How Popular Tech Companies Got their Names

Ever wondered, How these Tech giants got their names. Well there is story behind every name and Today I'm going to tell you How Apple, Samsung, Nokia, Microsoft etc got their names.

How Popular Tech Companies Got their Names

1. Apple

popular tech companies got namesApple was Steve Jobs favorite fruit and during the time he decided company name, He had just returned from an Apple farm and was on a Fruit only diet. Some stories say that Steve gave his team members one day's time to think about a good name of his company otherwise he will put the company name as Apple Computers, At the end of the day he didn't like any of the names brought up by the team members, so he decided to name it as Apple.

It was not that easy as the name Apple was already the business name of The Beatles and it was also on their records. It was taken to court and Steve jobs paid a big amount to settle it.

2. Samsung

popular tech companies got namesAccording to the founder of Samsung Group, The word 'Samsung' means 'three stars' or 'tristar'. The word 'three' represents something "big, numerous and powerful" and the stars means eternity

3. Google

popular tech companies got namesThe word Google is actually originated from a misspelling of the word 'Googol'. The word Googol means ten raised to the power of hundred and the word reflected the companies mission of providing immense amount of information. The domain was first registered on September 15, 1997.

4. Microsoft

popular tech companies got names
The company was named by its founder Bill Gates Micro-Soft as it dealt with Microcomputers Software. The word Micro-Soft was actually the short form of Microcomputers Software. In 1987 the hypen (-) was removed from the name and the company became Microsoft.

5. Nokia

popular tech companies got namesThe name of the telecommunications giant Nokia was originated from the river named Nokianvirta, which flowed through a town in Finland. The company then moved to the town Nokia which was located by the Nokianvirta river. Nokia is an old Finnish word meaning a Dark, fury animal.

6. Facebook

popular tech companies got namesIt is the name of books given to newly enrolled students at the start of the academic year by university administrations in the US with the intention of helping students to get to know each other better.

7. Twitter

popular tech companies got namesThe Company rejected the name 'Twitch' for their Social networking services. The co-founder Jack Dorsey says "We looked in the dictionary for words around it and we came across the word 'twitter' and it was just perfect"

8. Dell

popular tech companies got namesDell was named after its founder Michael Dell. Initially it was called Dell Computers and in 2003 it changed its names from Dell Computers to Dell. 

9. Acer

popular tech companies got namesAcer is a Latin word which means “sharp, acute, able and facile”.

10. Amazon

popular tech companies got namesInitially, The founder Jeff Bezos renamed it to after the worlds largest river Amazon.

11. Lenovo

popular tech companies got namesThe word Le in Lenovo means 'Legend' and Novo is a latin word which means 'New'.

12. Cisico

popular tech companies got namesThe word Cisco was named after the city San Francisco. The word is actually the last few letters from the word Francisco.

13. HP

popular tech companies got namesThe word HP means Hewlett-Packard which is actually the last names of its founders Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard. The funny story behind the company's name is: The founders Bill and Dave tossed a coin to decide whether the company will called Hewlett-Packard or Packard-Hewlett. And you know Who Won ;)

14. HCL

popular tech companies got namesThe word HCL is a short form of Hindustan Computers Ltd. In which Hindustan means India, the country where the company was founded. The founder of HCL is Mr.Shiv Nadar.

15. Asus

popular tech companies got namesAsus was named after Pegasus, the winged horse of Greek mythology. The first three letters from Pegasus was dropped and the word became Asus. The reason behind dropping first three letters was to get high rank in Alphabetical listings.

16. eBay

popular tech companies got namesThe founder of eBay Pierre Omidyar had formed a web consulting concern called Echo Bay Technology Group. But when he tried registering the domain, It was already registered by a Gold Mining company called Echo Bay Mines. So Pierre Omidyar registered, which according to him was the second best available at that time.

17. Infosys

popular tech companies got namesInfosys is the short form on Information Systems. It is one of the major IT companies in India.

18. Wipro

popular tech companies got namesWIPRO the Indian Tech Giant stands for Western India Palm Refined Ltd. The company started with producing Vanaspati oil and laundry soap and Later stepped in Technology field and become one of the Top IT services giant.

19. Adobe

The Company was named after Adobe Creek that ran behind the house of the Co-Founder John Warnock.

20. Hotmail

When Shabeer Bhatia came to Jack Smith with a Business Plan for mail service. They tried all kinds of names ending up with mail and finally setteled with Hotmail as it included the words 'HTML' (a language used to write up web pages)

21. Sony

popular tech companies got namesThe name was originated from the Latin word 'Sonus' which means Sound and 'Sonny' a slang used by Americans to refer a bright youngster.

22. HTC

The word HTC stands for High Tech Computer Corporation.

23. Corel

It was derived from the founders name Dr.Michael Cowpland. The Word Corel stands for COwpland REsearch Laboratory.

24. Intel

popular tech companies got namesIntel is the short form of INTegrated ELectronics. Actually the founders Bob Noyce and Gordon Moore wanted to name their company 'Moore Noyce' but it was already registered by a Hotel chain, So they went with Intel.

25. Motorola

Motorola was named by its founder Paul Galvin when his company started manufacturing radios for motorcars. 

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