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How Did They Get Their Names?

In History, Products History, Trivias on November 12, 2008 at 6:44 am

The Stories Behind The World’s Famous Names

The following names are mentioned everyday in the world of Information and Technology. These companies were among the top in the technology and internet business industry. Here’s an interesting fact We know who they are and what they do, but we might not know how they settled with their brand name and the story behind it unless we really dig hard into the history book. Here are 18 Internet giants (inclusive of Yahoo, Xerox, Sun Microsystem, Sony, SAP, Red Hat, Oracle, Motorola, Lotus, Intel, Hewlett Packard, Hotmail, Google, Cisco, Apple Computers, Apache and Adobe) and stories on how they end up with their names.

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 in January 1994 because they considered themselves yahoos. Officially, the term yahoo is expanded as “Yet Another Hierarchical Officious Oracle”.

The Greek root “xer” means dry. The inventor, Chestor Carlson, named his product Xerox as it was dry copying, markedly different from the then prevailing wet copying. The term Xerox also explains the copying process which is called xerography or electrophotography.

The Sun Microsystems was founded by four Stanford University buddies, Vinod Khosla, Andy Bechtolsheim, Scott Mc Nealy and Bill Joy on February 24th 1982, Sun is the acronym for Stanford University Network. Sun’s logo, which features four interleaved copies of the word sun, was designed by professor Vaughan Pratt, also of Stanford University. The initial version of the logo had the sides oriented horizontally and vertically, but it was subsequently redesigned so as to appear to stand on one corner.

The name “Sony” was chosen for the brand as a mix of the Latin word Sony or son(us) and also a little boy sonny, which is the root of sonic and sound as well as familiar word of everybody called a boy. In February 1955, the company name changed to Sony in January 1958. Morita pushed for a word that does not exist in any language so that they could claim the word “Sony” as their own (which paid off when they successfully sued a candy producer using the name, who claimed that “Sony” was an existing word in some language)

“Systems, Applications, Products in Data Processing”, formed by four ex-IBM employees who used to work in the ‘Systems/Applications/Projects’ group of IBM.

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!

Larry Ellison and Bob Oats were working on a consulting project for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). 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).

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.

It was coined by Bill Gates to represent the company that was devoted to MICROcomputer SOFTware. Originally christened Micro-Soft, the ‘-‘ was removed later on.

Mitch Kapor got the name for his company from the lotus position or ‘padmasana.’ Kapor used to be a teacher of Transcendental Meditation of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.

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.

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

Founder Jack Smith got the idea of accessing email 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 casings.

The name started as a jockey 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 graduate students Sergey Brin and Larry Page presented their project to an angel investor, they received a cheque made out to ‘Google

The name is not an acronym but an abbreviation of San Francisco. The company’s logo reflects its San Francisco name heritage. It represents a stylized Golden Gate Bridge.

Favourite fruit of founder Steve Jobs. He was three months late in filing a 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 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.

Adobe was founded in December 1982 by John Warnock and Charles Geschke The name came from the river Adobe Creek that ran behind the house of founder. Adobe managed to acquire its former competitor; Macromedia, in December 2005.

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