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Naming of IT Compaines

Posted on: October 13, 2009


Adobe was named after the Adobe Creek in Los Altos, California, which ran behind the home of cofounder John Warnock.

Apple Computers

The first slogan of this company was “Bite into an Apple”, while its more famous slogan is “Think Different”. Probably thinking differently, the founder, Steve Jobs, named this company “Apple Computers” while he was driving along with Steve Wozniak between Palo Alto and Los Altos. Jobs and his friends used to work on a community farm cultivating apples while he was working in the Bay Area of San Francisco. Jobs was three months late in filing a name for the business, and he threatened to call his company Apple Computers if his colleagues didn’t suggest a better name. As you can guess, they didn’t come up with anything better and the rest is history. Other theories are that Jobs wanted his company to feature before Atari in the phone book, while yet another suggestion is that it was a tribute to Apple Records, which was the music label of the Beatles.


Even though its current headquarters is in San Jose, California, this company was founded in San Francisco, [:D] California in 1984 and took the last five letters of the name of this city for the company name. This is the reason why the company’s engineers insisted on using the name in lower case as “cisco” previously rather than “Cisco” as it is now known. The company logo also has the stylized Golden Gate Bridge of San Francisco.


The name of this company started as a jockey boast about the amount of information the search-engine would be able to search. The word “Google” is a misspelling of the word “Googol”, which means a 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 and received a cheque made out to “Google”. The search engine of this company was originally nicknamed “BackRub” because the system checked backlinks to estimate the importance of a site and rank it in the search. Google’s history is highly amusing (not than Apple though) and it shares a great resemblance with Yahoo and Facebook.


HP or Hewlett-Packard got its name from the founders Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard, but the story of its name is nonetheless interesting. Hewlett and Packard could not agree as to whether the company should be named Hewlett-Packard or Packard-Hewlett, so they decided to resolve the matter by tossing a coin. [were those guys serious? Yeah, they were] Packard won the toss and decided to name it Hewlett-Packard Company [ modesty 😉 ] in 1939.


The founder of this company, Jack Smith, came up with the idea of accessing email via the web from a computer anywhere in the world without having the prevailing restrictive system of having to use the email server provided by the ISP. When the other founder, Sabeer Bhatia [Indian, this has been framed as question in many wizs] came up with the business plan for the mail service, he tried all kinds of names ending with ‘mail’, and finally settled for Hotmail, as it included the letters “HTML”

[/source], which is Hyper Text Markup Language – the programming language used to write web pages. Launched on July 4, 1996, it was initially referred to as HoTMaiL with selective upper casing.

PS: In case you didn’t know, I am a ‘religious’ user of Hotmail, and on this 8th October; my account became 1 yr old.. but evidently that day went in vain.


At its inception, founders Bob Noyce and Gordon Moore wanted to name their new company “Moore Noyce” but discovered that this name was already trademarked by a hotel chain. Also, they felt that it didn’t sound nice as the pronunciation was eerily similar to ‘more noise’, which is not suitable for a semiconductor company [clever indeed.. silicon and noice:
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combination]. They used the name NM Electronics for the first year before arriving at Intel, which is the acronym of INTegrated Electronics and that is how the company has been known since.


Founder, Mitch Kapor, christened this company as Lotus, inspired by the “padmasana” or the yoga asana with a lotus position. The roots to this choice of name could be the fact that Kapor used to be a teacher of Transcendental Meditation of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.


The word Microsoft is derived from the words Microcomputer and Software and it has an interesting history. Bill Gates used the word Micro-Soft in a letter he wrote to Paul Allen, the other co-founder of this company on November 29, 1975 and they later registered this company in this name on November 26, 1976. The hyphen was eventually removed and it came to be known from then on as Microsoft..


This company started as Galvin Manufacturing Corporation in 1928 in Chicago, Illinois, manufacturing battery eliminators. Founder Paul Galvin came up with the name Motorola when this company started manufacturing radios for cars in 1930. The name is a combination of the word “motor” and “Victrola”, which was a popular radio company at the time. PS: It also belongs to IT Sector.


Lord Larry Ellison and Bob Oats were working on a consulting project for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) while at Ampex Corporation. The code name for the project was called Oracle, because the CIA saw this as something like a system to give answers to all questions much like the mythical Oracles of the ancient world.

Red Hat

This Linux distro that released in 1994 has an interesting history. Marc Ewing, who created this distro (linux distribution) had been given the Cornell lacrosse team cap (with red and white stripes) while at college by his grandfather. However, he lost it and despite looking for it did not find it. The information is revealed in the manual of the beta version of Red Hat Linux, which had an appeal to readers to return his Red Hat if found by anyone. Interesting, isn’t it?


Formerly known as Tokyo Tsushin Kogyo K.K., the co-founder of this company, Akio Morita realized that Americans had difficulty pronouncing this name while on a business trip to the US. He therefore tried to find a Romanized name for this company, which would be appealing to Americans and would also embody the spirit of the company. After trying out different names, they arrived at a decision to use “Sony” as the name. This word has been derived from the Latin word Sonus meaning sound, and Sonny a slang used by Americans to refer to a bright youngster. They chose this word as this did not exist in any other language. Another theory suggests that the name was derived from the word Sun, because Japan is known as the Land of the Rising Sun and also the place of origin of this company.


Originally named “Jerry and David’s Guide to the World Wide Web” (think of typing this url at your address bar!), this company was renamed to Yahoo! in April 1994. Yahoo is the official acronym of “Yet Another Hierarchical Officious Oracle” and it is also a word invented by Jonathan Swift and used in his book Gulliver’s Travels. It represents a person who is rude, uncouth and unsophisticated, something which Yahoo! founders Jerry Yang and David Filo considered they were.
Ah.. just remembered, I’ve still not got invite to Yahoo Meme and Google Wave..
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All those who actually read this post, please Comment.

Information and idea gathered from trending topics.


4 Responses to "Naming of IT Compaines"

Hey! Nice post.. Interesting.Must have taken a lot of time. 😀

Give me your id.i’ll sent the Wave Invite

Thanks for praising and sorry for late reply. Apparently your comment was marked Spam by WP.

I was wondering you might have died. :O

Very informative.Thanks!

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