Origins of famous names/brands

June 25, 2009 at 3:47 pm 8 comments

I’ve found some interesting reasons behind some famous brand names..

There are many companies / brands / products whosenames were derived from strange circumstances, like….


This was actually the financier’s daughter’s name.


This came from name of the river Adobe Creek that ran behind the house of founder John Warnock.

Apple Computers

It was the favorite fruit of founder Steve Jobs. He was three months late in filing a name for the
business, and he threatened to call his company Apple Computers if the other colleagues didn’t suggest a
better name by 5 O’clock.


It is not an acronym as popularly believed. It is short for San Francisco.

This name was formed by using COMp, for computer, and PAQ to denote a small integral object.


The name started as a joke boasting about the amount of information the search-engine would be able to
search. It was originally named ‘Googol’, a word for the number represented by 1 followed by 100 zeros.
After founders- Stanford graduate students Sergey Brin and Larry Page presented their project to an angel
investor, they received a cheque made out to ‘Google’


Founder Jack Smith got the idea of accessing e-mail via the web from a computer anywhere in the world.
When Sabeer Bhatia came up with the business plan for the mail service, he tried all kinds of names ending
in’mail’ and finally settled for hotmail as it included the letters “html” – the programming language used to
write web pages. It was initially referred to as HoTMaiL with selective uppercasing.

Hewlett Packard

Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard tossed a coin to decide whether the company they founded would be called
Hewlett-Packard or Packard-Hewlett.


Bob Noyce and Gordon Moore wanted to name their new company ‘Moore Noyce’ but that was already trademarked
by a hotel chain so they had to settle for an acronym of INTegrated ELectronics.

Lotus (Notes)

Mitch Kapor got the name for his company from ‘The Lotus Position’ or ‘Padmasana’. Kapoor used to be a
teacher of Transcendental Meditation of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.


Coined by Bill Gates to represent the company that was devoted to MICROcomputer SOFTware. Originally
christened Micro-Soft, the ‘-‘ was removed later on.


Founder Paul Galvin came up with this name when his company started manufacturing radios for cars. The
popular radio company at the time was called Victrola.

Larry Ellison and Bob Oats were working on a consulting project for the CIA (Central Intelligence Agency). The code name for the project was called Oracle (the CIA saw this as the system to give answers to all questions or something such). The project was designed to help use the newly written SQL code by IBM. The project eventually was terminated but Larry and Bob decided to finish what they started and bring it to the world. They kept the name Oracle and created
the RDBMS engine. Later they kept the same name for the company.


It originated from the Latin word ‘sonus’ meaning sound, and ‘sonny’ a slang used by Americans to refer
to a bright youngster.


Founded by 4 Stanford University buddies, SUN is the acronym for Stanford University Network. Andreas
Bechtolsheim built a microcomputer; Vinod Khosla recruited him and Scott McNealy to manufacture
computers based on it, and Bill Joy to develop a UNIX-based OS for the computer.

The word was invented by Jonathan Swift and used in his book ‘Gulliver’s Travels’. It represents a person
who is repulsive in appearance and action and is barely human. Yahoo! Founders Jerry Yang and David
Filo selected the name because they considered themselves yahoos.

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8 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Origins of famous names/brands  |  June 25, 2009 at 3:57 pm

    […] Original post by masood […]

  • 2. nadia  |  June 25, 2009 at 4:46 pm

    Wow, those are interesting!

  • 3. Behbood  |  June 25, 2009 at 5:43 pm

    Very interesting indeed!

  • 4. Niyaz  |  June 25, 2009 at 7:38 pm

    Kool info dude!!

  • 5. Specs  |  June 26, 2009 at 9:21 pm

    Wow, that’s cool info! I’d always wondered about microsoft

    Can’t wait to show this info off in the IT department 😉

    ~ Permission granted:-P

  • 6. Amir  |  July 3, 2009 at 5:44 pm

    this is quite interesting.

  • 7. Hala  |  May 9, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    this info helped me in my homework
    im in grade 6 and 11 years old thank u very much i will get good marks

  • 8. masood  |  November 28, 2012 at 7:08 pm

    That’s awesome. Glad it helped:)


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