Finding a good business name with an exact-match .com domain isn't easy. But it's a must-have.
That's where Novanym comes in.
Our experienced branding professionals have developed hundreds of high quality .com domain names that would make fantastic business brand names.
Find a name that works for you and your business, and with one simple online purchase you'll have a distinctive, evocative and memorable business name - with a perfect .com domain that makes it brandable.
You can also choose one of three beautiful logo designs as part of the package.
It's professional branding, without the agency.
What types of name will I find on Novanym?
Like most great brand names, they are invented names. They're distinctive, evocative and memorable - not precisely descriptive and literal.
There are three kinds of name:
1. Totally invented: These names will not be found in a dictionary, and often feel unfamiliar and slightly strange at first. But they soon become synonymous with the business behind them. Because they're unique, they stand out and get remembered; and they're easy to protect as trademarks, too.
Examples include: Rolex, Kodak, Lenovo, Spotify, Lexus.
2. Based on elements of real words: Names like this are a little easier to explain, and feel quite comfortable and familiar. They're also invented, but they give hints to their meaning by using elements of dictionary words, or combinations of these elements. Using parts of words like this means that these names can suggest qualities and concepts, without spelling them out.
Examples include: Accenture, Qualcomm, Verizon, Groupon, Symantec and Expedia.
3. Names with a traditional structure: Some names just look and sound like ...names. They follow tried and tested structures and forms that are familiar from place names and family names. Names like this can have character and personality - and their reassuring familiarity can create feelings of reasurance and trust.
Examples include: Mulberry, Glencore, Honeywell, Bridgestone and Halliburton.
What’s so great about a .com domain?
The .com domain is the only domain that really matters...
A .com is the world’s default domain, but it’s not just easy to remember; it’s also a valuable business asset as it adds credibility and brand power. (Across the world there are thousands of businesses called Amazon, but there’s only one Amazon.com.)
The fact that the .com domain is still available to purchase is a good indication that there are no significant businesses using the name; any serious company would have already registered the .com domain.
Owning the .com domain protects your brand name. As contemporary businesses see an exact match .com domain as a must-have business asset, no serious business is going to adopt your business name in the future if the .com is not available to own.
You could consider registering your name as a trademark - but this only offers protection in a specific country and business sector - so even this would not guarantee that a name is unique. To many businesses, a .com domain is better than a trademark registration.
You could choose a business name and use another domain, like your local country domain. But would you really be happy that another business - that's possibly larger and more visible online - could be using your name but with a .com domain?
Can I sell my domain with Novanym?
No. We're not an agent or marketplace for other domain sellers – we only sell names that we've created and registered ourselves.
Buying a name from Novanym
With your purchase, you will get ownership of your chosen .com domain as well as the digital logo files of your chosen logo design. With one straightforward purchase, your business can be named, branded and ready to go - with no design agency and no delays.
We calculate the price of each domain with reference to a third-party domain appraisal tool, which analyses historical sales data from millions of domain name sales.
What happens after I’ve made my purchase?
As soon as we receive your payment, you'll receive an email from our system confirming your purchase. (If you don't receive an email, please check your junk or spam folder.)
We will then start the process of transferring the domain ownership to you.
Within 24 hours, you'll receive two more emails from us. The first will contain a unique Authorisation Code and all the information you'll need to transfer the domain. The second email will contain a link which will allow you to download your chosen logo. We’ll also send you a purchase invoice for your records.
What payment methods are accepted?
You can pay for your new name with a credit or debit card, including Visa, Mastercard and American Express - or with PayPal. You can also use Apple Pay or Google Pay on an enabled device.
If you prefer, you can also pay via bank transfer. If you would like to pay by bank transfer, contact us before you make your purchase and we'll send you an invoice, which will include our bank details.
What currency does Novanym use?
Novanym is UK-based, so when you make a purchase the default currency used is UK Pounds Sterling (£ GBP).
However, if you are in the US, Canada, EU, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Japan or Singapore our website will show prices converted to your local currency - and you can use this currency for your purchase. (You can change this currency using the currency selector in the top corner of the web page.)
Are there any ongoing charges from Novanym?
No. There are no ongoing charges or fees payable to Novanym.
You will have to pay a small annual fee to your Domain Name Registrar to retain ownership of your domain - this is usually around US$15 per year.
Yes. If you make a purchase you can cancel your order and request a refund within 14 days of your purchase and before the transfer of ownership of the domain has completed. We will make a 5% deduction to cover transaction costs.
However, we can’t make a refund after the ownership of the domain you have purchased has been transferred to you and/or you have downloaded the logos.
What happens after I’ve made my purchase?
When you have purchased a name from Novanym, we will transfer the ownership and registration of the .com address (called a Domain Name) from Novanym, to you. You will then be able to manage the settings for your domain and link it to your website and email.
Within 24 hours of your purchase, we'll email you an Authorisation Code - your domain name registrar will ask you for this code when you request the transfer. (Please check your spam or junk folder if you don't receive anything from us.)
Everything then happens in the background: your Domain Name Registrar will send us an email to check that we are the registered owners of the domain, and that we approve the transfer. Within a few hours the domain will be ready for you to use.
If you don't already have one, you will need to set up an account with a Domain Name Registrar (see below for more info). You can then request the Transfer of the domain in to your account.
How long does the transfer take?
Once the transfer has been approved, it usually takes just a few hours to complete (but can very occasionally take up to 5 days). The timing of a transfer is outside of our control, and every registrar works slightly differently, but we'll do everything we can at our end to make the process as fast as possible - and we're here to help at every step.
Domain Name Registrars will usually make a small charge for transferring in a domain (usually about US$15). They will all charge an annual fee - usually about US$15 or less - to manage your registration, which you will have to pay every year to retain ownership of the domain. There are no charges from Novanym after your purchase.
What is a domain name registrar?
Domain Name Registrars are authorised companies that deal with the registration and management of all domains. You can't own a domain without having an account with a Domain Name Registrar, so you will need to appoint your own Domain Name Registrar before we can transfer the domain from our own Domain Name Registrar, to yours.
Which domain name registrar should I use?
We have no affiliation with any particular Domain Name Registrar, but if you choose to, you can start the Transfer process with one of the leading Domain Name Registrars from these links:
A Domain Name simply gives your website an address on the internet, and also allows you to create an email account using that domain name (firstname.lastname@example.org). Therefore a Domain Name Registrar will allow you to link your Domain Name with your website, even if your website and email are hosted by another organisation. In fact, your Domain Name, web hosting and email hosting could be managed by three separate providers.
How do I link my domain to my website and set up email addresses?
When the domain transfer is complete, you will have full access to the domain settings via your account (or control panel) with your Domain Name Registrar.
What do I get with my purchase?
When you make a purchase, you get a professionally designed logo along with your .com domain. You can choose any one of the three logo options shown.
How do I choose the logo option I want?
You can choose any one of the three logo options on the product page. You tell us which logo design option you would like by using the dropdown selector just above the 'Buy this name' button.
If you don’t need a logo, just select the ‘No logo’ option, and the price will reduce slightly.
Are there any ongoing charges or fees?
No. The logo is yours to use in any way you want - for ever. There are no charges or licence fees payable to Novanym or to anyone else.
We'll send you an email with a download link to our secure server. This will give you access to a package of logos in a range of digital formats and sizes which should cover all of your requirements.
What formats of logo will I receive?
We will supply the logo in a range of digital formats. These include .jpg and .png formats which you will be able to use with most standard software packages, as well as standard .eps and .ai formats used by professionals like printers, sign makers and designers.
These file formats include precise references to any colours used which any printer or designer can access (but which you might not be able to view or open the files yourself if you don't have the required software).
Can you edit or change the logo design for me?
Unfortunately, we can't do this for you. However, your logo package will contain digital artwork formats which can easily be edited by your own designer or artworker if, for example, you want to make changes to the colours, proportions or other details.
Yes. All of the logos have been designed and created by Novanym. We are brand designers with more than 20 years' experience working with a range of companies across all business sectors, from large multinationals to startups.
Yes. As part of your purchase, we will assign ownership to you of any copyright for the logo design you have chosen, and we'll send you a document confirming the copyright transfer.
What do I do if I’ve seen one of the logo designs somewhere else?
All of the logos on the Novanym site are original designs, created by Novanym. We don't sell logos anywhere else. And we never re-use or re-sell logo designs. If you see a logo used on another website, or on Facebook, then this is without our permission and it therefore infringes our legal copyright. Please let us know where you have seen the logo, and we will take legal action to have it removed.
Names and Trademarks
Are Novanym names trademarked?
No. It's not possible for us to 'pre-register' the names or logos on our website as trademarks. This is because trademarks can only be registered by the owners of existing businesses, in specific countries or territories, and in relation to specific goods or services.
Therefore you will only be able to apply for trademark registration once you have purchased the domain name from us, and registered your company.
What if a name I have chosen is already registered as a trademark?
A trademark only offers protection in specific countries or territories, and in relation to specific goods or services. So it might not be relevant if your chosen name (or something similar to it) is already registered as a trademark.
For example, your chosen name could be registered by another company as a trademark in the UK, for the provision of Computer Services, but your business is in the United States and related to Carpet Making, so the registration is not relevant.
If in doubt, you should consult with a Trademark Attorney.
Can I trademark a name after I have bought it from Novanym?
Yes. Novanym business names are invented names, created by branding professionals - so, although they can't be registered as trademarks in advance (before they are purchased), they are more likely to be accepted for trademark registration than generic, descriptive business names.
What's the difference between a registered trademark and a registered company name?
Registering your name as a trademark gives you exclusive rights to the use of your name, and can prevent anyone else from using it. These rights are legally protected.
The registration of your company or business name, however, is simply a legal obligation and allows you to trade legally, issue invoices ...and pay taxes.
Although it can provide valuable protection, registering a trademark can be a time-consuming and costly exercise, and many businesses will not need this level of protection.
Are Novanym names registered company names?
No. Novanym sells trading names and domain names – not registered company names.
You will have to register the business name with your regional/local authorities with your own personal and business details - it's not something we can do for you.
What is a registered company or business name?
A registered name is the full, formal name of a legal entity, and is very different from a trading name or brand name. For example, in the UK, there are over 250 limited companies registered with variants of the name 'Amazon', which doesn't seem to bother the online retail giant! Incidentally, Amazon itself is registered as 'Amazon.com U.K. Limited', not 'Amazon Limited'.
I've found a name I like - what do I do next?
Once you've found a business name you like, you can check the availability of the full company name that you want to register on your country's corporate registry website. (In the UK this is Companies House, and in the US every state has its own corporate registry.)
Registering the formal business name is usually straightforward.
What if a business has already registered the name I have chosen?
Even if a company is already registered with your new brand name - or a name similar to it - it's easy and common to make your formal, registered name unique by adding a 'qualifier' word to your full legal name that's specific to your business - like 'Food Service' or 'Pharmaceuticals' or more general ones, like 'Management', 'Marketing' or 'International'.
The authorities will have to approve your full, formal name to ensure that it is clearly distinct from any other, similar name in your sector. So check with them if you are in any doubt.
Your brand name, or trading name, is still the single word name, 'Example'. (And, of course, your domain is 'Example.com'). In the UK, McDonalds Restaurants Limited is the full registered name for McDonalds; but McDonalds is their brand name, and McDonalds.com is their domain name.
Trademark, copyright, registered name and brand - what's the difference?
A trademark is a recognisable design or word which identifies a product or service of a particular business. So registering your business name as a trademark gives you exclusive rights to the use of your name, and can prevent anyone else from using it. Trademarks can only be registered by the business owner and cover specific countries and specific products or services - nobody can register a trademark in advance, so the names on Novanym’s website are not registered as trademarks.
REGISTERED COMPANY NAME
Every business has a legal obligation to formally register their business name with a national or state authority. This registration allows you to trade legally, issue invoices ...and pay taxes. A registered name is often different from a ‘trading’ name or brand name. For example, in the UK, there are over 250 companies registered with variants of the name 'Amazon’. The online retail giant itself is registered as 'Amazon.com U.K. Limited', not 'Amazon Limited'. Similarly, McDonalds Restaurants Limited is the full registered name for McDonalds; but McDonalds is their brand name, and McDonalds.com is their domain name. When you have chosen your name, you will have to register it with the relevant authority.
Copyright is a legal right that grants the creator of an original work exclusive rights to determine whether, and under what conditions, this original work may be used by others. It is a form of intellectual property (IP) that is granted without the need for formal registration. Copyright protects the original expression of ideas - like logo designs - not names. All of the logos on the Novanym website are protected by copyright. When you buy a logo from Novanym, we transfer the copyright to you.
A brand name is simply the name by which your business is known. Brand names are non-generic names that help to distinguish a company or products from competitors. They are a key component of branding - a set of marketing and communication methods that aim to create a lasting impression in the minds of customers. Novanym creates names that have qualities that make brand names effective - they are distinctive, memorable and engaging and have great brand potential. This is why the domains we sell are known as ‘brandable domains’.
Essentially, a domain name is the address for a location on the internet (a website). A domain name can be any combination of letters and numbers, but must be registered before you can use it. Every domain name is unique - no two websites can have the same domain name - so they have become an important element of branding. Just like a commercial real estate address, your internet address says a lot about your business. Although there are many different types of domain endings (like .net, .io or even .ninja), Novanym names come with a .com domain - the world’s default domain.