Most Common Words in Credit Union Names

#1) Employees – 1,553
#2) Community – 526
#3) County – 323
#4) Schools – 279
#5) West – 214
#6) Teachers – 214
#7) City – 199
#8) Postal – 183
#9) First – 179
#10) North – 170


Connection to employees reflected in names

  • Employees Only sign 1-in-6 credit unions have the word ‘Employee’ in their name
  • Over 600 credit unions have ‘School,’ ‘Teachers’ or ‘Educators’ in their name
  • 183 have ‘Postal’ in their name
  • 157 credit unions have ‘Municipal’ in their name
  • 110 credit unions have ‘Health’ in their name
  • 108 credit unions have ‘Fire’ in their name
  • 73 credit unions have ‘Police’ in their name


‘Community’

  • 1-in-16 credit unions use the word ‘Community’ in their name
  • 48 credit union names start with ‘Community’
  • 10 credit unions share the name ‘Community Credit Union’
  • There are 4 ‘Community Choice’ CUs and four others named ‘Community First’


Who’s Number One?

  • 161 credit unions use the word ‘One’ or number ‘1’
  • 220 credit unions use the word ‘First’ or ‘1st’
  • ‘First’ is the first word in 116 credit unions’ name; 25 others us ‘1st’ elsewhere in their names


Geography & Topography

  • 393 credit unions use ‘County,’ 199 use ‘City,’141 use ‘State’
  • About 100 credit unions use either ‘America,’ ‘American,’ ‘US’ or ‘USA’
  • ‘West’ beats ‘East,’ 214 to 100
  • ‘North’ beats ‘South,’ 170 to 131
  • ‘Pacific’ beats ‘Atlantic,’ 40 to 16
  • 141 credit unions use the word ‘Valley’
  • 92 use ‘River’
  • 68 use ‘Lake’
  • 52 use ‘Coast’
  • 40 use ‘Hill’
  • 39 use ‘Rock’
  • 37 use ‘Mountain’


‘Credit Union’ first

  • 30 credit unions shun convention by putting ‘Credit Union’ in front of their name instead of at the end, such as the 7 credit unions who share ‘Credit Union One.’


Bottom line:
You don’t have to change your credit union’s name just because it contains a commonly-used word. But if you’re going to change the name to something new, you should avoid these words. Using words that are this ubiquitous don’t distinguish you in any way, and they carry significant trademark risks.

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