by Hoogie Espinosa . May 5th, 2014
When I was 10-years old, I wanted to start a cartooning group with my classmates. It was sort of a faux company with a pretend-office setup in the classroom and project reports every now and then. I called it Gigabyte Productions because at that time, I thought a gig was so huge and elite. You have to remember that this was the time of the diskette. Little did I know that we’d have thousands of gigabytes fit in a pouch today!
For many people, naming companies can be the bane of their week. A bad name sticks like a horrible tattoo potentially scarring your business, and a lot of the good ones are taken. You could even get the bad event in which you’ve got the company name, but somebody else has the website URL or the social media usernames.
Because of the scarcity of great yet relatable names, some big players have names that seemingly don’t make sense at all. Have you ever wondered what in the world a Reebok is? How about a Haagen-Dazs? Let’s look at a few well-known company name etymologies and some interesting trivia to follow them up.
And that’s my list: company trivia and general trivia rolled into one. If you’ve got more cool and crazy info about company name etymologies, comment below.
Wednesday: Tips on choosing your company’s name.
info credits: Wikipedia/Nike Inc; Theoi; FamousLogos; WildlifeSafari; UMD; SirPepsi; Wikipedia/Pepsin; WebStandards; Wikipedia/Adobe Creek; Hongkiat; Wikipedia/Yahoo; Asus; Space
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