Here, we bring some leading brands and stories-behind their names.     

1. Facebook: Before launching of social network, facebook was a  directory with photos and basic information, Mark Zuckerberg later named after his site on

2. Google: In digital language, 'googol' is equivalent to a 1 followed by 100 zeros. The founder of search engine Larry Page and Sean Anderson came up with the name, Sean misspelled it as Google.

3. Apple: It is assumed that Steve Jobs wanted to give a tribute to Apple Records the music label for the Beatles. So, he named after his innovation on music band.

4. BlackBerry: One of the leading mobile manufacturers BlackBerry's founder Mike Lazaridis and Douglas Fregin wanted to steer clear of the term email because that word increased clients’ blood pressure. So they chose BlackBerry because the device’s buttons looked like seeds, the word is pleasing to the ear, and the device was black.

5. Amazon: Founder and CEO of Jeff Bezos has named his company after the world’s largest river in the world. Also, Amazon starts with A and comes up at the top of alphabetical lists.

6. ebay: eBay’s founder, Pierre Omidyar, owned a consulting company named Echo Bay Technology Group before he started eBay. Omidyar wanted to call it EchoBay but was  already used so he shortened it to

7. HP:  Founders of HP, Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard, named their company after own names. They tossed a coin to finalise the name of company. Consequently, they agreed on 'Hewlett-Packard'.

8. Nike: Founders Bill Bowerman and Phil Knight  named  their company after the Greek goddess of victory 'Nike'.

9. Reebok: The word Reebok is an alternate spelling of rhebok, which is an African antelope. Founders of Reebok JW Foster and Sons adopted the name in a South African version of a dictionary.

10. Sony: The name of electronic product manufacturer is derived from sonus, the Latin word for sound. Also, sonny is short for sonny boys which was slang for smart men.

11. Skype: The founder of Skype Janus Friis and Niklas Zennström have named his social networking  Sky-Peer-to Peer. Then they changed the name as Skyper, and finally adopted 'Skype'.

12. Toyota: The auto manufacturer named after its founders name Sakichi Toyoda, but later renamed to Toyota.

13. Volkswagen: Volkswagen literally means people’s car.  Adolf Hitler had suggested this idea to auto manufacturers, later the founder of Volkswagen named after it.

14. Yahoo!: According to Jonathan Swift's book 'Gulliver’s Travels', a yahoo (short for yahooligan) is a repulsive, filthy creature. The founder of Yahoo! Jerry Yang and David Filo found this character defined them so they named after their company.

Source: 14clicks

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