Requirements for a company name


Many clients have approached us with the question regarding valid symbols and other name requirements. Here is the general requirements as contained in section 11 of the Act.

Criteria for names of companies

11. (1) Subject to subsections (2) and (3), a company name—
(a) may comprise words in any language, irrespective of whether or not the words
are commonly used or contrived for the purpose, together with—
(i) any letters, numbers or punctuation marks;
(ii) any of the following symbols: +, &, #, , %, =;
(iii) any other symbol permitted by the regulations made in terms of
subsection (4); or
(iv) round brackets used in pairs to isolate any other part of the name,
alone or in any combination; or