Looking for a good name for your campground? If you’re struggling to name your campground, don’t worry. You’re in the right place. In this article, I cover some of the top tips for naming your new business as well as how to make sure the name is legally available for you to use.
Let’s get started!
Related: How to start a campground
Helpful Tips and Tricks for Naming Your Campground
Naming a business is hard, especially if you don’t have any ideas or a place to start. So, before you dive in, grab a piece of paper and a pen or open up a blank spreadsheet.
Then, use it as a place to brainstorm ideas and write down words or phrases that come to mind as you go through the tips below.
From there, we’ll talk about how to narrow things down and land on the perfect name.
1. Keep It as Short as Possible
Short business names are usually snappier, catchier, and easier to remember. Ideally, you want to stick to two to five syllables and hopefully no more than 25 characters total.
However, the shorter the name, the better.
With that said, there are exceptions to this, and it’s not a hard rule. But, when you think about huge, notable brands, which ones come to mind?
Nike. Apple. Ikea. Febreeze. Target. Honeywell.
They’re easy to remember because they’re short, simple, and brandable.
Obviously, there are exceptions to these rules. But typically, the shorter and simpler your name, the easier it is for everyone to remember.
2. Avoid Words That Are Hard to Hear and Pronounce
Voice to text and voice search is more popular now than ever before. So, it’s important to consider making your campsite name easy to pronounce and hear.
To do this, avoid using:
- Commonly misspelled words
- Complex terms that are hard to spell
- Words that have several pronunciations
- Homophones like to, too, and two
Try to keep things as concise and simple as possible.
3. Phrases Your Audience and Competition Uses
Your business exists for your target audience, so it’s important to consider phrases and terms they use when talking about camping.
There are quite a few places you can look to see what your customers (and competitors) are saying, including:
- Facebook groups, posts, and stories
- Forums related to camping
- Competitor websites,
- Magazines or blogs
Alternatively, you can ask friends or relatives in your target audience. Hearing it directly from them may help you brainstorm and narrow down your choices.
Remember to avoid anything limiting your business’s future growth if you decide to go in another direction down the road.
4. Location Names
A common tactic for naming a campground is to include the name of a vacation destination or area of interest that already has recognition for campers.
Here are some examples to use as inspiration:
- Mammoth Springs RV Park
- Point Mallard Campground
- Talladega Creekside Resort
- Coyote Canyon Campground
- I-10 Kampground
Still Needing Inspiration?
Here is a list of existing campground names that may help give you some creative name ideas. While many of these names may be available for you to use, be sure to check first to be sure it can be used.
Tips on how to check business name availability is after the list of names!
- Acorn Acres Campground
- Alabama Wildwood Campground
- Almost A Park
- American Campgrounds
- American Land & Leisure
- Angler’s RV Campground
- A-Ok Camp Ground
- Aspen Trails Campground
- Astor Landing Campground
- Base Camp Family Campground
- Beaver Pines Campground
- Big Bull Campgrounds
- Big Oak Campground
- Blue Heron Campground
- Bob’s Campground & Marina
- Burnt Corral Campground
- Campground Of The Rockies
- Canyonside Campground
- Capital City RV Park
- Castle Lakes Campground
- Cedar Ridge Campground
- Cherokee Campground & RV Park
- Citronelle Lakeview RV Park
- Clevenger’s Marina Park & Rec
- Cloud Nine RV Park
- Corinth Recreation Area
- Country Living RV Park
- Countryside Campground
- Cowpatty RC Park & Campground
- Coyote Canyon Campgrounds
- Cozy Hills Campground
- Creekside Family Campground
- Cricket Creek Park
- Cypress Shores Campground
- Del-Aire Camping Resort
- Desert Oasis Campground
- Dove Ridge Campground
- Elk Creek Campground
- Fishers Landing Campground
- Forkland Park
- Golden Eagle Ranch Campground
- Good Hope Campground
- Green Acres RV Park
- Gulf Breeze RV Resort
- Gunter Hill Park
- Heart Of Rockies Campground
- Heritage Coach Resort & Marina
- Hide-A-Way Campground
- Hide-A-Way On The White River
- Holiday Island Campground
- I-10 Kampground
- I-65 Rv Campground
- Island Campground & Cottages
- Lakeside Campground Resort
- Lazy Acres RV Park & Campground
- Little City Campground
- Lone Duck Campground
- Lost Burro Campground
- Magnolia Branch Wildlife Reserve
- Mammoth Spring RV Park
- Monarch Park Campground
- Motor Inn RV Park
- Mountain Valley Retreat
- Nazarene Campgrounds
- Noccalula Falls Campgrounds
- Outdoor Living Center
- Ozark RV Park
- Pattie’s RV Park
- Pepper Pod Campgrounds
- Pine Tree Campground
- Point Mallard Campground
- Ponderosa Campground
- Road Hog Park
- Rolling Hills Campground
- Shady Acres Campground
- Shady Grove Campground
- Shady Oaks Campground
- Silver Spur Campground
- Sleepy Holler Camp Ground
- Southport Campground
- Speedway RV Park
- Sunny Days Camping
- Sunrise Of Arizona
- Take Me Away
- Talladega Creekside Resort
- The Great Outdoors
- Trails End RV Park
- Twin Peaks Campground
- University Station RV Park
- Warm Campground
- White Oak Creek Park Campground
- White Pines Campsites
- White River Campgrounds
- Whitetail Campground
- Wilderness RV Park
- Woods RV Park & Campground
- Yellowleaf Campground
Finding the Perfect Name: Putting It All Together
By now, you should have a lengthy list of words, phrases, and terms you can use in your business name. At this point, I highly recommend going through and removing any that are hard to spell or pronounce.
Now, you can start combining pieces together until something stands out. It may help to create a list of potential names you can use. From there, you can narrow things down to your favorites.
But before you make your final decision, your new name must pass a few tests.
Say It Out Loud
Make sure you say your new name out loud. It may look great as a logo, domain name, and on a business card. But it also needs to sound good when you say it out loud.
You can also sit down with someone and talk about your business. Does saying the name in casual conversation sound natural? If not, you may want to consider something simpler or easier to say.
Lastly, think about how to incorporate your new name into a logo. Logos should be simple, memorable, and indicative of your brand.
Take Apple, for example. Their business name easily incorporates into a logo. And today, it’s a household symbol that everyone immediately recognizes.
A logo is an important part of your brand identity, so don’t forget to consider turning your name into a memorable logo as you make your final decision.
Related: How to create a logo for your business.
Checking the Availability of Your Top Considerations
At this point, you should have several top considerations to choose from. And the best way to narrow it down further is to check each one for availability.
This step is vital because using a name that someone else is using could be very costly, time-consuming to rebrand your business, and possibly embarrassing. There are several places to look to check whether a name is available to use, so let’s walk through each one.
Trademarks are the most critical, so we’ll start here.
If a name or phrase is trademarked, you’re not allowed to use it in a similar capacity. So, run a trademark search for each business name you’re considering and cross off those that aren’t available.
Learn more about how to do a trademark search before choosing a business name
Just because there isn’t a federal trademark on a name doesn’t mean the name you want is available. That’s because there is a trademark known as a common law trademark. A common law trademark isn’t filed anywhere but provides someone who uses that name in commerce some limited rights in their geographical area to use the name. It can be hard to define how far geographically these rights extend as each industry is different, but at a basic level, someone can’t open a business and name it the same or similar name as a competing business in town. If you think the name could potentially create confusion with customers, it is usually best to just find another one to use to avoid potential legal issues down the road.
To do a local search, open up the phone book (if you still have one), and do a Google search to see if there are any local competitors with a similar business name to the one you want to use.
Cross off any similar names from your list and take the rest and let’s keep checking.
State Entity Search (If Applicable)
If you plan to register your campground as a corporation or LLC, you have to register with a unique business name. Each state requires every corporation or LLC to register a unique name for their entity. This doesn’t necessarily protect your name from anyone else using it, but nobody can register a corporation or LLC under the same name in your state.
Related: Is your business name available?
If you find the name is in use, cross it off your list and move on.
Domain Name Availability
Website addresses aren’t as critical as the first three searches, but it’s still worth doing. Typically, you want your domain name to be “yourbusinessname.com” without any numbers, dashes, etc.
It’s easiest for customers to remember, but these are hard to come by.
However, you can explore other configurations and extensions if your preferred domain name isn’t available. Just remember your customers may have a more difficult time finding you online.
You can start with NameCheap’s domain search tool. Type in the domain name you want to use to see if it’s available. The tool also returns other possibilities you may want to consider.
Social Media Profiles
Next, especially if you are stuck between a couple of names, check and see if anyone is already using your potential campground names on social media. Consider which platforms you plan to use and start with those.
Keep in mind you may have to shorten your company name for some platforms. Twitter only allows 15 characters, for example.
Start with your preferred platforms and do a quick search for your name. If nothing pops up, that likely means no one is using it, and you’re good to go.
Example: Someone is using startingyourbusiness on Instagram, so I would have to choose a different handle, making it more difficult for customers to find me.
Hopefully, you now have some ideas to name your campground. Once you have this list narrowed down to just a few and researched that they are all available, start asking friends, family, and potential customers their thoughts to get feedback, and then pick your perfect campground name!ENTREPRENEURSHIP • START YOUR BUSINESS TODAY