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Tips & Ideas For Naming An Ice Cream Shop

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Last Updated on October 12, 2020

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Considering there are more than 14,316 ice cream shops in the United States alone, it’s no surprise settling on a unique name when starting an ice cream shop can be a chilling task. 

Picking the right name gives potential customers an idea about your business’s services, creates a good first impression, and helps you stand out from the competition.

What ice cream shop names are you allowed to use? How do you come up with something the represents your brand best? And what about business name best practices? 

Related: How to start an ice cream shop

If you’re not sure how to answer those questions, you’re in the right place. Keep reading to learn my top tips for choosing the best ice cream business name and how to make sure your favorite choices are available. 

Let’s dive in!

Tips for Choosing the Perfect Ice Cream Shop Name

If you’re struggling to develop a creative ice cream shop name, one of the best things to do is just to start brainstorming. As you go through the tips outlined below, make a list of words, phrases, and terms associated with your business. 

From there, you can narrow down the list and cross off ideas you don’t like. 

Once you have several top considerations, we’ll walk through how to make sure you’re allowed to use them. This last step helps you narrow down your list even more so you can make a final decision. 

1. Consider the Products You Plan to Offer

There are several types of products that can be sold at an ice cream parlor, so it’s worth considering incorporating those in your name. Maybe you want to focus on custard or sorbet or gelato. Perhaps you’re considering offering other novelty treats. 

Add the different types of services you want to offer to your brainstorming list. 

Remember to avoid anything limiting your business’s future growth if you decide to go in another direction down the road. 

2. Location-Specific Terms

Many ice cream shops are specific to a geographic service area. So, if that’s true for your business, consider adding a location-specific term to your business name. 

You can consider things like:

  • City nicknames
  • Neighborhoods
  • Regions or states
  • And descriptive terms

However, consider what happens if you expand outside your intended service area. Does the name become limiting? If so, it’s best to avoid it if you plan to expand or change directions later. 

3. Avoid Business Names That Are Hard to Pronounce, Hear, or Spell

Despite the technological advances of voice search, assistants like Siri and Alexa struggle to understand slang and other confusing words. 

This could limit how often your business shows up in voice (and text-based) search if your name is hard to spell, pronounce, or hear. Because of that, it’s important to avoid complicated words, industry jargon, and using numbers in place of letters.  While having a unique and creative name for an ice cream shop is good, being too unique may not be so good. 

Keep your business name as simple and easy to remember as possible so potential customers can easily find you. 

4. Consider Alliterations and Rhyming Words

Alliterations and rhymes are catchy and easy to remember. Because of that, they make for great business names. 

That said, it’s not always easy to come up with them. Start with choosing a few of your favorite words from your master brainstorm list. 

Then, you can Google “words that start with C” to come up with a name like Custard Creamery or Chilly Cones or whatever letter you’re using to create an alliteration. Alternatively, you can search “words that rhyme with _____.” 

It can be time-consuming, but it’s an excellent place to start. 

And don’t forget to add any exciting finds to your brainstorm list while you’re at it. Try not to overthink the names you come up with.  Just write them all down as some of the more interesting ones may spark better ideas later.

5. Steer Clear of Initials or Obscure Acronyms

Initials and unusual acronyms are hard to remember, so they typically don’t make great business names. They can also be challenging to pronounce and confusing for voice search as well. 

Furthermore, there are 325 different two-letter combination possibilities in the English language. And the odds of your customers remembering the specific letters you chose are pretty small. 

6. Imagery Words

Another consideration when brainstorming name ideas is whether there are industry-related words that could also lend themselves to be used in a logo. For instance, an ice cream shop could use an image of an ice cream cone or a popsicle and focus the name around the image.

Related: How to create a logo for your business

7. Try the Owner’s Name

If you’ve made it this far and are still struggling to find the best name, you can always consider using the business owner’s name or the name of an important family member. Doing so works well if the owner also plans to be the face behind the business. 

Something to keep in mind is that using the owner’s name as the business name can make it more challenging to sell the business in the future. 

8. Look at the Names of Other Ice Cream Shops

Here is a list of our favorite ice cream shop names from existing businesses that may help give you some creative 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 are after the list of names!

  • 212 Ice Cream Studio
  • 7 Star Ice Cream
  • Aldos Italian Ice & Gelato
  • Alexandre Family Creamery 
  • Alphabet Scoop
  • Amy’s Wicked Slush
  • Andy’s Frozen Custard
  • Art Of Gelato
  • Bahama Buck’s
  • Baja Ice Cream
  • Baltimore Snowball
  • Bango Creamery
  • Beach City Creamery 
  • Bear Hand Ice Cream
  • Bella’s Gelato Shoppe
  • Below Zero Italian Ice
  • Big Foot Ice Cream
  • Blast Ice Cream 
  • Blissfully Sweet Shaved Ice
  • Blossoms Creamery
  • Blue Whale Ice Cream
  • Brain Freeze
  • Bruster’s Real Ice Cream
  • Bubbies Ice Cream
  • Cabana Boy Ice Cream
  • California Frozen Treats 
  • Catalina Ice Cream Corp
  • Cauldron Ice Cream Company
  • Cheery Cherries Ice Cream Parlour and Coffee Bar 
  • Choux Creme
  • Churn Urban Creamery
  • Churned Creamery
  • Chyll Rolled Creamery & Boba
  • Cold Cones Ice Cream Shoppe
  • Cold Heart Ice Cream 
  • Cold World Ice Cream 
  • Cone Thugs Ice Cream
  • Cookie Doh Creamery 
  • Cosmic Ice Cream
  • Country Creamery
  • Coyote Ice Cream 
  • Creamery At Alkali Flat Cmnty
  • Creams & Dreams 
  • Creme & Sugar
  • Creme Frozen Custard & Drinks
  • Dave’s Gourmet Ice Cream
  • Delicious Cream 
  • Dolce Italian Ice 
  • Double Scoops 
  • Downtown Creamery
  • Flavors Creamery 
  • Float Station
  • Freedom Shaved Ice
  • Fresh Rolled Ice Cream
  • Frost Creamery 
  • Frost Gelato At Del Sur
  • Frosty Queen Express
  • Frozen World
  • Fruityfresca
  • Fruta All Natural Ice Cream
  • Gelato Go
  • G’s Creamery
  • Golden Spoon
  • Guava Lava Frozen Dessert Bar
  • Guru Ice Cream
  • Gusto Italian Gelato
  • Handel’s Homemade Ice Cream
  • Hang Loose Hawaiian Shave Ice
  • Happy Cones
  • Holy Roly Ice Cream
  • Hometown Creamery
  • How We Roll Ice Cream 
  • I Scream For Ice Cream
  • Ice Cream Delight
  • Ice Cream Giant 
  • Ice Cream Hut
  • Icy Rush Co
  • Igloo Ice Cream 
  • Inside The Scoops
  • Island Creamery 
  • Just Chill N Ice Cream Truck
  • Karma Ice Cream 
  • Kiddo’s Creamery
  • KOOL Dayz Ice Cream
  • Lepanto Dairy Freeze
  • Lick Frozen Pops 
  • Lickety Split
  • Lisa’s Rolled Ice Cream & Shakes
  • Little Calf Creamery & Cafe
  • Little Man Ice Cream
  • Little Truckee Ice Creamery
  • Long Beach Creamery
  • Love Ice Cream
  • Lucky Cat Rolled Ice Cream
  • Magnolia Ice Cream & Treats
  • Malt Shop
  • Marble Slab Creamery
  • Mardi Gras Snowball Shoppe 
  • Mighty Ice Cream
  • Milkbomb Ice Cream
  • Minions Ice Cream
  • Mister Softee AZ
  • Moo Gelato
  • Moonside Creamery
  • Mr. Matcha 
  • Mr. Shakes
  • My Scoops
  • No Limit Shakes & Ice Cream
  • Nova Ice Cream 
  • Papa Ice Cream
  • Paradise Ice Cream
  • Polar Bear Ice Cream
  • Polar Ice Cream
  • Pop Up Gelato
  • Powder Shaved Snow
  • Revival Ice Cream
  • Rock Salt Ice Cream 
  • Roll ‘n Scoop
  • Roll Up Creamery & Cafe 
  • Rollin Deep Ice Cream
  • Safe Cone Zone 
  • Scoops Ice Cream Shop
  • Scream Creamery 
  • Shake’s Frozen Custard
  • Smitten Ice Cream
  • Snow Zone
  • Snow’s Creamery
  • Street Creamery
  • Sub Zero Ice Cream & Yogurt
  • Sugar Momma Desserts
  • Sugar Plum Snocones 
  • Sunset Sweets Ice Cream
  • Sweet Puffs Ice Cream 
  • Sweet Retreat
  • Sweet Scoops 
  • Sweet Treats
  • Swirlz Creamery
  • Tastee Freeze
  • Thai Scream Ice Cream 
  • The Konery
  • The Waffle Cone
  • Top This Frozen Desserts
  • Toshi’s Yogurt & Ice Cream
  • U Scream 4 Ice Cream
  • Vanilla Bean Creamery
  • Wrap N’ Roll

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. 

Trademark Search

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

Local Search

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 is using 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 small 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 ice cream business as a corporation or LLC, you must 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 ice cream shop 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 good name ideas for naming your ice cream shop. 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 ice cream shop name!

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