French Fries are thinly cut strips of potato blanched and then deep fried or baked to a crispy golden color. But French fries really aren’t French. Historians claim they originated in Belgium. Believed to have first developed in the 1600s in the Meuse Valley, the name comes from the American soldiers in WWI who dubbed them as “French” because of the language of the Belgians.

French Fries were first sold in France in the 1780s, along the Pont Neuf. These delicious little potato strips have evolved into a globally recognized symbol of American culture. None other than Thomas Jefferson is credited with brining French fries to the state side after a stint in Paris as the American Minister to France. The fries were known to Jefferson as “pommes de terre frites à cru en petites tranches” (potatoes deep-fried while raw, in small cuttings).

Today, the French fry continues to evolve. Now there are sweet potato fries, curly fries, and loaded fries topped with just about any seasoning or endless combination of mayo / ketchup dip you could imagine. If you’re thinking about starting the next great French fry brand, you’ve got the opportunity to create something brand new. Here are our top name ideas for new entrants into the industry projected to hit nearly $1 billion in annual value by 2026.

French Fry Name Ideas

Thin cut French fries.

Classic French Fries are one of the most popular fast-food staples. Nearly every fast food chain sells some variation of this item. In fact, they are so popular that you can even restaurants and food trucks based around this single item. So if you are opening your own fries shop or a specialty food brand, check out these name suggestions.

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  • Agatha’s Fries
  • Beer and Fries
  • Betty’s Belgian Fries
  • Brady’s Fries
  • The Fryer’s Club
  • Cheese Fries
  • Cook Door Friskes Fries
  • Fluffy Fries
  • Freedom Fries
  • Wacky Wedges
  • French Fry or Die
  • Patriot Fries
  • French Frites Company
  • Sweet Fry Company
  • Tater Treats
  • French Fry Kingdom
  • French Fry Palace
  • French + Fried
  • Wild Wedges
  • From Fries and Frites
  • Purple Spuds
  • Fry Guys
  • Fryers Delight
  • Frite Freaks
  • Golden Frites
  • Golden Union Fries
  • Grizzly’s Potato Cubes
  • Handcut Frites
  • Hardee’s Curly Fries
  • House Chips
  • Irish Potato Clan
  • Underground Potato Co.
  • Potato Famine
  • The Tater Times
  • Curly Cuts
  • Deep Freeze Fries
  • Les Frites
  • Hot Hot Fries
  • Lucky Fry
  • Not French Fries
  • Paterhof Frites
  • White Potato Gourmet
  • Three Potato More
  • Yam Frites Co.
  • Potato Bites
  • Wayne’s Wedges
  • Potato Rapture
  • Potato Yield
  • Potatoe Flakes
  • Shabrawy Herbed Fries
  • Spuds
  • SuperFry
  • Surf Fries!!!
  • The Fat Friar
  • The Fry Shop
  • Twice Fried
  • The Organic Tater

Funny French Fry Name Ideas

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The name of your shop need not be serious. After all, it’s too much fun double dipping and testing all sorts of creative seasonings on top of the simple potato product. Check out our list of silly fry shop names if this is the direction you’d like to take the business.

  • Basilica of the Holy Fry
  • Chippy’s Fries
  • Two Dudes and Deep Fryer
  • Double Dip French Fry Club
  • Spud Brothers
  • Tater Tickler
  • Potato Tubes
  • Potato Pilot
  • French Fry Love
  • Spaced Out Spuds
  • Grandma’s Fry Sauce
  • Come Fry With Me
  • Don’t Fry For Me
  • Holy Friars
  • Fries by a White Guy
  • Fries For Fantasy
  • Fries Galore
  • Fries Just Ran
  • Fries Just Wanna Have Fun.
  • Fries to Go
  • Frites Fairies
  • Frites Galore
  • Fry Again
  • Fry All The Things!
  • Fry By Night
  • Fry Guy
  • Fry Guys French Fries
  • Fry Me To The Moon
  • Gamja House
  • Get Frites
  • Gimme Fries
  • Gotta Eat Fries
  • Have Some Fries
  • I Love Fried Potatoes.
  • Just Fries
  • Let’s get Fried
  • Lookin’ Fry
  • Lord of the Fries
  • More Fries
  • Patata Hut
  • Starchip Enterfries
  • Sweet Fries Are Made Of These.
  • Sweet Fries Are Mine.
  • Tater’s for Tips
  • Want Fries With That?

French Fry Truck Name Ideas

Thinking about a fry truck?

French fry trucks are the ideal mobile business. They are a low-cost item to produce, don’t require much cooking equipment aside from a couple deep fryers, and people love them. Products like ribbon fries (long french fries covered in sour cream, cheese, chives, bacon and other toppings) have long been a staple product at carnivals. Poutine is another food containing gravy, cheese curds, and a French fry base that’s served in food trucks and upscale bars alike. Take a look at our name suggestions below.

  • Bob’s Fries
  • Chez Frites
  • Deep Fries
  • Deluxe Fries
  • Fast Fryers
  • Fly By Fries
  • Flyin’ Fries
  • Frenchie’s
  • Fresh Fries
  • Fries on the Move
  • Fries the Limit
  • Frites Fries
  • Frites on Wheels
  • Fritz’ Chips
  • Fritz’ Fries
  • Fry This
  • Fry world
  • Fryer Truck
  • FryGuy
  • Fryin’ 2nite
  • Golden Frier
  • Great American Fries
  • Idaho Fries
  • La Friture
  • Lookin’ Fry
  • Mr. Potatoe’s Place
  • Pomfritz
  • Roger Le Frite
  • Small’s Fries
  • Spud Plus
  • Spud’s Place
  • Spuds
  • Spud-tastic.
  • Straight or Curly
  • Super Fries
  • Tater Shack
  • The Chip Truck
  • The French Fry Place
  • The Fry House
  • We Fry, You Buy!

Nicknames for French Fries

What do you call them?

French fries have different nicknames depending on where you travel. In other locations they might be known as shoestring fries, skinny fries, and many other nom de plumes. But no matter how you make them or what you call them, they still taste great.

  • Dirty fries
  • Chips
  • Curly Fries
  • Finger Chips
  • Fries
  • Frites
  • Hot Chips
  • Potato Wedges
  • Poutine
  • Shoestring Fries
  • Steak Fries
  • Pomme Frites
  • Sweet Potato Fries
  • Slap-chips
  • Tornado fries
  • Waffle Fries

Popular French Fry Brand Names

Do you recognize these brands?

With more than 100 brands of fresh-cut and frozen fries available in the United States today, getting to know all the industry players will take some time. Our list can help reduce your research process by giving you the top 21 brands of fries. These are the established companies you can look at for inspiration.

  • Alexia Sweet Potato Fries With Sea Salt
  • Ore-Ida Extra Crispy Fast Food Fries
  • Market Pantry Waffle-Cut Fries
  • Ore-Ida Golden Steak Fries
  • Shoestring Fries Market Pantry
  • Nathan’s Famous Jumbo Crinkle Cut French Fries
  • Arby’s Seasoned Curly Fries
  • Budget Fries
  • Golden Premium French Fries
  • Frenchies
  • Marby
  • Senorita
  • Signature Kitchens Classic Cut French Fried Potatoes
  • Roundy’s Straight Cut Fries French Fried Potatoes
  • O Organics Organic Shoestring French Fried Potatoes
  • 365 Organic Shoestring French Fries
  • Ore-Ida Golden Fries French Fried Potatoes
  • Market Pantry Crispy Straight Cut Fries
  • Alexia Organic Yukon Select Fries
  • Lamb Weston Hand Cut Style Fries
  • Trader Joe’s Handsome Cut Potato Fries.

Industry Analysis

Hot dogs and fries on a food truck.

The French fry industry had enjoyed consistent annual sales growth over the past two decades. But like so many other industries the global pandemic has impacted sales volume in this industry. One major cause for the annual sales decline are national lockdowns of tens of thousands of restaurants serving this product were forced to shut down. If you rely on selling your french fries into restaurants, it’s a not a good time.

The flip side of course is that frozen french fry brands that are more focused on grocery store or online sales where customers cook the product at home have faired much better. Similarly, potato chips sales have seen enormous sales increases since the start of stay-at-home orders.

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If you plan to start your own french fry brand, think about how you can sell the product in retail or online. If you can take the product direct to consumers and cut out the middle man, you’ll be better positioned for success in this industry moving forward.

Identifying Food Trends

If you want to enter an established market that’s been around for more than a century, you’ll need to come up with a creative spin on the product. Here are some broader food trends you could apply to a french fry company that could help your spuds stand out from the rest.

Healthy eating: Consumers love eating french fries, but not everyone like the nutritional content. Potatoes contain essential nutrients like vitamin C, B6, iron and potassium, but if you cover deep fry them in oil, cover them in cheese, sour cream, and bacon and you’ve got a really high-calorie meal in front of you.

One way to combat the idea that french fries are unhealthy among consumers is to use alternative root plants like sweet potato or yams. These can be positioned as healthy options, especially if they are baked and not fried. Healthier variations of the French fry will become more popular in the next decade and we’ve already see this transition starting to happen.

If you want to enter the french fry industry there are so many angles you can take, including dips or innovation in the way the food is prepared or presented. If you’re serious about growing a food business, join our food business community with 40,000+ active readers. Each week we share a new case study including revenue numbers for a different specialty food business.

 

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