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Company Name Etymologies
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When we compiled the first edition of the eBook we thought we would get a total of 20-25 downloads because there are not that many inquisitive people who would be interested in “Company Name Etymologies”. Even if they were interested, they always had the Wikipedia list to go through. The response to the eBook by readers was a pleasant surprise with number of downloads reaching 1200 in no time. Somehow, the effort seemed worthwhile. It is at this point we would like to clarify that we have not compiled this list on our own. We have just copied it from Wikipedia (Original Link) and edited the hell out of it. What we mean by that is we have removed the etymologies of companies that we believe are not very popular / well-known. Obviously, there can be an error in judgment and if you feel that we have made that error please mail us with the name of the companies you would like to see in this list. We promise that we would update the list for the next version.
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When we put out the first version (Version 1.0), the Wikipedia post had around 500 company names and our eBook had around 200. In Version 1.1, we had added around 27 new entries like Zippo, Yamaha, Warner Bros, Maruti, Parle, etc. which did not exist on the Wikipedia page. In the current Version that is Version 1.2, we have concentrated on increasing the readability. We have played around with fonts and formats so that it becomes easily readable even in the full screen view. Also, feel free to contact us for well – whatever you think you should contact us for. We would really like it if you contact us for conducting a quiz.  Contact details are given on the last page of the book. Cheers, Ravi Handa Avinash Maurya

Company Name Etymologies

until 11:00 p. in 1991. the company was called Andersen Consulting. The name Accenture was proposed by a company employee in Norway as part of an internal name finding process (BrandStorming). communication. 1824) and De Twentsche Bank merged to form the Algemene Bank Nederland (ABN.m. Company Name Etymologies     A   ABN AMRO – in the 1960s. and Twentieth Century Pictures 3Com – Network technology producer. in 1966. able and facile” Adidas – from the name of the founder Adolf (Adi) . Masukichi Akai. General Bank of the Netherlands). 7:00 a. the company changed its name to Acer in 1987. 3M – from the company's original name. the Amsterdamsche Bank and the Rotterdamsche Bank merged to form 4   Complied by: www.#  20th Century Fox – Film studio.handakafunda. acute. renamed from "UTote'm" in 1946 to reflect their newly extended hours. Before January 1. ABN and Amro Bank merged to form ABN AMRO.   Accenture – from "Accent on the future". 2001. Akamai – from the Hawaiian word akamai meaning smart or clever. the company defines it as "intelligent. Adobe Systems – from the Adobe Creek that ran behind the house of co-founder John Warnock. Akai – named for its founder.m. the Amro Bank. the three coms are computer. and compatibility. the Nederlandsche Handel-Maatschappij (Dutch Trading Society. The Latin word for “sharp. Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company 7-Eleven – Convenience stores. formed in 1935 through the merger of William Fox's Fox Film. clever and cool". Acer – Born as Multitech International in 1976.

Alcoa – Aluminum Company of America. Amazon. his surname was . The result after combining them was A PAtCHy server. He saw the potential for a larger volume of sales in an online (as opposed to a bricks and mortar) bookstore. AltaVista – Spanish for "high view". and his later partner Adolphus Busch. Apache – according to the project's 1997 FAQ: "The Apache group was formed around a number of people who provided patch files that had been written for NCSA httpd 1.3.) AMD – Advanced Micro Devices 5  Amstrad – Amstrad Consumer Electronics plc was founded by Sir Alan Michael Sugar in the UK. Alfa Romeo – the company was originally known as ALFA. (Alternative: Amazon was chosen to cash in on the popularity of Yahoo." Apple – For the favorite fruit of co-founder Steve Jobs and/or for the time he worked at an apple after the world's most voluminous river.handakafunda. de Télécomunications et d'Electronique. When Nicola Romeo bought ALFA in 1915. AnheuserBusch was named for the company's original founder. The company was founded in 1983 as Quantum Computer Services. Anheuser-Busch InBev – Formed by the 2008 purchase of Anheuser-Busch by InBev. unapproachable. The name is a contraction of Alan Michael Sugar Trading. the Amazon. which listed entries alphabetically. It took over Lucent Technologies in 2006. and to distance itself from the cold. an acronym for Anonima Lombarda Fabbrica Automobili. complicated imagery created by Company Name Etymologies          Complied by: – founder Jeff Bezos renamed the company Amazon (from the earlier name of Cadabra. AOL – from America Online. Alcatel-Lucent – Alcatel was named from Société Alsacienne de Constructions Atomiques. Eberhard Anheuser.

who founded the company in 1863. In English it is: "hark!". he called his new company Audi. and the surname of Lionel Martin. Asus – named after Pegasus. the Latin form of his last name. Since the original "Horch" company was still there. the company's – search engine formerly named after Jeeves. 6 AT&T – the American Telephone and Telegraph Corporation officially changed its name to AT&T in the 1990s. the winged horse of Greek mythology. G. to "check" in chess. the gentleman's gentleman (valet. Audi – Latin translation of the German name "Horch". Cincom and Tesseract   Arcelor – created in 2001 by a merger of Arbed (Luxembourg). It is similar. not butler) in P. "Atari" is a Japanese word to describe a position where an opponent's stones are in danger of being captured. The founder August Horch left the company after five years.other computer companies at the time – which had names such as IBM. The original games company was American but wanted a Japanese-sounding name.      B  Bayer – named after Friedrich Bayer. Aston Martin – from the "Aston Hill" races (near Aston Clinton) where the company was founded. An Asus company named Pegatron. but still wanted to manufacture cars. The first three letters of the word were dropped to get a high position in alphabetical listings. was spun off in 2008. Ask. Wodehouse's series of books. Complied by: www. Atari – named from the board game Go.handakafunda. though not identical. Aceralia (Spain) and Usinor (France) with the ambition of becoming a major player in the steel industry. DEC. using the spare letters. Ask Jeeves was shortened to Ask in Company Name Etymologies .

named after the town of Broken Hill. He dropped the final h to avoid a potentially inappropriate English pronunciation of the name. Bose Corporation – named after founder Amar Bose. Ben & Jerry's – named after Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield. The headphones quickly became known as the blue dots or blaue Punkte. who founded an ice cream parlor in 1978 after completing a correspondence course on ice cream making from Pennsylvania State University.handakafunda. the company would give the headphones a blue dot. Robert Bosch GmbH (full company name) is a German diversified technology-based corporation. The company. BP – formerly British Petroleum. BBC – British Broadcasting Corporation. The quality symbol would become a trademark and the trademark would become the company name in .  BMW – Bayerische Motoren Werke (Bavarian Motor Factories). (The slogan "Beyond Petroleum" has incorrectly been Company Name Etymologies         Complied by: www. Boeing. where BHP was founded (now BHP Billiton) BIC Corporation – the pen company was named after one of its founders. Inc. was later taken over by Unilever. Its core business was the manufacturing of headphones. originally British Broadcasting Company. Blaupunkt – Blaupunkt ("Blue dot") was founded in 1923 under the name "Ideal". now BP. If the 7   headphones came through quality tests. It was originally called Pacific Aero Products Co. Bosch – named after founder Robert Bosch. BSNL – from Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (India Communications Corporation Limited). BenQ – Bringing Enjoyment and Quality to life BHP – Broken Hill Proprietary. Boeing – named after founder William E. Ben & Jerry's Homemade Holdings. Marcel Bich.

)   Bridgestone – named after founder Shojiro Ishibashi.handakafunda. Inc. Cathay Pacific Airways Limited – The airline was founded on 24 September 1946 by American Roy C. Michigan. sieur de Cadillac. with each man putting up HK$1 to register the airline. A company photographer exclaimed aloud of a Holt tractor that the tracks' movement resembled a caterpillar moving along the ground.) BHEL – Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited. a government of India company. or "bridge of stone". the Kwanon. de Kantzow. in turn named after the Japanese name of the Buddhist bodhisattva of mercy. by Charles Wang Cadillac – named after the 18th century French explorer Antoine Laumet de La Mothe. formerly British Telecommunications Company Name Etymologies .  Canon – Originally (1933) Precision Optical Instruments Laboratory the new name (1935) derived from the name of the company's first camera. The name stuck. Cadillac is a small town in the South of France. They named it Cathay Pacific because Cathay was the ancient name given to China. Carrefour – chain of supermarkets and hypermarkets which started with a store near a crossroads (carrefour in French) in Annecy. BT – formerly British Telecom (from BT Group. founder of Detroit. Caterpillar – Originally Holt Tractor Co.taken to refer to the company's new name following its rebranding effort in 2000. Farrell and Australian Sydney H. and    C  CA – Computer Associates was founded in 1976 as Computer Associates International. in 1925. The surname Ishibashi ( 石 橋 ) means "stone bridge". merged with Best Tractor Co.   8 Complied by: www.

 Casio – from the name of its founder. Pemberton changed the 'K' of kola to 'C' to make the name look better. Comcast – from communications and broadcast. Chrysler – named after the company founder. or: Compatibility And Quality. The company was merged into General Motors in 1917 and survives only as a brand name. Colgate was named after William Colgate.  Citroen family moved to Paris from Amsterdam in 1873 where the name changed to Citroën. Palmolive was named for the two oils (Palm and Olive) used in its manufacture. a French entrepreneur of Dutch descent. Compaq – from computer and "pack" to denote a small integral object. the very compact Compaq Portable. Cisco – short for San Francisco. Chrysler. who had set up the company Kashio Seisakujo as a subcontractor factory. Colgate-Palmolive – formed from a merger of soap manufacturers Colgate & Company and Palmolive-Peet. a Swiss-born auto racer. or: from the company's first product. an English immigrant. Coca-Cola creator John S.       Complied by: www.Pacific because Farrell speculated that they would one day fly across the Pacific. Kashio Tadao. Poland). Walter P. soap and candle business in New York City in 1806. Peet was dropped in 1953. He was the fifth and last child of the Dutch Jewish diamond merchant Levie Citroen and Mazra Kleinmann (of Company Name Etymologies .handakafunda. who set up a starch. Citroën – named after André-Gustave Citroën (1878–1935). The 9   Coca-Cola – derived from the coca leaves and kola nuts used as flavoring. CBS – Columbia Broadcasting System Chevrolet – named after company co-founder Louis Chevrolet.

and Robert Lynn. This American digital telecommunications and satellite company was founded during the era of U. President John F. Corel – from Cowpland Research Laboratory.K.Dr. after the name of the company's founder. Soon changed to DATSON to imply a smaller version of their original car. Danone (Dannon in the U. Dell – named after its founder. then (as SON can mean "loss" in Japanese) again to DATSUN when they were acquired by Company Name Etymologies . Debra. Burman. Debian – project founder Ian Murdock named it after himself and his girlfriend. Adrian Dalsey. Larry Hillblom. Michael Dell.       D   Dabur . laid the foundations of what is today known as Dabur India Limited. from the initials of its financiers Den.  Daewoo – company founder Kim Woo Chong called it Daewoo which means "Great House" or "Great Universe" in Korean. ConocoPhillips – formed from the merger of Conoco (from Continental Oil Company) and the Phillips Petroleum Company.) – Isaac Carasso in Barcelona made his first yoghourts with the nickname of his first son Daniel (DAN-ONE) Datsun – first called DAT. Cray – supercomputer company named after its founder.handakafunda. Seymour Cray. Dr. S. The brand name Dabur is derived from the words 'Da' for „Daktar‟ or „Doctor‟ and 'bur' from Burman. 10  Complied by: www. Michael Cowpland.S. The company changed its name from Dell Computer in 2003. Kennedy era to develop the technology. Aoyama and Takeuchi. COMSAT – a contraction of communications satellites. DHL – named after its founders.

"Diggnation" would eventually be used as the title of Kevin Rose and Alex Albrecht's weekly podcast discussing popular stories from Digg. who had created the Auction Web trading website. Digg. Omidyar reportedly said. Dow – named after its founder. by Walt Disney Internet Group. named for its cofounder Walt Disney. According to the company history.     E   EA Games – EA is from Electronic Arts. Inc. founded in 1962 by former IBM salesman Ross Perot. "Echo Bay" didn't refer to the town in Nevada. "He chose Electronic Data Systems from potential names he scribbled on a pledge envelope during a service at Highland Park Presbyterian Church in Dallas.handakafunda.Kevin Rose's friend David Prager originally wanted to call the site "Diggnation". Software and changed its name to Electronic Arts in October the same year. a gold mining company. The company was founded in May 1982 as Amazin' 11 Complied by: www. had already taken so Omidyar registered what (at the time) he thought was the second best name: eBay. "It just sounded cool". DKNY – Donna Karan New York. EDS – Electronic Data Systems. He chose the name "Digg". because users are able to "dig" Company Name Etymologies ." EMI – formerly Electric and Musical Industries Ltd.  eBay – Pierre Omidyar. Echo Bay Mines Limited. but Kevin wanted a simpler" was previously registered. The Walt Disney Company. up to the front page. Herbert Henry had formed a web consulting concern called Echo Bay Technology Group.. The site was called "Digg" instead of "Dig" because the domain name "dig. out of those submitted.

(Esso is a trademark of ExxonMobil. the company's original name. "AY".handakafunda. Originally called "Aero Osakeyhtiö".Essar is named after the first letters of founder‟s names – S and R. Fair Isaac Corporation – named after founders Bill Fair and Earl Isaac. Exxon was being called the "double cross company" but this eventually subsided. because of restrictions dating to the 1911 Standard Oil antitrust decision. was named from "Son of Electronic Printer" Essar Group . Exxon – a name contrived by Esso (Standard Oil of New Jersey) in the early 1970s to create a neutral but distinctive label for the company. FCUK – French Connection United Kingdom. Ferrari – from the name of its founder. ie. in Standard Oil of New Jersey. Esso – the enunciation of the initials S. ESPN – Entertainment and Sports Programming Network Epson – Epson Seiko Corporation. Company Name Etymologies         12 Complied by: www. Shri Shashi Ruia and Shri Ravi Ruia.O. the Japanese printer and peripheral manufacturer. Within days. Fiat – acronym of Fabbrica Italiana Automobili Torino (Italian Automobile Factory of Turin) Finnair – from "Finland" and "air". which led to its international flight code. F    Facebook – name stems from the colloquial name of books given to newly enrolled students at the start of the academic year by university administrations in the US with the intention of helping students to get to know each other .) Esso had to change its name in the U. Enzo Ferrari. FedEx – abbreviation of Federal Express Corporation.

    Complied by: www. Henry Ford. Hasbro – founded by Henry and Helal Hassenfeld. Forrester Research – from the family name of the mother of the founder George Forrester Colony. the Hassenfeld Brothers.  G   Glaxo – a dried milk company set up in Bunnythorpe. GlaxoSmithKline was a 2000 merger of Glaxo Wellcome and SmithKline Beecham. the Goodyear Tire and Rubber company was founded by Frank Seiberling in 1898. Harpo is Oprah backwards. Harpo Productions – production company founded by Oprah Winfrey. H   Google – an originally accidental misspelling of the word googol and settled upon because google. The name has no meaning. Ford Motor Company – named after its founder. Goodyear – named after the founder of vulcanization. Glaxo evolved and was registered on 27 October Company Name Etymologies . New Zealand.handakafunda. the highest mountain in Japan. Haier – Chinese "sea" and (a transliteration character. Fuji – named after Mount Fuji. who introduced automobile mass production in 1914. by Joseph Edward Nathan. also means "you" in Literary Chinese). 13 Häagen-Dazs – Name was invented in 1961 by icecream makers Reuben and Rose Mattus of the Bronx "to convey an aura of the old-world traditions and craftsmanship". The company wanted to use the name "Lacto" but it was similar to some already in use. Charles Goodyear. Googol was proposed to reflect the company's mission to organize the immense amount of information available was unregistered.

handakafunda. (At one time. HTC Corporation – A contraction of its original corporate name. It later merged with Minneapolis Heat Regulator Company and was finally called Honeywell Inc. listening to a gramophone. it is no longer there.     Hotmail – Founder Jack Smith got the idea of accessing e-mail via the web from a computer anywhere in the world. Indian software company founded by Shiv Nadar. HP – Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard tossed a coin to decide whether the company they founded would be called Hewlett-Packard or PackardHewlett. a Jack Russell terrier. literally "sunrise" HMV – from "His Master's Voice". Soichiro Honda. in 1963. 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 markup language used to write web pages. Hyundai – connotes the sense of "the present age" or "modernity" in Korean. It was initially referred to as HoTMaiL with selective upper casing. High Tech Computer Corporation. Honda – from the name of its founder.      14 Complied by: www. but since Hotmail is now Windows Live Mail. if you clicked on Hotmail's 'mail' tab. HCL – Hindustan Computers Ltd.) HSBC – Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation. which appeared in 1899 as the title of a painting of Nipper. Honeywell – from the name of Mark Honeywell. you would have seen "HoTMaiL" in the Company Name Etymologies . Hitachi – old place name. founder of Honeywell Heating Specialty Co.

the in the up: J   Intel – Robert Noyce and Gordon Moore initially incorporated their company as N M Electronics.000 Company Name Etymologies Complied by: www. and Investment potential conflicts with other companies with similar names.On January 19. Inc. he called his company International Business Machines. ergo sum). ICICI – Industrial Credit Corporation of India. an ex-employee of National Cash Register (NCR Corporation). . The company dubbed the design the Jockey. Jockey briefs proved so popular that over 30. Someone suggested Moore Noyce Electronics but it sounded too close to "more noise". so they used the initial syllables (INTegrated ELectronics). Coopers Inc. To avoid 15 Jockey International. 1935 during a blizzard. sold the world's first briefs at the Marshall Field's State Street store in downtown Chicago.handakafunda. (Source: Intel 15 Years Corporate Anniversary Brochure)  Ittiam Systems – an Indian company named from the famous philosophical dictum: "I think therefore I am" (Cogito. "Information Systems"    IKEA – a composite of the first letters in Swedish founder Ingvar Kamprad's name addition to the first letters of the names of property and the village in which he grew Ingvar Kamprad Elmtaryd Agunnaryd. To one-up them in all respects. Designed by an apparel engineer named Arthur .I  IBM – named by Tom (Thomas John) Watson Sr. Later. since it offered a degree of support that had previously only been available from the jockstrap. Infosys – An Indian software major.000 from a company called Intelco. briefs dispensed with leg sections and had a Y-shaped overlapping fly. Intel purchased the name rights for $15. Integrated Electronics was proposed but it had already been taken.

Kia Motors – the name "Kia" roughly translates as "Rising from Asia" in Hanja. who founded this kitchenware company as Woodlau Industries in the UK in 1947. Kodak – Both the Kodak camera and the name were the invention of founder George Eastman. Samuel T. The letter "K" was a favorite with Eastman. Shozo Kawasaki KFC – short for Kentucky Fried Chicken. but in 2007 KFC decided to return to the 16    Complied by: www. It is popularly believed that the company adopted the abbreviated name in 1991 to avoid the unhealthy connotations of the word 'fried'. Cooper. It had the merits of a trademark . who opened the first K-Mart in 1962. would not be mispronounced and the name did not resemble Company Name Etymologies K  Kawasaki – from the name of its founder. Commercials in the early 2000s tried to imply that the abbreviation stands for "Kitchen Fresh Chicken". the addition of brother Robert Wood Johnson I led to formal incorporation as Johnson & Johnson in 1887. which started as Kasuga Radio Co in Japan in 1946 and became Trio Corporation in 1960. He tried out various combinations of words starting and ending with "K".  Kenwood Limited – named after Kenneth (Ken) Wood. It is not related to Kenwood Electronics. K-Mart Named for Sebastian S.  original "Kentucky Fried Chicken" branding (although the corporate name remained KFC). renamed the company Jockey.handakafunda. He saw three advantages in the name. founder of Coopers Inc. Kresge.pairs were sold within three months of their introduction. The rumor that it was because the Commonwealth of Kentucky trademarked the name "Kentucky" is false.  Johnson & Johnson – Originally a partnership between brothers James Wood Johnson and Edward Mead Johnson in 1885. he felt it a strong and incisive letter.

James Marwick. Lego manufactured wooden toys.handakafunda. Longines – In 1862 the new company "Ancienne Maison Auguste Agassiz. a combination of Lockheed Corporation and Martin Marietta. 17 Complied by: www. Lenovo Group – a portmanteau of "Le-" (from former name Legend) and "novo". publicists explained the name change as an abbreviation to Linea Goldstar. Ernest Francillon. but Lego Group claims this is only a coincidence and the etymology of the word is entirely Danish. William Barclay Peat. which is a combination of Glenn L.   Konica – it was earlier known as Konishiroku Kogaku. often at home. which means to "play well".Lego also means "I put together" in Latin. and Reinhard Goerdeler. Konishiroku in turn is the short for Konishiya Rokubeiten which was the first name of the company established by Rokusaburo Sugiura in the 1850s. Lucky and Goldstar. (In Mexico. This Chinese company took over IBM's PC division.anything in the art. LG – from the combination of two popular Korean brands. There is a misconception that the name was chosen because of its similarity to the sound produced by the shutter of the camera. Spanish for Goldstar Line) Lockheed Martin – Aerospace manufacturer. pseudo-Latin for "new". Years before the little plastic brick was . At that time watchmaking in the area used the skills of people working outside the "comptoir d'établissage". Martin Company and American-Marietta Corporation. In 1866 Ernest Francillon bought two plots of land on the right bank of the river Suze at the place called "Les Longines" and brought all of the Company Name Etymologies    L   Lego – combination of the Danish "leg godt". Successeur" was born. KPMG – from the last names of the founders of the firms which combined to form the cooperative: Piet Klijnveld.

After retiring from Mars.watchmaking skills under one roof. Mars – named after Frank C. Forrest founded Ethel M. Inc. Eugène Schueller. it was named Lucent (meaning "luminous" or "glowing with light") because "light as a metaphor for visionary thinking reflected the company's operating and guiding business philosophy". 18 Maggi – food company named after its founder. Mars. Ethel.handakafunda. in 1993. to form M&M Ltd (from Mars & Murrie). Hence. who started making candy in 1911. Their son. developed an innovative haircolor formula. Later. Mahindra and Mahindra Ltd . Company Name Etymologies      Complied by: www. the name was changed from Mahindra & Mohammed to Mahindra & Mahindra in 1948. It was taken over by Nestlé in 1947 and survives as a brand name. a young French chemist. named after his mother. Malik Ghulam Muhammad returned to Pakistan and became that nation's first finance minister. It was taken over by Alcatel to form Alcatel-Lucent in 2006. according to the Landor Associates staff who chose the name.The company was set up in 1945 in Ludhiana as Mahindra & Mohammed. This was the first "Longines factory". Julius Maggi. Forrest took over the family business after his father's death and merged the two companies in 1964.  M  L'Oréal – In 1907. Lotus Software – Mitch Kapor named his company after the Lotus Position or 'Padmasana'. the son of a Hershey executive. Lycos – from Lycosidae. Kapor used to be a teacher of Transcendental M ation technique as taught by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. the family of wolf spiders. He called his improved hair dye Auréole. Forrest E. Mars and his wife. Lucent Technologies – a spin-off from AT& . after the partition of India. Chocolates. joined with Bruce Murrie.

The cars were supposedly named after Ahura Mazda. Goldwyn Pictures Corporation. The "slash between the 'o' and „s‟ [in the Microsoft logo] emphasizes the "soft" part of the name and conveys motion and speed. Originally christened Micro-Soft. God of wind] is known as "maruti". Maruti Udyog Limited (MUL) .It was founded in 1909 by Wilhelm Maybach with his son Karl Maybach. the chief deity of the Zoroastrians. is India Hindu's lord Hanuman [Hanuman was the son of Pawan. Mattel – a portmanteau of the founders names Harold "Matt" Matson and Elliot . Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) – Film studio formed from the merger of three other companies: Metro Picture Corporation. and Louis B. and changed its name to Mazda in 1984. This theory is supported by the fact that the company is referred to only as "Matsuda" in Japan.handakafunda. Jujiro Matsuda. Mercedes – from the first name of the daughter of Emil Jellinek. though many think this explanation was created after the fact. to cover up what is simply a poor anglicized version of the founder‟s name. who founded the first McDonald's restaurant in 1940. Maybach-Motorenbau GmbH ."Maruti". Goldwyn Picture Corporation in turn was named after the last names of Samuel Goldfish. Microsoft – coined by Bill Gates to represent the company that was devoted to microcomputer software. Mayer Pictures. the '-' disappeared on 3/2/1987 with the introduction of a new corporate identity and logo. who distributed cars of the early Daimler Company around 1900. and Edgar and Archibald Selwyn. in popular Indian culture. Mazda Motor Corporation – the company was founded as Toyo Kogyo. started manufacturing Mazda brand cars in 1931. Company Name Etymologies       Complied by: www. 19  McDonald's – from the name of the brothers Dick McDonald and Mac McDonald.

  Complied by: www. It became so widely recognized that the company later adopted it as the company name.   N  Nabisco – formerly The National Company. Hence. He started with a toy-balloon manufacturing unit at Tiruvottiyur. The name was meant to convey the idea of "sound" and "motion".) Motorola – Founder Paul Galvin came up with this name when his company (at the time. Godzilla) by Jamie Zawinski. (Note that "diamond" in this context refers only to the rhombus shape.The service was named Napster after Fanning's hairstyle-based nickname. Chennai (then called Madras). Minolta – Minolta was founded in Osaka. Biscuit  Napster . the three diamond Company Name Etymologies . founded by K M Mammen Mappillai in 1946. the Minolta Vest. it was internally named Mozilla (Mosaic-Killer. Many audio equipment makers of the era used the "ola" ending for their products. not to the precious gem. It was not until 1934 that the name Minolta first appeared on a camera. in 1961. Japan in 1928 as Nichi-Doku Shashinki Shōten (literally: Japan-Germany camera shop). When Marc Andreesen. 20   Mozilla Foundation – from the name of the web browser that preceded Netscape Navigator. created a browser to replace the Mosaic browser. tyres. Mitsubishi – the name Mitsubishi has two parts: mitsu means three and hishi (changing to bishi in the middle of the word) means diamond (the shape). most famously the "Victrola" phonograph made by the Victor Talking Machine Company. In 1952 he began manufacturing tread-rubber and. co-founder of Netscape.handakafunda. Galvin Manufacturing Company) started manufacturing radios for cars. NEC – from Nippon Electric Company. NCR Corporation – from National Cash Register. MRF – from Madras Rubber Factory. changed in 1971 to Nabisco.

Henri Nestlé. after his daughter Nirupama. The company adopted the product name after the University of Illinois threatened to sue for trademark infringement over the use of the Mosaic name. ten-dou means "heaven". The company was originally spun off from the Bell Telephone Company of Canada Ltd in 1895 as Northern Electric and Manufacturing.handakafunda. Netscape – Originally the product name of the company's web browser ("Mosaic Communications Netscape Web Navigator"). The company logo is a bird's nest with a mother bird and two chicks. Nikon – the original name was Nippon Kogaku. who was born in Germany under the name "Nestle". Nirma .com/?cne . meaning "Japanese Optical". the company expanded into producing rubber products in the Finnish city of Nokia. Swabian diminutive) for "bird's nest". Nestlé – named after its founder. which is German (actually. Nortel Networks – named from Nortel (Northern Telecom) and Bay Networks. founder of Nirma group companies. Nero – Nero Burning ROM named after Nero burning Rome ("Rom" is the German spelling of "Rome"). The company later adopted the city's name. Nokia – started as a wood-pulp mill. nintendou ( 任 天 堂 ).Karsanbhai Patel. Company Name Etymologies        Complied by: www. Nissan – the company was earlier known by the name Nippon Sangyo which means "Japan Industries". 21   Nintendo – Nintendo is the transliteration of the company's Japanese name. and traded as Northern Electric from 1914 to 1976. Netscape is the combination of network and landscape. Nike – named for the Greek goddess of victory. named the powder as Nirma. The first (nin) can be translated as to "entrusted".

O   Oracle – Larry Company Name Etymologies .Parle group. the 'el' in pixel was changed to 'ar' because 'ar' is frequently used in Spanish verbs. Alvy Ray Smith. Prada – an Italian high fashion house named after the founder Mario Prada. The family name may have originated in the Czech name "Boreš" (boresh). The code name for the project was Oracle. implying the name means "To Pix". Novartis – after the Latin expression "novae artes" which means something like "new skills". Philips – Royal Philips Electronics was founded in 1891 by brothers Gerard (the engineer) and Anton (the entrepreneur) Philips.   22 Complied by: www. The name Parle was derived from the Mumbai suburb of Vile-Parle. According to the biography "The Second Coming of Steve Jobs" by Alan Deutschman. who founded Prada in Milan 1914. founded by Mohanlal Dayal Chauhan in 1929.  P   Parle .  Petrobras – An abbreviation of the Brazilian oil company's full name. an Austrian automotive engineer.handakafunda. to the name of the product. Petróleo Brasileiro (Portuguese for Brazilian Petroleum).. Pixar – from pixel and the co-founder's name. Pepsi – named from the digestive enzyme pepsin. Ed Oates and Bob Miner were working on a consulting project for the CIA. Porsche – Car Company named after founder Ferdinand Porsche. Later they changed the name of the company. The project was designed to use the newly written SQL database language from IBM. The project was eventually terminated but they decided to finish what they started and bring it to the world. Relational Software Inc.

which company founder Mike Lazaridis had seen used to describe a football player.named from the merger of Reckitt & Sons with J&J Colman in 1938. The latter was named after its founder. Red Hat – while at college. was founded by Jeremiah Colman in 1814. Colman's. Sidewinder and Tomahawk.handakafunda. who pooled their resources after marrying two sisters. best known for its mustard. among other military technology. By the time he wrote the manual of the beta version of Red Hat Linux he had lost the cap. The company was founded in Cincinnati in 1837. Johann A. Reebok – alternate spelling of rhebok (Pelea capreolus). Research In Motion – from the phrase "poetry in motion". Q   Qantas – from its original name. a candlemaker. Queensland and Northern Territory Aerial Services. Procter & Gamble – named after the founders. Maverick. Reckitt & Colman . Isaac Reckitt founded Reckitt & Sons in 1840. company founder Marc Ewing was given the Cornell lacrosse team cap (with red and white stripes) by his grandfather. a soapmaker. William Procter.  Reckitt Benckiser – consumer goods giant named from the merger of Britain's Reckitt & Colman and the Dutch company Benckiser NV in December Company Name Etymologies . 23    Complied by: www. Maker of missiles such as Patriot. an African antelope. Qualcomm – Quality Communication  R  Raytheon – "Light of the gods". Benckiser. People would turn to him to solve their problems and he was referred to as that guy in the red hat. and James Gamble. so the manual included an appeal to readers to return his Red Hat if found.

a Royce. the last word is typically abbreviated as AB.handakafunda. RPG Group – Rama Prasad Goenka  SAP – SystemAnalyse und Programmentwicklung (German for "System analysis and program development"). Later. SCB – from Standard Chartered Bank. Sega – Service Games of Japan was founded by Marty Bromley (an American) to import pinball games to Japan for use on American military bases. Sanyo – meaning three oceans in Japanese. SAP was redefined to stand for Systeme. The pair entered into a partnership in which Royce would manufacture cars to be sold exclusively by Rolls. He was introduced to Charles Stewart Rolls on 4 May that year. The name Standard Chartered comes from the two original banks from which it was founded – The Chartered Bank of India. Anwendungen und Produkte in der Datenverarbeitung (Systems. and The Standard Bank of British South Africa. Rolls-Royce – name used by Rolls-Royce plc and Rolls-Royce Motor Cars. hence SAAB. Australia and China. In 1884 Frederick Henry Royce started an electrical and mechanical business. making his first car. 24      Complied by: . a company formed by five ex-IBM employees who used to work in the 'Systems/Applications/Projects' group of IBM. Seiko –The two characters were taken from the phrase the company's vision which roughly translates to "a factory that successfully produces Company Name Etymologies   S  SAAB – founded in 1937 in Sweden as Svenska Aeroplan aktiebolaget (Swedish Aeroplane Company). Samsonite – named from the Biblical character Samson. in 1904. renowned for his strength. Applications and Products in Data Processing). among others. Samsung – meaning three stars in Korean. and the cars would be called Rolls-Royce.

Samuel & Co were already importing Japanese shells when they set up an oil company. 25  Skoda Auto – the car company was founded in 1895 and originally named Laurin & Klement after its founders. The company was founded as Tokyo Tsoshiu Kogyo KK (Tokyo Telecommunications Engineering Corporation) in 1946. and adopted the Škoda name from Emil Škoda. Seiko is a Japanese word for "exquisite" or "minute" as well as a word for "success". Vaclav Laurin and Vaclav Klement.exquisite and precise watches". Škoda Auto was split off after World War II and is now part of Volkswagen. then Skype. Shell – Royal Dutch/Shell was established in 1907. – According to Seiko's official company history. Skype – the original concept for the name was Sky-Peer-to-Peer. titled A Journey in Time: the Remarkable Story of Seiko (2003). so the oil company was named after the shells. which morphed into Skyper. in 1924. Smart – Swatch + Mercedes + Art Sony – from the Latin word 'sonus' meaning sound. It was taken over by Škoda Works. when the Royal Dutch Petrol Society Plc. The company was originally called Telegraphen-Bau-Anstalt von Siemens & Halske.handakafunda. and the Shell Transport and Trading Company Ltd. and 'sonny' a slang word used by Americans to refer to a bright youngster. Siemens – founded in 1847 by Werner von Siemens and Johann Georg Halske.   Sharp – Japanese consumer electronics company named from its first product. an ever-sharp pencil. "since we were sonny boys working in sound and vision". said Akio Morita. Company Name Etymologies     Complied by: . merged their operations. Sony was chosen as it could be pronounced easily in many languages. The Shell Transport and Trading Company Ltd had been established at the end of the 19th century by commercial firm Samuel & Co (founded in 1830). an industrial conglomerate. and changed its name to Sony in 1958.

Suzuki – from the name of its founder. 26 T   Taco Bell – named after founder Glen Bell. acquired Heuer. At the time. named after founder and legendary industrialist Jamshedji Tata. hoping to sell it to the college. Swift's Electric Rifle Tata Group – conglomerate named after Jamshedji Tata.TAG Heuer was formed in 1985 when TAG (Techniques d'Avant Garde). as the right-ofway was already leased or owned. TAG Heuer . They didn't. Southern Pacific Railroad INTernal Communications. pipelines and railroad tracks were the cheapest place to lay communications lines.S. Michio Suzuki. Sun Microsystems – its founders designed their first workstation in their dorm at Stanford University. considered "the father of Indian industry". Taser International – Thomas A. and the constellation is featured on the company's logo.handakafunda. from India's Tata Group. Texaco – from The Texas Company U. Subaru was formed from a merger of seven other companies. Starbucks – named after Starbuck. and chose the name Stanford University Network for their product. Toshiba – named from the merger of consumer goods company Tokyo Denki (Tokyo Electric Co) Company Name Etymologies          Complied by: www. Sprint – from its parent company.A. a character in Herman Melville's novel Moby-Dick Subaru – from the Japanese name for the constellation known to Westerners as Pleiades or the Seven Sisters. manufacturers of high-tech items such as ceramic turbochargers for Formula One cars. It has its roots in 1860 when Edouard Heuer founded Heuer Watchmaking Company. TCS – from Tata Consultancy .

Initially called Toyeda.United Parcel Service of America. James. Sundaram Iyengar founded the group in 1911. a number that is considered lucky in Japan. Virgin – founder Richard Branson started a magazine called Student while still at school.'"  U  Ubuntu Foundation – named from a Zulu word (ùɓúntú) that translates as "humanity to others". Twitter . William Hesketh Lever and his brother. The name was derived from the original idea 'Twitch'. Sakichi Toyoda. V Umbro – Umbro was founded in 1924 by the Humphrey (Umphrey) Brothers. Losing My Virginity. TVS Electronics – T.and electrical firm Shibaura Seisaku-sho (Shibaura Engineering Works). In his autobiography. agreed in 1929.   Toyota – from the name of the founder. Harold C.handakafunda. UPS . TVS Motors. and Wallace. Lever Brothers was named after its networking and microblogging service. V. Company Name Etymologies . which didn't bring up the right imagery. 27 Complied by: www. "one of the girls suggested: 'What about Virgin? We're complete virgins at business. Branson says that when they were starting a business to sell records by mail order. Unilever – name created to reflect the merger of Margarine Unie and Lever Brothers. it was changed after a contest for a better-sounding name.      Verizon – a portmanteau of veritas (Latin for truth) and horizon. The new name was written in katakana with eight strokes.

Harold Warner. Wipro – from Western India Palm Refined Oil Ltd Wipro Technologies. Fargo. It was originally a name for a ball bearing being developed by SKF. formerly World Wrestling Federation (WWF). a word derived from the Greek xeros (dry) and graphos (writing). It changed its name after a court case brought by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). Volkswagen – from the German for people's car. Henry Wells and William 28  X   Xerox – named from xerography. – Jack Warner. WWE – World Wrestling Entertainment. as the Beetle.)   Wendy's – Wendy was the nickname of founder Dave Thomas' daughter Melinda. and Albert Warner. G. (When Norwest purchased Wells Fargo in 1998. which means "I roll". Vodafone made the UK's first mobile call at a few minutes past midnight on 1 January 1985. Vodafone – from Voice. Ferdinand Porsche wanted to produce a car that was affordable for the masses – the Kraft-durchFreude-Wagen (or "Strength-Through-Joy car". which is now called the World Wide Fund for Nature. Volvo – from the Latin word volvo. Data. from a Nazi social organization) later became known. The company started as a modest Vanaspati and laundry soap producer and is now also an IT services giant. WPP – Global advertising and marketing company. Sam Warner. Telefone. in English.    W   Wal-Mart – named after founder Sam Walton Warner Bros. it chose to retain the Wells Fargo name.handakafunda. Originally called Wire and Plastic Products. Wells Fargo – From the founders of the original Wells Fargo company. Company Name Etymologies Complied by: .

Yahoo! founders David Filo and Jerry Yang jokingly considered themselves yahoos. Limited (literally Japan Musical Instrument Manufacturing 29  Zippo .com/?cne Company Name Etymologies . In October 1987. the name was changed to The Yamaha Corporation. Yamaha . It's also an interjection sometimes associated with United States Southerners' and Westerners' expression of joy.George Blaisdell liked the sound of the word "zipper" and "zippo" sounded more modern.handakafunda. Y Z  Corporation). It represents a person who is repulsive in appearance and barely human. on its 100th anniversary.The company was founded as The Haloid Company in 1906. and changed its name to Haloid Xerox in 1958.Yamaha was established in 1887 as a piano and reed organ manufacturer by Torakusu Yamaha as Nippon Gakki Company. It is also sometime jokingly referred to by its backronym. as alluded to in Yahoo. Yahoo! – The word Yahoo was invented by Jonathan Swift and used in his book Gulliver's Travels. launched its first XeroX copier in commercials that end with someone singing the word "yahoo".  Complied by: www. Yet Another Hierarchical Officious Oracle.

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