2013

You give a pretty vague description of the companies, so maybe Hansel and Gretel will have to be their names.
posted by oceanjesse at 2:29 PM on March 1, 2013

Rock and HardPlace.
ThisSpaceDeliberatelyLeftBlank and NoNameProvided.
SheSells and SeaShore.
Comet and Blitzen.

Or look at some of the threads about naming computers...
posted by RedOrGreen at 2:40 PM on March 1, 2013

ksh and bash.
posted by oonh at 3:25 PM on March 1, 2013

Reversible Diamond's suggestions are reminding me of the fake company names my Dad would answer the phone with:
- Kelly's Fish Market
- Colin's House o' Gazebos
- Faraday Printing
- Medical Examiner's Office, you stab 'em we slab 'em!

From TV/Movies:
- Gizmonic Industries
- Sanctuary
- Fringe Division
- Warehouse 13
- Pope & Associates
- Charles Townsend Agency
- Blue Moon Detective Agency
- Simon & Simon
- Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce
- Rekall
posted by mon-ma-tron at 3:34 PM on March 1, 2013

Makes me think of a bit from cstross' book Accelerando - one of the characters creates a fleet of thousands of procedurally-generated shell companies:
"The president of is The secretary is, and the chair is All the shares are owned by those companies in equal measure, and I can tell you that their regulations are written in Python. Have a nice day, now!"
posted by Mars Saxman at 3:45 PM on March 1, 2013

You could look through this thread for inspiration.
posted by aka burlap at 9:20 PM on March 1, 2013

Tessier-Ashpool S.A.
W.A.S.T.E. (We Await Silent Trystero's Empire)

…but I still like Yoyodyne.
posted by a halcyon day at 9:27 PM on March 1, 2013

Thing One and Thing Two.
posted by Now there are two. There are two _______. at 6:30 PM on March 2, 2013

Voyager and Pioneer
posted by Telpethoron at 12:18 PM on March 3, 2013

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