How 25 Big Companies Got Their Names
Posted by May 31, 2012on
For this one you’re really going to have to check out our list on 25 famous logos with hidden images as it explains the Amazon logo perfectly. Essentially, however, Jeff Bezos wanted to convey the idea that you could find anything you were looking for…from a to z.
Although it may be hard to believe, this name was suggested to Richard Branson by his friend who noted that they were “complete virgins at business”.
Because it was owned by Echo Bay Technology Group the name was originally supposed to be echobay. The URL, however, was already taken by a mining company so the founders had it shortened to ebay.
While the name was originally Consumer Value Stores, after being shortened to CVS in 1996, CEO Tom Ryan decided that the name would now stand for “customer, value, service.”
Standing for American Multi-Cinama, AMC was a pioneer in multi screen theatres.
If you speak German then you already know this but Volkswagen literally translates to “people’s car”.
By combining his own initials (Ingvar Kamprad) and the initials of the place he grew up (Elmtaryd Agunnaryd) Ingvar came up with his company name.
Founder Dave Thomas decided to name the chain after his daughter Melinda, well his daughter Melinda’s nickname to be exact.
Very appropriately named, the word “kia”, roughly translated from Hanja, means “rising from Asia”.
Lego is a mashup of the Danish phrase “leg godt”, which means play well.