15 Famous Companies Around The World on How They Got Their Names




Founder Ingvar Kamprad formed this name by combining his initials (I.K.) with the first letters of Elmtaryd (E) and Agunnaryd (A), the farm and the village that he grew up.

2. Kinko’s


Founder Paul Orfalea took his epithet from the nickname his curly hair earned him in college.

2. Reebok


An alternative spelling of ”rhebok”, the Afrikaans/Dutch world for type of antelope, this name is meant to evoke speed and grace.



LEGO combines the Danish words ”leg godt” or ”play well”.

5. Virgin 


One of Richard Branson’s colleagues famously suggested this by remarking, ”we’re complete virgins at business”. The name stuck till today.



Whittled down from the original name of ”Sky Peer-To-Peer” to ”Skyper”, the ”r” was eventually dropped to create the current name.

7. Starbucks Coffee


The coffee giant took its name for the first mate in Herman Melville’s ”Moby Dick” in an effort to evoke ” the romance of the high seas and the seafaring tradition of the early coffee traders”.

8. Amazon


Jeff Bezos reportedly wanted a name that began with ”A” so it would appear near the top of an alphabetical list. He settled on Amazon because he thought the world’s biggest river was an apt name for what he hoped could be its biggest business. 

9. Canon


Originally called ”Kwanon” for a Buddhist goddess, the company changed its name to Canon in 1935 to appeal to a worldwide audience.

10. Google


The internet giant takes its name from ”googol”, the mathematical term for 1.0 x 1.0 to the power of 100.

11. Yahoo


Yahoo is both an acronym for ”Yet Another Hierarchical Officious Oracle” and an imaginary species described as rude, noisy, and violent in Jonathan Swift’s ”Gulliver’s Travels”.

12. Pepsi


The sweet soft drink is named for the digestive enzyme pepsin used in the recipe.

13. Haagen-Dazs


Haagen Dazs was strategically chosen by its founders to sound Danish and ”convey an aura of the old world tradition and craftsmanship,” but actually has no meaning in the language. 

14. Caterpillar


When a company photographer saw a tractor prototype being tested in 1905, he exclaimed loudly,  ” IF THAT DON’T LOOK LIKE A MONSTERS CATERPILLAR.” The name was trademarked five years later.

15. BlackBerry


The name was coined in 1999 because the keys on the BlackBerry resembled the drupelets on the fruits.

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