Monday, May 6, 2013

How These Companies Got Their Names-Part 1

Here is a list which explains how these companies got their names

  • Nike Named for the Greek goddess of victory. The swoosh symbolizes her flight. 
  • Skype The original concept was Sky-Peer-to-Peer, which morphed into Skyper, then Skype.
  • Mercedes This was actually financier's daughter's name. 
  • Adidas The company name was taken from its founder Adolf (ADI) Dassler whose first name was shortened to the nickname Adi. Together with first three letters of his surname it formed ADIDAS.

  • Adobe This came from the 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 for 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. 

  • CISCO It is not an acronym as popularly believed. It's short for San Francisco. 
  • Compaq This name was formed by using COMP, for computer and PAQ to denote a small integral object. 

  • Corel The name was derived from the founder's name Dr. Michael Cowpland. It stands for Cowpland Research Laboratory. 

  • Google 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'. So, instead of returning the cheque for correction, they decided to change the name to Google. 

  • Hotmail 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. 

  • Intel Moore and Noyce initially wanted to name the company "Moore Noyce".The name, however, was a partial homophone for "more noise" – an ill-suited name for an electronics company, since noise in electronics is usually very undesirable and typically associated with bad interference. Instead they used the name NM Electronics for almost a year, before deciding to call their company Integrated Electronics or "Intel" for short. Since "Intel" was already trademarked by the hotel chain Intelco, they had to buy the rights for the name. 
  • Lotus (Notes) Mitch Kapoor got the name for his company from 'The Lotus Position' or 'Padmasana'. Kapor used to be a teacher of transcendental Meditation of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.

  • Microsoft Coined by Bill Gates to represent the company that was devoted to MICRO computer Software. Originally christened Micro-Soft, the '-' was removed later on. 

  • Motorola 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. 

  • Sony It originated from the Latin word 'sonus' meaning sound and 'sonny' as lang used by Americans to refer to a bright youngster. 

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