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Famous Companies Name Origins (15 pics)

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Canon

1 Famous Companies Name Origins (15 pics)

This company was once known as ‘Kwanon’, which is a goddess in Buddhism. However, the name was changed to ‘Canon’ in an attempt to be more ‘appealing to the masses’ in 1935.

IKEA


2 Famous Companies Name Origins (15 pics)

The name ‘IKEA’ is simply a combination of initials. The ‘IK’ comes from ‘Ingvar Kamprad’, the founder of the company, and the ‘EA’ comes from Elmtaryd’ and ‘Agunnaryd’, the farm and village he grew up in.

LEGO


3 Famous Companies Name Origins (15 pics)

‘LEGO’ is a combination of the words ‘Leg got,’ or ‘Play well’ in Danish.

SONY


4 Famous Companies Name Origins (15 pics)

The name of this now-incredibly-popular company derives from a Latin word: “Sonus” which means “sound.”

It also is a play on the word “Sonny” which was a slang expression used in 1950’s Japan to describe a “Smart & Presentable young man.”

Haagen-Dazs


5 Famous Companies Name Origins (15 pics)

This particular name really utilized strategy, as it was named so because the creators of the company wanted to convey an aura of “old world craftsmanship.” The name was meant to sound Danish, but it has zero meaning in the language.

WD-40



6 Famous Companies Name Origins (15 pics)

The story goes that this product was successfully developed after 39 failed attempts in the lab. “Water Displacement achieved on the 40th try.”

Yahoo!


7 Famous Companies Name Origins (15 pics)

The name of this popular search engine is actually an acronym for “Yet Another Hierarchal Officious Oracle.”

Pepsi


8 Famous Companies Name Origins (15 pics)

Originally known as ‘Brad’s Drink’ thanks to inventor Caleb Bradham, Pepsi was eventually dubbed ‘Pepsi-Cola’ in 1898. This comes form the word “dyspepsia” which means indigestion.

Google


9 Famous Companies Name Origins (15 pics)

Google takes its name from “Googol,” the mathematical term for 1 followed by 100 zeros.

Virgin


10 Famous Companies Name Origins (15 pics)

This company got its name after Richard Branson apparently quipped “We’re compete virgins at business.”

Blackberry


11 Famous Companies Name Origins (15 pics)

The keypads on a Blackberry vaguely resemble the drupelets of an actual Blackberry.

Spotify


12 Famous Companies Name Origins (15 pics)

While brainstorming names, Daniel Ek misheard Martin Lorentzon thinking he suggested “Spotify” as a name. They now joke that the name is a combination of the words “Spot” and “Identify.”

Starbucks


13 Famous Companies Name Origins (15 pics)

Starbucks got its name from the first mate in “Moby Dick.” They used it in an attempt to evoke “The romance of the high seas and the seafaring tradition of the early coffee traders.”

Reebok


14 Famous Companies Name Origins (15 pics)

Reebok is an alternative spelling for “Rhebok” which is an Afrikaans-Dutch word for a type of antelope. They chose this name to represent speed and grace.

Skype


15 Famous Companies Name Origins (15 pics)

The original name of this company was “Sky Peer-To-Peer” before being shortened to “Skyper.” Eventually, they dropped the “R” and “Skype” was born.

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