9 Tech Companies and How they Got their Names

Have you ever wondered how big brands get their strange and matchless names? Whereas most brand names have become the standard to us, majority have hidden the meanings behind their names as well as their logos, owing to their popularity. Here is the list of nine biggest technology companies of the world, who got their names and what are their meanings:

1. Google

It got its name from ‘googol’ which is a mathematical term used for the numeral one followed by 100 zeros.

2. Yahoo

The word ‘Yahoo’ is a short form for ‘Yet Another Hierarchical Officious Oracle’ and it is explained in Jonathan Swift’s ‘Gulliver’s Travels,’ Yahoo is also a term given to a natural and regularly noisy or disturbing personality.

3. Amazon

Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon, apparently wanted a name which came at the top of an alphabetical list, as a result, a name that began with the letter ‘A.’ Thus Amazon, became his ideal choice for his company’s name.

4. Sony

Sony is derived from two separate words. In 1950s, Japan has used to express stylish, respectable young men. The words are ‘sonus,’ and ‘sonny’ a Latin word used for sound.

5. Skype

The original name is Sky Peer-to-Peer, which was changed in to Skyper. The ‘r’ was finally dropped to make the existing name.

6. Blackberry

Its name came in 1999, because the keys on the phone are similar to the drupelets on the blackberry fruit.

7. Oracle

The term ‘oracle’ was used as a code that was believed to be able to answer a question about anything, Earlier, the co-founders Larry Ellison and Bob Oats worked on a project for the CIA.

8. Canon

It was initially called ‘Kwanon’ for a Buddhist goddess. On the other hand, it was changed into Canon to attract to the listeners in 1935.

9. Spotify

Co-founders of Spotify, Daniel Ek and Martin Lorentzon, a commercial music streaming, podcast and video service, they were discussing the names for their company when Daniel Ek misheard an idea as Spotify. The name came from the words ‘spot’ and ‘identify’.

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