Here’s How These 30 Famous Brands Got Their Names

Brands are everywhere, and some are so prominent that we choose them because of their brand image rather than the quality of the product. Brands like Colgate and Pepsi have actually become synonyms of the products themselves. But have you ever wondered how these brands were named? Was it strategy or coincidence? Were they named after a person or after something significant?

To know that, scroll down and see how these 30 famous brands were christened:

1. Nike: Name for the Greek Goddess of Victory.

The swoosh signifies her flight.

Source: franchiseherald

2. Coca-Cola: The two main ingredients were Coca leaves and Cola berries.

Source: andbloom

3. Pepsi: From the digestive enzyme ‘pepsin’.

Although pepsin is not an ingredient in the drink.

Source: benzinga

4. Google: Derived from ‘googol’ which means 1 followed by 100 zeros.

Signifies owners Larry Page and Sergey Brin’s mission to provide innumerable info to all users.

Source: marketingland

5. Adidas: Named after owner Adolf Dassler whose nickname was Adi. Adi Dassler became Adidas.

Source: a-roundtheworld

6. Intel: Short for integrated electronics

Source: digitaltrends

7. Canon: Adapted from Kwanon (Japanese name of Buddhist Bodhisattva of Mercy).

It was changed to Canon for easier acceptance worldwide.

Source: ebay.in

8. Lego: Derived from Danish words ‘Leg Godt’, which means to ‘play well’.

Lego also means ‘put together’ in Latin, which they claim is actually a coincidence.

Source: playmobilvslego

9. Nintendo: Transliterated from Nintendou. Nin in Japanese means ‘entrusted’ and Ten-dou means ‘heaven’.

Source: superbwallpapers

10. Amazon: CEO Jeff Bezos wanted a name starting with ‘A’. He chose Amazon because it is the biggest river in the world, just what he wanted his company to be.

Source: lengow

11. Skype: Originally the idea was ‘Sky peer to peer’, which later became Skyper and finally Skype.

Source: historyofinformation

12. Adobe: Named after a creek that ran behind the co-founder, John Warnock’s house, called Adobe Creek.

Source: norebbo

13. Nokia: Started as wood-pulp mill, it expanded its business to producing rubber products in a city in Finland called Nokia.

Source: wayerless

14. Sony: Derived from the Latin word, ‘Sonus’ (meaning sound) and an American slang word, ‘Sonny’ (meaning bright youngster).

Source: techtree

15. Vodafone: Voice, Data and Telefone.

Source: blogzamana

16. Volkswagen: Means ‘People’s car’ in German.

There was a time when only very expensive cars used to ply on German roads. Volkswagen was a revolution.

Source: thecars

17. ebay: Originally called Echo Bay. The domain echobay.com was already taken. So it was shortened to ebay.

Source: fortune.com

18. IBM: Founder TJ Watson Sr wanted to be a step ahead of his former employers ‘National Cash Register’, so he decided to call his company ‘International Business Machines’.

Source: pc-tablet.co.in

19. Nikon: Short for Nippon Kogaku, which means ‘Japanese Optical’.

Source: ehiyo

20. Reebok: Derived from the Afrikaans spelling of an African Antelope, ‘Rhebok’.

Source: emblanka

21. Starbucks: Named after a character in Moby Dick, Starbuck.

Originally the name ‘Peqoud’ was suggested, the name of the ship from the novel. When it got rejected, they settled for ‘Starbuck’, the chief mate of that very ship.

Source: independent.co.uk

22. Virgin: Because the business was new and the team members were virgins at business.

This was suggested by a girl in Richard Branson’s team.

Source: telegraph

23. Durex: Durable, Reliable and Excellence.

Source: durex

24. Fanta: The head of the German Coca-Cola team asked them to use their‘Fantasie’ (imagination) to come up with the name. That did not take long though.

Source: visitoffice

25. Nivea: Derived from the Latin word ‘Niveus’, which means snow white.

Source: en-nivea

26. HP (Hewlett Packard): William Hewlett and David Packard flipped a coin to decide whose name would come first.

Source: maxisciences

27. Toyota: Named after founder Kiichiro Toyoda.

The name was changed to Toyota because Toyoda literally means, ‘fertile rice paddies’.

Source: zipposh

28. Microsoft: A combination of the words Microcomputer and Software.

Source: variety.com

29. Cisco: Not actually an acronym. They just removed San Fran from San Francisco.

Source: wallpaperstock

30. Budweiser: Beer has been brewed in Budweis, Bohemia, since 1245. Budweiser means ‘of Budweis’ and was developed as a ‘Bohemian-style’ beer.

Founder Adolphus Busch was inspired to create the beverage after a trip to the region.

Source: displaymediagroup

Every brand has a story. And the name has of course been significant in these brands’ success. Their name is now their fame!

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