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DescriptionCompany Names and their origins
3Com Network technology producer - the three coms are computer, communication, and compatibility.
3M from the company's original name, Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company.
7-Eleven convenience stores - to reflect their extended hours, 7:00 a.m. until 11:00 p.m.
Accenture from "Accent on the future". The name Accenture was proposed by a company employee in Norway
Adidas from the name of the founder Adolf (Adi) Dassler.
Adobe Systems from the Adobe Creek that ran behind the house of founder John Warnock.
Alcoa Aluminum Company of America.
AltaVista Spanish for high view.
AMD Advanced Micro Devices
Amoco AMerican Oil COmpany
Amstrad Amstrad Consumer Electronics plc The name is a contraction of Alan Michael Sugar Trading.
Apache People who provided patch files that had been written for NCSA httpd 1.3. The result after combining them was A PAtCHy server.
Apple Steve Jobs favourite food and for the time he worked at an apple orchard, and to distance itself from the cold, unapproachable, complicated imagery created by other computer companies which had names such as IBM, DECand Cincom
Asda The formation of the Asda name occurred in 1965 with the merger of the Asquith chain of three supermarkets and Associated Dairies; Asda is an abbreviation of Asquith and Dairies
Aston Martin from the Aston Hill races where the company was founded, and the surname of Lionel Martin, the company's founder.
AT&T the American Telephone and Telegraph Corporation changed its name to AT&T in the 1990s.
Atari named from the board game Go. "Atari" is a Japanese word to describe a position where an opponent's stones are in danger of being captured. The original games company was American but wanted a Japanese sounding name.
Audi Latin translation of the German name "Horch". The founder August Horch left the company, but still wanted to manufacture cars. Since the original "Horch" company was still there, he called his new company Audi, the Latin form of his last name.
Banesto from Banco Espaρol de Crιdito
BASF from Badische Anilin und Soda Fabriken. Anilin and Soda were the first products. Badisch refers to the location in the state of Baden, Germany (Black Forest region).
Bayer named after Friedrich Bayer, who founded the company in 1863.
BEA Systems from the first initial of each of the company's three founders: Bill Coleman, Ed Scott and Alfred Chuang.
Ben & Jerry's named after Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield, who founded an ice cream parlor in 1978
BHP Broken Hill Proprietary, named after the town of Broken Hill, where BHP was founded
BIC the pen company was named after one of its founders, Marcel Bich. He dropped the final ...
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