25 True Stories Behind Company Names

If you’ve seen our article on 25 famous logos with hidden images, then you’re aware that companies like having fun with their names and logos. But where do they get the ideas in the first place? Pay attention because when you get around to starting your own Fortune 500 Company, you’ll probably be interested in knowing how these 25 True Stories Behind Company Names.

20

Sony

sony

Derived from the Latin word sonus, meaning “sound,” they chose this word because it’s so easy to pronounce in most languages.

19

Adidas

adidas

This company’s name came from the nickname of founder Adolf “Adi” Dassler. Rudolf “Rudi” Dassler, his brother, also started a shoe company called “Ruda,” which later turned into Puma.


18

Nokia

nokia

This international company started out as wood pulp mill just outside the Finnish town of Nokia.

17

Arby’s

arbys

Although some people believe that the enunciation of Arby’s stands for “roast beef.” This isn’t true. It actually stands for the initials of its founders, the Raffel Brothers.


16

Sega

sega

Short for Service Games of Japan, this company originally imported pinball machines onto US military bases around the Pacific Rim.

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