Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Story behind their names

You have probably heard the story of how you got your name at least once or twice. Well, people are not the only ones that come with interesting naming stories. Founders of companies go to great lengths to come up with quintessential company name, which can at times make or break them.

The name started as a joke boasting about the amount of information the search-engine would be able to search. It was very first named as"Googol" a word of the number represented by 1 followed by 100 zeros. But later founders-Stanford graduate students Sergey Brin and Larry Page represented their project to angel investor, and from whome they received a cheque made out to "Google'.


The name was derived by Jonathan Swift and was used in his book 'Gulliver's Travels'. it represents a person who is revolting in nature and action and is barely a human. Yahoo! founders Jerry Yang and David Filo finalised this name because they considered themselves as yahoos.

Micro soft:
Coined by Bill Gates to represent his company that was devoted to MICRO computer SOFTware. Originally named it as Micro-soft, but then the'-' was removed.


Came from the name of the river Adobe Greek that ran behind the house of founder John Warnock.


The name was arrieved from the founder's name Dr.Michael Cowpland. The logo stands for COwpland REresearch Laboratory.

Apple computers:
Steve Jobs was three months late in filling a name for the business, because he didn't get any better name for his new company. So one day he told the staff," If I do not get a better name by 5 O'clock today, our company's name will be anything I like." Since at 5 O clock no body came up with a better name, and he was eating an apple at that time (favourite fruit of Steve Jobs), so he kept the name of the company as " Apple Computers".

It is not an acronym as is popularly believed it Short for San Francisco.

Hewlett Packard:

Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard tossed a coin to select whether the company they founded would be called Hewlett-Packard or Packard-Hewlett. And thelosser was Bill, but not Dave


The founder of eBay, Pierre Omidyar , had a web consulting company called Echo Bay Technology Group. Echobay.com was already taken when he tried to register it, so he selected the ne name eBay.Com instead.


  1. Interesting! Especially on Google. I did not know these things. Happened a few days the news from Spain have said about those who took YouTube.
    As always surprises me blog .....
    Congratulations and greetings with respect!

  2. Interesting and informative post ,I smiled to myself when I read the roots behind these famous names :D
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