Adobe, the major software supplier, was name after Adobe Creek, which ran behind co-founder John Warnock's house. Convenience store chain 7-11, formerly called U-Tote'm, got its new name when the store hours changed to 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Coca-Cola derived its name from coca leaves and kola nuts, two ingredients originally used as flavorings.Continue Reading
Many company names familiar to people in the United States derive from foreign words or phrases. Kia is roughly translated as "rising from Asis" in Hanji, a Korean term referring to Chinese alphabetic characters. Nintendo is a shortened version of "nintendou," a combination of the Japanese words "nin," meaning "entrusted," and "ten-dou", meaning "heaven." Canon was originally called Kwanon, a phonetic modernized spelling of the name of a Buddhist goddess.
Many well-known company names are acronyms or abbreviated versions of the original company name, such as Nabisco, shortened from National Biscuit Company; AT&T, shortened from American Telephone and Telegraph Company; and IBM, shortened from International Business Machines.
Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon, wanted a company that began with the letter "A" so it would appear near the top of alphabetically ordered listings. He settled on Amazon because he believed it implied a vast amount of products, like the vast river of the same name.Learn more about Corporations