Hey everyone, I have a question about band names. I've done a few searches about this but didn't really find anything solid. One of my bands had a show tonight and a guitarist from one of the other bands told me that he tried to look up my band before the show and he found another band with the same name. My band only plays out once every couple of months in relatively small venues and haven't toured or sold any merch or anything. The other band is a few states over, but they're signed to a label and would probably fall into the same genre. I like my band's name, but don't mind changing it; I don't want to step on anyone's toes, I don't like not having an original name, and I want to avoid any hassles. Also, we eventually want to play out of town (we've both toured before, but not in this band). My question is: what makes one band name different enough from another (if that makes sense)? I want to keep the spirit of the original name, but even if I change the words out for obvious synonyms the names are still taken by other, different bands. Would mashing the two words together (the band name is 2 words) and pluralizing it be enough? For example (not the real name), say my band was named "Hungry Alligator". I find there's another band with the same name, so I decide to change it to "Starving Alligator". This name is also taken, as is the name "Benjamin Franklin and the Starving Alligators" . Would changing the band name to "starvingalligators" be enough? Any other advice, especially from people who've had this problem/have legal knowledge?