Origin of Famous Names
There are many companies / brands / products whose names were
derived from strange circumstances/things/happenings.
This was actually the financier's daughter's name.
came from name of the river Adobe Creek that ran behind the house of
founder John Warnock.
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 that evening.
is not an acronym as popularly believed. It is short for San
name was formed by using COMp, for computer, and PAQ to denote a
small integral object.
name was derived from the founder's name Dr. Michael Cowpland. It
stands for COwpland REsearchLaboratory.
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' ...thus the name.
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.
Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard tossed a coin to decide whether the
company they founded would be called Hewlett-Packard or
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.
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.
by Bill Gates to represent the company that was devoted to
MICROcomputer SOFTware. Originally christened Micro-Soft, the '-'
was removed later on.
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.
Ellison and Bob Oats were working on a consulting project for the
CIA (Central Intelligence Agency). The code name for the project was
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.
originated from the Latin word 'sonus' meaning sound, and 'sonny' a
slang used by Americans to refer to a bright youngster.
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
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.