Planning to open an ice cream shop in your town, but aren’t sure what to name it? This guide offers wide-range of suggestions to help inspire a unique name for your parlour along with a proven strategy for developing your own brand.

According to a report from the National Dairy Association, 80,000 retail shops sell ice cream, frozen yogurt, or gelato in the United States. The industry generates a reported $18 billion in annual sales and is a proven business model offering a product enjoyed by folks from all walks of life.

The good news is there’s market demand for ice cream no matter where you plan to open in the United States. The bad news? There are likely existing competitors licking up the existing market share. If you want a bit of that triple scoop market opportunity, you’ll need to come up with a winning brand name, Instragram-worthy experience, and product offering that differentiates yourself from the existing shops in town.

Browse name ideas organized by theme below: 

Cute Ice Cream Parlour Name Ideas

two scoops

Two scoops of ice cream.

Searching for a delightful name that articulates the cuteness of an artisan shop? Look no further than these titles for inspiration.

  • Two scoops of happiness
  • The little ice creamery
  • Eddie’s Cones
  • Main Street Scoops
  • Hometown Creamery
  • Drive-Thru Creamery
  • Allie’s Icicles
  • Dreamer’s Ice Cream Place
  • The Little Moo
  • Simple Sweet Treats
  • The Organic Cow
  • Happy Swirls
  • Ice cream station
  • Main Street Al a Mode
  • Summertime Sprinkles
  • Star Spangled Scoops
  • Diary Farm to Table
  • Pattie’s Parlour
  • Pleasant Ice Cream Sandwiches
  • Brain Freeze Creamery
  • The Ice Cream Chick
  • The Custard Guys
  • Charming Yogurt Factory
  • Gerald’s Gelato
  • Famous 38 Flavors

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Creative Name Suggestions

Don’t consider yourself a creative type? Not to worry! Outsource the brainstorming to us. Here are a few imaginative suggestions.

  • Socially Iced
  • Modern Milk Bar
  • Summer Sorbet
  • Everyday is Sundae
  • Floats with the Family
  • The Milkshake Man
  • Icicles Sweet Treats
  • Subzero Cakes
  • 32 Degrees Cake Company
  • Root Beer Riots
  • Ice Cream Crystals
  • Monsters Ice Cream Sandwiches
  • North County Custard Shop
  • Custard County
  • The Ice Pop Collective
  • Señorita Snow Cones
  • Condensed Creamery
  • Saunder’s Sherbet
  • Sinister Ice Cream Sandwiches
  • Halo Dairy Corporation
  • Yum Yum Frozen Creams
  • Ice Rainbow

Nostalgic Ice Cream Shop Name Ideas

waffle cone

An epic waffle cone.

When we think of ice cream shops, we can’t help but get nostalgic. These shops have been a gathering place for generations. Grandparents recall the excitement of selecting an ice cream cone combinations from their youth. They want to share the same experiences with their children and grandkids. These name suggestions will have you reflecting on simpler times.

  • Melting Memories
  • Old School Ice Cream Company
  • Old Town Ice Cream Shop
  • Generations Frozen Custard
  • Timeless Frozen Treats
  • Grandpa’s Parlour
  • Familiar Taste
  • Childhood Scoops
  • Forever Cones
  • The Ice Cream Social House
  • Family Time Frozen Desserts
  • Uncle Tom’s Frozen Delicacies
  • Old Country Gelateria
  • Main Street Creamery
  • Endless Summer Creamery
  • Freezing Fond Memories
  • A Taste of Home
  • Wistful Cones and Ice Cream Bars
  • Flash from the Past Creamery
  • Dairy Recall
  • Reminiscence Scoop Company
  • The Ice Cream Man
  • Soft Serve Revival
  • Taste of Tradition
  • Licked Memories
  • Wayne’s Waffle Cones

Funny Names For Your Ice Cream Shop

dipped ice cream

Dipped novelty ice cream.

A little bit of good humor or a tasteful pun can help you stand out from other ice cream shops in the area. But exercise caution with this approach. If you reference something not everyone gets, it could lead to confusion among prospective customers. If people aren’t sure what you serve based on the name, it’s usually not a good thing.

  • Dip. You Dip. We Dip Ice Cream. – Reference to the R&B song from the 90s.
  • Vanilla Ice Cream Shop
  • The Big Dipper
  • Let’s Be Dairy
  • The Creamatorium
  • Scary Dairy
  • Lickity Splits
  • Treat Dreams are Made of These.
  • Mooing Momma
  • Utterly Awesome Creamery
  • Utter Worldly Ice Cream
  • Cheat Day Creamery
  • Churned Moments

Best Ice Cream Parlour Name Ideas

gourmet ice cream bar

Instagram and ice cream bars.

These are the top ice cream shop names we found across the country. Each of the brands is claimed by an existing business, but the list may be just what you need to inspire that light-bulb moment.

  • Afters Ice Cream
  • The Baked Bear
  • Creamistry
  • Churned Creamery
  • Doh Creamery
  • Delight Ice Cream and Drinks
  • Cold Stone Creamery (National Chain)
  • Snowballs
  • A la minute Ice Cream
  • Tocumbos Ice Cream
  • Baskin-Robins (National Chain)
  • La Michoacana Ice Cream

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Ice Cream Parlour Social Name Ideas

ice cream social

The timeless idea of an ice cream social.

Whether you’re planning a kid’s birthday party, church event or a business, putting a twist on the ice cream social is an effective way to get your message across. Here are a few names that fit this theme.

  • Cone Party
  • Parfait Party
  • Milk Shake Meetup
  • Gelato Gathering
  • Martie’s Ice Cream Social
  • Gather Round Ice Cream
  • Meet Before It Melts
  • Freeze with New Friends
  • Sweet Course Social
  • Gather with Gelato
  • Sweet Treat Social
  • SoCal Frozen Social
  • The Creamery Communal
  • Make the Community Shake
  • Ice Cream Reunion
  • The Big Ice Cream Get-Together

Naming Strategies

If you didn’t find the name you liked, not to worry. There are plenty of tricks branding agencies have to come up with an idea that will work.  In this podcast interview, we dove deep into the topic of identifying your ice cream shops unique menu and brand. We also share emerging trends in the industry so you understand what direction the market is headed.

One of the big takeaways in terms of a name and brand is local. You see this with craft breweries and coffee shops put a local spin on a global product. Escondido Brewing Company is a made-up example of how you can use your location stand out. By including your city, state name or a nearby landmark you can become a key part of the community and create a brand with immediate recognition.

The big takeaway here is don’t try to look big. Position your brand as artisan, small-batch, and handcrafted instead. This is what consumers resonate with and demand right now.

In addition to staying local, you can look internationally for flavors and unique menus. By identifying the type of frozen dessert that’s getting more popular globally or nationally, you can bring those flavors to your hometown before competitors catch on.

One example that could be an opportunity in your area is Thai rolled ice cream. Instead of coming in frozen containers, the ice cream is liquid based and poured onto a frozen pan. Then it’s chopped up, turned into ice cream, and served. See how this works in the video below.

We hope this guide helps you identify memorable name for your ice cream business. If you’re curious about what it takes to launch a frozen dessert business, check out our previous audio lesson on all the things you need to consider before starting a yogurt business.

101 Best Ice Cream Shop Name Ideas

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