You may have heard different company names and their brand names but do you know how they came up with those names? Why Google is Google? Why Apple Computers name their company “Apple”? Or say why the best networking company is called CISCO? Well there are reasons behind names of these companies.. so lets check it out..

Adobe – came from name of the river Adobe Creek that ran behind thehouse of founder John Warnock.

Apache – It got its name because its founders got started by applying patchesto code written for NCSA’s httpd daemon. The result was ‘A PAtCHy’server — thus, the name Apache

Apple Computers – 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.

CISCO – its not an acronym but the short for San Francisco.

Google -the name started as a jokey boast about the amount of informationthe 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 grad students Sergey Brin and Larry Page presented their project toan angel investor, they received a cheque made out to ‘Google’

Hotmail – Founder Jack Smith got the idea of accessing e-mail via the webfrom a computer anywhere in the world. When Sabeer Bhatia came up withthe 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” – theprogramming language used to write web pages. It was initially referred toas HoTMaiL with selective upper casing.

HP – Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard tossed a coin to decide whether thecompany they founded would be called Hewlett-Packard or Packard-Hewlett.

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

Lotus (Notes) – Mitch Kapor got the name for his company from ‘The LotusPosition’ or ‘Padmasana’. Kapor used to be a teacher of TranscendentalMeditation (by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi).

Microsoft – coined by Bill Gates to represent the company that was devoted toMICROcomputer 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 timewas called Victrola.

ORACLE – 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 (acronym for: One Real As**ole Called Larry Ellison)

Red Hat – Company founder Marc Ewing was given the Cornell lacrosse teamcap (with red and white stripes) while at college by his grandfather. He lost it andhad to search for it desperately. The manual of the beta version of Red Hat Linuxhad an appeal to readers to return his Red Hat if found by anyone !

Samsung – meaning three stars in Korean.

SAP – “Systems, Applications, Products in Data Processing”, formed by 4 ex-IBMemployees who used to work in the ‘Systems/Applications/Projects”

SUN – founded by 4 Stanford University buddies, SUN is the acronym for StanfordUniversity Network.

Wipro – from Western India Vegetable Products Limited. The company started as a modest Vanaspati and laundry soap producer and is now also an IT services giant.
 

 

Xerox – The inventor, Chestor Carlson, named his product trying to say ‘dry’ (asit was dry copying, markedly different from the then prevailing wet copying).The Greek root ‘xer’ means dry.

Yahoo! – the word was invented by Jonathan Swift and used in his book ‘Gulliver’sTravels’. It represents a person who is repulsive in appearance and action and isbarely human. Yahoo! founders Jerry Yang and David Filo selected the namebecause they considered themselves yahoos.

source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_company_name_etymologies

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