In Nevada, there are very few restrictions on what name can be given to a corporation. First, a corporation may not be the name or initials of a natural person unless it also contains and additional designation such as “Incorporated,” “Limited,” “Inc.,” “Ltd.,” “Company,” “Co.,” “Corporation,” “Corp.,” or other word which identifies it as not being a natural person. NRS 78.035. Second, the name “must be distinguishable . . . from the names of all other” companies registered with the Nevada Secretary of State. NRS 78.039. Finally, the name may not insinuate that the corporation is a “bank” or “trust,” associated with a regulated industry unless it has approval to do so by the appropriate state agency which regulates that industry. NRS 78.045.
A more practical concern is whether a chosen name infringes on the trademark of another business. A prudent business owner will determine that the proposed business name does not infringe on that of another. There are both state and federal trademarks to consider.