Company and Business Name Rules

Company and Business are required to observe some key naming rules. Key among them, the following names are disallowed:

  • Undesirable names
  • Names which are identical to a sole-proprietorship / partnership name or to that of any other company, corporation, limited liability partnership or limited partnership
  • Names which are identical to a name being reserved under the Business Registration Act, the Companies Act, the Limited Liability Partnerships Act or Limited Partnerships Act
  • Names which the Minister has directed the Registrar not to accept for registration e.g. Temasek

You may wish to refer to ACRA’s detailed guidelines on the selection of names.

Please note that a name application may be referred to the Regulatory Authorities for comments if the name application discloses information, which necessitates the referral. For more information, please refer to the Referral Authorities Table.

If you also intend to apply for charity status, please refer to following rules on naming of charities.