Where do company names come from?

Apr 28, 2021 | 0 comments

Our company name may come from it being our surname, Christy. But
where do other (more famous) company names come from?

Samsung – meaning “three stars” in Korean.
Coca-Cola – derived from the coca leaves and kola nuts used as flavouring.
Coca-Cola creator John S. Pemberton changed the ‘K’ of kola to ‘C’ to
make the name look better.
Pepsi – named from the digestive enzyme pepsin.
Häagen-Dazs – the name was invented in 1961 by ice-cream makers Reuben
and Rose Mattus of the Bronx “to convey an aura of the old-world traditions
and craftsmanship”. The name has no meaning.
Hotmail – Founder 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
markup language used to write web pages. It was initially referred to as
HoTMaiL with a selective upper casing.
Apple – for the favourite fruit of co-founder Steve Jobs and/or for the time he worked
at an apple orchard, and to distance itself from the cold, unapproachable,
complicated imagery created by other computer companies at the time – which had
names such as IBM, DEC, and Cincom
Google – originally an accidental misspelling of the word "googol" settled upon because
google.com was unregistered. Googol was proposed to reflect the companies mission to
organize the immense amount of information available online.
Nokia – started as a wood-pulp mill, the company expanded into producing rubber
products in the Finnish town of Nokia. The company later adopted the town’s name.

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