Secret Behind Famous Companies: How They Were Named

We’ve grown accustomed to seeing some names pop up here and there and don’t even pay them enough mind to consider what the names mean or where they have come for.

Ever wondered what Pepsi, coke and lays have gotten their names from and what’s the story behind it all? Well, we’ve compiled a list on the matter to help you out.

Note: All famous CEOs and famous companies have some secrets behind their names and origins, several successful entrepreneurs and their stories, however, usually have a bit of randomness to them. Some companies (we can give you a list of lifestyle brands) however have meaningful names. A comment you’re favorite below!

17. Skype (Secret behind famous companies):

Skype gets its name from its original concept sky peer to peer, which was later changed to skyper and then finally to the Skype we all know today.

In latest news concerning Skype, it seems that it’s been modified for low-end Android phones! And for those who think that Skype doesn’t earn a good revenue, Bill Gates thinks it earns quite a good bit!

16. Adidas (Secret behind famous companies):

Adidas was named after its owner Adolf Dassler, his first name was shortened to adi and was combined with his last name to create the name of the company.

15. Adobe (Secret behind famous companies):

Adobe was named after the adobe lake, funny right, it turns out it ran behind the founder’s house.

14. Amazon (Secret behind famous companies):

Jeff Bezos wanted a name for his company that started with A because it would come up in searches, so he took out a dictionary and decided on Amazon, hoping that his company would one day be as big as the Amazon.

13. Audi (Secret behind famous companies):

August Horch’s name was already in use by his previous company so he translated his name into Latin and found a name for his company.

The 4 rings symbolize the union of DKW, wanderer, Horch and Audi.

12. Intel (Secret behind famous companies):

Intel has been shortened from integrated electronics.

11. Canon (Secret behind famous companies):

Canon was named after the companies first camera, Kwanon, which was in turn named after the buddist god of mercy from Japan.

It was later changed to canon to be better accepted worldwide.

10. Coca-cola (Secret behind famous companies):

Coca-cola gets it name from the coca leaves and the Kola nuts used to make the drink. I was modified by founder John. S. Pemberton from Kola to Cola hoping to make it look better.

And we guess it worked because who doesn’t love coca-cola?

9. IBM (Secret behind famous companies):

In order to make a better impression on the world and diss his previous employers (National cash register), John Watson named his company IBM i.e, international business machines.

8. IKEA (Secret behind famous companies):

The name is made out of the Swedish founder’s first (ingvard kampard) and last names first letters and the first letters of the name of the village he grew up in (Elmtaryd agunnaryd)

Note: All famous CEOs and famous companies have some secrets behind their names and origins, several successful entrepreneurs and their stories, however, usually have a bit of randomness to them. Some companies (we can give you a list of lifestyle brands) however have meaningful names. A comment you’re favorite below!

7. Lego (Secret behind famous companies):

The funny thing about lego is that it means “I put together” in Latin, but it turns out that’s just a coincidence and apparently, lego has been made through the combination of two Danish words “Leg Godt” which means “play well”.

Note: All famous CEOs and famous companies have some secrets behind their names and origins, several successful entrepreneurs and their stories, however, usually have a bit of randomness to them. Some companies (we can give you a list of lifestyle brands) however have meaningful names. A comment you’re favorite below!

6. Nikon (Secret behind famous companies):

A shortened version of Nippon Kogaku and it means “Japanese optics”.

5. Nokia (Secret behind famous companies):

Nokia started as a wood-pulp mill and then later started producing rubber products in the city of Nokia in Finland, and that’s where it all started and where the name comes from.

4. Pepsi (Secret behind famous companies):

This one is really funny, it comes from the name of the digestive enzyme pepsin!

3. Sega (Secret behind famous companies):

Marty Bromley, an American, first created sega to allow pinball games to be exported into Japan for use by American militants and was originally called service games of Japan.

2. Sony (Secret behind famous companies):

Fashioned from the word “Sonus” meaning sound and “Sonny” a slang word that means “bright”.

1. Vodaphone (Secret behind famous companies):

Made from words like voice, data, and telephone.

Note: All famous CEOs and famous companies have some secrets behind their names and origins, several successful entrepreneurs and their stories, however, usually have a bit of randomness to them. Some companies (we can give you a list of lifestyle brands) however have meaningful names. Leave a comment on your favorite below!

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