Ever wonder where Starbucks got its name? How about Google or Yahoo?
It's not something we think about often, but the names of many major companies that now seem familiar are often made up, seemingly unrelated, and quite quirky. After all, why would you call a cell phone company BlackBerry?
We tracked down the etymologies of 13 of the world's biggest and most oddly named companies. You'll find that each of their names has a fascinating origin story.
One of the founder Richard Branson's colleagues famously suggested this by remarking, "we are complete virgins at business". The Name Stuck!
An alternative spelling of "rhebok", the Afrikaans/Dutch word for a type of antelope the name is meant to evoke speed and grace.
Whittled down from the original name of "Sky Peer to Peer" to 'Skyper', the 'r' being removed to make the name appealing and easy to speak up!
The coffee giant took its name from the first mate in Herman Melville's "Moby Dick" in an effort to evoke 'the romance of high seas and the seafaring tradition of early coffee traders'.
The name was coined in 1999 because the keys resembled the dupelets on the similar named fruit!
Yahoo is both an acronym for "Yet Another Hierarchical Officious Oracle" and an imaginary species described as rude, noisy and violent in the "Gulliver Travels". And yes our word to show our delight!
Originally called "Kwanon" for a Buddhist Goddess , the name was changed to make it attractive for the mass!
The Internet Giant derives its name from "googol", the mathematical term for 10^20.
LEGO combines the Danish words "leg godt", or "play well".
Jeff Bezos, the founder wanted the name to lead alphabetically i.e. begin with 'A' . He settled on the name 'Amazon' , the world's biggest river as he hoped for his business to be the biggest as well, which no doubt it is as such!
The sweet and popular soft drink is named for the digestive enzyme 'pepsin', which is a part of its secret recipe as well!
The name was chosen by its founders to sound Danish and "convey an aura of the old-world tradition and craftsmanship". Actually the name is just to sound so and has no meaning as such!
Founder Ingvar Kamprad formed this name by taking the initials of hi name (I K) and with first letter of words "Elymtyard" (E) and "Agunnyard"(A), the farm and village where he grew up.
Founder Paul Orfalea took this epithet from the nickname his curly hairs earned him in college.