This morning while surfing the Internet I stumbled onto a site that has a listing of how some of the popular or not so popular companies got their names. Some I knew the origins of like Apple and Macintosh which is a variety of of an apple. But others were surprising and also interesting. Some of the names listed are:

This is a list of company names with their name origins explained. Some origins are disputed.

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

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

Apple – favourite 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 his colleagues didn’t suggest a better name by 5pm. Apple’s Macintosh is named after a popular variety of apple sold in the US.

Canon – from Kwanon the Buddhist god of mercy. The name was changed to Canon to avoid offending religious groups.

Casio – from the name of its founder, Kashio Tadao who had set up the company Kashio Seisakujo as a subcontractor factory.

Cisco – its not an acronymn but its the short for San Francisco.

Compaq – using Comp, for computer, and paq to denote a small integral object.

Corel – from the founder’s name Dr. Michael Cowpland. It stands for COwpland REsearch Laboratory.

Daewoo – the company founder Kim Woo Chong called it Daewoo which means “Great Universe” in Korean.

Exxon – a name contrived by Esso (Standard Oil of New Jersey) in the early 70s to create a neutral but distinctive label for the company. Within days of announcement of the name, Exxon was being called the “double cross company ” but this eventually subsided.

To view the entire listing of names go here.

Do you know the origins of a brand name you would like to share with us? Please post a comment.

TIA, Ron

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