Friday, May 23

How Companies got their names!!!!

Sometimes, we may think that how people name their companies.There might be some reason behind name of the company.Let's recall the history and see how big IT companies got their names.

Apple Computers

It was the favorite fruit of founder Steve Jobs. He was three months late in filing the name for the business, and he threatened to call his company Apple Computers if the other colleagues didn't suggest a better name by 5 O'clock.


It is not an acronym as popularly believed. It is the short for San Francisco.


This name was formed by using COMP, for Computer and PAQ to denote a small integral object.


The name was derived from the founder's name Dr. Michael Cowpland. It stands for COwpland REsearch Laboratory.


The name started as a joke boasting about the amount of information the search engine would be able to search. It was originally named "GOOGOL", a word for a number represented by 1 and followed by 100 zeros. After founders- Standford graduate students Sergey Brin and Larry Page presented their project to an angel investor, they received cheque made out to "GOOGLE".


Founder Hack Smith got the idea of access 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 name sending in 'mail' and finally settled fotr hotmail as it included the letter "HTML"- in the programming language used to write web pages. It was initially referred to as HoTMaiL with selective uppercase.

Hewlett Packard

Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard tossed a coin to decide whether the company they founded would be called Hewlett-Packard or Packard-Hewlett.


Bob Noyce and Gordan Moore wanted to name their new company 'Moore Noycce' but that was already trade marked by a hotel chain so they had to settle for the acronym of INTegrated ELectronics.

Lotus (Notes)

Mitch Kapor got the name for his company from 'The Lotus Position' or 'Padmasana'. Kopar used to be a teacher of Transcendental Mediation of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.


Coined by Bill Gates to represent the company that was devoted to MICROcomputer Software. Originally christened Micro-Soft, the'-' was removed later.


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


Larry Ellison and Bob Oats were working on a consulting project for 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 the Questions or something such). The project was designed to help use the newly written SQL code by IBM. The project eventually was terminated but Larry and Bob decided to finish what they have started and bring it to the world. They kept the same name for the company.


It was originated from the Latin word 'sonny' a slang used by Americans to refer to bright youngster.


Founder by 4 Standford University buddies, SUN is the acronym for Standford University Network. Andreas Bechtolsheim built a microcomputer; Vinod Khosla recruited him and Scott McNealy to manufacture computers based on it and Bill Joy develop a UNIX based OS for the computer.


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.