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How Famous Tech Companies Got Their Names

Wednesday, 12 August 2015
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Have you ever wondered how famous companies got their names? While we are familiar with the companies’ success, we are unaware of the hidden meanings behind their names. So, here’s a list of some popular technology company names and their origin. 

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Adobe, a computer software company was founded in December 1982. It is named after Adobe Creek, a river stream that ran behind the houses of co-founders John Warnock and Charles Geschke.

Reportedly named after co-founder Steve Jobs’ favourite fruit, Apple Inc., a multinational corporation was founded on April 1, 1976 and is headquartered in Cupertino, California.

Short for San Francisco where the company was founded, CISCO is a multinational networking equipment manufacturer founded in 1984, by Leonard Bosack and Sandy Lerner. Even their logo is half a Golden Gate Bridge (cut lengthwise).

Formed by the combination of Compatibility and Quality, Compaq is a computer company headquartered in Harris County, Texas, United States. It was founded by Rod Canion, Jim Harris and Bill Murto in 1982.

Pierre Omidyar, eBay’s founder owned Echo Bay Technology Group, a consulting company, before he started eBay.At first, he wanted to register the domain name EchoBay but since was taken, he shortened it to

A deliberate misspelling of the word googol which means digit 1 followed by 100 zeroes, Google is multinational computer software and internet related services company. Headquartered in Mountain View, California, United States, it was founded by Larry Page and Sergey Brin on September 4, 1998.

IBM is an acronym for International Business Machines. The company was formerly called Computing-Tabulating-Recording Company or C-T-R. Thomas J. Watson, Sr., the company’s president renamed it as International Business Machines in 1924 to align it with the expansion and extension of its activities.

Founders Jack Smith and Sabeer Bhatia wanted a name that included the word ‘mail’. They chose Hotmail because it included the letters HTML which is the programming language they used to create the site.

A combination of the words voice, data and telephone, this multinational telecommunications company was founded in 1991 and is headquartered in London, United Kingdom.

Named after founders, Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard. The story goes that both tossed a coin to decide if the company would be named Hewlett-Packard or Packard-Hewlett. Though Packard won the toss, he chose to leave it as Hewlett-Packard.

The founders chose the name BlackBerry because the device’s buttons looked like seeds, and the device was black.

The name started out as Sky-Peer-to-Peer, was shortened to Skyper, and was then shortened further, to Skype. The reason for dropping the R was simply due to the fact that the domain was already taken.

The name refers to a directory used at American universities. This directory consists of individual’s name and photographs. These directories are colloquially referred to as facebooks or face books. University administrations give students these directories at the start of the academic year.

Paul Allen, the company’s co-founder, came up with the name which is a combination of two words microcomputer and software. Originally it was hyphenated as ‘Micro-Soft’. Later the hyphen was dropped.

Do you know how other well-known brands got their names? Let us know!

Last modified on Wednesday, 12 August 2015 14:08