Company Name Rules

Choosing a name for a business or nonprofit organization is an important and challenging part of the formation process, but before putting together a list, it’s important to understand the naming rules that apply in your state. This guide details entity name restrictions in all 50 states.

Alabama

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Corporation

A domestic entity, and a foreign filing entity with registration under Article 7, may not have a name that contains any word phrase that indicates or implies that the entity is engaged in a business that the entity is not authorized by law to pursue.

AL Code § 10A-1-5.02

Limited Liability Company

A domestic entity, and a foreign filing entity with registration under Article 7, may not have a name that contains any word phrase that indicates or implies that the entity is engaged in a business that the entity is not authorized by law to pursue.

AL Code § 10A-1-5.02

Nonprofit Corporation

A domestic entity, and a foreign filing entity with registration under Article 7, may not have a name that contains any word phrase that indicates or implies that the entity is engaged in a business that the entity is not authorized by law to pursue.

AL Code § 10A-1-5.02

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Corporation

The corporate name may not contain the word “city”, “borough”, or “village” or otherwise imply that the corporation is a municipality.

AS § 10.06.105

Limited Liability Company

The name of a city, borough, or village may be used in a limited liability company name; however, the name may not contain the word “city,” “borough,” or “village” or otherwise imply that the company is a municipality.

AS § 10.50.020

Nonprofit Corporation

The name of a corporation may not contain a word or phrase that indicates or implies that it is organized for a purpose other than one or more of the purposes contained in the articles of incorporation of the corporation.

AS § 10.20.021

Arizona

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Corporation

Shall not contain language stating or implying that the corporation is organized for a purpose other than that permitted; shall not include the words "bank", "deposit", "credit union", "trust" or "trust company" separately or in combination to indicate or convey the idea that the corporation is engaged in banking or trust business if they are not in those businesses. Shall not contain the words "limited liability company" or "limited company" or the abbreviations "L.L.C.", "L.C.", "LLC" or "LC", in uppercase or lowercase letters.

ARS § 10-401

Limited Liability Company

The name of a limited liability company as set forth in its articles of organization shall: ... not contain the words "association", "corporation" or "incorporated" or an abbreviation of these words... not include the words "bank", "deposit", "credit union", "trust" or "trust company" separately or in combination to indicate or convey the idea that the limited liability company is engaged in banking, credit union or trust business unless the limited liability company is to be and becomes actively and substantially engaged in the banking, credit union or trust business or the limited liability company is a holding company holding substantial interest in companies actively and substantially engaged in the banking, credit union or trust business.

ARS § 29-602

Nonprofit Corporation

Shall not contain language stating or implying that the corporation is organized for a purpose other than that permitted; shall not include the words "bank", "deposit", "credit union", "trust" or "trust company" separately or in combination to indicate or convey the idea that the corporation is engaged in banking or trust business if they are not in those businesses. Shall not contain the words "limited liability company" or "limited company" or the abbreviations "L.L.C.", "L.C.", "LLC" or "LC", in uppercase or lowercase letters.

ARS § 10-401

Arkansas

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Corporation

The name may not end with the word “Company” nor the abbreviation “Co.” if the final word or abbreviation is immediately preceded by “and” or any symbol for “and”. May not contain any word or phrase which is prohibited by law for the corporation or which indicates or implies that it is organized for any purpose other than the purposes contained in the articles of incorporation.

AR § 4-26-401

Limited Liability Company

No statutory restrictions.

Nonprofit Corporation

May not contain any word or phrase which is prohibited by law for the corporation or which indicates or implies that it is organized for any purpose other than the purposes contained in the articles of incorporation.

AR § 4-26-401

California

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Corporation

May not use a name in which “bank,” “ trust,” “trustee,” or related words appear without proper authority. May not use a name which is likely to mislead the public or which is the same as, or resembles so closely as to tend to deceive.

CCC § 201

Limited Liability Company

May not use the words “bank,” “trust,” “trustee,” “incorporated,” “inc.,” “corporation,” or “corp.” and shall not include the words “insurer” or “insurance company” or any other words suggesting that it is in the business of issuing policies of insurance and assuming insurance risks. May not be a name that is likely to mislead the public or the name of any other company in the state or a reserved name.

CCC § 08

Nonprofit Corporation

May not use a name in which “bank,” “ trust,” “trustee,” or related words appear without proper authority. May not use a name which is likely to mislead the public or which is the same as, or resembles so closely as to tend to deceive.

CCC § 5122

Colorado

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Corporation

An entity name shall not contain any term the inclusion of which would violate any statute of this state. The words or abbreviations "public benefit corporation", "P.B.C.", "PBC", and "Pub. Ben. Corp." may be used in an entity name only by corporations and cooperatives that are organized as public benefit corporations under part 5 of article 101 of this title 7.

CRS § 7-90-601

Limited Liability Company

An entity name shall not contain any term the inclusion of which would violate any statute of this state. The words or abbreviations "public benefit corporation", "P.B.C.", "PBC", and "Pub. Ben. Corp." may be used in an entity name only by corporations and cooperatives that are organized as public benefit corporations under part 5 of article 101 of this title 7.

CRS § 7-90-601

Nonprofit Corporation

An entity name shall not contain any term the inclusion of which would violate any statute of this state. The words or abbreviations "public benefit corporation", "P.B.C.", "PBC", and "Pub. Ben. Corp." may be used in an entity name only by corporations and cooperatives that are organized as public benefit corporations under part 5 of article 101 of this title 7.

CRS § 7-90-601

Connecticut

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Corporation

May not contain language stating/implying corporation organized for purpose other than permitted in articles of incorporation.

GSC § 33-655

Limited Liability Company

The name of a limited liability company or foreign limited liability company may not contain language stating or implying that the limited liability company or the foreign limited liability company is organized for a purpose other than permitted by subsection (b) of section 34-243h.

GSC § 34-243k

Nonprofit Corporation

May not contain language stating or implying that the corporation is organized for a purpose other than that permitted by section 33-1035 and its certificate of incorporation.

GSC § 33-1045

Delaware

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Corporation

May not contain the word “trust,” or “bank,” or any variation thereof, except for the name of a bank reporting to and under the supervision of the State Bank Commissioner of this State or a subsidiary of a bank or savings association. Shall not use a name that would mislead the public about the nature of the business of the corporation.

8 DC § 102

Limited Liability Company

Shall not contain the word “bank,” or any variation thereof, except for the name of a bank reporting to and under the supervision of the State Bank Commissioner of this State or a subsidiary of a bank or savings association (as those terms are defined in the Federal Deposit Insurance Act, as amended, at 12 U.S.C. §?1813 ), or a limited liability company regulated under the Bank Holding Company Act of 1956, as amended, 12 U.S.C. §?1841 et seq., or the Home Owners' Loan Act, as amended, 12 U.S.C. §?1461 et seq. ; ?provided, however, that this section shall not be construed to prevent the use of the word “bank,” or any variation thereof, in a context clearly not purporting to refer to a banking business or otherwise likely to mislead the public about the nature of the business of the limited liability company or to lead to a pattern and practice of abuse that might cause harm to the interests of the public or this State as determined by the Division of Corporations in the Department of State.

6 DC § 18-102

Nonprofit Corporation

May not contain the word “trust,” or “bank,” or any variation thereof, except for the name of a bank reporting to and under the supervision of the State Bank Commissioner of this State or a subsidiary of a bank or savings association. Shall not use a name that would mislead the public about the nature of the business of the corporation.

8 DC § 102

District of Columbia

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Corporation

May not contain the words “bank”, “banking”, “credit union”, “insurance”, or words of similar import, without the prior approval of the Mayor.

D.C.Code § 29–103.01

Limited Liability Company

May not contain the words “bank”, “banking”, “credit union”, “insurance”, or words of similar import, without the prior approval of the Mayor.

D.C.Code § 29–103.01

Nonprofit Corporation

May not contain the words “bank”, “banking”, “credit union”, “insurance”, or words of similar import, without the prior approval of the Mayor.

D.C.Code § 29–103.01

Florida

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Corporation

May not contain language stating or implying that the corporation is organized for a purpose other than that permitted in this act and its articles of incorporation or implying that the corporation is connected with a state or federal government agency or a corporation.

FS § 607.0401

Limited Liability Company

May not contain language stating or implying that the limited liability company is organized for a purpose other than a purpose authorized in its articles of organization or language stating or implying that the limited liability company is connected with a state or federal government agency or corporation.

FS § 605.0112

Nonprofit Corporation

May not contain language stating or implying that the corporation is organized for a purpose other than that permitted in this act and its articles of incorporation or implying that the corporation is connected with a state or federal government agency or a corporation.

FS § 617.0401

Georgia

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Corporation

May not contain language stating or implying that the corporation is organized for a purpose other than that permitted in its articles of incorporation; May not contain anything which, in the reasonable judgment of the Secretary of State, is obscene; shall not in any instance exceed 80 characters, including spaces and punctuation.

GA Code § 14-2-401

Limited Liability Company

Names shall not in any instance exceed 80 characters, including spaces and punctuation.

GA Code § 14-11-207

Nonprofit Corporation

May not contain language stating or implying that the corporation is organized for a purpose other than that permitted in its articles of incorporation; May not contain anything which, in the reasonable judgment of the Secretary of State, is obscene; shall not in any instance exceed 80 characters, including spaces and punctuation.

GA Code § 14-3-401

Hawaii

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Corporation

May not contain language stating or implying that the corporation is organized for a purpose other than that permitted in its articles of incorporation.

HRS § 414-51

Limited Liability Company

No statutory restrictions.

Nonprofit Corporation

A corporate name shall not contain language stating or implying that the corporation is organized for a purpose other than that permitted by section 414D-51 and its articles of incorporation.

HRS § 414D-61

Idaho

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Corporation

An entity name may not contain language falsely stating or implying government affiliation or stating or implying that the entity is organized for a purpose other than that permitted in its articles of incorporation.

ID Code § 30-21-301 and

If the word "company" or its abbreviation is used in the name it shall not be immediately preceded by the word "and" or by an abbreviation of or symbol representing the word "and."

ID Code § 30-21-302

Limited Liability Company

An entity name may not contain language falsely stating or implying government affiliation or stating or implying that the entity is organized for a purpose other than that permitted in its articles of incorporation.

ID Code § 30-21-301 and

If the word "company" or its abbreviation is used in the name it shall not be immediately preceded by the word "and" or by an abbreviation of or symbol representing the word "and."

ID Code § 30-21-302

Nonprofit Corporation

An entity name may not contain language falsely stating or implying government affiliation or stating or implying that the entity is organized for a purpose other than that permitted in its articles of incorporation.

ID Code § 30-21-301 and

If the word "company" or its abbreviation is used in the name it shall not be immediately preceded by the word "and" or by an abbreviation of or symbol representing the word "and."

ID Code § 30-21-302

Illinois

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Corporation

May not contain any word or phrase which indicates or implies that the corporation is authorized or empowered to conduct the business of insurance, assurance, indemnity, or the acceptance of savings deposits or is empowered to conduct the business of banking unless otherwise permitted by the Commissioner of Banks and Real Estate pursuant. The word "trust", "trustee", or "fiduciary" may be used by a corporation only if it has first complied with Section 1-9 of the Corporate Fiduciary Act. The word "bank", "banker" or "banking" may only be used by a corporation if it has first complied with Section 46 of the Illinois Banking Act.

805 ILCS § 5/4.05

Limited Liability Company

May not contain any of the following terms: "Corporation," "Corp.," "Incorporated," "Inc.," "Ltd.," "Co.," "Limited Partnership" or "L.P." Shall not contain any word or phrase that indicates or implies that the limited liability company is authorized or empowered to be in the business of a corporate fiduciary unless otherwise permitted by the Secretary of Financial and Professional Regulation. The word "trust", "trustee", or "fiduciary" may be used by only in compliance with the Corporate Fiduciary Act.

805 ILCS § 180/1-10

Nonprofit Corporation

May not contain a word or phrase, or an abbreviation or derivation thereof, the use of which is prohibited or restricted by any other statute of this State unless such restriction has been complied with; Shall not contain the words "regular democrat," "regular democratic," "regular republican," "democrat," "democratic," or "republican," nor the name of any other established political party, unless consent to usage of such words or name is given to the corporation by the State central committee of such established political party.

805 ILCS § 105

Indiana

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Corporation

May not use the word bank", or any derivative of "bank" unless approved by the department of financial institutions. May not include an entity indicator, such as "Inc.", "Corp.", "LLC", "LP", or "LLP" that is inconsistent with the entity type. May not be is the same as or not distinguishable from other corporations on the records of the secretary of state

IC § 23-0.5-3-5

Limited Liability Company

May not use the word bank", or any derivative of "bank" unless approved by the department of financial institutions. May not include an entity indicator, such as "Inc.", "Corp.", "LLC", "LP", or "LLP" that is inconsistent with the entity type. May not be is the same as or not distinguishable from other corporations on the records of the secretary of state.

IC § 23-0.5-3-5

Nonprofit Corporation

May not use the word bank", or any derivative of "bank" unless approved by the department of financial institutions.May not include an entity indicator, such as "Inc.", "Corp.", "LLC", "LP", or "LLP" that is inconsistent with the entity type. May not be is the same as or not distinguishable from other corporations on the records of the secretary of state.

IC § 23-0.5-3-5

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Corporation

May not use language stating or implying that the corporation is organized for a purpose other than in its articles of incorporation.

Iowa Code § 490.401

Limited Liability Company

No statutory restrictions.

Nonprofit Corporation

May not use language stating or implying that the corporation is organized for a purpose other than in its articles of incorporation.

Iowa Code § 504.401

Kansas

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Corporation

No statutory restrictions.

Limited Liability Company

No statutory restrictions.

Nonprofit Corporation

No statutory restrictions.

Kentucky

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Corporation

May not contain language stating or implying that the corporation is organized for a purpose other than that permitted by its organic act and its articles of incorporation.

KRS § 14A.3-010

Limited Liability Company

No statutory restrictions.

Nonprofit Corporation

May not contain language stating or implying that the corporation is organized for a purpose other than that permitted by its organic act and its articles of incorporation. If a nonprofit corporation's name includes the word "company" or the abbreviation "Co.," it may not be immediately preceded by the word"and" or the abbreviation "&".

KRS § 14A.3-010

Louisiana

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Corporation

May not use language stating or implying that the corporation is organized for a purpose other than that permitted by its articles of incorporation. May not use the phrase "doing business as" or any abbreviation of that phrase, such as "d/b/a". May not use any words that deceptively or falsely suggest a charitable or nonprofit nature or that imply that the corporation is an administrative agency of this state or any of its political subdivisions or of the United States. Except as indicated, may not use "Casualty", "redevelopment corporation", or "electrical cooperative". Except for a bank holding company, may not use "bank", "banker", "banking", "savings", "safe deposit", "trust", "trustee", "building and loan", "homestead", or "credit union". Except for an independent insurance agency or brokerage corporation, may not use the word "insurance". May not use words or phrases that consist of or comprise immoral, deceptive, or scandalous matter. Name must be distinguishable from any name on record with the Secretary of State. May not use "engineer", "engineering", "surveyor", "surveying", or any derivative thereof, without satisfactory evidence that written notice of the proposed use of that name was delivered to the Louisiana Professional Engineering and Land Surveying Board. May not use the words "architect", "architectural", or "architecture" without satisfactory evidence that written notice of the proposed use of that name was delivered to the Louisiana State Board of Architectural Examiners.name shall not imply that the corporation is an administrative agency of this state, or any of its political subdivisions, or of the United States. It shall not contain words or phrases that consist of or comprise immoral, deceptive, or scandalous matter.

Louisiana RS § 1-401

Limited Liability Company

May not contain any word or phrase which indicates or implies that it is organized for any purpose not lawful for a limited liability company or contrary to its articles of organization and shall not contain the phrase "doing business as" or the abbreviation "d/b/a". May not include in its name any words which deceptively or falsely suggest a charitable or nonprofit nature.

Louisiana RS § 1306

Nonprofit Corporation

The restrictions listed for corporations apply to nonprofit corporations as well. In addition, nonprofit corporations may not contain the name of any public park, playground, or other public facility together with the word "benefit", "benevolent", "endowment", "philanthropic", "foundation", or "fund". Name may not deceptively or falsely imply it is organized for the financial benefit of a park, playground, or other public facility unless the articles of incorporation provide that the revenues of such corporation or organization are dedicated to the exclusive or sole benefit of such park, playground, or other public facility and the governing authority of the governmental entity that owns or operates the park, playground, or public facility, by written consent, agrees to the corporate use of the name of the park, playground, or public facility.

Louisiana RS § 204.1

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Corporation

May not contain language that is obscene; language that promotes abusive or unlawful activity; falsely suggests an association with public institutions; violates any other provision of the law of this State with respect to names.

13-C MRSA § 4-401

Limited Liability Company

May not contain language that is obscene; language that promotes abusive or unlawful activity; falsely suggests an association with public institutions; violates any other provision of the law of this State with respect to names.

31 MRSA § 1508

Nonprofit Corporation

May not contain language that is obscene; language that promotes abusive or unlawful activity; falsely suggests an association with public institutions; violates any other provision of the law of this State with respect to names.

13-B MRSA § 3-301-A

Maryland

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Corporation

Name may not contain language stating or implying that the entity is organized for a purpose other than that allowed by the entity's articles of incorporation.

MD Corp & Assn Code § 1-503

Limited Liability Company

Name may not contain language stating or implying that the entity is organized for a purpose other than that allowed by the entity's articles of incorporation.

MD Corp & Assn Code § 4A-208

Nonprofit Corporation

No statutory restrictions.

Massachusetts

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Corporation

Name may not contain language stating or implying that the entity is organized for a purpose other than that allowed by the entity's articles of incorporation.

M.G.L. c156D § 4.01

Limited Liability Company

No statutory restrictions.

Nonprofit Corporation

Name may not contain language stating or implying that the entity is organized for a purpose other than that allowed by the entity's articles of incorporation.

M.G.L. c156D § 4.01

Michigan

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Corporation

May not contain a word or phrase, or abbreviation or derivative of a word or phrase, which indicates or implies that the corporation is formed for a purpose other than 1 or more of the purposes permitted by its articles of incorporation. Name must be distinguishable from any name of record with the Secretary of State. May not assume a name that implies that it is a banking corporation, an insurance or surety company, or a trust company, and the corporation shall not use the word “bank”, “industrial bank”, “deposit”, “surety”, “security”, “trust”, or “trust company” in its corporate name or use a combination of the letters or words with other letters or words in its corporate name to indicate or convey the idea of a bank or banking or industrial banking activity or security unless from the other words constituting the name it is clear that the business conducted does not include the business of banking.

23 MCL § 450.1212

Limited Liability Company

May not contain a word or phrase, or abbreviation or derivative of a word or phrase, that indicates or implies that the company is formed for a purpose other than the purpose or purposes permitted by its articles of organization. May not contain the word "corporation" or "incorporated" or the abbreviation "corp." or "inc.".

23 MCL § 450.4204

Nonprofit Corporation

May not contain a word or phrase, or abbreviation or derivative of a word or phrase, which indicates or implies that the corporation is formed for a purpose other than 1 or more of the purposes permitted by its articles of incorporation. < a href="http://www.legislature.mi.gov/(S(lknohs2qkhv5aetfhaw1uqfr))/mileg.aspx?page=getObject&objectName=mcl-450-2212" target="_blank">162 MCL §450.2212

A corporation formed or existing under or subject to this act shall not assume a name which implies that it is a banking corporation, an insurance or surety company, or a trust company.

162 MCL §450.2213

Minnesota

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Corporation

Name may not be expressed in anything other than English letters or characters; Shall not contain a word or phrase that indicates or implies that it is incorporated for a purpose other than a legal business purpose.

MN Stat § 302A.115

Limited Liability Company

May not contain the word "corporation" or "incorporated" and must not contain the abbreviation of either or both of these words; may not contain a word or phrase that indicates or implies that it is organized for a purpose other than a permitted purpose.

MN Stat § 322C.0108

Nonprofit Corporation

A corporate name may not contain a word or phrase that shows or implies that it may not be incorporated under this chapter.

MN Stat § 317A.115

Mississippi

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Corporation

May not contain language stating or implying that the corporation is organized for a purpose other than that permitted in its articles of incorporation.

MS Code § 79-4-401

Limited Liability Company

May not contain the following words: "bank," "banker," "bankers," "banking," "trust company," "insurance," "trust," "corporation," "incorporated," "partnership," "limited partnership," or any combination or abbreviation thereof, or any words or abbreviations of similar import.

MS Code § 79-29-109

Nonprofit Corporation

May not contain language stating or implying that the corporation is organized for a purpose other than that permitte in its articles of incorporation.

MS Code § 79-11-157

Missouri

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Corporation

May not contain language stating or implying that the corporation is organized for a purpose other than that permitte in its articles of incorporation.

MO Rev Stat § 355.146

Limited Liability Company

May not contain the word "corporation", "incorporated", "limited partnership", "limited liability partnership", "limited liability limited partnership", or "Ltd." or any abbreviation of one of such words or any word or phrase which indicates or implies that it is organized for any purpose not stated in its articles of organization or that it is a governmental agency.

MO Rev Stat § 347.020

Nonprofit Corporation

May not contain language stating or implying that the corporation is organized for a purpose other than that permitte in its articles of incorporation.

MO Rev Stat § 355.146

Montana

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Corporation

May not contain business name identifiers, as defined in 30-13-201, or language that states or implies that the corporation is a business other than a corporation; and may not contain language that states or implies that the corporation is organized for a purpose or purposes other than those permitted by 35-1-114 and its articles of incorporation.

Montana Code Annotated § 35-1-308

Limited Liability Company

May not use language that states or implies that the limited liability company is a business other than a limited liability company.

Montana Code Annotated § 35-8-103

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Corporation

May not contain language stating or implying that the corporation is organized for a purpose other than that permitte in its articles of incorporation.

State of Nebraska Statutes § 21-230

Limited Liability Company

No statutory restrictions.

Nonprofit Corporation

May not contain language stating or implying that the corporation is organized for a purpose other than that permitte in its articles of incorporation.

State of Nebraska Statutes § 21-230

Nevada

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Corporation

The following words may not be used in a name unless the proper department and industry has been notified, has certified the the corporation has been approved, registered and has paid any required fees: May not use the words “trust,” “engineer,” “engineered,” “engineering,” “professional engineer” or “licensed engineer.” (The provisions of this subsection concerning the use of the word “trust” do not apply to any corporation formed or existing pursuant to this chapter that is doing business solely as a community land trust.) May not contain the words “architect,” “architecture,” “registered architect,” “licensed architect,” “registered interior designer,” “registered interior design,” “residential designer,” “registered residential designer,” “licensed residential designer” or “residential design.” May not contain the word “accountant,” “accounting,” “accountancy,” “auditor” or “auditing.” May not contain the words “common-interest community,” “community association,” “master association,” “unit-owners’ association” or “homeowners’ association”.

NRS § 78.045?

Limited Liability Company

May not use the following words in a name unless the proper department and industry has been notified, has certified the the corporation has been approved, registered and has paid any required fees: “accountant,” “accounting,” “accountancy,” “auditor” or “auditing,” “bank” or “trust,” “architect,” “architecture,” “registered architect,” “licensed architect,” “registered interior designer,” “registered interior design,” “residential designer,” “registered residential designer,” “licensed residential designer” or “residential design,” common-interest community,” “community association,” “master association,” “unit-owners’ association” or “homeowners’ association”.

NRS § 86.171

Nonprofit Corporation

The following words may not be used in a name unless the proper department and industry has been notified, has certified the the corporation has been approved, registered and has paid any required fees: May not use the words “trust,” “engineer,” “engineered,” “engineering,” “professional engineer” or “licensed engineer.” (The provisions of this subsection concerning the use of the word “trust” do not apply to any corporation formed or existing pursuant to this chapter that is doing business solely as a community land trust.) May not contain the words “architect,” “architecture,” “registered architect,” “licensed architect,” “registered interior designer,” “registered interior design,” “residential designer,” “registered residential designer,” “licensed residential designer” or “residential design.” May not contain the word “accountant,” “accounting,” “accountancy,” “auditor” or “auditing.” May not contain the words “common-interest community,” “community association,” “master association,” “unit-owners’ association” or “homeowners’ association”.

NRS § 82.106?

New Hampshire

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Corporation

May not contain language stating or implying that the corporation is organized for a purpose other than that permitted in its articles of incorporation. Name must be distinguishable from any name on record with the Secretary of State. Shall be distinguishable from, and not the same as the name of an agency or instrumentality of the United States or this state or a subdivision thereof or the name of any political party. May not use the name "farmers' market'' unless the entity meets the definition of "farmers' market'' established in RSA 21:34-a, V.

NH Rev Stat § 293-A:4.01

Limited Liability Company

May not contain language stating or implying that the corporation is organized for a purpose other than that permitted in its articles of incorporation. Name must be distinguishable from any name on record with the Secretary of State. Shall be distinguishable from, and not the same as the name of an agency or instrumentality of the United States or this state or a subdivision thereof or the name of any political party. May not use the name "farmers' market'' unless the entity meets the definition of "farmers' market'' established in RSA 21:34-a, V.

NH Rev Stat § 304-C:32

Nonprofit Corporation

May not contain language stating or implying that the corporation is organized for a purpose other than that permitted in its articles of incorporation. Name must be distinguishable from any name on record with the Secretary of State. Shall be distinguishable from, and not the same as the name of an agency or instrumentality of the United States or this state or a subdivision thereof or the name of any political party. May not use the name "farmers' market'' unless the entity meets the definition of "farmers' market'' established in RSA 21:34-a, V.

NH Rev Stat § 292:3

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Corporation

Shall not contain any word or phrase, or abbreviation or derivative thereof, which indicates or implies that it is organized for any purpose other than one or more of the purposes permitted by its certificate of incorporation; shall not contain any word or phrase, or any abbreviation or derivative thereof, the use of which is prohibited or restricted by any other statute of this State, unless any such restrictions have been complied with.

NJ Rev Stat § 14A:2-2

Limited Liability Company

Shall not contain any word or phrase, or any abbreviation or derivative thereof, the use of which is prohibited or restricted by any other statute of this State, unless any such restrictions have been complied with.

NJ Rev Stat § 42:2C-8

Nonprofit Corporation

Shall not contain any word or phrase, or abbreviation or derivative thereof, which indicates or implies that it is organized for any purpose other than one or more of the purposes permitted by its certificate of incorporation; shall not contain any word or phrase, or any abbreviation or derivative thereof, the use of which is prohibited or restricted by any other statute of this State, unless any such restrictions have been complied with.

NJ Rev Stat § 15A:2-2

New Mexico

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Corporation

The corporate name shall not contain any word or phrase which indicates or implies that it is organized for any purpose other than one or more of the purposes contained in its articles of incorporation.

NM Stat § 53-11-7

Limited Liability Company

No statutory restrictions.

Nonprofit Corporation

The corporate name shall not contain any word or phrase which indicates or implies that it is organized for any purpose other than one or more of the purposes contained in its articles of incorporation.

NM Stat § 53-8-7

New York

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Names shall not contain language stating or implying that the corporation is organized for a purpose other than that permitted in its articles of incorporation; shall not contain any words or phrases, or any abbreviation or derivation thereof in a context which will tend to mislead the public into believing that the corporation is an agency or instrumentality of the United States or the state of New York or a subdivision thereof or is a public corporation; shall not contain any word or phrase, or any abbreviation or derivation thereof, which, separately, or in context, shall be indecent or obscene, or shall ridicule or degrade any person, group, belief, business or agency of government, or indicate or imply any unlawful activity; shall not mislead or confuse the public into believing that the corporation is organized for non-profit educational purposes or for educational business purposes that are not specified in the corporate purposes and powers contained in its certificate of incorporation.

Many terms related to regulated professions require board approval before their use. Consult the statutes for a list of these terms.

NY BSC § 301

Limited Liability Company

Names shall not contain any word or phrase, or any abbreviation or derivative thereof, the use of which is prohibited or restricted by any other statute of this state, unless in the latter case the restrictions have been complied with; shall not contain the following phrases or any abbreviation or derivative thereof: board of trade, state police, chamber of commerce, state trooper, community renewal, tenant relocation, corporation, urban development, incorporated, urban relocation, partnership.

Many terms related to regulated professions require board approval before their use. Consult the statutes for a list of these terms.

NY LLC § 204

Nonprofit Corporation

Names shall not contain language stating or implying that the corporation is organized for a purpose other than that permitted in its articles of incorporation; shall not contain any words or phrases, or any abbreviation or derivative thereof in a context which will tend to mislead the public into believing that the corporation is an agency or instrumentality of the United States or the state of New York or a subdivision thereof of is a public corporation; shall not contain the word "cooperative" or an abbreviation, contraction or derivative thereof; shall not contain any word or phrase, or any abbreviation or derivation thereof, which, separately, or in context, shall be indecent or obscene or shall ridicule or degrade any person, group, belief, business or agency of government or indicate or imply any unlawful activity.

Many terms related to regulated professions require board approval before their use. Consult the statutes for a list of these terms.

NY NPC § 301

North Carolina

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Corporation

May not contain language stating or implying that the corporation is organized for a purpose other than that permitted in its articles of incorporation.

NC General Statutes § 55D-20(a)

Limited Liability Company

May not contain language stating or implying that the corporation is organized for a purpose other than that permitted in its articles of incorporation.

NC General Statutes § 55D-20(a)

Nonprofit Corporation

May not contain language stating or implying that the corporation is organized for a purpose other than that permitted in its articles of incorporation.

NC General Statutes § 55D-20(a)

North Dakota

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Corporation

May not contain language stating or implying that the corporation is organized for a purpose other than that permitted in its articles of incorporation. May not contain the words "limited liability company", "limited partnership", "limited liability partnership", "limited liability limited partnership", or an abbreviation of these words. May not be expressed in any other letters or characters than those used in the English language and as those letters or characters appear in the American standard code for information interchange (ASCII) table.

N.D.C.C. 10-19.1-13

Limited Liability Company

May not contain language stating or implying that the corporation is organized for a purpose other than that permitted in its articles of incorporation. May not be expressed in any other letters or characters than those used in the English language and as those letters or characters appear in the American standard code for information interchange (ASCII) table. May not use the word "corporation", "incorporated", "limited partnership", "limited liability partnership", "limited liability limited partnership", or any abbreviation of these words; or the words "limited" or "company" without association to the words "limited liability company" or the abbreviations of these words as provided in subsection b.

N.D.C.C. 10-32-10

Nonprofit Corporation

May not contain language stating or implying that the corporation is organized for a purpose other than that permitted in its articles of incorporation. May not contain the words "limited liability company", "limited partnership", "limited liability partnership", "limited liability limited partnership", or an abbreviation of these words. May not be expressed in any other letters or characters than those used in the English language and as those letters or characters appear in the American standard code for information interchange (ASCII) table.

N.D.C.C. 10-33-10

Ohio

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Corporation

Name must be distinguishable from any name on record with the Secretary of State. Shall not contain any language that indicates or implies that the corporation is connected with a government agency of this state, another state, or the United States.

Ohio Revised Code § 1701.05

Limited Liability Company

No statutory restrictions.

Nonprofit Corporation

Name must be distinguishable from any name on record with the Secretary of State.

Ohio Revised Code § 1702

Oklahoma

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Corporation

No person, firm, company, partnership or corporation, either domestic or foreign, unless lawfully authorized to do business in this state under the provisions of this act, shall do business in this state under any name or title which contains the terms "savings and loan", "building and loan", "savings association", "savings bank" or combination of such terms in any manner which indicates or reasonably implies that its business is of the character or kind carried on or transacted by an association, or that is likely to lead any person to believe that such business is that of an association.

OK Stat § 18-381.23

Limited Liability Company

No person, firm, company, partnership or corporation, either domestic or foreign, unless lawfully authorized to do business in this state under the provisions of this act, shall do business in this state under any name or title which contains the terms "savings and loan", "building and loan", "savings association", "savings bank" or combination of such terms in any manner which indicates or reasonably implies that its business is of the character or kind carried on or transacted by an association, or that is likely to lead any person to believe that such business is that of an association.

OK Stat § 18-381.23

Nonprofit Corporation

No person, firm, company, partnership or corporation, either domestic or foreign, unless lawfully authorized to do business in this state under the provisions of this act, shall do business in this state under any name or title which contains the terms "savings and loan", "building and loan", "savings association", "savings bank" or combination of such terms in any manner which indicates or reasonably implies that its business is of the character or kind carried on or transacted by an association, or that is likely to lead any person to believe that such business is that of an association.

OK Stat § 18-381.23

Oregon

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Corporation

Name shall not contain the word “cooperative.” Must be written in the alphabet used to write the English language.

ORS § 60.094

Limited Liability Company

Name may not contain the word or abbreviation “cooperative,” “corporation,” “corp.,” “incorporated,” “Inc.,” “limited partnership,” “L.P.,” “LP,” “Ltd.,” “limited liability partnership,” “L.L.P.” or “LLP” or any derivation of any of the words or abbreviations specified in this subsection. Name must be written in the alphabet used to write the English language but may include Arabic and Roman numerals and incidental punctuation.

ORS § 63.094

Nonprofit Corporation

A corporate name may not contain language stating or implying that the corporation is organized for a purpose other than that permitted by ORS 65.074 and the articles of incorporation. Shall not contain the word "cooperative" or the phrase "limited partnership." Name shall be written in the alphabet used to write the English language but may include Arabic and Roman numerals and incidental punctuation.

ORS § 65.094

Pennsylvania

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Corporation

Terms related to certain professions (see statutes for details); words that constitute blasphemy, profane cursing or swearing or that profane the Lord's name; the word “cooperative” or an abbreviation thereof unless the corporation is a cooperative corporation; any other words prohibited by law.

15 PA Stat § 202

Limited Liability Company

Terms related to certain professions (see statutes for details); words that constitute blasphemy, profane cursing or swearing or that profane the Lord's name; the word “cooperative” or an abbreviation thereof unless the corporation is a cooperative corporation; any other words prohibited by law.

15 PA Stat § 202

Nonprofit Corporation

Terms related to certain professions (see statutes for details); words that constitute blasphemy, profane cursing or swearing or that profane the Lord's name; the word “cooperative” or an abbreviation thereof unless the corporation is a cooperative corporation; any other words prohibited by law.

15 PA Stat § 202

Rhode Island

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Corporation

No statutory restrictions.

Limited Liability Company

No statutory restrictions.

Nonprofit Corporation

Shall not contain any word or phrase that indicates or implies that it is organized for any purpose other than one or more of the purposes contained in its articles of incorporation; shall be translated into letters of the English alphabet, if it is not in English.

R.I. Gen. Laws § 7-6-11

South Carolina

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Corporation

May not contain language stating or implying that the corporation is organized for a purpose other than that permitted in its articles of incorporation.

South Carolina Code of Laws § 33-4-101

Limited Liability Company

No statutory restrictions.

Nonprofit Corporation

May not contain language stating or implying that the corporation is organized for a purpose other than that permitted in its articles of incorporation.

South Carolina Code of Laws § 33-33-401

South Dakota

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Corporation

Name may not contain language stating or implying that the corporation is organized for a purpose other than that permitted in its articles of incorporation.

South Dakota Codified Laws § 47-1A-401

Limited Liability Company

No statutory restrictions.

Nonprofit Corporation

Name shall not contain any word or phrase which indicates or implies that it is organized for any purpose other than one or more of the purposes contained in its articles of incorporation.

South Dakota Codified Laws § 47-22-7

Tennessee

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Corporation

May not contain language that in any way states or implies that the corporation: transacts or has power to transact any business for which authorization in whatever form and however denominated is required under the laws of this state, unless the appropriate commission or officer has granted such authorization and certifies that fact in writing; Is organized as, affiliated with, or sponsored by, any fraternal, veterans', service, religious, charitable, or professional organization, unless that fact is certified in writing by the organization with which affiliation or sponsorship is claimed; Is an agency or instrumentality of, affiliated with or sponsored by the United States or the state of Tennessee or a subdivision or agency thereof, unless such fact is certified in writing by the appropriate official of the United States or the state of Tennessee or subdivision or agency thereof; or Is organized for a purpose other than that permitted by § 48-13-101 and its charter.

Tenn. Code Ann. § 48-54-101

Limited Liability Company

Name must not contain the word "corporation" or "incorporated" or an abbreviation of either or both these words; may not contain language that in any way states or implies that the corporation: transacts or has power to transact any business for which authorization in whatever form and however denominated is required under the laws of this state, unless the appropriate commission or officer has granted such authorization and certifies that fact in writing; Is organized as, affiliated with, or sponsored by, any fraternal, veterans', service, religious, charitable, or professional organization, unless that fact is certified in writing by the organization with which affiliation or sponsorship is claimed; Is an agency or instrumentality of, affiliated with or sponsored by the United States or the state of Tennessee or a subdivision or agency thereof, unless such fact is certified in writing by the appropriate official of the United States or the state of Tennessee or subdivision or agency thereof; or Is organized for a purpose other than that permitted by § 48-13-101 and its charter.

Tenn. Code Ann. § 48-54-101

Nonprofit Corporation

May not contain language that in any way states or implies that the corporation: transacts or has power to transact any business for which authorization in whatever form and however denominated is required under the laws of this state, unless the appropriate commission or officer has granted such authorization and certifies that fact in writing; Is organized as, affiliated with, or sponsored by, any fraternal, veterans', service, religious, charitable, or professional organization, unless that fact is certified in writing by the organization with which affiliation or sponsorship is claimed; Is an agency or instrumentality of, affiliated with or sponsored by the United States or the state of Tennessee or a subdivision or agency thereof, unless such fact is certified in writing by the appropriate official of the United States or the state of Tennessee or subdivision or agency thereof; or Is organized for a purpose other than that permitted by § 48-13-101 and its charter.

Tenn. Code Ann. § 48-54-101

Texas

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Corporation

Any domestic or foreign entity entity may not have a name that contains any word or phrase that indicates or implies that the entity is engaged in a business that the entity is not authorized by law to pursue. A filing entity or a foreign filing entity may not have a name that contains the word "lotto" or "lottery." A filing entity may not have a name that contains the word or phrase, or any variation or abbreviation of: "veteran"; "legion"; "foreign"; "Spanish"; "disabled"; "war"; or "world war" unless approved by a congressionally recognized veterans organization.

Texas Business Organizations Code § 5.054

Limited Liability Company

Any domestic or foreign entity entity may not have a name that contains any word or phrase that indicates or implies that the entity is engaged in a business that the entity is not authorized by law to pursue. A filing entity or a foreign filing entity may not have a name that contains the word "lotto" or "lottery." A filing entity may not have a name that contains the word or phrase, or any variation or abbreviation of: "veteran"; "legion"; "foreign"; "Spanish"; "disabled"; "war"; or "world war" unless approved by a congressionally recognized veterans organization.

Texas Business Organizations Code § 5.054

Nonprofit Corporation

Any domestic or foreign entity entity may not have a name that contains any word or phrase that indicates or implies that the entity is engaged in a business that the entity is not authorized by law to pursue. A filing entity or a foreign filing entity may not have a name that contains the word "lotto" or "lottery." A filing entity may not have a name that contains the word or phrase, or any variation or abbreviation of: "veteran"; "legion"; "foreign"; "Spanish"; "disabled"; "war"; or "world war" unless approved by a congressionally recognized veterans organization.

Texas Business Organizations Code § 5.054

Utah

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Corporation

May not contain language stating or implying that the corporation is organized for a purpose other than that permitted in its articles of incorporation. Without the written consent of the United States Olympic Committee, may not contain the words: "Olympic"; "Olympiad"; or "Citius Altius Fortius". Without the written consent of the Division of Consumer Protection may not contain the words: "university"; "college"; or "institute" or "institution."

Utah Code § 16-10a-401

Limited Liability Company

May not have a name that implies that a limited liability company is an agency of this state or any of its political subdivisions, if it is not actually such a legally established agency or subdivision. The name of a limited liability company or foreign limited liability company may not contain the term: "association"; "corporation"; "incorporated"; "partnership"; "limited partnership"; or "L.P.". Without the written consent of the United States Olympic Committee, may not contain the words: "Olympic"; "Olympiad"; or "Citius Altius Fortius"; and without the written consent of the Division of Consumer Protection may not contain the words: "university"; "college"; or "institute" or "institution."

Utah Code § 48-3a-108

Nonprofit Corporation

May not contain language stating or implying that the corporation is organized for a purpose other than that permitted in its articles of incorporation. May not be written in any other language or letter other than the letters of the English alphabet. Without the written consent of the United States Olympic Committee, may not contain the words: "Olympic"; "Olympiad"; or "Citius Altius Fortius". Without the written consent of the Division of Consumer Protection may not contain the words: "university"; "college"; or "institute" or "institution."

Utah Code § 16-6a-401

Vermont

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Corporation

May not contain language stating or implying that the corporation is organized for a purpose other than that permitted in its articles of incorporation. Shall not have the word "cooperative" or any abbreviation thereof as part of its name unless the corporation is a worker cooperative corporation organized under 11 V.S.A. chapter 8 or the articles of incorporation contain all of the provisions required of a corporation organized as a cooperative association. Shall not include any word not otherwise authorized by law.

11A V.S.A. § 4.01

Limited Liability Company

No statutory restrictions.

Nonprofit Corporation

May not contain language stating or implying that the corporation is organized for a purpose other than that permitted in its articles of incorporation. Shall not have the word "cooperative" or any abbreviation thereof as part of its name. Shall not include any word not otherwise authorized by law.

11B V.S.A. § 4.01

Virginia

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Corporation

A corporate name shall not contain: Any language stating or implying that the corporation will conduct any of the special kinds of businesses listed in § 13.1-620 unless it proposes in fact to engage in such special kind of business; The word "redevelopment" unless the corporation is organized as an urban redevelopment corporation pursuant to Chapter 190 of the 1946 Acts of Assembly, as amended; any word, abbreviation, or combination of characters that states or implies the corporation is a limited liability company or a limited partnership; or any word or phrase that is prohibited by law for such corporation.

Code of Virginia § 13.1-630

Limited Liability Company

A limited liability company name shall not contain: Any word, abbreviation, or combination of characters that states or implies the limited liability company is a corporation or a limited partnership; or any word or phrase the use of which is prohibited by law for such company.

Code of Virginia § 13.1-1012

Nonprofit Corporation

May not contain: any word or phrase that indicates or implies that it is organized for the purpose of conducting any business other than a business which it is authorized to conduct; The word "redevelopment" unless the corporation is organized as an urban redevelopment corporation pursuant to Chapter 190 of the 1946 Acts of Assembly, as amended; Any word, abbreviation, or combination of characters that states or implies the corporation is a limited liability company or a limited partnership; or any word or phrase that is prohibited by law for such corporation.

Code of Virginia § 13.1-829

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Corporation

The name of a business corporation must not contain any of the following words or phrases: "Bank," "banking," "banker," "trust," "cooperative," or any combination of the words "industrial" and "loan," or any combination of any two or more of the words "building," "savings," "loan," "home," "association," and "society," or any other words or phrases prohibited by any statute of this state.

RCW § 23.95.305

Limited Liability Company

The name of a limited liability company: May not contain any of the following words or phrases: "Cooperative," "partnership," "corporation," "incorporated," or the abbreviations "Corp.," "Ltd.," or "Inc.," or "LP," "L.P.," "LLP," "L.L.P.," "LLLP," "L.L.L.P," or any words or phrases prohibited by any statute of this state.

RCW § 23.95.305

Nonprofit Corporation

Except for nonprofit corporations formed prior to January 1, 1969, must not include or end with "incorporated," "company," "corporation," "partnership," "limited partnership," or "Ltd.," or any abbreviation thereof; May only include the term "public benefit" or names of like import if the nonprofit corporation has been designated as a public benefit nonprofit corporation by the secretary of state in accordance with chapter 24.03 RCW.

RCW § 23.95.305

West Virginia

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Corporation

May not contain language stating or implying that the corporation is organized for a purpose other than that permitted by section three hundred one, article three of this chapter and its articles of incorporation.

West Virginia Code § 31D-4-401

Limited Liability Company

No statutory restrictions.

Nonprofit Corporation

May not contain language stating or implying that the corporation is organized for a purpose other than that permitted by section three hundred one, article three of this chapter and its articles of incorporation.

West Virginia Code § 31E-4-401

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Corporation

May not contain language stating or implying that the corporation is organized for a purpose other than that permitted by its articles of incorporation.

Wisconsin Statutes § 180.0401

Limited Liability Company

The name may not contain language stating or implying that the limited liability company is organized for any purpose other than that permitted under s. 183.0106 (1).

Wisconsin Statutes § 183.0103

Nonprofit Corporation

May not contain language stating or implying that the corporation is organized for a purpose other than that permitted by its articles of incorporation.

Wisconsin Statutes § 181.0401

Wyoming

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Corporation

A corporate name may not contain language stating or implying that the corporation is organized for a purpose other than that permitted by its articles of incorporation.

WY Stat § 17-16-401

Limited Liability Company

The limited liability company name may not: Contain a word or phrase which indicates or implies that it is organized for a purpose other than one or more of the purposes contained in its articles of organization; Contain a word or phrase which indicates or implies that it is organized under the Wyoming Business Corporation Act, the Wyoming Statutory Close Corporation Supplement or the Nonprofit Corporation Act.

WY Stat § 17-29-108

Nonprofit Corporation

A corporate name may not contain language stating or implying that the corporation is organized for a purpose other than that permitted by W.S. 17-19-301 and its articles of incorporation.

WY Stat § 17-19-401

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