Famous Companies & The Meanings Of Their Names

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This article discusses the origins of various company names.

Famous Companies & The Meanings Of Their Names


“Writing your name can lead to writing sentences. And the next thing you'll be doing is writing paragraphs, and then books. And then you'll be in as much trouble as I am!”
- Henry David Thoreau

I really like this quote, I think of it not only as it relates to blogging and how infectious it is once you start but also as it can relate to business. When you have an idea for a business it is more of a mental hobby it seems and then you write your business name on paper and see it for the first time, it gets exciting and then you put that name on a website like I have already done with my business and you get crazy with the excitement of starting the business.

Well today though this is about other businesses and what their names mean. I will be using this site as my reference http://www.boredpanda.com/name-origins-meanings-of-famous-brands-companies/ . Some of these are so simple and short I just dont know how I can make it into my words but I will try. I will only do a few in fact and then encourage you to go to that site for more. I think that is pretty fair.

So, Famous Companies & The Meanings Of Their Names -

Pepsi - was actually named after the enzymes in your stomach used for digestion called Pepsin. Although this makes a lot of sense it now seems kinda gross haha

Starbucks - If you have ever read Herman Melvilles novel "Moby Dick" there is a character named Starbuck ... Now I have to check out Moby Dick and see if I will love the book as much as the coffee !

Skype - I use Skype everyday for work and I had no idea about this, Skype was originally Sky Peer To Peer and was later shortened to Skype.

Adobe - The co-founder of this company actually lived in a house with a creek running behind it called the "Adobe creek".

7-11 - Now this one I like because it reminds me of my childhood and it answers a question I have always wondered about. I grew up in Phoenix Az for a good part of my childhood and we had U-Totem convenience stores, the sign looked like an American Indian totem pole and then they vanished. What I didn't know was they are 7-11! They changed their name to 7-11 to advertise their new open hours from 7am-11pm which now confuses me because they are open 24 hrs a day everyday so maybe they should change their name to 24-7?

Lego - Now here is a name that fits the meaning! It is from the Danish "Leg Godt" which means "Play Well" and in Latin Lego also means "I put together" which Lego claims is a coincidence.

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Business Planning Process, Names, Origins, Writing

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
27th Jul 2013 (#)

I KNOW that 7-Eleven was named that because of the opening hours, but according to our, brand new, local branch the company was founded on July eleventh, how true that is I do not know.

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author avatar Bipolar Blogger
27th Jul 2013 (#)

Oh Peter B. Giblett that I will have to look into!

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author avatar AmandaT
27th Jul 2013 (#)

I didn't know about Lego! Neat.

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author avatar Airam Orelom
27th Jul 2013 (#)

lol Todd cant help myself laughing how you describe 7-11

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author avatar Do Le Vu
27th Jul 2013 (#)

lol, now I know what is 7-11 haha

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author avatar madugundurukmini
27th Jul 2013 (#)

good content about on companies and meaning of names

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author avatar vpaulose
27th Jul 2013 (#)

Interesting. Thanks.

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
27th Jul 2013 (#)

good info indeed...

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author avatar jenny1015
27th Jul 2013 (#)

I think Bipolar you ought to add more on this list. This is really informative. Besides, this topic could possibly s future homework of my kids. This would lessen my time in doing the research.Lol

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author avatar Trillionaire
27th Jul 2013 (#)

It is amazing where names come from. Thanks

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author avatar Lady Aiyanna
28th Jul 2013 (#)

Interesting...
Its like Apple which came from the founder who told the team that if they didn't come up with a name quickly Apple by 5pm, Apple would be the name and it stayed.
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The name Apple Computer was chosen late one afternoon as Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak, Apple's founders, faced the deadline for filing a Fictitious Name Statement, part of the business licensing procedures. After volleying names back and forth with Wozniak for hours, Jobs looked at the apple he was eating and decided that, unless he or Woz arrived at something better by five o'clock, they would call the company Apple. Five o'clock came and went; Apple was the new company's name.

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author avatar spgreaney
28th Jul 2013 (#)

Who knows how names are born these day.

Thanks for this enlightening tale of how company picked names for their companies. Very interesting.

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author avatar Bipolar Blogger
28th Jul 2013 (#)

Lady Aiyanna that is a cool tidbit of info! Btw I am curious how you are not searchable?

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