The Company Name Mask
This mask generates fictitious business or company names.
The default mask, shown below, generates names such as:
Balanced Challenges Financial
KXA Ball Internet
ZHB Formal Space Systems
Company names shall be generated in the following format:
[ Acronym ] [ Adjective ] Noun Sector [ Suffix ]
Acronym is a sequence of two or three alphabetic characters. An acronym shall be included in approximately 50% of names.
Eg. "AC", "CMR", "PRS"
Adjective is an ordinary adjective. The longest adjective is 13 characters. An adjective shall be included in approximately 80% of names.
Eg. "Efficient", "Global", "Great"
Noun is an ordinary noun. The longest noun is 13 characters. A noun shall always be included
Eg. "Diamond", "Garden", "Valley"
Sector is a general categorizing term from the Sectors selected in the Company Name mask form. A sector shall always be included.
Eg. "Industries", "Insurance", "Pathology", "School"
See the description of "Sectors" below for more examples.
Suffix is optional text that shall be appended to the generated company names. This lets you specify company types.
Eg. ", LLC", "Inc.", "Pty Ltd".
Here are some samples of words that are substituted for Sector. There are many other similar words (not listed) that are also used.
This defines the approximate relative frequency each sector appears.
In the example panel shown, a Generic sector shall be chosen 5 times out of every 'sum of all Sector weightings' (i.e. 12 = 5 + 4 + 1 + 1 + 1). Similarly, a Consumer sector shall be chosen 4 times out of every 12, a Health sector 1 time out of every 12, etc.
You can specify suffixes to make company names look more familiar or realistic, such as ending in "LLC" (United States) or "Pty Ltd" (Australia).
DataVeil shall insert a space between Sector and Suffix unless Suffix begins with a comma in which case no space shall be inserted.
For example, consider a generated name of "ABC Enterprises". If a Suffix of "Ltd." is specified then the fully generated name shall be "ABC Enterprises Ltd." (space inserted after "Enterprises") whereas if the Suffix is ", LLC" then the fully generated name shall be "ABC Enterprises, LLC" (no space inserted after "Enterprises" because the Suffix begins with a comma.)
It is recommended to specify at least a few Suffixes. You can also specify a blank Suffix which only makes sense if you are specifying other Suffixes. For example, if you specified the suffixes: "" (blank), ", LLC", "Inc.", "Ltd" then each of these Suffixes shall appear in approximately 25% of generated names. This is shown in the example below:
Using the examples shown above, generated names using these suffixes could look like:
Balanced Challenges Financial
KXA Ball Internet, LLC
Pitch Gym Inc.
ZHB Formal Space Systems Ltd
This defines the approximate relative frequency that each suffix shall be chosen.
In the example panel shown, a blank (empty) suffix shall be chosen 1 times out of every 'sum of all Suffix weightings' (i.e. 4 = 1 + 1 + 1 + 1). Similarly, an ", LLC" sector shall be chosen 1 time out of every 4, an "Inc." suffix shall be chosen 1 time out of every 4, etc.
Case of new company name
If 'UPPER CASE' or 'lower case' is selected then the entire company name shall be generated in the selected case.
If 'Title Case' is selected then only the Adjective, Noun and Sector are generated using title case. The Acronym shall be in upper case and the case of any Suffixes specified shall be preserved exactly as entered. For example, if a Suffix of ", LLC" is specified then a generated company name using title case could be "ABC Enterprises, LLC".
Null and Empty Value Handling
Deterministic mode: A null or empty string is preserved.
Non-Deterministic mode: A null or empty string is overwritten with a random company name value.
* This mask may generate duplicate Company Names. This is true for both deterministic and random masking modes. As a general estimate, you can expect approximately 970,000 out of 1,000,000 randomly generated company names to be distinct when not using any Suffixes. If you specify several Suffixes (eg. "", ", LLC", "Inc." and "Ltd") then this could increase to approximately 990,000 or more distinct names out of 1,000,000. If you require a guarantee of 100% distinctness (no collisions) then please consider using the Randomize mask in deterministic mode.
* If a generated company name is longer than the receiving field then the name shall be truncated.
* These are generated company names. Any similarity to real-world entities is entirely coincidental.