Company names in Ireland must be pre-approved for availability and acceptability. The Companies Registration Office has a company name reservation system and a name can be reserved for 28 days.
The Companies Registration Office – CRO will only refuse a name, if:
- It is similar, identical or phonetically the same as a name already on the register
- It implies state sponsorship
- It is generally recommended that company names include extra words so as to create a sufficient distinction
- Abbreviations, accents and punctuation marks are not sufficient to distinguish between company names
- Place names are not considered to be a sufficient distinction between company names e.g. Ireland, Dublin, West
- The inclusion of only a general qualification such as holding, group, systems, services, solutions, enterprises, international, etc. will not be regarded as a sufficient distinction between company names
- Names that are phonetically or visually similar will be refused. This includes names where there is a slight variation in the spelling and the variation does not make a significant difference
- A number on its own will not be accepted as a sufficient distinguishing mark
- If a name includes words which imply specific functions e.g. holding, group, further information may be required by the CRO to support the application
- Names containing certain words cannot be used unless approved by relevant bodies. These include the words bank, insurance, society, co-op, university, institute
We will check the availability of your proposed company name at the CRO and advise you of any conflicts with existing companies already on the register.