Discarding a plan to keep separate names for their wholesale and retail operations, Bank of Boston Corp. and BayBanks Inc. will adopt a single name, BankBoston Corp., when they merge at the end of the month.

Speaking to employees Monday, Bank of Boston chairman and chief executive Chad Gifford said he and William M. Crozier Jr., chairman of BayBanks, felt that although "there were obvious equities in both of those visual identities," neither of the two names really "had the right identity."

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