Domain Name Services

While trademark clearance can be extremely challenging, securing an exact .com can be even more difficult.

Startups, spinoffs, and renames often require a .com domain, or occasionally, another global top-level domain, also known as a gTLD. Multinational corporations often require the exact URL worldwide—meaning the .com plus potentially dozens of country code domains, otherwise known as ccTLDs.

Beyond creating names with a higher likelihood of domain availability or purchasability, we routinely assist clients with domain acquisition, assessment, and brokering. We keep up to date on the business, trends, and regulations of domain names and attend domain conferences every year.

Not every company needs the exact .com (not sure? see these guidelines), but every company beyond the smallest mom-and-pop should have a domain name. Catchword can help.

Domain Name Availability & Counsel
Our domain-name availability services include the following:

  • Search to determine .com availability of name candidates and assessment of purchasability
  • Determination of market value via comparables and negotiation strategy
  • Development of common mistypings and suggestions of alternate spellings that should be registered for forwarding to your site
  • Development of descriptors to add to your name if the exact .com is not available
  • Counsel on whether gTLDs should be purchased

Domain Name Brokering
We can also help with the acquisition of your new domain. For unregistered domains, we can guide you through purchase and registration. If you wish to acquire a domain that is already registered, we may assist you or refer you to one of our expert domain name broker partners.


Catchword co-founder Maria CypherOur very own Maria Cypher was selected as a featured attendee for NamesCon 2019 and profiled in its magazine!

Location: Oakland, California
Time spent in the domain industry: Almost 20 years
Favourite extension: .com
Tell us which domain you wish you owned: would help the bank account
Currently reading: “The Lessons of History” by Will & Ariel Durant
Your mentor: My father

Describe your company. How long have you been there, and what led you to this career choice?
Twenty years ago, I co-founded Catchword Branding, and it’s become a leading, global naming firm. For me, it was the perfect blend of creative, strategy, playing with words, endlessly learning about new things, and having my own firm. A few years later, we launched a very natural offshoot, Just The Word, which is a marketplace of 1800 premium brandable domain names. I love the Wild West feel of domaining.

NamesCon is all about business networking. Can you tell us a story about the success of a meeting at NamesCon?
Because of NamesCon, my partner Mark and I have forged successful relationships with several domain brokers, with whom we’ve referred quite a bit of business from Catchword, and to whom we’ve sold domains from Just The Word.

Can you tell us about how your service or product helps deliver value to your customers?
Because Just The Word is part of Catchword (ranked as the #1 naming firm in the world), the domains we sell are truly creative and appropriate for startups and others interested in affordable brandables. Our names aren’t a random bunch of gobbledegook letters. Twenty years of work on hundreds of projects for blue-chip clients has resulted in an unmatched pool of domain names.

How does your career compare to what you envisioned in your youth?
Ha! I didn’t know this career existed. I think I gave the rote answers of “doctor or lawyer” when I was a kid, but in my heart I knew I’d be playing with words.
NamesCon Global 2019 Maria Cypher Catchword

How would you describe what you do in a single sentence to a stranger?
I create company and product names.

Full Story

You know she’s super smart and an awesome namer, but did you realize Maria is now officially a wedding singer?