Top 10 Interesting Stories About How Famous Companies Got Their Names

10:00 am 31 Jan, 2013

The names of famous companies can be recalled even by kids. In fact their names have become a replacement for the products and services they offer. Almost every well known corporation has a story and, more often than not, the story behind how the company got its name is among the most interesting anecdotes from the company’s past. What we consider household names are mostly derived from association or accident. With that in mind, let us look at some of the most interesting stories about how famous companies got their names.

10. Adobe:

Adobe was named after a place that is close to the home of one of the founders of the company John Warnock. The home of John was close to the Adobe creek in California and that is from where the founders got the idea. Adobe is today a household name in the world of technology.

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9. Android:

Android is among the most well known names in touch-based phones today. Androids literally mean robot and one of the founders of the company had a particular fascination with them. The logo of the company, too, shows what can be termed a robot. The operating system has many dynamic features which have made it the leader in its field.

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8. eBay:

eBay is one of the most well known names in online business. The company that runs the site was known as Echo Bay Technology Group but when they tried to register the domain name, it was already taken. They decided on a shorter version of the name – eBay – and since then it has become one of the most successful and famous companies in the world.

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7. IBM:

IBM was founded as Computing Tabulating Recording Company (CTR) before it was changed in 1924. The name, IBM, was adopted from that of CTR subsidiaries in Canada and South Africa. The International Business Machines (IBM) is a world leader in business machines and has created many niches for itself down the years. Today it is one of the most well known multinational companies that offer complete computing solutions.

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6. Bridgestone:

In the world of motoring, Bridgestone is a name that can’t be overlooked. The company was founded by Shojiro Ishibashi in 1931. It is a multinational company today and it also manufactures auto and truck parts. It has production facilities in around 25 nations in the world and is still growing. The name, Bridgestone, was derived from the literal English translation of the surname of the founder of the company.

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5. Adidas:


Adidas is a well known name in sports clothing and accessories. It is a company based out of Germany and is among the leading manufacturers of sporting apparels and gears in the world. The name Adidas is a portmanteau of Adolf “Adi” Dassler, the founder of the company. The company is the second biggest sportswear manufacturer in the world.

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4. BlackBerry:

The word Blackberry was, until very recently, the name of a fruit. Research In Motion (RIM), the company that manufactures the device, wanted the name to resemble something from nature and not something that a consumer would not be familiar with. The name came about accidentally when somebody in one of the lead teams pulled out the buttons on the primary device that RIM had developed and said that they looked like seeds. The members of the teams assigned to find names pressed on and finally ended up with the name BlackBerry with ‘b’ of berry capitalized.

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3. Yahoo:

Yahoo is an acronym for Yet Another Hierarchical Officious Oracle, which was changed from Jerry’s Guide to the World Wide Web. The website was started in January 1994 and the name was changed to Yahoo in April. The name, Yahoo, was sought after because the founders wanted to make it easy for people to remember their website. Today it is one of the most famous companies on the web with a global presence.

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2. Apple:

The nomenclature of Apple Inc. is still a mystery as there is more than one explanation behind how the company got its name. The closest theory says that when the two founders, Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak, were driving down a highway, Jobs blurted out the name. He had a soft spot for the fruit and it is most likely the reason why it was named so.

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1. Twitter:

In the words of the founders of Twitter, they wanted a name that represented what they did as a company. The initial name that they had on their minds was Jitter or Twitch. Twitter appeared to be a difficult name but it was quickly accepted as tangible, short, simple and social. Today, it is one of the most well known names in the online world.

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