Insight into how some famous global brands got their names
In our daily lives there are so many company names we use and take for granted, but have you ever wondered about the origins?
Google was originally an accidental mis-spelling of the number googol and settled upon because google.com was unregistered.
Googol is pronounced the same way and is the number 1 followed by 100 zeros. It was proposed to reflect the company’s mission to organize the immense amount of information available online.
Japanese vehicle maker, Mitsubishi is in two parts: mitsu means three and hishi (which is pronounced bishi when at the end of a word) means diamond (the shape). Hence, the three diamond logo.
Facebook stems from the colloquial name of books given to newly enrolled students at the start of the academic year by university administrations in the United States with the intention of helping students to get to know each other better.
When it comes to biros, first to mind is Bic. Bic was named after one of its founders, Marcel Bich.
He dropped the H to avoid a potentially inappropriate English pronunciation of the name, but yet chose to keep a creepy cartoon person with a bowling ball head as the mascot.
Amazon Founder Jeff Bezos selected the name Amazon by looking through the dictionary and settled on ‘Amazon’ because the Amazon river was by far the “biggest” river in the world (according to drainage, not length), and he planned to make his store the biggest in the world.
One the world’s most well-known brands Coca-cola is derived from the coca leaves and kola nuts used as flavoring.
Coca-cola creator John S. Pemberton changed the K of kola to C to make the name look better.
Curious about Twitter? Well, having rejected the name Twitch for their social networking service, cofounder Jack Dorsey said they looked in the dictionary for words around it and came across the word ‘twitter.’
The definition was ‘a short burst of inconsequential information’ and ‘chirps from birds’ and that’s exactly what the product was.
Samsung means ‘ three stars’ in Korean while LG is not from ‘Life’s good,’ though very catchy, but from the combination of two popular Korean brands, Lucky and Goldstar.
In 1924, Rudolf and his brother Adolf Dassler had jointly formed the company Gebrüder Dassler Schuhfabrik. However, the relationship between the two brothers deteriorated until the two agreed to split in 1948, forming two separate entities, Adidas and PUMA.
Following the split from his brother, Rudolf Dassler originally registered the new-established company as Ruda, but later changed the name to PUMA.
German sportswear manufacturer, Adidas was taken from its founder Adolf Dassler whose first name was shortened to the nickname “Adi.”
Together with the first three letters of his surname it formed Adidas. The fact that it is also an acronym for “All day I dream about soccer” is just a fun coincidence
Volkswagen simply means ‘people’s car’ in German.
When it comes desktop publishing the name that quickly comes to mind is Adobe.
The computer software company gets it’s name from the Adobe Creek that ran behind the house of cofounder John Warnock.
Another instantly recognisable brand is Pepsi. Oddly enough, it gets it’s name from the digestive enzyme pepsin and was originally was marketed as a healthy drink that would aid in digestion
Bill Gates’ Microsoft name orignated from a straight forward explanation. It was originally MicroSoft and the name was coined by Bill Gates to represent the company that was devoted to Microcomputer Softtware.
Skype is now a popular way to communicate and if you have ever wondered about the unusual name then wonder no more.
The original concept for the name was Sky-peer-to-peer, which morphed into Skyper, then Skype.
Finally, there is Lego. It’s a combination of the Danish “leg godt”, which means to “play well.” Lego also means “I put together” in Latin, but the company claims this is only a coincidence.
In other words, the name of your new company can originate from almost anywhere and anything!
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