Companyorigins2Every company has a name, and we see these names all the time.  You’ve probably never stopped to think about where those names originate from, but most of them do have a unique origin.  Thanks to Chris who posted the Wikipedia article that details origins for many of these companies in the forum! Below are some of the tech companies that were listed. For the full list, click here to visit Wikipedia.

  1. Apple – The Apple was the favorite fruit of Steve Jobs (co-founder) but he also worked at an apple orchard. At the time of naming, it was chosen because they wanted to distance themselves from the “cold, unapproachable, complicated imagery created by other computer companies at the time.”
  2. Compaq – They took the first three letters from computer and added the paq to “denote a small integral object”, or it could also mean “compatibility and quality.”
  3. eBay – Pierre Omidyar who created eBay originally had a consulting business called Echo Bay Technology Group.  When he went to purchase the domain for his auction site, it was already taken.  He went for the next best thing — eBay.
  4. Google – Larry and Sergey chose Google which was deliberately mis-spelled and came from the word Googol. It’s the digit 1 followed by one hundred zeroes, and “reflected the company’s mission to organize the immense amount of information.”
  5. Hotmail – was chosen by the founder because he wanted something that included mail. Hotmail was chosen because it includes the letters HTML. The initial spelling was HoTMail with capital letters which pointed out HTML.
  6. Intel – A combination of INTegrated ELectronics
  7. Microsoft – Was originally Micro-Soft to represent the company’s devotion to microcomputer software.  The dash has since been removed.
  8. Nintendo – Comes from three different Japanese Kanji characters Nin-ten-do.  The first two are translated to “Heaven blessed hard work.” The Wii? Hard work?
  9. Sun Microsystems – Stands for Standford University Network. The first workstation was designed by the founders in their dorm at Standford University.
  10. Yahoo! – Stands for Yet Another Hierarchical Officious Oracle. The word “Yahoo” was originally used in the book Gulliver’s Travels and describes someone “who is repulsive in appearance and barely human.” Yahoo funders joked that they were Yahoos.