Saturday, April 5, 2008

Where Big Companies' Names Came From

Have you ever asked yourself where Big Companies or Networks actually got their names from? Obviously, most of them certainly thought and searched for worth names. Scheduling of what basically the company will offer is the right way to find a meaningful name to be remarkable for everyone, so the most big companies have a small remarkable name. Some combine the words(Micro-computer Software -> Micro-Soft -> Microsoft) to find out one meaningful word, some other use abbreviations(Hewlett-Packard -> HP).

Here is a collection of the most famous networks and companies:

The name started as a jokey boast about the amount of information the search-engine would be able to search. It was originally named Googol, a word for the number represented by 1 followed by 100 zeros. After founders Stanford grad students Sergey Brin and Larry Page resented their project to an angel investor, they received a cheque made out to Google.

The word was invented by Jonathan Swift and used in his book Gulliver's Travels. It represents a person who is repulsive in appearance and action and is barely human. Yahoo! founders Jerry Yang and David Filo selected the name because they considered themselves yahoos.

Coined by Bill Gates to represent the company that was devoted to Micro-computer Software. Originally christened Micro-Soft, the dash was removed later on.
Hotmail: Founder Jack Smith got the idea of accessing e-mail via the web from a computer anywhere in the world. When Sabeer Bhatia came up with the business plan for the mail service, he tried all kinds of names ending in mail and finally settled for Hotmail as it included the letters Html - the programming language used to write web pages. It was initially referred to as Hotmail with selective upper casing.

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

It got its name because its founders got started by applying patches to code written for NCSA's httpd daemon. The result was A Patchy server  thus, the name Apache.

Steve Jobs was three months late in filing a name for the business because he didn't get any better name for his new company. So one day he told to the staff: If I'll not get better name by 5 clock today, our company's name will be anything he likes. So at 5 o'clock nobody come up with better name, and he was eating Apple that time so he keep the name of the company Apple Computers.

Its not an acronym but the short for San Francisco.

Hewlett-Packard (HP): Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard tossed a coin to decide whether the company they founded would be called Hewlett-Packard or Packard-Hewlett, and the winner was NOT Bill the winner was Dave.

Bob Noyce and Gordon Moore wanted to name their new company Moore Noyce, but that was already trademarked by a hotel chain, so they had to settle for an acronym of Integrated Electronics -> INTEL

Founder Paul Galvin came up with this name when his company started manufacturing radios for cars. The popular radio company at the time was called Victrola.

Larry Ellison and Bob Oats were working on a consulting project for the CIA (Central Intelligence Agency). The code name for the project was called Oracle (the CIA saw this as the system to give answers to all questions or something such).

Company founder Marc Ewing was given the Cornell lacrosse team cap (with red and white stripes) while at college by his grandfather. He lost it and had to search for it desperately. The manual of the beta version of Red Hat Linux had an appeal to readers to return his Red Hat if found by anyone!

Systems Applications Products in Data Processing, formed by 4 ex-IBM employees who used to work in the Systems Applications Projects group of IBM.

Comes from the Latin word Sonus meaning sound, and Sonny a slang used by Americans to refer to a bright youngster.

Founded by 4 Stanford University buddies, SUN is the acronym for Stanford University Network.

The inventor, Chester Carlson, named his product trying to say dry (as it was dry copying, markedly different from the then prevailing wet copying). The Greek root xer means dry.

America Online, Inc. is an American global Internet services and media company operated by Time Warner. AOL began life as a short-lived venture called Control Video Corporation (or CVC), founded by William von Meister. Its sole product was an online service called Gameline for the Atari 2600 video game console after von Meister's idea of buying music on demand was rejected by Warner Brothers.

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration is an agency of the United States government, responsible for the nation's public space program(established on July 29, 1958).

Historically, Mozilla had been used internally as a codename for the Netscape Navigator web browser from its beginning. Jamie Zawinski came up with the name during a meeting while working at the company. It was a contraction of Mosaic killer (that is, the slang "killa" leading to Moz+illa), referring to the hope that the project would unseat Mosaic as the web's most popular browser, and making reference to the name of the classic fictional monster Godzilla.

The name is a blend of the words wiki (a technology for creating collaborative websites) and encyclopedia. Launched in January 2001 by Jimmy Wales and Larry Sanger, it is the largest, fastest-growing and most popular general reference work currently available on the Internet.

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